Thursday Morning Cheat Sheet: 3 Stories Moving Markets
Most major markets advanced in Asia on Thursday as the U.S. government entered the third day of a partial shutdown. In Japan, the Nikkei edged down 0.09 percent to 14,157.25, and the yen weakened slightly to 97.715 against the dollar. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng climbed 1 percent to 23,214.40, and in Shanghai, the Composite climbed 0.68 percent to 2,174.66. In India, the Mumbai Sensex climbed 1.97 percent to 19,902.07. In Australia, the ASX All Ordinaries climbed 0.33 percent to 5,232.0.
European markets were mixed in midday trading. In the U.K., the FTSE 100 was up 0.31 percent; in Germany, the DAX was off 0.02 percent; in France, the CAC 40 was off 0.34 percent; and the Euronext 100 index was off 0.15 percent. The euro strengthened slightly to 0.7353 against the dollar.
U.S. markets, which closed Wednesday down, signaled further decline on Thursday. At about 8:30 a.m., Dow futures were down 0.15 percent, S&P 500 futures were down 0.18 percent, and Nasdaq futures were down 0.08 percent.
Here are three stories to keep an eye on.