Friday, August 27, 2010

Retail sales lift Wall Street and hopes for economy

Leah Schnurr NEW YORK Thu Apr 8, 2010 5:43pm EDT Related News FOREX-Euro edges closer to 2010 lows; ECB awaitedThu, Apr 8 2010FOREX-Euro heads behind towards Mar low, yen tinge firmWed, Apr 7 2010Nikkei to traffic in slight range, defensives strongWed, Apr 7 2010Fed officials advise on froth but Bernanke cautiousWed, Apr 7 2010Wall St slides on rate angst; airlines up lateWed, Apr 7 2010 Stocks & & A businessman functions on the building of the New York Stock Exchange in New York Mar 29, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A businessman functions on the building of the New York Stock Exchange in New York Mar 29, 2010.

Credit: Reuters/Shannon Stapleton

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. bonds gained on Thursday after surprisingly clever Mar sell sales increasing confidence that the mercantile liberation is on track.

Investors snapped up retailers" shares after tip U.S. bondage reported a jot down year-over-year enlarge in same-store sales for March. The sales reflected a progress in consumer direct that a little investors had doubted would materialize, with pursuit expansion still anemic.

The SP sell index .RLX rose 1.3 percent. Online businessman Amazon.com (AMZN.O) jumped 4.5 percent to $140.96, the top close in 4 months.

"Retail sales are the total fortitude of the complete recovery," pronounced Keith Springer, boss of Capital Financial Advisory Services in Sacramento, California.

"The total grounds is, if consumer spending and sell sales say anywhere close to where they were a integrate years ago, afterwards that will be a loyal recovery."

The Dow Jones industrial normal .DJI gained 29.55 points, or 0.27 percent, to 10,927.07. The Standard Poor"s 500 Index .SPX rose 3.99 points, or 0.34 percent, to 1,186.44. The Nasdaq Composite Index .IXIC combined 5.65 points, or 0.23 percent, to 2,436.81.

SP"S SLOW AND STEADY CLIMB

The indexes" assuage gains were evil of the rally"s majority new leg. The SP 500 has belligerent solemnly higher given the commencement of March, rising 7.4 percent, even as movement indicators indicate the convene could case in entrance weeks.

"The greatest thing in the marketplace at the impulse is, the trail of slightest insurgency is higher," pronounced David Katz, arch investment military officer of Matrix Asset Advisors in New York. "You"ve had an mending marketplace for the last month-and-a-half, and you have people that were under-invested that appear to be jumping on that bandwagon."

Among advancers in the sell space, Target Corp (TGT.N) rose 3 percent to $55.64, whilst Gap Inc (GPS.N) climbed 3.1 percent to $24.59.

Major sell bondage reported a jot down 9.1 percent burst in Mar same-store sales -- violence the foresee for a 6.3 percent gain, according to Thomson Reuters data. Of the twenty-eight retailers that Thomson Reuters tracks, some-more than 90 percent surfaced estimates.

Even so, sell management team and analysts warned that the burst in Mar would come at the responsibility of Apr sales.

Gains in retailers" bonds eclipsed worries about Greece"s debt bucket as the country"s borrowing costs rose to new highs even as the supervision struggled to encourage markets it can stay solvent.

An index of U.S.-listed bonds of Greek companies .BKGR fell 2.2 percent.

In a move that could emanate the second-largest air conduit in the United States, UAL Corp"s United Airlines (UAUA.O) and US Airways Group (LCC.N) were in partnership talks, according to dual sources informed with the matter.

Shares of both companies surged, with UAL Corp up 6.8 percent at $20.23 and US Airways jumping 10.7 percent to $7.55.

SEMIS SLIDE

On the downside, shares of chipmakers tumbled, with the Philadelphia Stock Exchange index of semiconductors .SOXX down 1.4 percent at 371.47. The close tested a key direction line await in the 372 area, according to Stifel Nicolaus options strategist Elliot Spar.

"We need to see a transparent mangle of 372, that could aim a new low of 360 in the index," Spar said. "As the index is a heading zone in the Nasdaq Composite, debility in the SOXX could be a matter for a mangle in the Nasdaq to next 2,413, that was today"s low and trend-line support."

On the mercantile front, interpretation showed the series of workers filing for stagnation benefits suddenly rose last week. But the burst reflected sensitivity from the Easter legal holiday and did not change the perspective that work markets are recovering.

About 8.48 billion shares traded on the New York Stock Exchange, the American Stock Exchange and Nasdaq, next last year"s estimated each day normal of 9.65 billion.

Advancing bonds outnumbered disappearing ones on the NYSE by a comparative measure of 8 to 7, whilst on the Nasdaq, scarcely fourteen bonds rose for each thirteen that fell.

(Reporting by Leah Schnurr; Editing by January Paschal)