U.S. stocks open little changed as investors focus on earnings, data

U.S. stock-market indexes opened nearly unchanged on Monday as investors focused on upbeat earnings from Caterpillar Inc and awaited economic releases.

The S&P 500 was up less than a point to 2,818. The Dow Jones Industrial Average opened 15 points, or 0.1%, higher to 25,464. The Nasdaq Composite Index declined 10 points, or, 0.1%, to 7,826 at the open.

Among the biggest gainers on the Dow, shares of Caterpillar Inc. rallied more than 2% after the company’s profits came in above expectations.

Source: Marketwatch

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European stocks close little changed as Italy woes linger

European stocks closed little changed Wednesday, with trade greatly impacted by concerns over fiscal spending in Italy.

The pan-European Stoxx 600 closed little changed at 386.880 with sectors and major bourses mixed.

Italy’s FTSE MIB, which was under pressure Tuesday, recovered on Wednesday, rising 0.26 percent. New Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte presented his coalition’s plans to crackdown on immigration and up welfare spending while cutting taxes on Tuesday.

In stocks news, the media company Schibsted was up by 4.5 percent after a rating upgrade. And WH Smith rose to the top of the index, with shares up by almost 7.5 percent after reporting a 4 percent increase in sales in the 13-weeks to June 2. Growth in its travel business helped to offset a decline in high-street sales.

Overall market sentiment was influenced by politics but also comments from central bankers.

Source: Reuters

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Asia Stocks Little Changed as Investors Weigh Trade Tensions

Asian equities were little changed after setting the pace for MondayA?a��a�?s global rally as investors seek new catalysts and monitor developments of the dispute between the U.S. and its trading partners.

The MSCI Asia Pacific Index traded less than 0.1 percent higher at 174.56 as of 4:52 p.m. in Hong Kong, after rising 1.4 percent on Monday. Energy and health-care stocks led a decline among industry groups, while telecommunication shares gained. JapanA?a��a�?s Topix closed little changed, paring earlier gains.

Source : Bloomberg

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