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 Lisa Twaronite and Shinichi Saoshiro TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian stocks rose on Thursday, extending the previous session’s gains, while the dollar drew support from minutes of the Federal Reserve’s last meeting showing the U.S. central bank was still on course to hike interest rates this year. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan Read More

By Shinichi Saoshiro TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian stocks rose on Tuesday, following a positive lead from Wall Street, while the dollar held onto its gains after rebounding against the euro and yen on higher U.S. Treasury yields. Spreadbetters saw the upward momentum for equities continuing into Europe, forecasting a higher open for Britain’s FTSE <.FTSE>, 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

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 Patrick Graham LONDON (Reuters) – Shares rose on Monday with Asian stocks buoyed by hopes for stimulus to boost China’s economy, but the euro slipped on renewed concern about Greece’s finances. In Europe, a rally in technology shares, tracking Friday’s surge in the U.S. tech sector, helped equities bounce back from losses last week, 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

European equities were sharply lower on Thursday following a sell-off in the U.S. Wednesday and a lackluster lead from Asia. The pan-European Euro Stoxx 600 Index (STOXX: .STOXX) was lower with major bourses like the German DAX (XETRA: .GDAXI) posting heavy losses. Concerns over escalating political chaos in Yemen are weighing on market sentiment. Oil Read More