Following two solid days of gains, the Dow Jones Industrial Average
After the Fed's Open Market Committee indicated rates should stay steady until 2014, economic attention will today turn to weekly jobless claims and pending home sales. Among individual stocks, active names could include ExxonMobil, which is expected to report first-quarter earnings of $2.09 per share before the open, and Pepsico, which might unveil earnings of $0.67 per share.
Over in Europe, most markets registered small losses this morning as an index of the region's consumer sentiment declined more than forecast. The Spanish bourse, however, slipped 2% as further worries about the country's bonds surfaced. One results highlight came from German car manufacturer Volkswagen, which motored 6% higher after beating quarterly estimates. Greater sales at the group's Audi division helped profits accelerate 10%.
In the UK, several blue-chip names issued first-quarter numbers to push the FTSE 100
Oil major Royal Dutch Shell
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Back home, earnings season will continue tonight, with Amazon.com and Starbucks among those issuing releases after the close.
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