European stocks rise ahead of U.S. payrolls report

2019-12-06

European stocks rose slightly on Friday, as cautious optimism about U.S. employment numbers to be released later in the day prevailed over news that the fall of German industrial production in October proved worse than expected. The Stoxx Europe 600 (TICKER:XX:SXXP) was up 0.4% to 404.26 The U.K. FTSE 100Read More →

Asian markets inch up ahead of U.S. jobs report

2019-12-06

Asian markets gained in early trading Friday after a senior Chinese official said negotiations for a phase-one trade deal with the U.S. are progressing. Gao Feng, China’s minister of commerce, said Thursday that negotiators are in “close communication” and offered reassurances despite recent tensions. However, he also emphasized that ChinaRead More →

Yields rise on trade optimism ahead of U.S. data

2019-12-04

Yields on U.S. government debt rose Wednesday as Treasury prices gave back some of the previous session’s large gains following a news report that said the U.S. and China remained on track to complete a phase-one trade deal before a Dec. 15 deadline despite President Trump’s comments about a delayRead More →

Asian markets retreat ahead of Fed announcement

2019-10-29

Asian markets fell in early trading Wednesday, following new doubts about a U.S.-China trade deal and ahead of an expected interest-rate cut by the U.S. Federal Reserve. While U.S. officials, including President Donald Trump, in recent days had touted progress in trade talks, Reuters reported Tuesday that a “phase one”Read More →

Gold holds above $1,500 ahead of this week’s Fed meeting

2019-10-28

Gold futures edged lower Monday but held above the psychologically important level of $1,500 an ounce as traders await this week’s Federal Reserve policy meeting. Gold for December delivery GCZ19, -0.33%  on Comex fell $4.30, or 0.3%, to $1,501 an ounce, while December silver SIZ19, -0.06%  edged 1.9 cents higher,Read More →

Asian stocks rise ahead of a busy week for markets

2019-10-28

Asian markets kicked off a busy week by gaining in early trading Monday, after comments Friday that the U.S. and China were close to reaching a “phase one” trade deal. The U.S. Trade Representative’s office said that U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin spoke with ChineseRead More →

Asian markets little changed ahead of ECB meeting

2019-10-23

Asian markets were mixed in early trading Thursday following gains on Wall Street and ahead of the European Central Bank’s meeting. U.S. stocks inched higher Wednesday despite largely disappointing earnings reports, with some experts saying confidence in the Federal Reserve — and in a potential interest-rate cut next week —Read More →