Global stocks are up on Monday as Europe floats a plan to bail out Greece. Copper spikes higher on supply concerns while the euro and pound fall against the dollar on budget deficit fears.
Good morning, I’m KRISTIN BIANCO, with the “Week Ahead Market Report” for March 1, 2010.
In overseas equity markets this morning, major Asian markets shot higher on strength in resource stocks. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index rose 0.5 percent today while China’s Shanghai Shenzen index advanced 1.3 percent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was higher by 2.2 percent.
European equity markets were higher on Monday morning. The German DAX index moved up by 1 percent. Britain’s Footsie 100 index edged up 0.2 percent.
U.S. S&P index futures are higher by 0.1 percent in Monday’s pre-market action.
Spot gold was at $1,114 an ounce this morning, down $3.60 from the close on Friday. April crude-oil futures are flat at $79.59 a barrel.
On the economic front, employment remains the focus. The most important release of the week will be the U.S. Department of Labor’s employment report on Friday. Economists are expecting the unemployment rate to have edged higher from 9.7 percent to 9.8 percent in January.
The pound and the euro tumbled on increasing speculation that European nations will struggle to rein in record budget deficits. The British pound dropped as much as 3 percent against the dollar overnight, falling below $1.50 for the first time since May 2009. The euro edged down 0.7 percent.
Global investor sentiment was boosted after weekend news reports stating that a plan led by Germany and France to bail out Greece was in the works. The deal could be worth as much as 30 billion euro or $41 billion in U.S. dollars.
A massive earthquake in Chile, the world’s largest copper producer, raised concerns about a disruption in global copper supplies. Copper gained as much as 6.2 percent this weekend after a Saturday morning earthquake registered 8.8 on the Richter scale in Chile. Copper is up 2 percent this morning.
Earnings season is winding down this week with nearly 300 companies reporting, including 11 S&P 500 members.
Bank of Montreal (NYSE:BMO) will report on Tuesday with earnings expectations of $1.07 per share.
Discount retailer Costco (NASDAQ:COST) is expected to report before the market opens on Wednesday with consensus estimates of 71 cents per share.
Also on Wednesday during market hours, Royal Bank of Canada (NYSE:RY) is expected to report earnings per share of 97 cents per share.
On Thursday, Toronto Dominion Bank (NYSE:TD) will report during market hours. Analysts are expecting $1.35 per share in profits.
Emerging gold producer New Gold (AMEX:NGD) will report on Friday with expectations of 6 cents per share.
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