Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


While you were sleeping: Pfizer, Eli Lilly lift mood

While you were sleeping: Pfizer, Eli Lilly lift mood

Jan 30 (BusinessDesk) – Better-than-expected profit outlooks from drug makers Pfizer and Eli Lilly bolstered Wall Street, while a rise in US home prices also underpinned optimism that the economic recovery is kicking into gear.

Shares of Pfizer gained, last up 3.1 percent, after the company predicted 2013 profit that surpassed expectations. So did Eli Lilly, boosting its shares 3.8 percent.

Of the 174 companies in the S&P 500 that have reported earnings this season, 68.4 percent have been above analyst expectations, according to Thomson Reuters data.

There was bright news on US house prices, which posted their biggest annual gain since 2006. The S&P/Case Shiller composite index of 20 metropolitan areas increased 0.6 percent in November on a seasonally adjusted basis, and jumped 5.5 percent year over year, the most since August 2006.

"What we're seeing is really a gradual improvement in the overall economy," Anthony Chan, chief economist for Chase Private Client in New York, told Reuters.

In afternoon trading in New York, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.52 percent, while the Standard & Poor's 500 Index gained 0.12 percent. The Nasdaq Composite Index slipped 0.10 percent. Earlier the Dow rose as high as 13,954.04, the highest level in five years.

And that optimism also helped fuel a gain in oil prices to the highest level in four months.

"We’re pricing in a lot of economic optimism,” Mike Wittner, head of oil-market research for the Americas at Societe Generale in New York, told Bloomberg News. “The underlying macroeconomic picture looks solid and that’s good for demand.”

Even so, consumer confidence slumped in January, declining to the lowest level since November 2011, with the Conference Board’s index sliding to 58.6 this month, from a revised 66.7 in December.

It wasn't all good news on the earnings front either. Shares of VMware plunged, last down 20.9 percent, after the software maker predicted first-quarter revenue that fell short of expectations.

Seagate also missed the mark in its revenue outlook, sending its shares 9.5 percent lower.

US Federal Reserve policy makers began a two-day meeting today.

“The Fed meeting will be as always very closely watched,” Hank Smith, who helps oversee US$6.5 billion as chief investment officer of Haverford Trust told Bloomberg. “The market’s going to be very curious and read into any commentary as to if the Fed lets on as to when this non-traditional easing will start to end.”

In Europe, the Stoxx 600 Index ended the day with a 0.3 percent advance from the previous close. It's at the highest level in nearly two years. Stocks in London, Frankfurt, and Paris also gained, rising 0.7 percent, 0.2 percent and 0.1 percent respectively.

(BusinessDesk)

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

SOE Results: TVNZ Lifts Annual Profit 25% On Flat Ad Revenue, Quits Igloo

Television New Zealand, the state-owned broadcaster, lifted annual profit 25 percent, ahead of forecast and despite a dip in advertising revenue, while quitting its stake in the pay-TV Igloo joint venture with Sky Network Television. More>>

ALSO:

Insurers Up For More Payouts: Chch Property Investor Wins Policy Appeal In Supreme Court

Ridgecrest NZ, a property investor, has won an appeal in the Supreme Court over insurance cover provided by IAG New Zealand for a Christchurch building damaged in four successive earthquakes. More>>

ALSO:

Other Cases:

Royal Society: Review Finds Community Water Fluoridation Safe And Effective

A review of the scientific evidence for and against the efficacy and safety of fluoridation of public water supplies has found that the levels of fluoridation used in New Zealand create no health risks and provide protection against tooth decay. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Croxley Calls Time On NZ Production In Face Of Cheap Imports

Croxley Stationery, whose stationery brands include Olympic, Warwick and Collins, plans to cease manufacturing in New Zealand because it has struggled to compete with lower-cost imports in a market where the printed word is giving way to electronic communications. More>>

ALSO:

Prefu Roundup: Forecasts Revised, Surplus Intact

The National government heads into the election with its Budget surplus target broadly intact, delivering a set of economic and fiscal forecasts marginally revised from May to reflect weaker commodity prices and a lower tax take. More>>

ALSO:

Convention Centre: Major New SkyCity Hotel And Laneway For Auckland

Today SKYCITY Entertainment Group Limited revealed plans to build a new hotel and pedestrian laneway of bars, restaurants and boutique shopping on land it owns in the Nelson and Hobson Streets block, expanding the SKYCITY Entertainment Precinct. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Computer Power Plus

Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news