U.S. markets are positive in early trading with S&P 500 futures up nearly 1% on speculation that the Federal Reserve will step in to support the markets via some type of 'QE3' program. However, Asian markets closed negative for a third straight day as growing Eurozone debt concerns and a slowing American economy overshadowed any rumored policy stimulation.
European markets rally off two-year lows as the Stoxx Europe 600 index is up over 1% on QE3 hype. Adding to buying interest are reports that Libyan rebels entered Tripoli, sparking speculation that Gadhafi's regime is crumbling. The news caused a 3% selloff in Brent crude, narrowing the spread with WTI.
Gold hits another record high, topping $1890 an ounce -- the
SPDR Gold Trust ETF
has become so popular with investors, that the ETF is $2 billion shy of overtaking the
SPDR S&P 500 ETF
as the top ETF (in market capitalization). Meanwhile, gold mining stocks are reviving after underperforming precious metals for some time. Gold names like
are all trading near multi-month highs with most up over 1% in pre-market trading.
Technology stocks are positive this morning, looking to rebound from last week's selling as
gain over 3% in pre-market trading, while
rally 2% behind strength in the European markets today.
Disclosure: Scott Redler is flat.
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