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  • Gold prices jump to 2-month high Friday, 16 Aug 2013 | 3:57 PM ET

    Gold rose nearly 1 percent to a two-month high on Friday, and bullion posted its biggest weekly gain in five weeks as disappointing U.S. data dimmed hopes for a swift economic recovery.

  • US bonds fall on Fed tapering fears Friday, 16 Aug 2013 | 3:41 PM ET
    Traders work in the S&P 500 options pit at the Chicago Board Options Exchange

    U.S. Treasurys prices slid on Friday, marking the worst week in two months due to persistent fears the Federal Reserve will pare its bond purchases in September as the economy has showed signs of further improvement.

  • Europe shares close higher despite mixed data Friday, 16 Aug 2013 | 11:30 AM ET

    European shares closed higher on Friday after a weak start to the day, despite continued market worries about the end of the Federal Reserve's bond-buying program.

  • Futures hold modest gains after economic reports Friday, 16 Aug 2013 | 8:34 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures held their modest gains Friday following the housing starts report and after major averages logged their biggest drop since June.

  • China's benchmark index reversed course for a second time on Friday to close down 0.6 percent following an earlier spike of 5.6 percent that propelled the index to two-and-a-half-month highs.

  • Dollar falls in volatile trade after mixed signals Thursday, 15 Aug 2013 | 5:49 PM ET

    The dollar fell broadly on Thursday after reversing earlier gains that sent it up against the euro and yen amid a cross-current of economic data that muddied the view on when the U.S. Federal Reserve will start trimming stimulus measures.

  • Yields jump to 2-year highs as jobs picture improves Thursday, 15 Aug 2013 | 4:24 PM ET

    Benchmark U.S. Treasurys yields jumped to two-year highs on Thursday as encouraging jobless claims data reinforced the view that the Federal Reserve is close to scaling back its bond purchases, spurring investors to reduce their debt holdings.

  • Gold prices settle 2% higher on Mideast tensions Thursday, 15 Aug 2013 | 3:55 PM ET

    Gold rose to a near two-month high on Thursday, gaining nearly 2.5 percent as a drop in the U.S. dollar triggered short-covering and a technical breakout once prices breached key resistance at $1,350 an ounce.

  • US oil ends over $107 as Egypt feeds supply fears Thursday, 15 Aug 2013 | 2:42 PM ET

    Oil prices rose on fears that escalating violence in Egypt could affect the Suez Canal or spread across the Middle East, where supplies already face disruptions.

  • Europe shares close lower on US fears Thursday, 15 Aug 2013 | 11:52 AM ET

    European shares closed sharply lower on Thursday after two different U.S. economic reports were released and as U.S. indexes saw their biggest one-day drops since June.

  • U.S. stock index futures added to their losses across the board Thursday following a mixed batch of economic reports and as investors continued to gauge when the Federal Reserve might start to reduce its $85 billion in monthly bond purchases.

  • Nikkei leads Asia lower by 2% as yen rises Thursday, 15 Aug 2013 | 3:00 AM ET

    Japan's benchmark index dropped over 2 percent on Thursday while the tone in the rest of Asian stocks was subdued as traders try to gauge when the U.S. Federal Reserve will start tapering its stimulus program.

  • Euro little changed vs dollar despite recovery Wednesday, 14 Aug 2013 | 5:14 PM ET

    The euro was little changed against the dollar on Wednesday after data showed the euro zone had emerged in the second quarter from its longest recession to date.

  • Stocks slump on Fed uncertainty; Apple jumps 2% Wednesday, 14 Aug 2013 | 4:03 PM ET

    Stocks slumped on Wednesday as the market continued to gauge when the Federal Reserve might start to reduce its bond purchases. Apple was a standout as some big investors took stakes in the smartphone maker.

  • US oil stages late rally, ends near $107 Wednesday, 14 Aug 2013 | 2:54 PM ET
    A derrick hand for Raven Drilling, works on an oil rig drilling into the Bakken shale formation outside Watford City, N.D.

    Crude prices staged a late day rally amid concerns over Middle East supply disruptions and a reduction in U.S. oil stockpiles, which provided support.

  • Gold settles 1% higher as commodities rise Wednesday, 14 Aug 2013 | 2:00 PM ET

    Gold settled 1 percent higher on Wednesday, as broad gains in the commodities complex and signs of simmering inflation lifted bullion after the previous day's drop.

  • Futures wobble; Macy's slides on earnings; Deere up Wednesday, 14 Aug 2013 | 8:35 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures signaled a narrowly higher open on Wednesday, as shares in Europe traded mixed after Tuesday's robust data from the U.S.

  • Asia ends mixed in thin trade; Nikkei above 14,000 Wednesday, 14 Aug 2013 | 3:11 AM ET

    Asian equity markets ended mixed in thin trade on Wednesday after strong global economic data triggered fears of an early end to U.S. stimulus.

  • Dollar gains after US retail sales data Tuesday, 13 Aug 2013 | 5:10 PM ET

    The dollar climbed to a one-week high against both the euro and the yen on Tuesday after a key gauge of U.S. consumer spending rose at its fastest pace in seven months.

  • The New York Stock Exchange

    Stocks finished higher Tuesday, rebounding after Atlanta Federal Reserve President Dennis Lockhart downplayed the notion that the central bank would begin winding down its bond-buying program at its September meeting.

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