Saturday, January 31, 2015
World stock markets were uneven Friday and Wall Street futures slid ahead of quarterly growth figures that will show whether weakness in China, Japan and Europe has hit the U.S. economy.
The dollar edged down against other major currencies on Friday as investors adjusted their positions ahead of key U.S. economic growth data later in the day.
Crude prices were down in Asia Friday, after the U.S. Senate approved a bill to build an oil pipeline from Canada to refineries in the U.S. Gulf Coast, adding to concerns over a supply glut.
Friday, January 30, 2015
Global shares fell Thursday after oil prices plunged and the U.S. Federal Reserve issued a reminder it is still on track to raise interest rates this year. The release of weaker-than-expected retail sales figures in Japan was another reason for gloom.
The U.S. dollar extended its gains on Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve pointed to the “solid pace” of growth in the world's top economy, signaling a midyear rate hike was still in play.
Oil prices edged higher Thursday but gains were capped amid fresh worries about the global supply glut as U.S. crude reserves soared to a record high, analysts said.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Global stocks drifted Wednesday after weak earnings from several U.S. companies added to global growth concerns as investors waited for the U.S. Federal Reserve's latest statement on monetary policy.
The dollar recovered on Wednesday after taking a hit in New York in response to weak U.S. economic data and a string of poor earnings reports, while traders look ahead to a U.S. Federal Reserve policy meeting later in the day.
Oil prices fell in Asia Wednesday as dealers await the outcome of a U.S. Federal Reserve meeting and the release of a U.S. supply report expected to show a surge in crude stockpiles, analysts said.
The Russian government, facing its worst economic crisis in a decade, on Wednesday proposed cutting planned spending by 10 percent this year and 5 percent over the next two years in all categories except military and social expenditures.