As January drew to a close, the key question on the minds of oil market participants was: how well did the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) adhere to its quotas?
Europe's main stock markets rose Thursday in tentative trading as growing concerns over Greece and looming elections in France and Germany gnawed at sentiment.
The euro struggled Wednesday on increasing uncertainty about France's political outlook and fears of another debt crisis brewing in Greece.
Oatar's energy minister, the current OPEC president, said Wednesday that world oil markets were "responding positively" to output cuts implemented by the cartel and some non-cartel producers.
Asian markets mostly fell Tuesday, with concerns about upcoming European elections and Donald Trump's unpredictable presidency fuelling uncertainty.
The weighted index on the Taiwan Stock Exchange will very likely soar past the 10,000-point mark sometime in the first half of the year, bolstered by the growth momentum of international equity funds flowing into the market amid the weakening of the greenback, according to market observers.
World stock markets diverged on Monday as investors tracked a record on Wall Street fueled by a better-than-expected jump in U.S. jobs.
Demand for gold rose in 2016 to a three-year high, aided by keen investment appetite for the precious metal, the World Gold Council said Friday in a report.
European stock markets diverged and Asia's leading indices closed lower Thursday as investors digested the Federal Reserve's latest outlook and a raft of corporate earnings reports.
More than 100 retailers including Wal-Mart and Target as well as key trade associations are launching a new coalition aimed at fighting a Republican proposal on how imports get taxed, a measure they believe would harm their businesses.