Stocks on Wall Street traded higher on the first session of the new quarter, boosted by strong manufacturing data.
The Institute for Supply Management’s purchasing index was above expectations. But spending on construction projects fell for the second straight month in February.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 51.92 points, or 0.4%, to 13,263.96 at the close (8am NZ time). The Dow’s first-quarter point gain of 994.48 points, or 8.1%, was its best since 1998.
The S&P 500 index gained 0.7% to 1418.84 while the Nasdaq Composite made the best showing, rising 0.9%, to 3119.70.
The energy and materials sectors paced the S&P 500's gains.
Other markets: Europe up, Asia mixed
European stocks markets pushed off session lows to finish higher. The Stoxx Europe 600 index gained 1.5% to 267.16.
The UK's FTSE 100 index rose 1.9% to 5874.89, Germany's DAX index gained 1.5% to 7056.65 and France's CAC-40 index added 1.1% to 3462.91.
Asian markets were mixed after Chinese government manufacturing survey showed strong expansion in March. This contrasted with readings of contraction shown by an HSBC survey over a week ago.
Japan's Nikkei Stock Average rose 0.3% to 10,109.87, while Korea's Kospi climbed 0.8% to 2029.29 and Singapore's Straits Times Index added 0.2% to 3016.07.
Australia's S&P/ASX 200 index slipped 0.1% to 4329.3, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index gave up 0.2% to 20,522.26 and Taiwan's Taiex declined 0.9% to 7862.90.
Mainland Chinese markets were closed for a holiday.
Commodities: Oil down, gold up
Oil futures extended a decline that began last week as fundamentals weakened and concerns about supply disruptions receded.
Light, sweet crude for May delivery was down 75USc, or 0.7%, to $US102.27 a barrel in New York. Brent crude on the ICE Futures Europe exchange was also down 75USc, or 0.6%, to $US122.12 a barrel.
Gold futures were up 0.7% at $US1684 an ounce.
Currencies: US dollar slips
The US dollar pared gains against the euro. The euro was at $US1.3328 compared with $US1.3343 late on Friday and traded at ¥109.54 compared with ¥110.57.
The dollar fetched ¥82.19 from ¥82.82.
The pound traded at $US1.6027 from $US1.6012, while the dollar bought 0.9033 Swiss franc from 0.9027 franc.
This article is tagged with the following keywords. Find out more about MyNBR Tags
- MARKET CLOSE: NZ shares mixed; Spark, Fletcher join Asian rally, Xero drops as Drury trims stake
- Xero directors Drury, Winkler and Morgan cash in on 35% share price rally
- Sir Ralph Norris spells out reasons for Fonterra board departure
- iPredict closing down due to money laundering risk
- Serco's prison report challenge: Hide and Davis go head-to-head
Most listened to
- “A very ballsy thing to do” – Rodney Hide and Kelvin Davis discuss Serco’s response to Correction’s Mt Eden Prison report
- “The response from shareholders has been overwhelming” — A2 Corporation chief executive Geoff Babidge
- Greg Gent says a board of 13 people is "prehistoric"
- Arvida CEO Bill McDonald on his company's half-year net profit
- Lance Wiggs on the future of food exports
- Auckland Councillor Chris Darby on the Council's alternative funding report
- Nevil Gibson discusses his latest Editor's Insight on oil prices
- Campbell Gibson, Nick Grant and Chelsea Armitage chat about the inner workings of New Zealand media
- Paul Brislen discusses the 'snake oil' sales tactics of SalesConcepts
- Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings reveals his ambitious China plan
- UDC Finance chief executive Wayne Percival talks about the company's profit
- Hamish McNicol discusses the latest court stories