Wall Street's S&P500 tops 1400

Wall Street’s broad S&P 500 index topped 1400 for the first time in three months, led by gains in energy shares.

At the close (8am NZ time), the benchmark was up 0.9% to 1401.35, with every company in the  energy group rising. Chesapeake, the second-largest US natural gas producer, jumped on higher-than-expected revenue and asset-sale plans.

The blue chip Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 51.09 points, or 0.4%, to 13,168.60, extending gains into a third consecutive day.

The Nasdaq Composite Index advanced 0.9% to 3015.86.

Other markets: Europe, Asia up
European markets edged mostly higher, with the Stoxx 600 index up 0.1% at 266.95.

In the UK, Standard Chartered shares plunged after the New York State Department of Financial Services alleged that a unit at the bank handled at least $US250 billion in illegal transactions with Iranian entities. The bank said it "strongly rejects" the allegations.

UK industrial production slumped 2.5% in June after rising 1% in May. The FTSE 100, which had been hovering around the flat line, fell 0.2% to 5798.38.

In Germany's manufacturing sector, incoming orders fell more than expected in June. The DAX index was flat immediately after the figures but then recovered to trade up 0.2% at 6932.92.

France's CAC 40 was 0.4% higher at 3414.65. Spain's IBEX 35 was up 0.8% at 7107.70 and Greece's ASE index increased 2.1% to 621.14.

Asian markets were broadly higher, with Japan's Nikkei Stock Average advancing 0.9% to 8803.31, after the Bank of Japan extended measures encouraging companies to buy foreign assets in order to curb yen strength.

Australian mining companies helped the resource-heavy S&P ASX 200 post a 0.4% gain to 4291.60. Standard Chartered skidded 7.4% in Hong Kong but the Hang Seng rose 0.4% to 20,072.55.

Commodities: Oil up, gold down
Crude-oil futures added 1.4% to $US93.50 a barrel, while gold futures eased less than 0.1% to $US1615.50 an ounce.

The US dollar fell against the euro but gained ground against the yen.

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NZ Market Snapshot

Forex

Sym Price Change
USD 0.8012 0.0052 0.65%
AUD 0.9077 0.0006 0.07%
EUR 0.6252 0.0028 0.45%
GBP 0.4952 0.0024 0.49%
HKD 6.2173 0.0415 0.67%
JPY 85.2240 0.1390 0.16%

Commods

Commodity Price Change Time
Gold Index 1244.2 5.700 2014-10-20T00:
Oil Brent 85.4 -0.760 2014-10-20T00:
Oil Nymex 82.8 -0.040 2014-10-20T00:
Silver Index 17.3 0.020 2014-10-20T00:

Indices

Symbol Open High Last %
NZX 50 5197.9 5238.9 5197.9 0.68%
NASDAQ 4254.2 4316.9 4258.4 1.35%
DAX 8819.3 8834.7 8850.3 -1.50%
DJI 16373.1 16401.6 16380.4 0.12%
FTSE 6310.3 6320.3 6310.3 -0.68%
HKSE 23073.4 23231.5 23070.3 -0.25%
NI225 15115.3 15115.3 15111.2 -1.66%