9 Feb 2010

US markets fluctuate

8:37 am on 9 February 2010

Stocks in the United States have fluctuated as recommendations by analysts lifted Google, Amazon and Home Depot and a weaker US dollar boosted commodities.

The Dow Jones Index on Monday was down 27 points, to 9985 and the Nasdaq Composite was up 2 points to 2143.

In Europe: the FTSE on London was up 30 points to 5092, the DAX in Frankfurt was up 56 points to 5490 and the CAC-40 in Paris was up 42 points to 3606.

The Australian 200 Index closed up 7 points, or 0.16%, to 4521

The NZX 50 closed down 12 points, or 0.4%, to 3093.

At 8.30am on Tuesday, the New Zealand dollar was trading at 68.61 US cents, 79.05 Australian cents, 43.92 pence, 61.42 yen and 0.5016 euro. The Trade Weighted Index was at 63.79.

Brent crude oil was trading at $1070.06 cents per barrel. Gold was trading at $US1068.90 cents per ounce.