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

 


While you were sleeping: Wall Street extends rise

While you were sleeping: Wall Street extends rise

Feb 28 (BusinessDesk) – Wall Street rallied for a second day as stronger-than-expected reports on US business spending and the housing market bolstered optimism about the sustainability of the economic recovery.

In afternoon trading in New York, the Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 0.94 percent, the Standard & Poor's 500 Index added 1.09 percent, while the Nasdaq Composite Index climbed 1.14 percent.

Orders for durable goods excluding transportation equipment posted their biggest gain in a year, suggesting further strength ahead.

"The encouraging tone of this report suggests that the business sector is beginning to feel sufficiently confident about the improving economic outlook to commit to investment activity," Millan Mulraine, a senior economist at TD Securities in New York, told Reuters.

Separately, the National Association of Realtors said its pending home sales index climbed 4.5 percent to 105.9 in January, the highest reading since April 2010, from a downwardly revised 101.3 in December.

Declining inventory is the key to this year's housing market outlook, according to NAR.

"Favourable affordability conditions and job growth have unleashed a pent-up demand," Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said in a statement. "Most areas are drawing down housing inventory, which has shifted the supply/demand balance to sellers in much of the country. It's also why we're experiencing the strongest price growth in more than seven years."

In Europe, the mood was buoyed by indications that confidence in the euro zone rose more than expected in February. An index of executive and consumer sentiment increased to 91.1 from a revised 89.5 in January, according to the European Commission.

Europe's Stoxx 600 Index climbed 0.9 percent from the previous close. The UK’s FTSE 100 rose 0.9 percent, Germany’s DAX Index increased 1 percent, while France’s CAC 40 jumped 1.9 percent. The euro strengthened 0.3 percent against the greenback and 0.1 percent against the yen.

Nerves about the outcome of Italy's elections appeared to have settled, as Italy’s benchmark stock index advanced 1.8 percent, while investors bought 6.5 billion euros of five- and 10-year of new debt auctioned by the country today.

“The auction has cleared with strong demand and better-than-expected yield levels,” Owen Callan, an analyst at Danske Bank in Dublin, told Bloomberg. There is “very strong demand for the 10 year in particular, which is encouraging. It shows that fears of a rapid disintegration of investor sentiment toward Italy may be overstated.”

Meanwhile, PIMCO's Bill Gross warned that gains in debt might be limited.

“Corporate credit and high yield bonds are somewhat exuberantly and irrationally priced,” Gross wrote in a note published on PIMCO's website. “Spreads are tight, corporate profit margins are at record peaks with room to fall, and the economy is still fragile.”

"Still that doesn’t mean you should vacate your portfolio of them."

(BusinessDesk)

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Media: Julian Wilcox Leaves Māori TV

Māori Television has confirmed the resignation of Head of News and Production Julian Wilcox. Mr Maxwell acknowledged Mr Wilcox’s significant contribution to Māori Television since joining the organisation in 2004. More>>

ALSO:

Genetics: New Heat Tolerant Cow Developed

Hamilton, New Zealand-based Dairy Solutionz Ltd has led an expert genetics team to develop a new dairy cow breed conditioned to thrive in lower elevation tropical climates and achieve high milk production under heat stress. More>>

Fractals: Thousands More Business Cards Needed To Build Giant Sponge

New Zealand is taking part in a global event this weekend to build a Menger Sponge using 15 million business cards but local organisers say they are thousands of business cards short. More>>

Scoop Business: NZ Net Migration Rises To Annual Record In September

New Zealand’s annual net migration rose to a record in September, beating government forecasts, as the inflow was spurred by student arrivals from India and Kiwis returning home from Australia. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Fletcher To Close Its Christchurch Insulation Plant, Cut 29 Jobs

Fletcher Building, New Zealand’s largest listed company, will close its Christchurch insulation factory, as it consolidates its Tasman Insulations operations in a “highly competitive market”. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Novartis Adds Nine New Treatments Under Pharmac Deal

Novartis New Zealand, the local unit of the global pharmaceuticals firm, has added nine new treatments in a far-ranging agreement with government drug buying agency, Pharmac. More>>

ALSO:

Crown Accounts: English Wary On Tax Take, Could Threaten Surplus

Finance Minister Bill English is warning the tax take may come in below forecast in the current financial year, as figures released today confirm it was short by nearly $1 billion in the year to June 30 and English warned of the potential impact of slumping receipts from agricultural exports. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand

Mosh Social Media
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news