Oil prices fell in heavy trading on Friday, pulled lower by a drop in gasoline on expectations that a large number of European cargoes could hit U.S. shores, while a key spread narrowed sharply on news of the start-up of a major Midwest pipeline.
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Gold fell 1 percent on Friday, finishing nearly flat for the week, after growing inflation pressure in China dented hopes for more stimulus from the world's second-largest economy.
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European equities stalled on Friday, with weak economic data from the United States and concerns about the scope for more stimulus in China giving investors the excuse to lock in profits.
"The Bulls have the Bears as a prisoner right now," said Jeff Kilburg, Killir Kapital Management, explaining why the markets are likely headed higher from here.
Asian shares ended mixed on Friday as a pick-up in Chinese inflation prompted profit taking, with mainland shares slumping 1.8 percent. But Japan's Nikkei managed to defy broader regional weakness as the yen logged fresh losses.
Oil demand in Europe, already at its lowest in 20 years after five years of declines, is set to fall further, dented by a bleak economic outlook, increasing energy efficiency and a switch to alternative forms of energy.
Investors sifting through analysts' new year predictions for stock market movements may want to press "delete" and look instead for sound companies, as history shows equity index forecasts are usually wrong.
The S&P will hit an all-time high in 2013 and this year marks the start of a bear market for government bonds, Ana Armstrong, CEO of Armstrong Investment Managers told CNBC.
"I think it's going to be really tough to get through this earnings season without fits or starts. There's so much riding on this earnings season because of expectations for growth going into 2013," said one analyst.
Prices for U.S. Treasurys fell on Thursday as signs of life in the euro zone economy renewed recent bearishness, although a strong sale of 30-year debt tempered losses.
Stocks extended their gains in the final hour of trading to close near session highs Thursday, with all key S&P sectors finishing in positive territory, but volume was light amid caution ahead of next week's flurry of earnings report.
The euro catapulted to an 18-month high versus the yen and hit a one-week peak against the dollar Thursday after the European Central Bank gave no indication of cutting rates.
Oil futures rose on news that top world oil exporter Saudi Arabia had cut back production in response to flagging demand, and after China reported strong demand for its exports.
Gold prices topped $1,675 an ounce, rising along with the euro after the European Central Bank gave no hints on near-term rate cuts.
Banks and financial institutions are leading the pack of borrowers that have rushed to the U.S. debt markets at the start of the year. The FT reports.
Asian shares ended higher on Thursday as much stronger-than-expected Chinese trade data magnified positive momentum from global markets overnight, strengthening signs of recovery in the world's second-largest economy.
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