Posted on Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 | In Exchange Traded Funds
Successful bond auctions for Italy and Spain boost confidence
On Wednesday, the Italian stock market rallied after a successful auction of €11 billion in one-year debt. The yield on Italy’s ten year bonds fell 0.15% to 5.54% (NYSEARCA:EWI).
Markit reported that Spanish manufacturing output for February declined by 4.5 percent on a year-over-year basis. Nevertheless, after a successful bond auction, Spanish bond yield fell 0.09% to 5.89%.
Germany’s auction of ten-year notes failed to attract enough bids. As a result, the 10-year bund fell, as the yield rose by 0.06% to 1.79%. German carmakers Volkswagen, BMW and Daimler AG each made significant gains exceeding 2% in Wednesday’s trading (NYSEARCA:EWG).
In Britain, March retail sales for stores open for at least one year improved by 1.3 percent on a year-over year basis.
In Japan, machinery orders climbed 4.8 percent, despite expectations for a decline of 0.8 percent. Nevertheless, Japan’s Nikkei 225 Stock Average declined by 0.83% to 9,458 despite weakening of the yen in anticipation of monetary stimulus efforts by the Bank of Japan. (NYSEARCA:EWJ).
China’s Shanghai Composite Index advanced by 0.13% to 2,308.
As of 8:20 EDT, the Euro STOXX 50 Index jumped by 1.25% to 2,350 (NYSEARCA:VGK). The FTSE 100 advanced by 0.70% to 5,634 (NYSEARCA:EWU). The German DAX Index gained 1.25% to 6,689.
The euro rose against dollar by 0.38% trading at $1.3132 (NYSEARCA:FXE).
American futures trading saw the June 12 Dow Jones Industrials future rise by 0.63% to 12,760 as of 8:30 EDT. The June 12 S&P 500 future was up 0.74% to 1,367 NYSEARCA:SPY). The June 12 Nasdaq 100 future advanced by0.68% to 2,715.
May futures for Brent Crude Oil increased by 4 cents to $119.92/bbl.
June gold futures declined by 60 cents to $1,660.
Bottom line: Bullishness in the European markets, should boost American stock indices to return to positive territory on Wednesday morning.
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