Friday, April 18, 2014
World stocks were subdued Thursday ahead of a long weekend for many markets, with Japan's Nikkei faltering as investors locked in profits after a strong rally.
The dollar drifted lower in Asia Thursday as upbeat U.S. data and dovish comments from Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen suggested the central bank would hold steady on the pace of its stimulus tapering.
Oil flat-lined Thursday as the upheaval in Ukraine continued to cancel out a big increase in U.S. oil supplies.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
World stock markets rose Wednesday as China's slowdown in the first quarter was less severe than expected.
The yen weakened in Asia on Wednesday as the head of the Bank of Japan said the country was on target to meet its inflation target next year while buoyant equity markets lifted investor sentiment.
The price of oil rose Wednesday as Ukraine took action against pro-Russian separatists in its east but slower Chinese growth tempered gains.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
The global sales of smartphones, tablets, personal computers and video game consoles are expected to slow down starting this year as consumers are less eager to snatch up new products, according to a recent report published by Deloitte.
World stock markets were mostly lower Tuesday as Ukraine tensions continued to bubble and jitters about China's economy resurfaced.
Oil prices fell on Tuesday on profit-taking one day after Russia-Ukraine tensions had sent them higher.
The dollar held firm in Asia Tuesday after solid retail sales data boosted confidence in the U.S. economy while tensions in Ukraine and speculation over more European Central Bank monetary easing weighed on the euro.