GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks, oil rebound on economic data
* Economic data fuels European, U.S. stock rally * World equity markets rebound from Monday's sharp sell-off * Euro lifted by above-forecast euro zone services data * Brent crude close to $117 a barrel By Herbert Lash NEW YORK, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Global equity markets and oil prices bounced back on Tuesday after January data on business activity in the euro zone showed signs of recovery while the U.S. service sector grew last month for a third year of back-to-back monthly expansion. Major U.S. and European stock indexes rallied, with Wall Street gaining about 0.9 percent after a sell-off the previous session. A measure of world equity markets also was higher, though not nearly as much. U.S. stocks advanced, fueled by strong fourth-quarter earnings and signs of improving economic growth, which suggested the longer-term trend for equities remains higher. "Stocks are really the only place investors can go for any kind of real return, and that's enough to have people continuing to come into the market, not just buying on dips but in general," said Thomas Nyheim, a portfolio manager at Christiana Trust in Greenville, Delaware. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 116.32 points, or 0.84 percent, at 13,996.40. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index was up 13.95 points, or 0.93 percent, at 1,509.66. The Nasdaq Composite Index was up 31.25 points, or 1.00 percent, at 3,162.42. MSCI's all-country world equity index rose 0.2 percent to 354.70, while a measure of European stocks gained 0.5 percent. U.S. Treasuries prices fell, spurred by Markit's Eurozone Composite PMI, which rose to a 10-month high of 48.6 from 47.2 in December - better than the preliminary reading of 48.2. The data is based on business activity across thousands of companies and is considered a good gauge of growth. The benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury note was down 15/32 in price to yield 2.0088 percent. The Institute for Supply Management said its U.S. services sector index eased slightly, to 55.2 last month from 55.7 in December. The reading was in line with economists' forecasts, according to a Reuters survey. Brent crude oil rose $1.15 a barrel to $116.75, while U.S. crude futures gained 53 cents to $96.70. "We do not envisage prices receding for any great length of time," said Carsten Fritsch, an analyst at Commerzbank. "The supply-side risks still prevailing, shrinking OPEC supplies and the brightening global economic outlook all suggest that such a retreat is unlikely." The euro rose against the dollar and yen, returning to its months-long trend of appreciation, as better-than-expected euro zone data affirmed expectations that the European Central Bank will keep policy steady when it meets this week. The euro, which had taken the brunt of the selling and fallen from a high of over $1.37 at the end of last week to under $1.35 on Monday, rose 0.13 percent to trade at $1.3530.
- Exclusive: Malaysia plane probe narrows on mid-air disintegration - source
- Radar showed missing plane may have turned back: Malaysia military
- Missing Malaysian jet may have disintegrated in mid-air: source |
- Malaysian plane presumed crashed; questions over false IDs |
- Merkel raps Putin as Russian forces tighten grip on Crimea |