Shares were higher in Europe and Asia on Monday, supported by strong results from surveys of manufacturers, though the euro slipped on concern over the potential impact of Catalonia’s independence referendum.
KEEPING SCORE: Germany’s DAX gained 0.4 percent to 12,874.86 and the CAC 40 of France edged up 0.04 percent to 5,331.73. The FTSE 100 of Britain added 0.6 percent to 7,414.67. Wall Street looked set for gains, with Dow and S&P 500 futures both up a fraction of a percent.
CATALAN FACTOR: Spain’s Ibex 35 fell 0.8 percent and the euro was trading 0.6 percent lower as investors mulled the likely implications of the disputed Catalan referendum on independence. Catalan’s president, whose government declared a landslide win for the “yes” side, had pledged to declare independence unilaterally if the referendum succeeded. More than 800 people were injured during the vote, as riot police attacked peaceful protesters and unarmed civilians trying to cast their ballots.
JAPAN ECONOMIC DATA: The Bank of Japan’s quarterly “tankan” survey showed an improved outlook for the world’s third-largest economy. The survey of leading manufacturers indicated growing shortages of factory capacity that could compel companies to invest more, helping to drive growth. Another, private sector survey, the Nikkei purchasing managers’ index, likewise showed manufacturers increasing output to meet a rise in new orders. Similar strong readings in China and in the eurozone supported market sentiment despite the upheavals in Spain and escalating tensions with North Korea.
ASIA’S DAY: Markets in China, Hong Kong, India and South Korea were closed Monday for national holidays. Japan’s Nikkei 225 stock index rose 0.2 percent to 20,400.78 and the S&P ASX/200 jumped 0.8 percent to 5,729.30. Shares in Taiwan and Southeast Asia also gained.
ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude lost 31 cents to $51.36 a barrel. It rose 11 cents to $51.67 a barrel Friday in New York. Brent crude, the standard for…