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Stocks around the world are posting big gains led by the Nikkei, up 2.6%, following Tuesday's strength in the U.S. markets.
Hitachi announced that it would re-open it main plant next month, providing investors with optimism. The European markets are also trading higher, despite the costs of insuring Portugal's bonds, soaring to the highest level since 1999.
Standard & Poor's
trimmed Portugal's debt rating another notch lower to BBB-, which is barely above junk status. It also cuts Greece's rating two notches to BB-.
S&P futures are positive in early trading as investors anticipate the jobs number show a strong recovery in the U.S. economy.
Silver futures are up over 1.5% and gold is positive, as it looks to rebound following 4-straight negative days.
trades close to 52-week highs, while gold stocks like
continue to underperform precious metals.
Crude oil is down slightly ahead inventory numbers today coming at 10:30 a.m. in New York even as unrest in North Africa and the Middle East remains. Gadhafi's forces were able push back rebels forces from his birth city, Sirte and retake the oil port of Ras Lanuf. Energy stocks continue show relative strength, the
Oil Service HOLDRS
closed at 52-week highs. Oil stocks like
lead the sector, as they sit at or near 52-week highs.
Industrials and materials groups also helped to push the market higher.
Cliff Natural Resources
gained 2.66%, while
are at 52-week highs. Rare earth stocks
Rare Element Resources
China Shez Zhou Mining
Avalon Rare Metals
all posted gains well over 10%, while
traded up over 7%. Internet and technology leaders include
Active investors should continue to focus on the U.S. recovery and stock leadership from energy, tech, industrials and materials, while the TV commentators worry about low volume moves.
Will the job number gives investors that fundamental confirmation of the U.S. recovery, that traders see in the markets?
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Disclosures: Scott Redler is long JDSU, V, LEI, OIH, AIG, AMZN, GLD, DANG, SOHU, JPM, VLO, POT, LVS, NYX and short SPY. Jordan Kimmel is long AFOP, ASYS, AXK, COOL, CROX, GPIC, IRBT, JDSU, LDK, MCZ, MGIC, NXPI, OPLK, OVTI, POT, RES, SOL, SOLR, TEA, TIII, CIMT, LMLR, IRBT and short MCR, PVA, SGMS
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