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Oct 09, 2012, 08.54 AM IST
Global markets were jittery on Monday ahead of earnings and on Spain bailout delay. European Stability Mechanism (ESM) formally unveiled yesterday and commentary from the sidelines led to some worry.
By Gautam Broker, Research Analyst at CNBC-TV18
Global markets were jittery on Monday ahead of earnings and on Spain bailout delay.
European Stability Mechanism (ESM) formally unveiled yesterday and commentary from the sidelines led to some worry.
German Finance Minister says Spain was not asking for help and does not need it at the moment.
Most other EU officials reiterate that Spain taking steps to address deficit, may not need aid.
Spanish PM however says, will need aid if borrowing costs spike beyond a point.
IMF head Christine Lagarde speaks on Greece; says Greece has stepped up on efforts but more action needed.
Divergences on opinion between IMF and EU commission officials on Greece led to volatility yesterday.
Trading was extremely light in the US as government offices and bond markets were shut yesterday.
IMF cut global growth forecast to 3.3 percent from 3.5 percent and China's to 7.8 percent from 8 percent.
US forecast raised mild from 2 percent to 2.2 percent. India's forecast cut to 4.9 percent from 6.1 percent earlier.
European markets at close on Monday: CAC plunged 1.5 percent and DAX lost 1.4 percent while FTSE went down 0.5 percent. Spain slipped 0.8 percent and Italy tumbled 2 percent
Today, SGX Nifty was up 0.6% at 5729. Among Asian markets, Shanghai and Hang Seng were up 1-2 percent while Nikkei fell 0.4 percent.
Euro was firmly below 1.30 to the US dollar and settled at 1.296 yesterday.
It was close to 1.30 to the US dollar today.
US dollar slightly strengthened on Euro weakness, but it has not seen substantial gain yesterday.
Dollar index was at 79.5 today as against 79.4 level yesterday.
Crude was under some pressure on economic forecast cuts yesterday.
Brent crude hit a session low of USD 110.5 a barrel yesterday, but continued to find support at lower levels on Middle East concerns.
Brent crude recovered to settle at USD 111.8 a barrel, down 0.2 percent yesterday. It was up 0.8% at USD 112.7 a barrel today
WTI crude was down 0.7% yesterday to close at USD 89.3 a barrel, which was above USD 90 a barrel today.
Gold hit a low of USD 1766 an ounce yesterday, which was today at around USD 1780 an ounce.
What to watch out for
UK Industrial Production, Trade Balances
US NFIB Business Optimism Index
ICSC Chain Stores Sales
ECB president Mario Draghi to testify in Brussels (Economic committee)
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