By David Gaffen and Richard Leong NEW YORK (Reuters) – World equity markets tested record highs on Friday on hopes of more stimulus from top central banks, while the dollar strengthened on favourable government debt yields compared to those of most other developed countries. Wall Street scored solid gains after U.S. conglomerate General Electric Co. Read More

By Nigel Stephenson LONDON (Reuters) – Crude prices rose as much as 6 percent on Thursday after Saudi Arabia and its allies launched air strikes on Yemen, pushing shares lower in Europe, the Middle East and Asia and lifting oil producers’ currencies. The military operations, including air strikes, targeted Iran-backed Houthi rebels besieging the southern Read More

By Herbert Lash NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stocks slipped from all-time highs on Monday, pulled lower by a sharp drop in crude oil prices, while European shares rallied to fresh seven-year highs on last week’s conditional financial rescue for Greece. Yields on low-rated euro zone government bonds fell on relief an agreement was reached Read More

By Marc Jones LONDON (Reuters) – The dollar hit a nine-year high and stocks worldwide headed for their first back-to-back rise of the year on Thursday, encouraged by expectations for a U.S. rate increase and new stimulus this month from the European Central Bank. Steadier oil prices also encouraged risk appetite and helped nudge U.S. Read More