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U.S. equity benchmarks rose at the start of a week filled with potentially significant catalysts -- from central bank meetings, geopolitical developments and economic data. Financials and consumer stocks also advanced, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average fought to stay positive even as Boeing declined on reports that the U.S. Transportation Department was examining the 737 Max’s design certification. Equities have been trending upward, and volatility declining, on expectations the Fed will point the way to just one rate hike in 2019 when it meets this week.
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Global shares hit their highest levels in five months and the dollar dipped on Monday, as traders began to price in the likelihood of the U.S. Federal Reserve sticking to an accommodative stance at its policy meeting this week. European markets extended a run of gains, helped by a jump in shares in German lenders Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank after they confirmed over the weekend that they were in talks to merge. The pan-European STOXX 600 index was up 0.1 percent by midday in London, also hitting a five-month high.
Asian markets rose Monday as investors awaited an update on the state of ongoing trade negotiations between the U.S. and China.
Another FOMC meeting comes into focus while traders wait anxiously for news on U.S./China trade talks.
European shares were mixed by midday while Asian markets closed higher on Monday as investors awaited signs the U.S. and China could be making progress in negotiations on resolving the trade war between the two biggest economies. U.S. shares were set for a mixed start with Dow futures inching down 0.1 percent to 25,868. China's congress on Friday endorsed an investment law that aims to address complaints, particularly from the U.S., that China's system is rigged against foreign companies.
Global stocks extend gains, setting up Wall Street for a solid start to the week, as investors match the fading of key event risks against increasingly dovish central bank signals. Europe stocks edge higher, with financial sector stocks the most active, as Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank Bank confirm talks over a potential merger. Global oil prices were little-changed, but are still testing four-month highs, as OPEC cuts and US sanctions continue to support markets despite demand concerns.
Australia’s 3-year bond yields have dropped almost 50 basis points since early December to within a whisker of the central bank’s 1.5 percent policy rate. Short-dated bonds have proved popular as markets dialed up expectations the Reserve Bank of Australia will have to reduce interest rates. While consumer sentiment and growth have worsened amid a property slump, the unemployment rate has been one consistent bright spot for the economy.
Japan's Nikkei rose on Monday as chip-related stocks tracked strength in their U.S. peers, but weak February export data checked the market's upside. The Nikkei share average ended 0.6 percent higher to ...
Japan's Nikkei rose on Monday as chip-related stocks followed gains in their U.S. counterparts on Friday, but weak February export data limited the market's upside. The Nikkei share average rose 0.6 percent ...
The U.S. Federal Reserve is set to meet later this week. Russia plans to be fully compliant with OPEC-led supply cuts over the next few weeks, according to the country's energy minister, Alexander Novak. Major Asian stock markets closed higher on Monday as investors awaited developments on the U.S.-China trade front.The U.S. Federal Reserve was also set to begin its March policy meeting later in the week .
U.S. stocks joined a global advance in equities sparked by China’s renewed commitment to stimulus as investors grew more confident that central banks will remain accommodative. Broadcom surged to a record after its forecast, lifting semiconductor stocks, and Boeing reversed losses and posted a small gain after a report it plans to upgrade software in its grounded 737 Max jets. Central banks in the U.S., the U.K. and Brazil will all announce policy decisions, while European Union leaders meet for discussions likely to be dominated by Britain’s request to extend its withdrawal timescale.
Japan's financial watchdog will conduct stress tests on regional banks around mid-year and review rules to prod them to speed up efforts to boost profitability, a government official with direct knowledge of the matter said on Friday. The move comes in the wake of growing concern among policymakers over the plight of regional banks, which have seen profits hit by years of ultra-low interest rates and an exodus of borrowers moving to bigger cities as the population shrinks. Under current regulation aimed at pre-empting bank failures, the Financial Services Agency (FSA) focuses on whether commercial banks meet minimum capital adequacy ratios and past data in determining whether they are deemed financially viable.
Global stocks rose on Friday after a report that U.S.-China trade talks were making progress and a vote by UK lawmakers to delay Britain's exit from the European Union. European stocks markets opened higher, with the pan-European STOXX 600 index reaching its highest since October. Britain's benchmark FTSE 100 index outperformed, boosted by growing expectations Britain will not leave the EU on March 29 without a deal.
ASIA MARKETS Asian markets rose Friday, led by China stocks the country took a step to appease U.S. trade negotiators and the country’s premier spoke of more stimulus for the economy. Chinese legislators on Friday approved a new law against the forced transfer of technology by foreign companies, which has been a major complaint by the U.
Wall Street futures bump higher on plans for fiscal stimulus in China and last night's Brexit delay vote, helping the S&P 500 extend its 12% year-to-date gain. China vows tax cuts, market reforms, in "employment first" economic stimulus as U.S. trade talks slowing edge forward. Bank of America Merrill Lynch says U.S. stocks see net inflows of $25.5 billion this week, the highest in a year, as investors dump emerging market stocks to ride Wall Street's bullish wave.
Global stocks rose on Friday after a report that U.S.-China trade talks were making progress and a vote by UK lawmakers to delay the British exit from the European Union. European stocks markets opened higher, with the pan-European STOXX 600 index reaching its highest since October. Chinese Vice Premier Liu He spoke by telephone with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lightizer, and the two sides made substantive progress on trade, the news agency Xinhua reported.
Japan's Nikkei closed higher on Friday as companies with large exposure to China soared on Beijing's commitment to boosting economic growth, while investors also saw signs of progress in U.S.-China trade talks. There was little impact on the market from the Bank Of Japan's decision to keep monetary policy steady. China's economy is facing additional downward pressure but Beijing will not let economic growth slip out of a reasonable range, Premier Li Keqiang told reporters on Friday at end of the annual parliament meeting.
Asian stocks advanced on Friday as sentiment improved on a report that U.S.-China trade talks were making progress and after UK lawmakers voted to delay a potentially chaotic exit from the European Union. Spreadbetters expected a higher open for European stocks, with Britain's FTSE gaining 0.2 percent and Germany's DAX and France's CAC each adding 0.15 percent. Chinese Vice Premier Liu He spoke by telephone with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, with the two sides making further substantive progress on trade talks, Xinhua news agency said on Friday.
Some of the optimism over the timing of the US-China trade deal was dampened on Thursday after President Donald Trump said the U.S. will probably know in the next three or four weeks about a possible trade deal with China.
Asian stocks stepped ahead on Friday as sentiment improved on a report that more progress has been made in U.S.-China trade talks and after UK lawmakers voted to delay a potentially chaotic exit from the European Union. Chinese Vice Premier Liu He spoke by telephone with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, with the two sides making further substantive progress on trade talks, Xinhua news agency said on Friday. Mnuchin said on Thursday that a summit to seal a trade deal between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping will not happen at the end of March as previously discussed because more work is needed in negotiations.
Japan's Nikkei made firm gains on Friday morning as a weaker yen supported exporter stocks, while chip-related companies rose on earnings from Broadcom after the Wall Street close. The market is focused ...