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U.S. markets take a cue from Europe, heading up on strong housing starts and a plunge in Spanish debt yields. Financials make a comeback after taking a beating yesterday. Jefferies soars after Q4 profit beats estimates. AT&T is up even though the company dropped its bid for T-Mobile yesterday. And Red Hat's poor forecast takes its toll.
European shares post gains after upbeat U.S. housing data. Short-term yields plunge in the latest Spanish Treasury bill auction and German business sentiment posts an unexpected rise. The Greek Finance minister announces the country is close to a deal with private creditors. Bank stocks are among the best European performers on the day and health care stocks slide on bearish news for two Astrazeneca drugs. In the U.S., builders are up, as are utilities. With Patrick Arbor, Shatkin Arbor, James Keenan, BlackRock, and Mike Murphy, Fast Money trader.
Spain sold more than its maximum target of Treasury bills Tuesday as borrowing costs declined and demand soared. Meanwhile strong German IFO data boosts the euro.
U.S futures begin the day up. Bargain hunting in Asia brings mixed day to markets as investors remain cautious over the euro zone. The market in Britain is lower but the rest of Europe is up as yields for short term Spanish bonds plummet. The euro gets a boost from better-than-expected German IFO data. Deutsche Telekom is down after AT&T announces it's pulling out of its $39 billion bid to acquire T-Mobile USA.
A break-up of the euro would be “absurd” and “unthinkable,” Vítor Constâncio, Vice-President of the European Central Bank (ECB), told CNBC Tuesday.
The U. S. markets are down after losing early gains. Financials weigh on the markets and an explosion at an Apple components factory in Shanghai creates concerns over iPad 2 production. Kingdom Holdings invests big in Twitter. And homebuilder sentiment rises for the third straight month, according to the NAHB.
European shares slide as the ECB's Draghi says nothing about bond buying in speech. The ECB's Constancio says a euro zone breakup is unthinkable. Spain's incoming PM wants to reduce the deficit by $21.6 billion. Saab plans to liquidate after a Swedish court accepts its bankruptcy application. Oil stocks fall on weak economic recovery. And ratings agency Fitch says it's skeptical about Europe's ability to tackle its debt crisis. With Keith McCullough, Hedgeye Risk Management.
The European markets await euro zone news but rebound after a slow start. Italy's markets have a strong day and the UK struggles to get back into positive territory. Swedish Auto is down by 66 percent after Saab files for bankruptcy. And the euro is under pressure as the ECB announces it will launch a 3 year liquidity operation on Wednesday.
U.S. futures are mixed. More gainers than decliners in Europe even though Fitch says a solution to the crisis is technically and politically beyond reach. The ECB announces plans to launch a 3 year liquidity operation on Wednesday. The death of North Korean leader Kim Jong il shakes already nervous Asian markets, as his son Kim Jong un takes over.
CNBC's Mandy Drury reports the U.S. markets are positive, for now. The lower dollar and stronger euro are helping push things today. Financials, industrials and materials are all higher. Adobe is up after a good earnings report, but Zynga fell below its $10 IPO price in early trading. Meanwhile, things continue to be Rough for RIMM after it delays its remake till the end of 2012.
European shares are mixed in thin trading. Mining shares rally along with metal prices. Monti wins Italian confidence vote on austerity measures. The EU and IMF break off informal aid talks with Hungary. Britain says it plans to attend talks on a European fiscal pact. And a vote to withdraw German support for ESM fails. With JJ Kinahan, Think or Swim.
Miners lead European shares higher. Bank stocks react to the Fitch downgrade with something of a yawn. Yields fall across the board in the bond markets. Monti faces an Italian confidence vote on austerity and the euro rebounds slightly.
U.S. futures are up following yesterday's gains. European shares rise, led by mining stocks. Fitch downgrades Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, BNP Paribas and Barclays. The euro is off its 11-month low. Italian PM Monti faces a confidence vote on a 33 billion euro austerity package. And gold rebounds while crude stays steady. In Asia, better-than-expected U.S. economic data lifts the markets in a mixed session.
The U.S. markets are positive on the heels of positive economic data that's outweighed the negatives from Europe. The only cautious note is that while manufacturing is improving, U.S. companies are staying lean.
European markets have a mostly green day after upbeat U.S. economic data -- insurance stocks are among the day's best performers. Credit Agricole falls after Fitch downgrades its long-term rating. Italy calls for a Friday confidence vote in effort to speed up austerity passage. And the IMF's Christine LaGarde says the world economic outlook is "quite gloomy" and requires action by countries outside the EU. Henry McVey, KKR head of global macro and asset allocation, discusses his investment strategy for a tu
European markets rebound, although euro zone concerns remain. Manufacturing data continues to contract. Meanwhile, Spain finds strong demand for bonds even as yields on the 5-year fall. And the euro hits an 11-month low against the dollar.
U.S. futures are up across the board. European manufacturing data continues to contract. Spain sells more than 6 billion euros of government bonds. The euro hits an 11-month low against the dollar. Gold is up slightly today but still down for the week. And Asian markets continue to slide on concerns over Europe and weak economic data.
CNBC's Mandy Drury reports on the third consecutive day in the red for U.S. markets, which have their biggest three-day drop since Thanksgiving week. Investors struggle to shake European concerns, as a stronger dollar slams commodities and energy companies take it on the chin. And First Solar is the biggest loser on the S&P today after it slashes earnings and sees a weak 2012.
Growth worries drag European shares lower as market losses accelerate near the end of the trading day. German Chancellor Angela Merkel again rebuffs pressure for the ECB to intervene decisively. Italy sees a record-high yield of 5.47 percent at a 5-year bond auction. State Street quits as the UK primary dealer. Automakers, miners, and other cyclical stocks are among the day's worst performers. Peter Baum, Essex Manufacturing, talks about the impact of Europe on China with CNBC's Gary Kaminsky. And oil falls along with the euro.
Europe finds a low point even though a short-lived gain follows a successful German bond auction. An Italian auction yield sets new euro-era high at 6.47 percent. Mario Monti speaks in the Italian Parliament today, and says German Chancellor Merkel believed the EU agreement would calm markets. And the euro/dollar hits an 11-month low.