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  • Dow, S&P Post Record Closes, Nasdaq Ends Above 5,000

    Dow, S&P Post Record Closes, Nasdaq Ends Above 5,000

    Brent crude futures fell nearly 5 per cent in London to below $60 a barrel after Iran said a deal on its nuclear programme could be reached this week if the West lifts sanctions, which could boost the country's oil exports.

  • Asian Shares Firm as US Stocks Hit Records

    Asian Shares Firm as US Stocks Hit Records

    The dollar index climbed as far as 95.514 on Monday, surpassing Jan. 23's high of 95.481 to a peak not scaled since September 2003.

  • Gold Steadies on Soft Dollar, Set for Biggest Monthly Loss Since September

    Gold Steadies on Soft Dollar, Set for Biggest Monthly Loss Since September

    Spot gold was up 0.1 per cent at $1,210 an ounce by 1310 GMT, while U.S. gold futures were unchanged at $1,209.20 an ounce. Spot prices have gained 0.6 per cent on the week, but have fallen nearly 6 per cent in February.

  • European Shares at 7-Year High as ECB QE Nears

    European Shares at 7-Year High as ECB QE Nears

    European shares rose to fresh seven-year highs on Friday, extending a two-month rally fuelled by the European Central Bank's money printing programme which starts in the coming weeks.

  • Gold Set to Snap 4-Week Losing Run on US Policy Hopes

    Gold Set to Snap 4-Week Losing Run on US Policy Hopes

    US consumer prices fell over the past year for the first time since 2009 as gasoline prices continued to tumble, which could allow a cautious Fed more room to hold off on raising interest rates.

  • Nikkei Hits Fresh 15-Year High, Dollar Firm After Data Boost

    Nikkei Hits Fresh 15-Year High, Dollar Firm After Data Boost

    Dollar bulls, disappointed earlier this week by perceived dovish signals from Fed Chair Janet Yellen, took heart again after data released on Thursday showed US core inflation rose more than expected.

  • Dow Ends at Record, S&P Little Changed

    Dow Ends at Record, S&P Little Changed

    The Dow Jones industrial average rose 15.38 points, or 0.08 per cent, to 18,224.57, the S&P 500 lost 1.62 points, or 0.08 per cent, to 2,113.86, and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 0.99 point, or 0.02 per cent, to 4,967.14.

  • Asian Shares Near Five Month High, Dollar Loses Steam

    Asian Shares Near Five Month High, Dollar Loses Steam

    Following Yellen's comments, US bond yields have fallen sharply this week, with the 10-year notes yielding 1.972 per cent, compared to 2.133 per cent at the end of last week and six-week high of 2.164 per cent hit on February 18.

  • Gold Bounces Off 7-Week Low as Yellen Flags Flexibility

    Gold Bounces Off 7-Week Low as Yellen Flags Flexibility

    Yellen said on Tuesday that while the Fed is preparing to consider rate hikes on a "meeting-by-meeting basis", an increase is not likely for at least the next couple of meetings.

  • Bonds, Global Stocks Rally, After Yellen Emphasizes Flexibility

    Bonds, Global Stocks Rally, After Yellen Emphasizes Flexibility

    Wall Street stocks rose. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 92.35 points, or 0.51 per cent, to 18,209.19, the S&P 500 gained 5.82 points, or 0.28 per cent, to 2,115.48 and the Nasdaq Composite added 7.15 points, or 0.14 per cent, to 4,968.12.

  • Asian Shares Rise After Yellen Stresses Policy Flexibility

    Asian Shares Rise After Yellen Stresses Policy Flexibility

    The dovish interpretation of Yellen's remarks as well as the Greek developments helped the euro rise off a Tuesday session low of $1.1288. It was up about 0.1 per cent on the day at $1.1345, but edged down about 0.1 per cent against the yen to 134.78...

  • Bonds Rally, Dollar Falls After Yellen Emphasizes Flexibility

    Bonds Rally, Dollar Falls After Yellen Emphasizes Flexibility

    The dollar edged lower and bond yields fell after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said on Tuesday that it would be several months before the Fed expects to raise interest rates, while European equity markets gained after Greece produced a list of ...

  • Yellen Flags Rate Hikes on 'Meet by Meet' Basis

    Yellen Flags Rate Hikes on 'Meet by Meet' Basis

    The Federal Reserve is preparing to consider interest rate hikes "on a meeting-by-meeting basis", Fed Chair Janet Yellen told a congressional committee on Tuesday, a subtle shift of emphasis that helps lay the groundwork for the Fed's first rate hike...

  • Dow Edges Lower Ahead of Fed Testimony

    Dow Edges Lower Ahead of Fed Testimony

    Apple jumped 2.7 per cent to a new all-time high as the tech giant continues to enjoy momentum from strong iPhone sales and positive buzz over its Apple Watch launch in April.

  • Asian Shares Cautious, Awaiting Word on Fed Rate Outlook

    Asian Shares Cautious, Awaiting Word on Fed Rate Outlook

    Bond investors seemed to be hoping Yellen would choose to take a dovish slant, and yields on 10-year Treasury notes were steady at 2.06 per cent, compared to last week's high of 2.1640 per cent.

  • Eating Peanuts Early Could Prevent Allergy in Infants: Study

    Eating Peanuts Early Could Prevent Allergy in Infants: Study

    With peanut allergies on the rise worldwide, a study on Monday found that contrary to previous advice, feeding foods containing peanuts to babies before 11 months of age may help prevent allergies.

  • Wall Street Week Ahead: After Tight Trading, Volatility Set to Return to Stocks

    Wall Street Week Ahead: After Tight Trading, Volatility Set to Return to Stocks

    With worries about Greece taking a backseat, traders next week could focus on the slew of expected economic data, including several reports on the housing market, consumer confidence, the consumer price index and the preliminary fourth-quarter readin...

  • Nikkei Hits New 15-Year High, Upbeat Data Lifts Dollar

    Nikkei Hits New 15-Year High, Upbeat Data Lifts Dollar

    US weekly jobless numbers released overnight proved better than expected, diffusing some of the pressure on the dollar that followed dovish-sounding minutes from the last Federal Reserve policy meeting.

  • Top ECB Official Warned of Risks of Delaying QE: Report

    Top ECB Official Warned of Risks of Delaying QE: Report

    ECB's chief economist warned central bankers from around the Eurozone of the perils of delaying quantitative easy, according to records of a January meeting that shed light on how policy makers 'broadly' agreed to launch the scheme.

  • US Jobless Claims Fall as Labour Market Gains Momentum

    US Jobless Claims Fall as Labour Market Gains Momentum

    The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, offering fresh evidence that the labor market was gathering steam.

  • Dow Edges Lower; Fed Minutes Support

    Dow Edges Lower; Fed Minutes Support

    Fed policymakers expressed concern last month that raising interest rates too soon could pour cold water on the U.S. economic recovery, according to minutes from the Fed's January 27-28 meeting.

  • Nikkei Hits 15-Year Peak; Yields Drop on Fed View

    Nikkei Hits 15-Year Peak; Yields Drop on Fed View

    Yields on 10-year notes were down at 2.07 per cent, from a six-week peak of 2.16 per cent.

  • S&P 500 Ends at Record High on Greece Hopes

    S&P 500 Ends at Record High on Greece Hopes

    Among the S&P 500's biggest positives, shares of Medical device maker Medtronic Plc, which last month completed the $49.9 billion purchase of Ireland-based Covidien Plc, rose 3.7 per cent at $78.07.

  • Asia Tracks Wall Street Higher, Dollar Stands Tall

    Asia Tracks Wall Street Higher, Dollar Stands Tall

    Greece will remain an immediate concern for the financial markets as the European Central Bank decides later in the day whether to maintain emergency lending to Greek banks which have lost deposits at an unnerving rate.

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