Global Markets: Asian shares rise
Fitch said, however, it did not expect Congress to allow the fiscal cliff to take place given the far-reaching effects. Fitch's view largely reflected recent market optimism. But Richard Franulovich, senior currency strategist at Westpac Securities in New York, said in a note that the positive conciliatory rhetoric over the fiscal cliff could easily come unstuck, while anything that is produced at the euro zone finance ministers' meeting is likely to be piecemeal.
Given our read of the fiscal cliff and Greek risks we remain comfortable fading strength in risk assets, he said.
The CBOE Volatility index, a gauge for expected volatility in the S&P 500, hit a one- month low on Monday, reflecting receding risk aversion.
The dollar retreated from the two-month high of 81.455 hit on Friday against a basket of key currencies, and helped buoy dollar-denominated commodities. U.S. crude futures eased 0.4 percent to $88.94 a barrel after rising over $2 the previous day on supply concerns.
Israel bombed dozens more targets in the Gaza Strip on Monday. It said that, while it was prepared to step up its offensive by sending in troops, it preferred a diplomatic solution that would end Palestinian rocket fire. Egypt said a deal for a truce could be
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