Futures rise on upbeat China manufacturing data

Weaker than expected European economic reports, however, show the eurozone continues to contract.

By Benzinga Dec 14, 2012 9:24AM

zurbar age fotostockU.S. equity futures rose in premarket trade after strong manufacturing data out of China were reported overnight. The preliminary HSBC China Manufacturing PMI for December rose to 50.9 from the final November reading of 50.5, showing a continued improvement in China's largest economic sector.

The Shanghai Composite Index rose the most in three years on the news and took out its 100-day moving average to the upside. Bloomberg TV reported early Friday that technicians are becoming very bullish on Chinese stocks now.

In other news, the eurozone economy continued to contract in the first half of December, according to the Markit Eurozone Manufacturing and Service PMI's. The Manufacturing PMI missed economist estimates while the Service PMI beat estimates, but weakness in Germany's manufacturing sector spooked investors.

Eurozone core CPI fell to a 1.6% annualized rate in November, beating economist expectations by 0.1% but still showing that inflation is slowing, giving the ECB more room to cut rates should it want to.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy spoke overnight saying that Spain does not need ECB bond support today, that Spain's main problem is credit, and that Spain's banks will have to pay back the bank bailout loans themselves.

  • S&P 500 futures rose 3.75 points to 1,419.45.
  • The EUR/USD was slightly higher at 1.3079.
  • Spanish 10-year government bond yields fell to 5.375%.
  • Italian 10-year government bond yields fell to 4.585%.
  • Gold rose 0.11% to $1,698.70.

Asian Markets

Asian shares were mixed overnight despite the stronger than expected Chinese data. The Shanghai Composite Index rose a remarkable 4.32% while the Japanese Nikkei Index fell 0.05% on a weaker than expected business survey and the the Hang Seng Index rose 0.71%. Also, the Korean Kospi dropped 0.39% and Australian shares were flat.


European Markets

European shares were mixed in early trade following the mixed economic data despite the strong sentiment from China. The Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.24% while the Italian MIB Index was flat. Meanwhile, the German DAX rose 0.23% while the French CAC lost 0.08% and U.K. shares fell 0.11%.



Commodities were mostly higher overnight led by energy futures following the strong Chinese data. WTI crude futures rose 0.98% to $86.73 per barrel and Brent crude futures rose 0.82% to $108.80 per barrel. Copper futures gained 0.68% overnight following the strong Chinese data and now trade at $368.50 per pound. Gold was slightly higher and silver futures jumped 0.85% to $32.63 per ounce.



Currency markets saw significant volatility overnight, as the euro initially traded higher but sold off on the weak eurozone manufacturing data. The EUR/USD was slightly higher at 1.3079 and the dollar rose against the yen to 83.67. Overall, the Dollar Index was flat overnight with strength against the yen, the Swiss franc, and the Swedish krone weighed down by weakness against euro and the pound. The Aussie dollar was also higher relative to the greenback.


Premarket movers

Stocks moving in the premarket included:

  • Alcatel Lucent (ALU) shares rose 10.91% premarket after the company secured a new round of financing worth $2.1 billion.
  • Google (GOOG) shares fell 0.05% but remained above the $700 level after breaking back through that level during Thursday's trading session.
  • Zynga (ZNGA) shares rose 0.76% premarket as investors placed bullish bets that the company's new foray into gambling could help spur growth at the company.
  • BP (BP) shares fell 0.51% premarket as the government is still investigating whether or not the seal on the Macondo well is leaking.



On the economics calendar Friday, CPI Inflation and the Preliminary Markit U.S. PMI are due out as well as industrial production.


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Dec 14, 2012 10:27AM
Amazing how you folks concentrate on any little positive thing in some foriegn country and use that info to bolster a belief our markets should rise.  Then ignore the largest news in a 100 years.  Here last week an article describing the collusion or melding of the EU economy with the US economy moving forward with the New World Order. Clearly most respected Economists state and believe the American standard of living will only continue to slide as these economies continue to flounder and compress.  Not a realistic bit from anyone on top stocks.  Just the same daily nonsense we have seen and read for the 20 years.  CREATIVE CRITICAL THINKING, is the most unknown activity for most writing these daily blips. Cmon you guys show some professional pride for once.
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