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 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 →

Asian markets slipped in early trading Wednesday amid growing pessimism over U.S.-China trade talks scheduled later this week. Late Monday, the U.S. blacklisted 28 Chinese companies, including artificial-intelligence companies because of their alleged role in human-rights violations against the Uighur Muslim minority. And Tuesday, the U.S. announced visa restrictions againstRead More →

Asian markets pulled back in early trading Monday, amid conflicting signals on the trade-war front. China said Sunday that its top trade negotiator, Vice Premier Liu He, will travel to Washington on October for renewed trade negotiations with the U.S. An exact date for the talks was not announced, butRead More →

Asian markets were mixed in early trading Thursday, as the Bank of Japan kept its ultra-easy monetary policy unchanged following the U.S. Federal Reserve’s interest-rate cut. The BOJ’s move — or lack thereof — was expected, though the central bank hinted that could cut interest rates even deeper into negativeRead More →

Asian markets rose in early trading Friday following signs of hope for a thaw in the trade war between the U.S. and China. The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that China was seeking to narrow the scope of upcoming trade negotiations, hoping to resolve some key issues and break theRead More →

Asian markets were mostly up in early trading Thursday as trade-war tensions eased after President Donald Trump announced a two-week delay in implementing tariff hikes against $250 billion in Chinese goods. In a pair of tweets late Wednesday, Trump said the tariff hikes, which had been scheduled to take effectRead More →

Asian markets mostly gained in early trading Wednesday, ahead of expected further monetary easing by the European Central Bank. The ECB is expected to take rates even deeper into negative territory at its Thursday meeting. Policy makers have indicated the ECB could introduce a tiered system of deposits, which wouldRead More →