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21.01.2013 08:22

Stocks: Friday’s review

Asian stocks rose for the first time in three days, with the regional benchmark heading for its biggest advance in a month, after economic reports in the world’s two largest economies beat estimates and the yen traded near a 30-month low.

Nikkei 225 10,913.3 +303.66 +2.86%

Hang Seng 23,601.78 +262.02 +1.12%

S&P/ASX 200 4,771.23 +14.60 +0.31%

Shanghai Composite 2,317.07 +32.16 +1.41%

Honda Motor Co., a Japanese carmaker that gets about 44 percent of sales from North America, climbed 3.2 percent.

Industrial & Commercial Bank of China Ltd., the world’s biggest lender by market value, added 1.2 percent in Hong Kong.

Rio Tinto Group, the world’s second-largest mining company, rose 2.7 percent in Sydney after chief executive officer Tom Albanese resigned without a cash windfall.

European stocks were little changed this week as better-than-expected economic data from China and the U.S. offset concern that debt-ceiling talks will weigh on recovering growth in the world’s biggest economy.

Delhaize Group SA (DELB) soared 13 percent as quarterly revenue climbed. JCDecaux SA advanced 11 percent after announcing a contract win. TNT Express NV tumbled 34 percent after United Parcel Service Inc. abandoned its bid for the company. PostNL NV, which holds a stake in TNT, retreated 37 percent.

The Stoxx 600 Europe Index fell less than 0.1 percent to 287.03 this week.

China’s economic growth accelerated for the first time in two years as government efforts to revive demand drove a rebound in industrial output and retail sales.

Gross domestic product advanced 7.9 percent in the fourth quarter from a year earlier, the National Bureau of Statistics said in Beijing on Jan. 18. That compared with the median economist estimate of 7.8 percent in a Bloomberg News survey and growth of 7.4 percent in the third quarter.

National benchmark indexes rose in 12 of Europe’s 18 western markets.

FTSE 100 6,154.41 +22.05 +0.36% CAC 40 3,741.58 -2.53 -0.07% DAX 7,702.23 -33.23 -0.43%

Delhaize rallied 13 percent as the brand repositioning at its Food Lion supermarkets in the U.S. boosted sales volumes. Group revenue for the three months ended Dec. 31 increased 2.3 percent to 5.76 billion euros ($7.66 billion).

JCDecaux (DEC) jumped 11 percent. The world’s largest outdoor advertising company on Jan. 16 announced that its newly formed joint venture with Interstate Outdoor Advertising signed a 20- year partnership with the city of Chicago that will generate $700 million in advertising revenue.

Mediaset SpA (MS) rallied 7.8 percent as analysts including those at Berenberg Bank said they expect a recovery in the advertising market to benefit the broadcaster controlled by former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

TNT slid 34 percent, the most since at least June 2011. PostNL, which holds a 29.8 percent stake in TNT, tumbled 37 percent. The two stocks posted the worst performances this week in the Stoxx 600. (SXXP) UPS, the world’s biggest package-delivery company, on Jan. 14 terminated a 5.16 billion-euro bid for TNT after the European Commission signaled it may block the deal.

Anglo American Plc (AAL) retreated 7.7 percent. The company’s platinum unit, the world’s largest miner of the metal, said this week that it may fire as many as 14,000 workers as it idles four shafts.

Major U.S. stock indexes began trading in the red rose, but still finished trading mixed trends. For the week DOW index rose 1,20%, Nasdaq rose 0,29%, S & P500 gained 0.95%.

Earlier, the decline somewhat increased after the data was published by the index of consumer sentiment from the Reuters / Michigan. As shown by a report released, according to preliminary data in January, the index fell to 71.3 points, compared with an expected value of 75.1 points and 72.9 points in December.

Reason for the decline is now also profit by market participants after yesterday were updated multi-year highs.

DOW index components show a mixed trend. At the moment, the leader shares in General Electric (GE, +4.04%). Maximum loss carry stock Intel Corporation (INTC, -6.83%). Shares of both companies today are news, the two companies released quarterly reports, which were better and worse than average expectations of the market, respectively.

Sector of the S & P also show mixed results. More than other sectors of manufactured goods rose (+0.8%), and conglomerates sector (+0.8%) is lower than other tech sector (-0.2%) and the health sector (-0.2%).

At the close:

Dow +53.29 13,649.31 +0.39%

Nasdaq -1.29 3,134.71 -0.04%

S & P +4.92 1,485.86 +0.33%

21.01.2013 08:46

Forex: Friday’s review

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