LONDON -- The Dow Jones Industrial Average
On the domestic front, the Case-Shiller home-price index for April and the Consumer Board's consumer index for June could provide mixed news for today's traders. The previous two Case-Shiller reports have shown month-on-month gains -- the best run since 2010 -- although the figure from the Consumer Board is expected to stay around a five-month low.
Among individual stocks, News Corp
General trading today may be led by Europe, where indexes started higher but were trading by as much as 0.5% lower later in the session. The renewed selling appeared as the Mediterranean island of Cyprus joined the queue of European nations asking for a bailout.
The decision by Moody's Corporation to downgrade 28 Spanish banks did not help sentiment. The ratings agency now reckons at least a dozen banks in Spain have "junk" status due to the country's economic difficulties and property-market slump. Banco Santander lost 0.3%, while Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria slipped 0.7% on the finer details.
In the U.K., the FTSE 100
Among other European movers, Finnish handset manufacturer Nokia
However, Nokia is not the European blue chip that has attracted stock-picking supremo Warren Buffett to invest more than $1 billion. The legendary investor recently bought a famous European name with global expansion potential. And, like Nokia, it too has suffered this year and seen its share price slump. You can discover the identity of Buffett's purchase and the price he paid in this special free report.
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