Positive sentiment ruled the European markets today. While STOXX Europe 600 Index has gained 0.75%, London's FTSE 100 Index moved up 0.82%.
Most Asian markets ended higher, with Japan's Nikkei Stock Average dropping 0.48%, Australia's S&P/ASX 200 moving up 0.53% and China's Shanghai Composite gaining 1.35%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index rose 1.17%.
Negative sentiment ruled the European markets today. While STOXX Europe 600 Index has dropped 0.55%, London's FTSE 100 Index moved down 0.17%.
BP's (BP) headache continues over its planned share swap with Russian-owned Rosneft. According to a report from Sky News, the Association of British Insurers (ABI) announced its concerns over the impact of the swap. ABI reportedly controls 10% to 15% of the U.K. stock market.
ABI's reservations also include a Swedish court's decision to block BP's planned venture with Rosneft in the Arctic. Perhaps most concerning of all -- and not just to ABI -- is Wednesday's report announcing that U.S. prosecutors are considering manslaughter charges against BP for its Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Eleven oil workers were killed as a result of the spill.
Overseas, positive sentiment ruled the European markets today. While STOXX Europe 600 Index has gained 0.79%, London's FTSE 100 Index moved up 0.50%.
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Negative sentiment ruled the European markets today. While STOXX Europe 600 Index has dropped 0.51%, London's FTSE 100 Index moved down 0.30%. Most Asian markets ended lower, with Japan's Nikkei Stock Average dropping 0.21%, Australia's S&P/ASX 200 gaining 0.40% and China's Shanghai Composite falling 0.87%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index lost 0.03% and India's Sensex surged 177.66 points.
U.S. stocks closed higher on Friday, with the Dow Jones industrial average gaining 50 points to 12,221, the Standard & Poor's 500 Index rising 4 points to 1,314 and the Nasdaq Composite Index climbing 7 points to 2,743.
Portugal Prime Minister Jose Socrates stood by his promise and resigned late Wednesday, leaving the country with a higher possibility of a bailout. Socrates had hoped to push through structural reforms in the country in order to cut down borrowing costs and decrease its fiscal deficit.
The prime manager's resignation was just another undesirable event for Portugal, as Moody's downgraded the country's sovereign debt rating last week and gave Portugal a negative outlook. Although nothing is certain, the outlook suggests that further ratings cuts may ensue.
U.S. stocks closed higher Wednesday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average rising 0.56% to 12,086, the S&P 500 index inching up 0.29% to 1,298 and the Nasdaq 100 index gaining 0.54% to 2,698.
Data on weekly jobless claims and durable-goods orders for February will be released at 8:30 a.m. ET.
Spring has officially begun, and now may be the time to consider some investments that could add a little "spring" to your portfolio.
Topping the list are companies like Lowe's (LOW) and Home Depot (HD). They stand to benefit from the nicer weather as people head outdoors to work on the garden, plant new beds, maintain the lawn, and take care of home improvements.
Stocks closed lower on Tuesday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropping 0.15% to 12,018.63, the S&P 500 index falling 0.36% to 1,294 and the Nasdaq 100 index declining 0.31% to 2,684.
Data on February new home sales will be released at 8:30 a.m. ET. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will deliver a speech at the Independent Community Bankers of America National Convention.
Walgreen (WAG), Dollar General (DG) and Express (EXPR) all reported higher quarterly profits Tuesday morning, with Dollar General and Express both beating Wall Street consensus earnings estimates. With news like this, it may be beneficial for an investor to take a closer look at the retail sector.
Granted, Walgreen did not impress Wall Street, and shares fell more than 7%. Express and Dollar General, however, are reaping the benefits with Express trading up over 5% and Dollar General enjoying a 3% upswing. Both companies opened trading up in the markets Tuesday.
U.S. stocks closed higher on Monday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average gaining 1.50% to 12,037, the S&P 500 index rising 1.5% to 1,298 and the Nasdaq 100 index climbing 1.83% to 2,692.
Yesterday's announcement of the AT&T (T) and T-Mobile deal gives both companies a clear "win" in the telecommunications sector. Who are the "losers"?
The tower companies have experienced downward pressure today, with American Tower (AMT) currently trading down over 8%, SBA Communications (SBAC) currently down over 10%, and Crown Castle International (CCI) currently hovering down almost 5%.
Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average surged 105 points to 11,904.00, while those for the S&P 500 stock index climbed 13.60 points to 1,287.80. Futures for the Nasdaq 100 index surged 24.25 points to 2,245.75.