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Market Update : 
Rate Hikes Drag Europe
Author: Elena Todorova
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Last Update: 12:30 PM EDT August 03 2006


 
12:30PM European markets closed steeply down on interest-rate hikes.
European markets closed deeply in the red, reflecting an unexpected interest-rate hike by the Bank of England, weakness among food and oil stocks, as well as negative sentiment on Wall Street. The Bank of England raised its key rate by a quarter-point to 4.75%, raising fears that interest-rate hikes might hurt economic growth. Following the suit, the European Central Bank made a quarter-point rate hike to 3%, which was a widely expected move. Among movers, shares of oil majors like Total and BP declined along with the price of crude oil. The food sector was focused on Anglo-Dutch Unilever which dropped 5.8% after reporting a 35% profit rise, but lower margins. Banking stocks like Societe Generale and Barclays also posted weakness. The leading decliner across the region was London FTSE 100, falling 1.6%, followed by the French CAC 40, down 0.9%, and the German DAX 300, down 0.7%.


Oil prices retreated as fears that the tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico could damage facilities receded. Light crude September delivery fell 76 cents to $75.05 a barrel. Gasoline lost 6 cents to $2.2740 a gallon, while heating oil fell 3 cents to $2.0980. London Brent dropped 56 cents to $76.33. The dollar traded mixed versus major currencies. The euro traded at $1.2813, up from $1.2798. The dollar bought 114.81 yen, up from 114.55. The British pound stood at $1.8896, up from $1.8779. European gold prices traded lower. In London the precious metal traded at $642.25, down from $654 per ounce. In Zurich gold traded at $644.35, down from $653.80. Silver closed at $12.03, down from $12.15.


11:30AM Blue chips moved higher on P & G.
Stocks traded narrowly mixed Thursday, reflecting investor worries on interest rates following a pair of rate hikes overseas. However, economic data releases pointed to a slowing economy, which raised hopes that the Fed might pause in its rate hiking strategy. The ISM''s service sector index for July came in at 54.8, lower than the 56.5 reading expected by economists. June factory orders rose 1.2%, less than the 1.7% increase expected.

At the same time, U.S. blue-chip stocks moved to the upside after Procter & Gamble Co. (PG) shares rose 1.3% on news rival Unilever reported higher revenue. The Anglo-Dutch consumer goods maker reported a rise in sales growth. In late morning trading, the Dow Jones industrial average rose 19.29, or 0.17%. The Standard & Poor''s 500 index lost 1.04, or 0.08%, and the Nasdaq composite index dropped 0.58, or 0.03%. Bonds fell slightly in response to the European rate hikes, with the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note rising to 4.97% from 4.96% late Wednesday.

Oil prices retreated as fears that the tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico could damage facilities receded. Light crude September delivery fell 76 cents to $75.05 a barrel. Gasoline lost 6 cents to $2.2740 a gallon, while heating oil fell 3 cents to $2.0980. London Brent dropped 56 cents to $76.33. The dollar traded mixed versus major currencies. The euro traded at $1.2813, up from $1.2798. The dollar bought 114.81 yen, up from 114.55. The British pound stood at $1.8896, up from $1.8779. European gold prices traded lower. In London the precious metal traded at $642.25, down from $654 per ounce. In Zurich gold traded at $644.35, down from $653.80. Silver closed at $12.03, down from $12.15.


Durable goods orders increased less than expected.
The Department of Commerce released its report on new orders for manufactured goods in the month of June on Thursday. The report showed that orders grew by less than economists had been expecting. The report showed that new orders for manufactured goods rose 1.2 percent in June following an upwardly revised 1.0 percent increase in May. Economists had expected orders to increase by 1.8 percent compared to the 0.7 percent increase originally reported for May. The increase in orders for manufactured goods reflected a downwardly revised 2.9 percent increase orders for durable goods. Last week, the Commerce Department said durable goods orders rose 3.1 percent compared to a 0.3 percent increase in May. At the same time, a decrease in orders for non-durable goods helped to offset the increase in orders for durable goods. The report showed that orders for non-durable goods fell 0.7 percent in June. The report also showed that shipments fell 0.3 percent in June following a 2.5 percent increase in May, while inventories rose 0.8 percent in June after rising 0.7 percent in May. Subsequently, the inventories-to-shipments ratio edged up to 1.16 in June from 1.15 in May.


Business activity in the service sector fell more than expected.
Thursday morning, the Institute for Supply Management released its report on business activity in the service sector in the month of July. The report showed that the pace of growth in the sector slowed more than economists had expected. The ISM said that its index of business activity in the sector fell to 54.8 in July from 57.0 in June. While a reading above 50 indicates growth in the sector, economists had been expecting a more modest decrease to a reading of 56.5. The decrease by the index was partly due to a slowdown in the pace of new orders growth, with the new orders index falling to 55.6 in July from 56.6 in June. Nonetheless, new orders still grew for the 40th consecutive month. At the same time, the repot showed that employment expanded at a faster pace, as the employment index rose to 54.5 in July from 52.0 in June. Inventories also saw faster growth than in the previous month. The ISM also said that its reading on inflation in the service sector showed an acceleration in the pace of price growth. The prices index rose to 74.8 in July from 73.9 in June.

10:30AM The Sensex notches modest gain after hitting record high earlier.
The Sensex in India ended with a gain of 46.97, on 10,923.16, reaching the 11,000 mark earlier in the trading session. The market-breadth was strong. For 1,488 shares that advanced, 975 declined and 72 shares were unchanged. The turnover on BSE was Rs 2,931 crore, higher than Wednesday’s Rs 2,666 crore.

Ranbaxy led the gainers, advancing 3% to Rs 389.50 in the wake of a U.S. federal appeals court decision to invalidate a secondary Pfizer patent, paving the way for an earlier launch of a generic form of Lipitor, the U.S. pharma company’s cholesterol drug. ICICI Bank climbed 1.1% to Rs 554.05 after its ADR advanced 2% on Wednesday to $ 26.55.

HDFC Bank also notched up 1.8% to Rs 794 as its ADR advanced 0.7% on Wednesday to $ 53.45. Housing finance large-cap HDFC gained 1.7% to Rs 1,212, raising lately home loan rates across the board by 50 basis points. Bharti Airtel advanced 1% to Rs 397.45 after reporting that it had given a $107 million outsourcing contract to IBM. Grasim also moved up 1.79% to Rs 2,116.40 and Bajaj Auto gained 1.48% to Rs 2,581.00.

Sugar stocks soared due to reports that the government had partially lifted its ban on sugar exports. Dwarikesh Sugar surged 12% to Rs 121, Dhampur Sugar jumped 10.8% to Rs 109, Balrampur Chini Mills advanced 7% to Rs 96.80, Bannari Amman Sugar climbed 5% to Rs 1,020.30 and DCM Shriram Consolidated advanced 5% to Rs 83.90.

Reliance Industries slipped 0.5% to Rs 985, sharply off the session’s high of Rs 1,007.45. As for reports, Reliance Industries has raised petrochemical prices between 3% and 9% in August 2006. Hindustan Lever also lost 1.8% to Rs 223.75 and cigarette large-cap ITC slid 1.3% to Rs 171. Oil exploration company ONGC was off 1.4% to Rs 1,176. Other decliners included BHEL with a loss of 1.60% to Rs 2,118.75, Dr Reddy''s lost 0.75% to Rs 1,407.95 and ACC shed 0.67% to Rs 861.95.

Great Eastern Shipping lost 1.6% to Rs 219.65 following the company comment that its board had decided not to proceed with the demerger of its offshore business as the six-month timeline to complete the process had passed.


9:45AM Stocks opened in the negative.
U.S. stock markets opened in the negative, reflecting growing concerns about further interest rate increases after a pair of European central banks raised interest rates. Mixed monthly retail sales also contributed to the negative mood. The stock market''s decline came despite a slight rise in weekly first-time unemployment claims. First-time claims rose to 315,000, up from 301,000 the previous week.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) gained 0.3% after reporting a 2.4% gain in same-store sales. Limited Brands Inc. (LTD), operator of retailers such as Victoria''s Secret and Bath & Body Works, rose 3.6% after posting a 7% jump in same-store sales. Target Corp. (TGT) posted a lower-than-expected 3.1% increase in same-store sales, sending company’s shares down 1%. Gap Inc. (GPS) dropped 3% after the clothing retailer said its sales dropped 4 percent for July.




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