Maybe what the markets needed was a long weekend. In early trading today, stocks and ETFs have been up as much as 150 points, led primarily by global funds.
While the U.S. markets were closed on Monday, global markets rose, contributing to the optimism at the open. The global rally was led primarily by Australia, which delivered an encouraging economic forecast while leaving interest rates unchanged for now. In a time of scarce positive economic reports, Australia’s confidence was greeted with veritable glee.
- iShares MSCI Australia (EWA)
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The service sector grew at a slower pace last month thanks to persistent worries about the national unemployment situation. While the index of non-manufacturing activity remains above 50, signaling growth, it declined to 53.8 from 55.4 in May. The index tracks sectors such as agriculture, mining, construction and retail trade.
- SPDR S&P Metals and Mining ETF (XME): XME lost 10.9% in June
- United States Oil Fund (USO) is up about 1.7% so far this morning