Archive for May, 2009

Most of the Asian shares end higher

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Majority of the Asian markets closed higher along with the miners and financial stocks growing with the steadiness signs in the worldwide economy. Mr. Jeffrey who is an analyst was of the view that over the last eight weeks they have made a decent amount of money and theye are making their best efforts to keep that amount. He also added that for the longer term they are positive and for the near term theye are quite watchful.

Hang Seng Index of Hong Kong added 0.2 percent ending at 16,430.07; it rose for a fourth straight session and expanding a 5.4 percent. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 increased 0.1 percent; New Zealand NZX increased 1.8 percent. As for the afternoon trading India’s Sensex also increased 0.3 percent following a soaring 6.2 percent in the prior session while Straits Times Index of Singapore added 2.2 percent.

Taipei and Shanghai registered advancement with the China’s cabinet passed a plan for making developments in the country’s coastal economic zone close to Taiwan. HSBC Holdings shares increased 1.8 percent in Hong Kong following a report in South China Morning Post that it anticipates to be amongst the first ones to register shares in Shanghai.

The airlines in Shanghai continuously concentrated on making advancements on easing the distress of swine flu along with Air China increasing 4.4 percent and China Southern Airlines added 2 percent. Some of the analysts are anticipating the profit-taking to soon take place in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China. Mr. Johnson who is the consultant president of Marbo Securities was of the view that foreign institutional shareholders will probably carry on buying. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures were lately down 33 points in screen trade.

According to the available data from China and America, it has projected a development lately, though some of the experts have advised to take care seeing the pace of the stock markets. On Thursday, the shareholders were still waiting the outcome of American bank stress test. The officials at Wall Street Journal were likely to direct about ten out of nineteen banks tested for boosting up their capital. One of the experts at UBS was of the view that the rally in risk assets is not showing any signs of stopping.

In Sydney, Yanzhou Coal Mining added 2.3 percent, while Macarthur Coal ended up 2.5 percent, and China Coal Energy increased 3.5 percent in Hong Kong. Capital elevating worries were in progress in Australia, limiting the market profits following BlueScope Steel planned to increase 2.67 billion Australian dollars. It is evident that that stock got discarded from the trade. The stocks joined with the economic cycle increased in Sydney with Rio Tinto adding 5.4 percent and Macquarie Group added 3.6 percent.

After Cosco received its opening job for this fiscal year, Singapore’s subdued shares related to shipping increased. Cosco increased 0.8 percent along with Neptune Orient Lines adding 3.6 percent.

In six months Mexico’s Peso rises to the maximum

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Peso of Mexico rose to the maximum in more than six months after Mr. Jose who is the Health Minister of Mexico said that the affect of swine flu has increased. This has strengthened the hope that with the reopening of the business the economy will get better. The Peso rose to 13.2338 which is a climb of 4.1 percent. Since October 13 this was Peso’s highest and it also registered the highest in opposition to the dollar amongst the sixteen of the world’s best currencies.

Mr. Salvador who is the head of the fixed-income planning at Banco Santander SA in Mexico City said that the fact cannot be denied that the country’s economy will get better and this will also be good for the Peso.

Mr. Jose said that though the swine flu has been responsible for 25 deaths but now its affects are decreasing. In a television interview the President of Mexico Mr. Felipe said that the exact loss by the outbreak of swine flu can not be yet calculated, but economy’s some parts will make progress very soon and this week the situation will again become normal. The rally of Peso removed last week’s downfall of 3.1 percent which was encouraged by the outburst of swine flu and it would also affect the economy.

Mr. Dirk and Mr. Chandran of Citigroup Inc. in a report have suggested the investors to purchase the Mexican currency in opposition to the dollar. They also said that it appears that swine flu has gone. As per a survey from a bank, the economists believed that the Peso will become weak this year as compared to their earlier expectation. By the end of the year 2009 the Peso will fall to 13.64 per dollar as compared to the earlier estimate of 14.24.

This survey also concluded that this year GDP (Gross Domestic Product) will come down by four percent. The early prediction by the economists forecasted that the economy would come down by 3.2 percent. Mr. Gabriel (chief economist for Mexico and Chile at UBS AG) in a note to the clients wrote that the economists might just decrease their GDP prediction in the next month survey keeping in mind the outbreak of swine flu.

Mr. Agustin who is the Finance Minister made an approximation last week that the fear of swine flu might decrease GDP by 0.2 percent in the year 2009. According to a statement made by Mexico’s finance ministry that Mexico might have to face a downfall of 2.7 percent with the slump in America. According to the ministry, in the first quarter Mexico probably shrank six percent which is a major quarterly downfall in six years.

At a local auction Banco de Mexico purchased pesos worth hundred million dollars. Since October it has reportedly spent $23.4 billion to support Peso from its foreign reserves.

European stocks opens high

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

With the worldwide risk appetite seems to be cautiously making a comeback European stocks are likely to open high as they are backed up by impressive performance both in Asia and America. According to Mr. Matt who is a dealer at CMC Markets, oil reached a five month high and this will be a good sign for the petrochemicals market even as some positive Chinese economic data is also making an addition to all this.

Mr. Matt called FTSE 100 index of London, which is reopening after a long time gap, up with 72.7 points at 4316.0. DAX index of Frankfurt was called down 6.4 pints at 4893.0 and CAC-40 index in Paris up by three points at 3241.0. He also observed one more thing which is the fading of the fear of swine flu as victims are still not informed properly outside Mexico.

In the meantime the share markets of Asia were also on the higher side with the coal miners and cyclical stocks growing in the worldwide economy. Though the trading was low with the markets of Thailand, Japan, and South Korea stayed closed. In Taiwan shares witnessed a growth of 0.7 percent after gaining twelve percent while Shanghai Composite Index added 0.3 percent with the approval of the plan of developing coastal economic area near Taiwan. Hang Seng Index of Hong Kong was 0.1 percent higher.

On Monday American stocks increased with the traders making a bet that economic recovery was soon approaching, providing desirable lift for the commodity processors and banking sector. The Standard & Poor’s 500 also shifted positive for the current year and it was closed at the topmost position since January 8th, it rose 29.71 points at 907.23. The Dow Jones Industrial Average increased 214.32 at 8426.72. This was their biggest close since January 13th. The Nasdaq Composite Index increased 44.34 and it closed at 1763.54 which was is biggest close since November 4th.

As for the currencies, the euro following its fresh run up at $1.3371 felt weaker from $1.3404. In the recent weeks the recent currency has rallied in the middle of a worldwide improvement in the risk appetite but on the other hand the euro zone is staying behind. Mr. Jan who is the head of Asian research at Rabobank was of the view that majority of the people will be concerned because of the development prospects in the euro zone didn’t improved as it did in America.

Mr. David who is a market analyst was of the view that the prices of the oil will probably test the $55 barrel level prior to facing the confrontation. In the meantime, the June bund futures agreement begun at 121.97, it came down by 0.02. In a different place spot gold was over nine hundred dollars a troy ounce, after a very impressive performance in New York.

Brazil’s Real witnessed a six month increase

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Encouraged by a rally in the stocks and services across the world the Real of Brazil increased a six month high. The currency became stronger 2.4 percent at 2.1195 per American dollar which is the maximum since November 10. The real rose 9.1 percent in the current year which is considered the finest performance amongst the other currencies of the world after rand of South Africa.

Mr. Mario who is the foreign exchange manager at Sao Paulo based Fair Corretora de Cambio was of the view that with the investors making a return to the stock market of Brazil, it will benefit the real. For the first time the Bovespa stock index increased more than fifty thousand since September with the rumors of growth outlook getting better for two of the country’s main export markets and it will encourage for services.

The real also became stronger with the rally in services prices and country’s two-third exports comprises of iron ore and raw materials. Mr. Jorge who is a foreign exchange manager at Rio de Janeiro-based Banco Prosper SA, the bouncing back of the services prices means extra income from the foreign deals and it will only increase the currency.

According to the Trade Ministry, the trading in Brazil increased from March’s $1.76 billion to $3.70 billion in April as China increased the imports of Brazilian services. According to a survey by some of the best analysts, the outcome was more than the median $3.13 billion. The survey conducted by the central bank the analysts make a prediction of 0.29 percent reduction in Brazilian economy in the current year as compared to the downfall of 0.38 percent which was approximated last week.

In nine months for the first time, the manufacturing developed in China while the American building expenditure concluded a six-month downfall. At an auction the central bank of Brazil settled to lend $804 million of a total of $1 billion to the local banks from foreign reserves. As per a statement the bank acknowledged 13 bids. The yield for Brazil zero-coupon bonds due January 2010 increased three basis points to 9.78 percent.

Berkshire Hathaway holds their annual shareholders meeting

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

The annual shareholder meeting of Berkshire Hathaway Inc was an assortment of both predictable and unpredictable as Mr. Warren who is the chairman and Mr. Munger who is the vice chairman responded to the queries of investors. This years’ convention was a little different from the previous ones as this time around to avoid any individual query, the reporters have pre-screened the questions. As in the previous meetings Mr. Warren was asked about his relationship with Jesus and what he thinks about the game of baseball.

Mr. Warren who is 78 years old presided over the session along with different sayings, viewpoints, and also offered opening outline of how the company performed in the first quarter. According to the reports the entire results will be listed for next week.

The main focus of the annual meeting was mainly revolving around the matter that who will be taking over Berkshire Hathaway after Mr. Warrant mortality and the investors seemed also quite concerned about it. Mr. Warren didn’t mentioned any name that who will be succeeding the positions of CEO (Chief Executive Officer) and CIO (Chief Investment Officer) but the did mentioned about the candidature and about their performance. First quarter operating earnings of Berkshire Hathaway came down from $1.9 billion to $1.7 billion last year.

Mr. Warren confirmed that over last year the company’s book value per share came down by six percent and the reason behind is because of the downfall in the investments value.

Losses and profits from unoriginal are mainly shown in the net income which was not disclosed. Mr. Warren always has made a selection for those stocks which will be having everlasting value. While most of his investments include utilities and insurance, such firms and non-insurance working firms have experienced terrible economic condition. Early in the meeting one vital question which was asked to Mr. Warren was the fresh Moody’s reduction of Berkshire from Aaa to Aa2. Mr. Warren expressed his confidence that the downfall will not be making any difference to the company.

The board of Berkshire has selected four contenders, both externally and internally, for the position of Chief Investment Officer and three internal contenders for the Chief Executive Officer position. Mr. Howard who is the son of Mr. Warren will be handling the Berkshire’s management and taking over as the Chairman along with fifty billion dollar portfolio will get separated between the chairman, CIO and CEO. Four of the deserving contenders for the post of investment officer were unsuccessful to face 38% downfall S500 Index of S&P in the year 2008.