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  • Let's take a look at the global market highlights and news for April 1st 2014.

  • Google finalizes stock split The Fed continuing to support the labor market

  • Gold closed with a loss for a fourth day in a row

  • European shares trade slightly higher on Monday, although lower inflation data failed to support

  • sentiment. US Equities started the week on a positive note, ignoring a weaker than expected

  • Chicago PMI. In a speech to a Chicago community reinvestment conference on Monday, Yellen

  • said that the recovery still feels like a recession to many Americans, which is why

  • the central bank will keep its "extraordinary" support for the economy for "some time to

  • come." Earlier, stocks were boosted by hopes of monetary

  • stimulus from the European Central Bank after euro-zone inflation fell to its lowest level

  • since 2009.The S&P 500 rose 16 points to 18-73.35, only about 5 points shy from the record closing

  • high. The biggest data of the week will come on Friday, when the U.S. employment report

  • for March is due. Economists are expecting big numbers, which would help soothe investor

  • worries about the economy. Asian markets ended mixed. The Shanghai Composite fell as investors

  • wait for clarity from Beijing on possible new stimulus measures. The index has lost

  • almost 4% this year on worries over slower economic growth in China.

  • Attention Google investors: You're about to get twice as many shares in a change meant

  • to help Larry and Sergey maintain control over the tech powerhouse. The much-awaited

  • Google 2-for-1 stock split is finally happening on Wednesday April 2nd when shareholders will

  • get two shares for every one they owned. One set of shares, called Class A, will trade

  • under a new ticker symbol, "GOOGL."minus the E and The other, Class C, will be listed under

  • the company's historic ticker, "GOOG."

  • In the foreign exchange market the euro rose against the dollar after eurozone inflation

  • fell but not by enough to strengthen bets on further easing from the European Central

  • Bank this week. Meanwhile, the dollar neared a three-week high against the yen. Inflation

  • in the euro zone fell to 0.5% on an annual basis in March from 0.7% in February, according

  • to a preliminary estimate out Monday. That's the lowest reading since 2009. Economists

  • had expected a reading of 0.6%, according to a Reuter's survey. The euro initially fell

  • on the data, then recovered ground to trade at $1.37-74. The dollar rose to 103.02 yen.

  • The Australian dollar climbed to 0.92-76. For the month, the Aussie has jumped 3.9%.

  • The dollar index, a measure of the dollar's strength against six rivals, eased to 80.0-69.

  • In the commodity space gold closed with a loss for a fourth day in a row with a slew

  • of economic reports expected to create some volatile sessions throughout the week, but

  • the precious metal still scores a quarterly gain of nearly 7%. Gold settled at $1,283.80

  • an ounce a fall of 10.50. That was the lowest settlement for a most-active contract since

  • Feb. 10th. Oil traded mostly lower as disappointing data

  • in Chicago-area businesses contributed to a pullback in prices from a nearly three-week

  • high, but hopes for stimulus measures from China provided some support, leaving the commodity

  • on track for a quarterly rise. Crude-oil fell 22 cents to $101.45

  • This is Amy Anderson from OptionRally signing off And of course I'm waiting for your LIKE

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