Here’s What Markets Did On Christmas Day While You Weren’t Paying Attention

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While much of the world went into shutdown mode on Christmas, markets stayed open in many places.Here’s a quick rundown of how markets did in some of them: The big standout: China was up over 2.5%.

  • Japan +1.4%
  • China +2.53%
  • Egypt -1.00%
  • Saudi Arabia -0.24%
  • Tel Aviv -.79%.

Meanwhile, trading is flickering to life…

Japan is already up another 0.49%, as the Yen weakens some more.

One interesting thing about China is that with the gain, the market has now erased all of its 2012 losses.

Also of note: A report from SpendingPulse says holiday retail sales grew by just 0.7%, the weakest since 2008. The Fiscal Cliff and Hurricane Sandy were cited as factors.