June 18, 2013 / 8:41 PM / in 5 years

UPDATE 1-New Zealand/Australia Morning Call-Global markets

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 Stock Markets
S&P/ASX 200    4,814.35  -11.53  NZSX 50        4,462.10  +14.47
DJIA          15,318.23 +138.38  Nikkei        13,007.28  -25.84
NASDAQ         3,482.18  +30.05  FTSE           6,374.21  +43.72
S&P 500        1,651.81  +12.77  Hang Seng     21,225.88   -0.02
SPI 200 Fut    4,852.00  +32.00  CRB Index        286.43   +0.06

AU 10 YR Bond     3.431  +0.027  US 10 YR Bond     2.185  +0.007
NZ 10 YR Bond     3.774  -0.001  US 30 YR Bond     3.342  -0.009

 Currencies (Prev at 7pm NZST)                                  
AUD US$          0.9481  0.9491  NZD US$          0.7992  0.7978
EUR US$          1.3396  1.3333  Yen US$           95.40   94.94

Gold (Lon)      1366.75          Silver (Lon)     21.800        
Gold (NY)       1384.35          Light Crude       98.49        
Overnight market action with latest New York figures.

    NEW YORK - U.S. stocks advanced for a second straight day on
Tuesday as investors bet the Federal Reserve would temper recent
statements that were interpreted as meaning an early reduction
of stimulus efforts. 
   The Dow Jones industrial average was up 138.76 points,
or 0.91 percent, at 15,318.61. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index 
 was up 12.76 points, or 0.78 percent, at 1,651.80. The
Nasdaq Composite Index  was up 30.05 points, or 0.87
percent, at 3,482.18.
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    LONDON - Britain's blue chip share index rose on Tuesday, as
traders bought up beaten-down financial heavyweights in a
cautious session ahead of a policy meeting of the U.S. Federal
   The FTSE 100 closed 43.72 points higher, or 0.7
percent, at 6,374.21, with financials, which include banks,
asset managers and insurers, contributing 24 points to the
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    TOKYO - Japan's Nikkei average edged down in choppy trade
but managed to end above 13,000 on Tuesday, with most players
staying on the sidelines as they awaited the outcome of the U.S.
Federal Reserve's meeting for clues on when it may begin
tapering back stimulus. 
    The Nikkei slipped 0.2 percent to 13,007.28 points
after trading as high as 13,139.48 earlier.
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    SYDNEY - Australian shares are set to open a touch higher on
Wednesday amid uncertainty over U.S. growth prospects and metals
demand as investors wait to see whether the Federal Reserve will
start winding back its stimulus program.  
    Stock index futures rose 0.8 percent to 4,854.0, a
39.6-point premium to the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index.
The benchmark fell 0.2 percent on Tuesday, closing at 4,814.4.
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    NEW YORK -  The U.S. dollar rose on Tuesday against the yen
for a second straight session as some traders bet the Federal
Reserve may signal it is almost ready to reduce its bond buying
program aimed at propping up the economy. 
    The dollar rose 0.76 percent to 95.21 yen, having hit
a two-month low of 93.78 yen on Thursday. A reported options
expiry at 95.35 yen could keep the pair close to that level. 
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    NEW YORK -  Most U.S. Treasuries prices were little changed
on Tuesday in light, choppy trading, as investors awaited the
outcome of the Federal Reserve's two-day meeting for signs
whether the U.S. central bank might scale back its current
stimulus program.
    In late trading, the 30-year bond was 2/32
higher in price with a yield of 3.347 percent, down 0.3 basis
point from late on Monday. Benchmark 10-year Treasuries
 were flat in price at 96-4/32 with a yield of 2.185
    The 10-year yield rose to a session high in the wake of data
that showed a 6.8 percent rise in home construction last month,
although well below what analysts had forecast.
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    NEW YORK/LONDON - Gold fell more than 1 percent on Tuesday
as U.S. equities rallied and bullion buyers took to the
sidelines before the conclusion of a two-day Federal Reserve
policy meeting they hope will give greater clarity on the
outlook for U.S. monetary policy.
     Spot gold was down 1.3 percent at $1,366.60 an ounce
at 3:15 p.m. EDT (1915 GMT), having earlier hit a near one-month
low of $1,360.54. U.S. Comex gold futures for August
delivery settled down $16.20 an ounce at $1,366.90, with trading
volume at around half of its 30-day daily average.
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    LONDON - Copper fell to a 1-1/2 month low on Tuesday as
investors waited for clarification from Federal Reserve Chairman
Ben Bernanke on the central bank's plans for its monetary
stimulus programme when a two-day policy meeting ends on
   Benchmark three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange
 ended at $7,005 a tonne, down from a close of $7,082 on
Monday. It earlier fell to its lowest since early May at $6,965
a tonne. 
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    NEW YORK - Oil prices ended slightly higher on Tuesday in
sluggish trading as the market awaited the Federal Reserve's
policy statement on Wednesday that is expected to show whether
it will reduce its monetary stimulus.
    Brent crude oil futures for August delivery settled
55 cents higher at $106.02 per barrel after trading as high as
$106.24. Front-month U.S. crude oil futures finished the
day 67 cents higher at $98.44 per barrel, after trading as high
as $98.61. U.S. oil prices fell short of $98.74, a nine-month
high, reached on Monday.   
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