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10.12.2012 08:07

Stocks: Friday’s review



Asian stocks climbed, with the regional benchmark index heading for its longest streak of weekly gains in three months, as fewer Americans filed for unemployment benefits and Australia’s building industry shrank at a slower pace.

Nikkei 225 9,527.39 -17.77 -0.19%

S&P/ASX 200 4,551.76 +42.41 +0.94%

Shanghai Composite 2,061.79 +32.55 +1.60%

James Hardie Industries SE, a building materials supplier that gets about 67 percent of sales from the U.S., climbed 2.8 percent in Sydney.

People’s Insurance Company of China Ltd., Hong Kong’s biggest initial public offering in two years, jumped 7.5 percent in its trading debut.

Tokyo Electric Power Co., the owner of the power plant at the heart of Japan’s nuclear disaster last year, surged 13 percent on a report reactors may restart next summer.

Most European stocks advanced, with the Stoxx Europe 600 Index extending an 18-month high, as a better-than-expected jobs report from the U.S. offset a cut in economic growth forecasts for Europe’s largest economy.

Berkeley Group Holdings Plc (BKG) climbed to its highest in more than five years after the homebuilder said first-half profit rose 45 percent. William Demant (WDH) Holding A/S added 2.8 percent after UBS AG said the maker of hearing aids will benefit from a market recovery next year. Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) SA fell 2.9 percent after it was removed from France’s benchmark equity index.

The Stoxx 600 rose 0.1 percent to 279.17 at the close of trading, its highest level since May 31, 2011.

U.S. payrolls rose more than anticipated in November and the jobless rate fell to an almost four-year low, indicating superstorm Sandy had little effect on the labor market.

Employment climbed by 146,000 following a revised 138,000 gain in October that was less than initially estimated, Labor Department figures showed today in Washington. The median estimate of economists called for a gain of 85,000. The unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent.

The Frankfurt-based Bundesbank reduced its 2013 projection for German economic growth to 0.4 percent from the 1.6 percent predicted in June and said the economy will grow 0.7 percent this year, down from its previous forecast of 1 percent.

National benchmark indexes rose in 12 of the 18 western European (SXXP) markets.

FTSE 100 5,914.4 +12.98 +0.22% CAC 40 3,605.61 +3.96 +0.11% DAX 7,517.8 -16.74 -0.22%

Berkeley Group advanced 4.7 percent to 1,728 pence, its highest price since July 2007, after it said first-half profit rose to 107.5 million pounds ($173 million) from 74 million pounds a year earlier, as it sold more homes at wider margins.

William Demant gained 2.8 percent to 495.10 kroner. UBS said the Nordic region’s largest maker of hearing aids will benefit from a market recovery next year, as it raised the stock to buy from neutral.

Wincor Nixdorf AG (WIN), Europe’s biggest maker of automated teller machines, added 3.6 percent to 34.60 euros. The company expects earnings before interest, taxes and amortization in 2014 to be higher than 2013.

Alcatel-Lucent fell 2.9 percent to 85.8 euro cents. The former industrial giant whose operations once ranged from spaceflight to cutting-edge theoretical physics will be removed from the CAC 40 effective Dec. 24.

Deutsche Telekom AG (DTE) fell 1.9 percent to 8.42 euros. Germany’s biggest phone company said it will pay a dividend of 50 euro cents per share in 2013 and 2014, down from the 70 cents pledged this year.

Norsk Hydro ASA, (NHY) Europe’s third-largest aluminum maker, fell 2.4 percent to 27.04 kroner. Nomura Holdings Inc. downgraded its recommendation on the shares to reduce, the equivalent of sell, from neutral, citing aluminum price uncertainty.

Major U.S. stock indexes fell after the publication of the data, but then recovered. For the week DOW index rose 0,99%, Nasdaq fell by 1,07%, S & P500 gained 0.13%
After a strong start of trading today, helped by data exceeded expectations for the U.S. labor market, the major stock indexes retreated from session highs, with the Nasdaq index fell below zero.
Cause a fundamental change in the situation were data on the index of consumer sentiment from the Reuters / Michigan, which is a preliminary value for December was much lower than forecast, the envisioned decline to the level of 82.1 points against the values ​​from 82.7 points in November. The actual value of the index has reached a level of 74.5 points.
Later added negative comments Speaker U.S. House of Representatives, John Boehner, who said that progress on the issue of "fiscal cliff" no.
Most of the components of the index DOW rising in price (25 of 30). Lead in the current promotions JPMorgan (JPM, +2.51%). Maximum loss show stock Microsoft (MSFT, -1.08%).
All sectors of the index S & P, but one of the show sector. Leading conglomerates sector (+0.6%). Dropped only technology sector (-0.3%).
To date:
Dow +81.09 13,155.13 +0.62%
Nasdaq -11.23 2,978.04 -0.38%
S & P +4.14 1,418.08 +0.29%

10.12.2012 08:21

Forex: Friday’s review

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