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Broadgate: Market News 6/8

6 August 2012

U.S. stock index futures rose Friday, indicating the S&P 500 may reverse a four-day losing streak ahead of key data on the U.S. labor market.

Labor Department releases the July employment report at 8:30am ET (12:30pm GMT). U.S. employment probably only inched up in July as the economy struggled to regain momentum, strengthening expectations of additional monetary stimulus from the Federal Reserve. Non-farm payrolls likely rose 100,000 last month, according to a Reuters survey, after gaining 80,000 in June.

The S&P 500 index has fallen more than 1.5 percent this week as investor hopes for further stimulus measures from central banks were dampened and a trading error at market maker Knight Capital Group Inc on Wednesday dealt another blow to confidence in market structure.

The decline comes after the benchmark index saw its best two-day run of the year to close out the prior week as European Central Bank President Mario Draghi heightened expectations for more immediate action to contain the euro zone debt crisis when he pledged to do “whatever it takes” to save the euro.

Knight Capital shares slumped 7.8 percent to $2.38 in premarket trade as the company fought for survival after a $440 million trading loss caused by a software glitch wiped out much of its capital. U.S. securities regulators are looking into the events surrounding the trading glitch.

S&P 500 futures rose 13.2 points and were above fair value, a formula that evaluates pricing by taking into account interest rates, dividends and time to expiration on the contract. Dow Jones industrial average futures rose 92 points, and Nasdaq 100 futures gained 26.5 points.

Other economic data expected later in the session includes the Institute for Supply Management’s July non-manufacturing index at 10:00 am ET (02:00pm GMT). Economists in a Reuters survey forecast a reading of 52.0 versus 52.1 in June.

LinkedIn Corp gained 9.1 percent to $102 in premarket after the professional networking site reported higher-than-expected revenue and raised its full-year outlook as it pocketed more money from subscribers, services aimed at businesses and advertising.

NYSE Euronext said new strategies and cost cuts should help the transatlantic exchange return to growth next year after losses in its three main business lines forced quarterly income down a fifth.

According to Thomson Reuters data though Thursday morning, of the 385 in the S&P 500 that have reported earnings, 67 percent have reported earnings above analyst expectations. Over the past four quarters, 68 percent of companies beat estimates.

European stocks rose, erasing most of the previous day’s pull-back and resuming a week-long rally as investors judged the European Central Bank remains committed to bold action to fight the debt crisis. The FTSEurofirst index of top European shares was up 1.6 percent.

Asian shares fell as investors shunned risk after the European Central Bank took no immediate action and only hinted at future steps to tackle the euro zone’s fiscal woes, following similar inaction from the U.S. Federal Reserve.


Brent crude dropped toward $108 a barrel on Monday as a recent surge in prices gave some investors a chance to sell their holdings for profit, while more data was eyed for clues on the health of the global economy and the outlook for oil demand.

Brent crude fell 47 cents to $108.47 a barrel by 10.50 a.m. EDT after jumping nearly 3 percent on Friday. U.S. crude edged down 23 cents to $91.17 after surging close to 5 percent in the previous session


The euro scaled a one-month high against the dollar on Monday in choppy trading as traders unwound bearish bets on the single currency after stronger-than-expected U.S. jobs data last week improved investor’s appetite for risk.

The euro was last up 0.1 percent from late U.S. trade on Friday at $1.2402, holding firm after surging roughly 1.7 percent on Friday, its biggest one-day percentage gain in about a month.

The Australian dollar dipped 0.1 percent to $1.0561, hovering near last week’s high of $1.0581, the Australian dollar’s highest level since March.

The U.S. dollar eased 0.2 percent against the yen to 78.37 yen, but remained above a two-month low of 77.90 yen hit last week.

Source:  Reuters.com

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