The action out of China’s virtual easing by lowering reserve requirements was already a boost to global markets, but the coordinated central bank efforts of the U.S., Canada, Europe, Switzerland, and the U.K. to preserve global liquidity is creating a boom for stocks today at the expense of the U.S. dollar.
Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) is up only 1.25% at $1.60 and shares are flat in local trading in Paris. Arcelor Mittal (NYSE: MT) is up 10% at $18.26 and BHP Billiton Ltd. (NYSE: BHP) is up 6.5% at $74.21.
Banco Santander, S.A. (NYSE: STD) is up 5.6% at $7.56 and the stock is up 4% in local trading in Madrid. The Bank of Ireland (NYSE: IRE) is now up 8.6% at $4.92 and shares are up 7% in local trading in Dublin. National Bank of Greece SA (NYSE: NBG) is up 4.9% at $2.55 in New York but shares are up almost 3% in local trading in Athens.
Credit Suisse Group (NYSE: CS) is up 7% at $24.03 and UBS AG (NYSE: UBS) is up 6.1% at $12.18. Deutsche Bank AG (NYSE: DB) is up 7.9% at $38.36 and shares are up 6.6% in local trading in Frankfurt.
France Telecom (NYSE: FTE) is up 4.3% at $17.01 and shares are up 3.4% in local trading in Paris. Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV (NYSE: PHG) is up 4.6% at $20.00 in New York trading. LM Ericsson Telephone Co. (NASDAQ: ERIC) is up 5.5% at $10.37; Nokia Corporation (NYSE: NOK) is up 4.2% at $5.73. Funny, Nokia’s problems are not really tied to “liquidity” issues or other uncertainties. Siemens AG (NYSE: SI) is up 5.9% at $101.54 in New York and shares are up 4.1% in local trading in Frankfurt.
Telecom Italia SpA (NYSE: TI) is up 5.6% at $11.32 in New York and shares are up 4% in local trading in Milan.
JON C. OGG