By Lisa Twaronite TOKYO (Reuters) – A rally in China’s stock markets to seven year highs on Monday kept an index of Asian shares near its highest level since September, as weak Chinese trade data hardened expectations for more economic stimulus measures from Beijing. The Chinese markets’ bull run has been fuelled by speculative buying Read More

Wall Street (^GSPC) is in “wait and see” mode at midday ahead of this afternoon’s release of the minutes from the latest Federal Reserve meeting and the start of first-quarter earnings season. New York Stock Exchange floor trader Keith Bliss of Cuttone & Co. tells Yahoo Finance the doom and gloom scenarios being painted ahead Read More

European markets seesawed on Thursday to close mixed as investors focused on U.S. economic data and positioned themselves ahead of the long Easter weekend. The pan-European Euro Stoxx 600 Index (^STOXX) wobbled around the flatline in afternoon trading before provisionally closing 0.3 percent lower. London’sFTSE (FTSE International: .FTSE)closed around 0.1 percent higher, the French CAC Read More

By Lisa Twaronite TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares shrugged off weak U.S. data overnight that raised concerns ahead of Friday’s key employment figures, and logged gains on Thursday as investors covered positions ahead of the Easter holidays. European bourses were expected to follow suit, with financial spreadbetters calling Britain’s FTSE 100 (.FTSE) to open flat Read More

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stocks fell for a second straight day on Wednesday and the dollar dipped after weaker-than-expected private sector employment data spurred concerns that the keenly awaited monthly U.S. jobs report on Friday could point to slowing economic growth. Oil futures rallied as U.S. stock builds came in at a lower level Read More

By Marc Jones LONDON (Reuters) – European stocks and the dollar made solid starts to the second quarter on Wednesday as signs of a recovery in the euro zone and expectations of more good U.S. news cheered investors after their blowout last few months. Europe’s benchmark FTSEurofirst 300 (.FTEU3) recovered strongly after an early wobble Read More

By Shinichi Saoshiro TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian stocks crawled higher on Friday as upbeat U.S. economic data helped revive some risk appetite lost following air strikes on Houthi militants in Yemen, while the dollar rebounded. Crude oil prices were slightly lower on the dollar’s bounce after surging overnight on the escalating conflict in Yemen. The Read More

By Shinichi Saoshiro and Ian Chua TOKYO/SYDNEY (Reuters) – The euro slumped to a new 12-year low on Thursday, reeling from an unrelenting onslaught after the European Central Bank startedits quantitative easing (QE) campaign, highlighting the monetary policy divergence between the euro zone and the U.S. The 1 trillion euro bond-buying programme the ECB launched Read More

By Hideyuki Sano and Vidya Ranganathan TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian stocks buckled while the dollar held firm on Monday after strong U.S. jobs data fanned expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve may raise interest rates sooner than previously thought. Stock markets across Asia, including Japan’s Nikkei <.N225>, Australia, Malaysia and Indonesia fell broadly, with MSCI’s Read More