China rallied right near the end of the day, to allow both Shanghai and Hong Kong to close in the green. The rest of Asia was relatively weaker.
Shanghai: +1.24% (CSI 300, 3:01)
Hong Kong: +0.5% (Hang Seng, 4:01)
Asia: +0.0% (MSCI Asia Apex 50, 4:54)
Tokyo: -0.6% (Nikkei 225, 2:29)
European shares are now rallying after losing ground earlier. Europe’s private sector expanded faster than expected according to a release from Markit.
Frankfurt: +1.07% (DAX, 4:54)
Paris: +1.12% (CAC 40, 4:55)
London: +0.51% (FTSE 100, 4:54)
The Euro: $1.285 (+0.75%, 5:02)
Gold’s still below $1,190 while the Baltic Dry Index has notched yet another, small, gain.
Oil: +0.4% (WTI Crude $76.84)
Baltic Dry Index: +1.14% (BDI 1,781)
Gold: -0.5% ($1,186)
Dollar Index: -0.4% (DXY 82.98)
U.S. futures are in the green. Look for jobless claims at 8:30 AM ET, Ben Bernanke at 9:30, existing homes sales at 10:00, and U.S. leading indicators at 10:00.
EARNINGS: Microsoft (MSFT), AT&T (ATT), America Movil (AMX), Caterpillar (CAT), UPS (UPS), and 3M (MMM).
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