Australian stocks approached their highest levels in nearly five years on Wednesday after China's trade balance swung to a surplus in April while Japan's benchmark Nikkei remained the region's out performer, extending gains to hit a fresh near five-year high.
Japan's benchmark stock index rose to its highest level in five years on Wednesday, taking its gains this year to just over 35 percent. Time to turn cautious? Perhaps not, say analysts.
Even the rosiest of forecasters acknowledge growth slowed sharply from the first three months of the year. And yet major U.S. stock indexes continue swaggering to fresh all-time highs.
The Dow finished above 15,000 for the first time ever, confounding a chorus of critics who believe the market should do what it usually does — sell off in May.
The euro firmed across the board on Tuesday after data showing German industrial orders beat forecasts, but the prospect of further monetary easing could limit its gains.
Stocks finished near their best levels Tuesday, with the S&P 500 extending its recent rally to a fresh high and the Dow closing above the 15,000 milestone for the first time.
Prices for U.S. Treasurys slid for a third session on Tuesday after a three-year note sale brought few surprises.
Brent crude oil fell on Tuesday, as weak fundamentals curbed initial gains spurred by strong German data, central bank policy and tension in the Middle East.
Gold ended lower as its appeal as an alternative investment faded after equity markets rose on prospects of sustained central bank stimulus, while holdings in exchange-traded funds slipped to their lowest in more than three years.
European shares closed higher following some better-than-expected earnings reports, and upbeat manufacturing data from German.
Germany joins the U.S. at an historic high. France, Portugal and Japan also log good numbers as stocks continue to win in the hunt for yield.
Several renowned investors may have made the case to be more bearish on bonds recently, but one analyst has told CNBC that now is the perfect time to look at high yielding peripheral bonds.
Japan and Australia dominated Asian trade on Tuesday as a weak yen sent Tokyo stocks to their highest level in almost five years while Australian shares closed lower after briefly erasing declines following the Reserve Bank of Australia's (RBA) surprise rate cut.
Nikkei stock index is back on a tear. The index surged past the 14,000 level for the first time in nearly five years on Tuesday, boosted by weakness in the yen.
European Central Bank Chief Mario Draghi's latest comments that further monetary easing in the euro area is possible is making euro bulls think twice, say currency analysts.
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The U.S. dollar rose for a third straight session against the yen on Monday and looked set to make another run at the 100 yen level on renewed optimism about the U.S. economy.
Oil edged lower as enthusiasm over last week's strong U.S. jobs report faded.
Gold futures settled higher, with some buyers tempted back to the market after a second week of gains suggested last month's price slide to a more than two-year low has run its course for now.
Prices for U.S. Treasurys edged lower on Monday ahead of new supply later in the week, with investors extending a sell-off after better-than-expected jobs data on Friday.
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