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31STOctober 2013
PSI20: -1.09% DAX30: +0.26% FTSE100: -0.68% S&P500: -0,38% NIKKEI225: -1.20%
PSI 20 ended down 1.09% to 6245.84 points, but closes October with a surplus. This happens for the fourth consecutive month, being the highest monthly cycle earnings in 3 years. More>> Eurostat announced on Thursday that the unemployment rate in Portugal dropped slightly in September to 16.3%, a minor improvement on the 16.5% seen in August and the 16.4% a year ago. More>> Jernimo Martins announced an increase of their net profit of 115 million euros (+3.8%), but falling short of analysts' forecasts, expecting a net profit of 124 million euros. More>> Autos and banking stocks helped European indexes to close slightly higher on Thursday, despite soft data from the euro zone and disappointing results from Royal Dutch Shell. More>> The euro zones unemployment rate held steady at a record-high (12.2%) in Sep., underlining concerns over the impact of the regions debt crisis on growth, confounding expectations for a decline. More>> Consumer price inflation in euro zone increased by a seasonally adjusted 0.7% this month, down from 1.1% in September, according to Eurostat. Economists had expected an unchanged reading. More>> U.S. stocks finished lower on Thursday, with Wall Street knocking out another month of gains, as investors mulled corporate earnings and pondered the timing of reduced monetary stimulus by the Federal Reserve. More >> The yield on the 10-year Treasury note used in determining mortgage rates and other consumer loans rose 2 basis points to 2.56 percent, while the dollar gained against currencies of major U.S. trading partners. More >>

Asian stocks tracked their U.S. peers lower on Thursday following a less dovish than expected tone from the Federal Reserve. More>> The Bank of Japan has revised upwards its growth targets for the economy and stuck to its view that the country is on track to achieve the 2% inflation target. More>> Australian import prices rose more-than-expected last month. Australian Bureau of Statistics said that Import Price Index rose to a seasonally adjusted 6.1%, from -0.3% in the preceding month. More>>

OIL (WTI 96.26$/bl; -0.22% / Brent 108.92$/bl; -0.76%) and GOLD (1322.90$/oz t; -1.15%): Oil and Gold futures retreated, as stronger-than-expected U.S. economic data fuelled speculation that the Federal Reserve may start tapering stimulus sooner than expected. More on Oil>> More on Gold>> NATURAL GAS (3.570$/MMBtu; -1.88%): Natural gas futures remained lower on Thursday, albeit off the worse levels of the session, after U.S. government data showed that natural gas supplies rose broadly in line with market expectations last week. More >>

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