US stocks increased sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to its largest gain in two weeks, with the slowing down of the Yen after American retail sales topped estimates. Commodities fell as industrialised New York minimises its standards for a third month in a row.

US retail sales went up 1.1 % in September after a correcting 1.2 % rise in August which was the largest since October 2010 and was bigger than previously recorded. The median forecast of 77 economists and analysts identified by Bloomberg called for a 0.8 % increase in one of its surveys while the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s general economic index rose to minus 6.2 from minus 10.4 in September which was the lowest by far since 2009.

The Bloomberg Economic Surprise Index was predicted to jump to 0.02 today from minus 0.06 on October 12. The index was based on terms collected by several private businesses and trade firms in addition to government, which turned out to be positive for the first time in four months.

Citigroup income

Citigroup rose 5.5 % with its largest progress since March following earnings that surpassed predicted estimates. A total of $582 million tax benefit and flow in bond-trading earnings with some companies in the S&P 500 are releasing results within this period according to surveys collected by Bloomberg. Of the 38 companies in the benchmark index that have reported since the start if October, only 27 actually posted earnings that surpassed analysts’ forecasted in their surveys.

Not a good day for gold

Oil for November delivery went down 0.2 % to $91.68 a barrel in New York. Prices played roughly at $89.79, the lowest level since October. Gold futures for December toppled 1.3 % to $1,737.60 an ounce, the largest decrease since the first quarter. The yield on the Greek 10-year bond declined to 17.58 per cent, the last dropped since the country’s rearranged its debt payment policies after German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble ruled out on an autonomous non-payment rule. The cash-strapped nation and international inspectors are close to settling on an amendment before the European Union leaders’ summit.

Inflation in the Orient

The Euro had very little change at only $1.2955 while the Spanish 10-year bond gave in and rose 19 points to 5.81 per cent. China’s inflation was considered close to a snail’s pace in the past two years in September which allowed the government to have enough room to breathe in making policies should the economy worsen. Consumer prices went up to 1.9 % from a year earlier while the producer-price index went down 3.6 % according to the National Bureau of Statistics.

The MSCI Emerging Markets Index (MXEF) had very little change. The Shanghai Composite Index plummeted 0.3 per cent. South Africa’s Rand indefinitely destabilised to 0.9 per cent, its second straight decline following the S&P cutting the country’s sovereign rating for this quarter.