FXstreet.com (Barcelona) - US shares are inching higher on Thursday, with the S&P500 piercing the 1,500 figure for the first time since 2007 after upbeat data in the US economy out of the labour market and the manufacturing PMI. The iPhone maker Apple Inc. (AAPL) is dragging the Nasdaq to the negative territory, after disappointing earnings report.
At the moment, the DowJones is up 0.34% followed by the S&P500, up 0.04%, while the Nasdaq is losing 0.53%.

Markets in Europe closed sharply higher on Thursday, following the cheery data out of the PMI prints in the euro zone and the general risk-on tone. Gains were again led by the FTSE100, up 1.09%, ahead of the CAC40 and the IBEX35, advancing 0.70% and 0.61%, respectively. After a negative start, the single currency was gradually gaining traction, pushing the cross to the boundaries of the key resistance at 1.3400, although faltering afterwards and retracing to the 1.3360/70 region.

Commodities are trading mixed, as the crude oil is gaining 0.96% at $96.14 while the ounce troy of gold is retreating 1.11% at %1668