Wednesday, August 10, 2011

World shares rebound after Fed pledge to keep rates low

World shares bounced back strongly from recent losses on Wednesday as investors took comfort from the Federal Reserve's pledge to keep interest rates near zero for two more years.
European equities gained at the open, with the FTSEurofirst 300 up 1 percent, adding to a 1.2 percent rise from Tuesday.
The MSCI all-country world index, which has fallen as much as 20 percent from a May high, was up 1.1 percent. Emerging market shares were up more than 2.3 percent.
Investor sentiment was boosted by the Fed's unprecedented announcement that it was likely to keep interest rates at extraordinary low levels through to mid-2013.
They also took comfort from data showing China's export growth accelerating in July, calming fears that weak demand from Europe and the United States would hit the world's second-biggest economy.
"Selling by short-term investors seems to have run its course," said Kenichi Hirano, a strategist at Tachibana Securities in Japan.
Goldman Sachs said a third round of asset-buying quantitative easing from the Federal Reserve was likely following Tuesday's statement.
"We now see a greater-than-even chance that (it) will resume quantitative easing later this year or in early 2012. We have changed our call because (the) statement suggests that the committee's reaction function to incoming economic news is more dovish than we had previously thought," Jan Hatzius, chief economist at the firm, said in a note.More...

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