Energy companies led gains, with Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp. each rising 2.4 percent. LinkedIn Corp. soared 13 percent after third-quarter sales exceeded estimates. GoPro Inc. jumped 13 percent after its prediction for fourth-quarter profit surpassed analysts’ projections.
One central bank ends QE, another increases it. This is not a trick, but a treat for the markets. The global equity markets found additional buoyancy on Friday after the Bank of Japan surprised the markets overnight by expanding its monetary easing program to about 80 trillion yen a year, up from Y60tn-Y70tn previously.
It was a busy week for central banks around the world, with monetary policy meetings in the United States, New Zealand and Japan. This made for a very interesting end to the week for the forex markets as investors digested the deluge of information coming from policymakers.
In today’s Asian session, the Bank of Japan shocked traders by increasing its already-massive Quantitative Easing program by another 30 trillion yen per year, bringing the total yearly purchases to a total of 80 trillion yen.