* Nasdaq gains on Facebook results; Dow, S&P mostly flat
* German Ifo, UK GDP reinforce European recovery picture
* Euro firms; German, U.S. bond prices fall
By Herbert Lash
NEW YORK, July 25 Global equity markets eased
and the dollar fell on Thursday as mixed results from blue-chip
companies on both sides of the Atlantic and renewed concerns
about the slowing pace of growth in China weighed on investor
U.S. stocks rebounded off early weakness as gains in
technology companies, especially Facebook, lifted the Nasdaq.
The dollar fell against the euro and the yen as investors
saw positive economic news in Europe, but a rise in U.S.
business spending plans for a third straight month in June was
not enough to drive the U.S. currency.
In Europe, profit warnings by German heavyweights BASF
and Siemens hit the country's DAX
index and cast a shadow over the broader European market, which
was seen vulnerable to further declines.
Results from General Motors and Dow Chemical Co.
were generally positive, but with the possible exception
of big U.S. banks, corporate America's earnings for the most
part have failed to ignite strong Wall Street gains.
Facebook Inc was an exception, notching its biggest
single-day percentage gain ever with a 27.6 percent jump to
$33.83 a day after the online social network company reported a
big gain in mobile advertising revenue.
Facebook was by far the most active Nasdaq-listed share.
Of the 233 companies in the S&P 500 that have posted results
through early Thursday, 67.8 percent beat analyst expectations,
slightly better than the past four quarters and above the 63
percent average since 1994, Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S said.
"To the extent that earnings continue to be strong, that
helps to take off some of the perception that we've gone too
far, too fast," said Mitch Rubin, chief investment officer at
RiverPark Advisors in New York, where he helps oversee $2.1
The Dow Jones industrial average was down 19.30
points, or 0.12 percent, at 15,522.94. The Standard & Poor's 500
Index was up 0.46 points, or 0.03 percent, at 1,686.40.
The Nasdaq Composite Index was up 17.93 points, or 0.50
percent, at 3,597.53.
Global shares as measured by MSCI's all-country world index
fell 0.1 percent, while the FTSEurofirst 300
index of top European shares closed down 0.45 percent
Major indexes in Britain, France and Germany also closed
In London, mining shares were also big losers, led by Anglo
American and Rio Tinto, as mounting worries
about China halted a recovery rally in the sector.
German government bonds fell as better data from major
European economies this week prompted investors to dump
German business morale rose for a third straight month in
July, Spain's unemployment rate fell for the first time in two
years and UK growth sped up in the second quarter.
German 10-year yields were up 3.2 basis points
at 1.67 percent, while German Bund futures settled down
44 ticks at 142.28 after Wednesday's more than full-point drop.
The benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury note was down 5/32, the
yield at 2.6015 percent.
The euro was near a one-month peak in New York trading after
the German Ifo survey. The influential think tank's business
climate index rose to 106.2 in July from 105.9 a month ago, just
ahead of forecasts of a 106.1 reading.
The euro was up 0.35 percent at $1.3246, while the
dollar index was down 0.42 percent at 81.948.
The dollar was down 0.75 percent at 99.49 yen.
Crude edged higher in choppy trade after initially falling
on concerns over weak Chinese economic data dimming the outlook
for demand in the world's No. 2 oil consumer. U.S. crude output
reached the highest rate in more than two decades.
Brent crude oil rebounded, rising 46 cents to settle
at $107.65 a barrel.
U.S. crude futures rose 10 cents to settle at $105.49