With its capacity boosted by nearly three times, Panama's enlarged canal -- set to be inaugurated on Sunday -- is expected to stimulate trade between the United States and Asia, and steal business from the rival Suez canal.
The pound climbed against the U.S. dollar in Asian trade while stock markets were mostly up but traders stepped nervously as the UK began voting in a knife-edge in-out EU referendum Thursday.
Oil prices rose in Asia on Thursday, hours ahead of a high-stakes British vote on whether to remain in the European Union.
U.S., European and Chinese regulators say they will jointly enforce product safety in online commerce, and an American official said they are making progress on crafting standards for hoverboards.
The pound rallied against the U.S. dollar and yen in Asia Wednesday as bookmakers bet heavily that Britain will vote to stay in the European Union, despite opinion polls pointing to a neck-and-neck race.
Oil prices hit reverse Tuesday, snapping two days of gains as dealers awaited this week's U.S. crude inventories data and Britain's critical in-out EU membership referendum.
Global stocks rose again Tuesday on optimism Britain will vote to stay in the European Union, as investors awaited an economic report by the head of the U.S. Federal Reserve.
The pound slipped on Tuesday after its best one-day gain since the 2008 global financial crisis, with Britain's nailbiting vote on its future in the European Union just days away.
Asia led a rally in global markets Monday, building on gains at the end of last week as polls suggest Britain's upcoming referendum will result in the country staying in the European Union.
Oil prices extended gains in Asia Monday thanks to a weaker U.S. dollar and easing fears of Britain's exit from the European Union.