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Late Rally Trims Losses
Dec 01, 4:01 PM EST
November sales at GM rose 6.1%, at Toyota surged 16% and Chrysler group gained 2.9%. Ford sales tumbled and dropped to the fourth place.
Market averages opened on a positive tone but came under heavys selling pressure after the release of manufacturing and construction activity reports. A survey of manufacturing activity reported shriking base and construction was reported 1% lower according to Commerce Department. Market averages tumbled quickly close to 1% and recovered in the last fifteen minutes of trading. GM, Toyota and Chrysler reported rising November month sales but Ford sales tumbled 9.6% to the fourth spot.
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European Markets Closed Lower
Dec 01, 1:20 PM EST
Rise in euro against dollar and yen and concerns about American economy dragged European exchanges lower. France, Spain and Germany led the decline.
European markets closed lower across the region led by France, Spain and Germany. A survey on Euro-wide manufacturing from Royal Bank of Scotland showed widening manufacturing activity in the region and unemployment dropped to a five-year low to 7.7%. Healthy economic activity report pushed the euro to a 20-month high against dollar and record high against yen. Mining stocks led the advance in the UK and airline stocks rose in the region on Alitalia planning to sell controlling stake.
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Weak Dollar Agianst Euro and Pound
Dec 01, 12:19 PM EST
Dollar trades at a tw-year low and near record low against euro, 14-year low against pound and yen drops to a record low against euro.
Twin deficits of budget and trade deficits are finally dragging the dollar to a record low against world currencies. softening economy and slowing manufacturing and construction activites only added to the latest slide. The U.S. likely to report record annual trade deficit of more than $800 billion and current account deficit of higher than 5.8% of GDP in the year 2006. Lower dollar pushed stocks lower in the mid-day trading.
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S&P 500 and Nasdaq Futures Up
Dec 01, 9:16 AM EST
Futures trading shows a mild positive bias at the opening of market averages. Nasdaq and S&P 500 are likely to open at least 2 points hhigher.
Manufacturing survey from ISM, dollar trading in international markets and metals and oil prices are likely to dominate trading sentiment in the morning hours. Japan inflation dropped to 0.1% on lower oil lifting dollar against yen. Dollar is trading flat against yen but is lower against euro. Auto sales report in the aternoon is expected to show steady improvement in domestic auto sales. GM, AMD, BHP and Apple are leaading gainers in pre-market trading.
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Europe Gains on EDF
Dec 01, 6:34 AM EST
European stocks advanced in early trading Friday buoyed by court ruling on power supplier EDF.
European markets were higher on Friday, led by French power supplier EDF, after a court criticised government energy tariff controls. EDF gained after a French constitutional court said on Thursday that government controls on prices charged by energy suppliers were incompatible with European Union targets for opening up energy markets to competition. In mid-morning trade, London FTSE 100 climbed 0.5%, Frankfurt Xetra Dax gained 0.6%, and the CAC 40 in Paris added 0.5%.
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Oil at Two-Month High
Nov 30, 4:11 PM EST
Rising oil price lifted energy stocks. pfizer raised its profit outlook. Home builders gained on 'improved outlook' and broker comments.
Personal income rose 0.4% and spending rose 0.2% in October according to Department of Commerce. Government report showed that new home prices rose at the slowest pace in the last eight years lifting the 10-year bonds to 4.46%. Two-month high oil price lifted energy stocks and positive comments on earnings and new drugs from Pfizer supported a broad advance in pharmaceutical stocks. Home builder stocks gained on positive comments from a broker.
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European Shares Suffer Dollar Weakness
Nov 30, 1:05 PM EST
Home improvement retailer Kingfisher lost 2.1% on weaker sales, and Danone Group, fell 1.9% after recent strength.
European stock markets finished in the negative territory Thursday, pressured by weak U.S. manufacturing data which added to the continuous weakness of the dollar.The weaker U.S. currency hurt exporter issues like automakers and technology stocks. Car maker Volkswagen slipped 3.8%, while electronics conglomerate Philips Electronics lost 0.9%. The French CAC 40 led decliners, falling 1%, followed by the German DAX 30, down 0.9%, and London FTSE 100, down 0.6%.
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European Stocks Rise
Nov 30, 7:22 AM EST
European shares traded higher for the second morning in a row on Thursday, as oil prices held near three-week highs.
European stocks rose for a second day, led by BP and Royal Dutch Shell and pushed higher by commodity producers, after metal prices gained. BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto Plc advanced. Benchmarks swung between gains and losses before reports today on U.S. jobless claims and personal spending. The U.K. FTSE 100 index advanced 0.3%, the German DAX Xetra 30 index climbed 0.2%, and the French CAC-40 index rose 0.1%.
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Exporters and Pharmas Boost Europe
Nov 29, 12:29 PM EST
Pharmaceutical giants AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, and Sanofi Aventis rose 3% each after Pfizer announced a plan to 20% sales force..
European stock markets closed sharply higher, ending a five-session losing streak. The markets reversed from weakness after comments from Fed Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke helped the U.S. dollar recover vs. the euro and the pound. The recovery of the greenback reflected strength in the shares of exporter stocks. BMW and DaimlerChrysler both gained 1%, while Voklswagen rose 4.3%. The French CAC 40 led regional gainers, rising 1.4%, followed by the German DAX 30, up 1.3%, and London FTSE rose 1%.
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Europe Gains on Stronger Dollar
Nov 29, 6:34 AM EST
Europe advanced in early trading Wednesday due to relieved fears over US economic growth and pharma stocks.
European indexes have been under pressure in recent sessions as shares in exporters were hit by a weaker dollar. European shares broke a five-session losing streak on Wednesday, after comments from Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke calmed down recent concerns about the strength of the U.S economy and as drug stocks got a boost from Pfizer. The U.K. FTSE 100 index rose 0.52%, the German DAX Xetra 30 index rose 0.47%, and the French CAC-40 index increased 0.54%.
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