10 Things To Know Before The Opening Bell

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  1. Asian markets were higher in overnight trading, with the Japanese Nikkei rising 0.7 percent and the Shanghai Composite gaining 0.4 percent. European stocks are mixed – France and Spain are down slightly while Germany and Italy are advancing. In the United States, futures point to a positive open.
  2. The Bank of England voted to leave interest rates unchanged at 0.5 percent and the size of its asset purchase program unchanged at £375 billion, as expected. Markets may not expect much change in policy until incoming Governor Mark Carney starts this summer.
  3. At 7:45 AM ET, the ECB announces its monthly interest rate decision. The central bank is expected to leave the benchmark refinancing rate unchanged at 0.75 percent due to strength in recent economic data. At 8:30 AM, ECB President Mario Draghi will deliver a press conference and take questions from reporters. Follow the release and the presser LIVE on Business Insider >
  4. New local-currency loans in China unexpectedly fell to ¥454.3 billion ($73 billion) in December from ¥522.9 billion the month before. Economists expected new loans to increase to ¥550 billion, and the new numbers could raise concerns about the Chinese recovery.
  5. China’s trade surplus soared in December on the back of a surge in exports. The surplus expanded to $31.62 billion from $19.63 billion, surpassing expectations of a slight rise to $20 billion. Exports rose 14.1 percent versus expectations of a 5 percent gain. Imports were up 5 percent, more than the 3.5 percent expansion that was expected.
  6. French industrial production rose 0.5 percent in November after contracting 0.6 percent the month before. Economists had expected a smaller 0.1 percent advance. Manufacturing production rose 0.2 percent versus expectations of a 0.2 percent decline.
  7. The Greek unemployment rate rose to a new record of 26.8 percent in October from 26.2 percent the month before. Youth unemployment also rose to a new record of 56.6 percent. 2013 is expected to be a sixth year of recession for Greece.
  8. Stock exchange operator BATS admitted that a system issue caused hundreds of thousands of transactions over the past four years to be executed at non-best prices that may have violated securities rules. BATS said the net drain on investors was about $500 thousand.
  9. In the United States, weekly jobless claims figures are due out at 8:30 AM ET. Economists estimate 365 thousand initial claims were filed last week, down from 372 thousand the previous week.
  10. Due out at 10 AM ET in the United States are Wholesale Inventories data for the month of November. Economists predict inventories expanded 0.2 percent, down from a 0.6 percent growth rate the month before. Follow the releases LIVE on Business Insider >

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