Asian shares ended mostly lower on Thursday, paring initial gains as investors cashed in their chips following recent rallies with demand also capped by caution ahead of Chinese data on Friday.
Martin Gilbert, CEO of Aberdeen Asset Management, tells CNBC that they are seeing very strong flows into equities which have continued into the first quarter of this year.
Global oil markets, under pressure from increased North American production, are facing the return of a familiar upside risk - the threat of supply disruption from North Africa after an attack on an Algerian gas field swiftly escalated into an international hostage crisis.
Hamish Pepper, Forex Strategist, Asia Pacific at Barclays shares his outlook for Asian currencies, including the yen.
Traders will be watching Thursday's earnings closely for signs of any trend that could break stocks out of their doldrums.
David Roche, Global Strategist, Independent Strategy predicts a big crash in safe-haven bond markets in 2013. He also sees a manufacturing-led recovery for the global economy.
A recent warning from a Japanese minister about excessive yen weakness continued to underpin the currency.
Stocks finished mixed Wednesday, with the Dow breaking a five-day winning streak, as investors digested a batch of bank earnings and amid ongoing concerns over the debt ceiling.
U.S. Treasury debt prices rose on Wednesday, prompted by bets the Federal Reserve will stick to its bond purchase program, which aims to cut unemployment, as long as inflation remains muted.
Brent crude pared gains and nearby contracts turned lower on Wednesday on news of an expected restart of a shut North Sea pipeline system, while U.S. crude rallied on data showing domestic crude stocks fell last week.
Platinum rose for a seventh consecutive session, driven by strong hedge fund buying after a mine labor crisis at the world's largest platinum producer in South Africa stirred fears of a supply shortage.
Forex markets are so far taking the debt ceiling fight in stride. But if the ceiling is breached, this pro says, watch out.
Bill Nygren, Oakmark Select fund, says stocks remain historically cheap -- particularly financials, industrials and technology.
Attributing a bounce in Apple to comments from Tom DeMark, Josh Brown of Fusion Analytics says the company needs to hit specific targets to avoid a stock meltdown.
European shares ended mostly flat on Wednesday, bouncing off intraday lows as many investors used the early dip to boost their exposure to equities.
HSBC, which had forecasted gold prices would hit $2000 per ounce in the second-half of 2012, is now paring back its forecasts for 2013.
Asian shares ended in the red on Wednesday as cautious investors waited for crucial economic data from China later this week, while the yen's extended gains spurred profit taking in Japanese equities after their recent rally.
There's a lot at stake this earnings season, and the financial sector, the biggest stock market winner of the past year, will be put to the test Wednesday.
Herald Van Der Linde, head of equity strategy, Asia-Pacific, HSBC expects Asian equities to post returns of 10 percent to 15 percent this year. He adds that China and South Korea present areas of value for investors.
The yen on Tuesday posted its best one-day gain against the euro in seven months and rose against the dollar after falling four straight days.
European shares were flat on Friday as talks over the "fiscal cliff" stalled.
European shares closed lower on Wednesday for a third consecutive session, with resurging worries about the global economic outlook undermining investor sentiment.
Standard & Poor's decision to cut Spain's credit rating to one notch above junk status is weighing on markets.
Asian shares dipped on Tuesday following losses on Wall Street after U.S. manufacturing activity hit a three-year low in November.
As the Chinese boom slows Hermes, Remy and other posh names are still going full throttle in Asia.
The worst US drought in over 50 years is pushing commodity prices to record highs.