The DOW Industrials are currently up over 50 points, up for a seventh straight day, and trading at a 17month high. The FTSE 100 is up also up 38 points. Stocks are on the move up again amid optimism over the Federal Reserve sticking with its low interest rate stance for the foreseeable future and as expected, the Bank of England confirming that its Monetary Policy Committee voted unanimously in favour of keeping U.K. interest rates unchanged at its meeting earlier this month. Also, the U.S. Producer Price Index declined 0.6% in February, its largest drop in seven months. Taking out food and energy costs, the index gained 0.1%. In the U.K., the number of people claiming unemployment benefits fell unexpectedly last month with those claiming Jobseeker's Allowance dropping by 32,300 to 1.59m in February, the biggest monthly fall since 1997 and against forecasts of a rise of 8,000. The jobless rate now stands at 7.8%. However, long-term unemployment, which includes those out of work for over a year, jumped by 61,000 to 687,000.
Finally commodity stocks were on the rise, Goldman Sachs issued a research note forecasting a surge in global demand.