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- Asian markets were mostly lower in overnight trading but the Bombay Stock Exchange surged 1.21 per cent after India’s central bank cut interest rates. Europe is rallying and U.S. stock markets are moderately higher.
- The Spanish Treasury auctioned €3.18 billion of 12-month and 18-month Treasury bills. Yields of the 12-month bill rose to 2.623 per cent and the 18-month bill saw yields surge to 3.110 per cent. Don’t Miss: This is how much it could cost to bail out Spain >
- German investor confidence climbed to 23.4 in April, from 22.3 in March, rising to a two-year high. The data suggests that Germany can avoid a recession in the midst of Europe’s debt crisis. Investor confidence climbed for a fifth consecutive month.
- In earnings news, Goldman Sachs announced Q1 EPS of $3.92 per share, on revenue of $9.95 billion. Goldman also raised quarterly dividend to $0.46. Four DOW components are expected to announce earnings today. Coca-Cola reported Q1 adjusted earnings of $0.89 per share beating expectations. Yahoo is expected to report earnings of $0.18 per share, after the bell. Citi: Now here are the 20 best stocks in the world >
- Christine Lagarde said the IMF needs an additional $400 billion to build its firewall. And Japan has said it will contribute $60 billion in loans becoming the first non-European country to help boost funding to fight Europe’s debt crisis.
- March housing starts came in at 654K, missing expectations of a rise to 700K. Meanwhile, industrial production stayed flat in March >
- In industry news, Rio Tinto, the third biggest mining company in the world reported a 9 per cent increase in Q1 iron ore production, which missed expectations. Meanwhile Cheniere Energy won federal approval to build the largest U.S. natural-gas export terminal.
- Some data out of China, its foreign direct investment fell to $29.5 billion in the first quarter, down 2.8 per cent year-over-year. March inflows were down 5.6 per cent. Chinese holdings of U.S. treasuries climbed for a second straight month, rising 1.1 per cent to $1.18 trillion.
- The Reserve Bank of India cut its repurchase rate by 50 basis points to 8 per cent from 8.5 per cent. The central bank had said it was concerned of risks to growth but higher than expected inflation in March could limit further cuts. This is the first interest rate cut in three years. This is what the 21 hottest emerging markets will do this year >
- Consumer prices in the UK rose 3.5 per cent year-over-year in March. Inflation was driven by higher prices for food, clothing, and recreation and culture.
- Bonus – Nicole Kidman and co-star Clive Owen are on the cover of W magazine.
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