LONDON -- The Dow Jones Industrial Average
Low volumes and range-bound trading are likely to be the order of the day, but markets may drift slightly higher, as was the case for much of last week. Today's economic data is limited to the Chicago Fed National Activity Index at 8:30 a.m. EDT. Company earnings may prove a slight drag. Lowe's reported quarterly revenues of $14.25 billion and earnings of $0.64 per share before markets opened this morning, missing analysts' estimates.
European markets were fairly quiet this morning, with little in the way of new information to work on. However, over the weekend, German newspaper Der Spiegel reported that the ECB is considering using bond buying to effectively cap bond yields on eurozone government bonds. The plan would mean heavy buying of Italian and Spanish bonds, the prices of which have been rising in anticipation in recent days.
Elsewhere, German and Finnish government ministers continue to talk tough on the need for Greece to adhere to its existing austerity commitments ahead of meetings between the Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras and the German and French leaders later this week. At 7 a.m. EDT, the other main European indexes were broadly unchanged, with the DAX up 0.4%, the CAC down 0.1%, Spain's IBEX down 0.3%, and the Italian FTSE MIB up by 0.2%.
In London, the FTSE 100
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