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Market Buzz: US Fed stimulus hints boost indices

Market Buzz: US Fed stimulus hints boost indices
Russian stocks are likely to begin September by posting gains, amid renewed hopes for a new round of stimulus in the US and climbing oil prices.

­Russian stocks traded mixed Friday due to uncertainty in the global economic landscape. The MICEX lost 0.5% and the RTS added 0.4%, boosted by commodities.

European stocks closed on a positive note in August after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke hinted at another round of quantitative easing in the US, though he did not reveal a specific timeframe. The Stoxx Europe 600 added 0.5%, supported by banking shares. In Germany, the DAX 30 advanced 1.1% and France’s CAC 40 gained 1%.

US stocks also posted gains on Friday after Bernanke’s announcement of probable future monetary stimulus. The Dow Jones added 0.7%, while the S&P 500 inched up 0.3% and the Nasdaq gained 0.6%.

Asia’s major stocks traded slightly higher on Monday, as investors digested mixed earnings reports from Japan and weak manufacturing data from China. Japan’s Nikkei added less than 0.1%, while South Korea’s Kospi fell 0.1% and Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.2%. In China, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 0.5%, while the Shanghai Composite climbed 0.8% after data released Saturday indicated an August contraction in China’s manufacturing sector.