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July 23, 2009    

Kazakhmys adds 9.5 percent as miners top 100

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by Elaine Frei
Kazakhmys adds 9.5 percent as miners top 100

European equities markets were higher Thursday as more positive quarterly reports came in and miners saw gains as metals prices went up.

The FTSE 100 added 1.47 percent to 4,559.8 in London, while the FTSE 250 was up 1.2 percent to 7,887.23.

Miners once again dominated the gainers list on the 100, taking all top 5 spots with Kazakhmys (LSE: KAZ) leading both the index and the sector with a gain of 9.52 percent.

The FTSE Eurofirst 300 was up 1.98 percent to 907.71 while the CAC-40 added 2.08 percent to 3,373.72, the IBEX was 2.13 percent higher to 10,369.8 and the Dax gained 2.45 percen tto 5,247.28.

Most markets in the Asia-Pacific region were higher on the session.

In Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 added 0.72 percent to 9,792.94 while the Topix index was up 0.23 percent to 908.69 and the Mothers market gained 0.49 percent to 449.11.

Australia’s markets were mixed as the Sydney Ordinaries added 0.09 percent to 4,072.6 but the S&P/ASX200 dropped 0.11 percent to 4,064.1.

Other gainers in the region included the Kospi, which added 0.16 percent to 1,496.49 while the Shanghai composite was up 0.97 percent to 3,328.49, the Straits Times Index was 1.39 percent higher to 2,484.9, the Sensex gained 2.61 percent to 15,231.04 and the Hang Seng added 2.96 percent to 19,817.7.

The Taiex, on the other hand, was down 0.06 percent to 6,980.88.

On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 2.26 percent to 9,082.06 while the Nasdaq Composite had added 2.69 percent to 1,978.26 and the S&P 500 had gained 2.56 percent to 978.54.

Crude oil prices were higher, as were metals prices, while grains prices saw little change in afternoon trade in Chicago.

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