Friday, April 24, 2015
Asian shares were given a positive lead by New York, where the Dow rose 0.49 percent, the S&P added 0.51 percent and the Nasdaq gained 0.42 percent on Wednesday.
Growth in business activity in France's private sector slowed in April amid signs that the eurozone's second-biggest economy was on the verge of stalling, a key survey showed Thursday.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Japan's stock benchmark closed above the 20,000-level for the first time in 15 years Wednesday, encouraged by the country's first monthly trade surplus since 2012. European stocks fell, however, and Wall Street was expected to open lower.
The euro drifted lower Wednesday on fears about a Greek debt default as mayors across the country lashed out at a government decree ordering them to hand over their cash reserves to help Athens pay its bills.
Oil prices fell in Asia on Wednesday after a Saudi-led coalition declared an end to four weeks of air strikes in Yemen and ahead of a key U.S. supply report.
Share prices of French luxury and sports clothing group Kering fell sharply in Paris Wednesday on news of disappointing first quarter performance by its Gucci unit.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Microsoft on Tuesday said it will open its first flagship store outside the United States in Sydney, as the technology giant expands its physical footprint to take on global rivals Apple and Samsung.
Swiss banking giant Credit Suisse said Tuesday a strong performance by its private banking unit helped first quarter net profit rise by 23 percent to 1.05 billion Swiss francs (NT$34.224 billion, US$1.1 billion), outstripping forecasts by analysts.
Asian markets on Tuesday followed a positive lead from Wall Street while the euro retreated as investors kept a cautious eye on Europe, where Greece is struggling to pay its debts.
The U.S. dollar ticked higher Tuesday despite comments from a Federal Reserve official that cast doubt on a mid-year interest rate hike, while Greece's bailout woes held back the euro.