Euro, German bund yields hit fresh highs on German coalition progress

Euro, German bund yields hit fresh highs on German coalition progress

Data showing robust USA retail sales drove investor optimism about economic growth, also boosting sentiment in the stock market.

Germany's DAX 30 index was up 0.1% at 13,215.12, and France's CAC 40 picked up 0.1% at 5,493.95.

Underlying U.S. consumer prices posted their biggest gain in 11 months in December, bolstering expectations about a pickup in domestic inflation and about Federal Reserve interest rate hikes this year.

"The language pertaining to various dimensions of the monetary policy stance and forward guidance could be revisited early in the coming year", the accounts showed, referring to 2018. Japan's Nikkei 225 and Topix indices traded lower by 0.2% and 0.6% respectively, but Hong Kong's Hang Seng index climbed 0.8%, trading at its highest since late 2007.

Vivendi SA shares (VIV.FR) fell 1.1%, with the French media group saying it foresees 2017 growth of 20% to 25% ( in earnings before interest, taxes and amortization.

The euro jumped a cent, and was trading at $1.2039 at 3:20 pm in Frankfurt.

The index saw price growth contract from 0.4% to -0.1% in December, a much worse outcome that the more modest slip to 0.2% that had been forecast by economists.

MARKET CALM: Global equity markets settled after some turmoil earlier in the week sparked by a news report that China might slow or halt purchases of U.S. Treasurys, which Beijing later challenged.

China Might Cease Shopping for US Treasuries
Sterling was down, with decreasing 0.20% to 1.3512. 225 fell 0.42% as a stronger yen weighed on exporters. Furthermore, others argue that for China's own financial stability, they need to hold a lot of U.S.

Gold prices on Thursday approached a four-month high set on the previous day after minutes of a European Central Bank meeting showed a more aggressive tone and boosted the euro against the USA dollar.

Most core euro zone bond yields dropped 1-3 bps on Friday, but only after rising sharply earlier in the week.

Among other precious metals, spot silver was up 0.2pc at $16.97 an ounce from a two week low of $16.86 on Wednesday.

Brent crude futures hovered at $69.28 a barrel after hitting $70.05 a barrel on Thursday, their highest level since November 2014, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures stood at $63.49, down 0.3 per cent on the day.

Brent crude prices hit $70 a barrel on signs of tightening crude stocks but settled off that level on Thursday, while a jump in energy shares helped lift USA stocks.

The burst of business in options and the prospect of heightened volatility is likely to be welcome news for currency investors, whose returns suffered a year ago as volatility tumbled amid well-telegraphed central-bank policy.

The SPD are considered heavily pro-Europe, with leader Martin Schulz past year arguing for closer ties and calling for a "United States of Europe".