The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.90%, buoyed by the real estate and materials sector, as data showed retail sales grew more than expected in November. New Zealand’s benchmark NZX-50 index fell 0.24%.
Asian stocks ended mixed on Wednesday as investors looked ahead to the U.S. consumer price index, that comes out tomorrow, which might hint at whether the Federal Reserve will continue hiking rates in the coming months.
China’s Shanghai Composite index dropped 0.24% as new bank loan figures for December beat estimates. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index closed up 0.49%. Japan’s Nikkei 225 traded 1.03% higher, South Korea’s Kospi edged up 0.35%.
Major European markets rose at open. France’s CAC 40 rose by 0.22% at the opening bell, with the Euro Stoxx 50 gained 0.31%. London’s FTSE 100 advanced 0.15%, while Frankfurt’s DAX increased by 0.21%.
European markets closed higher. The DAX gained 1.17%, the FTSE 100 rose by 0.40% at the close, while the CAC 40 advanced 0.80% at the end of trading. The Bank of France Economics Director General Olivier Garnier said that the French economy should stabilize in January.
Stock futures rose Wednesday a day featuring a light schedule for economic data. Futures tied to the Dow Jones Industrial Average ticked up 0.2%. S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq 100 futures also gained 0.2% each.
Stocks showed a strong move to the upside over the course of the trading session on Wednesday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average index was up 0.80% at the close The Nasdaq 100 advanced by 1.76% as Lucid Group jumped 10.29% at the end of the trading session. The S&P 500 closed 1.28% higher.
Oil prices steady on Wednesday. Brent crude futures were up 31 cents, or 0.4%, at $80.41 a barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures rose 12 cents, or 0.2%, to $75.24 a barrel, according to Reuters.
Gold prices extended gains to a fourth session on Wednesday. Spot gold rose 0.4% to $1,884.98 per ounce, its highest level since early May. U.S. gold futures added 0.7% to $1,889.10.according to Reuters.
Both the euro and the pound stood slightly in the green versus the dollar to sell for 1.07464 and 1.21572, respectively.
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