Japanese shares surged to multi-year highs on Tuesday on rising expectations that strong political pressure will prompt the Bank of Japan to deliver bold monetary easing measures. Meanwhile, other Asian stock markets struggled as gains were capped on earnings caution.
Gloomy economic diktats and predicting the financial crisis have earned economist Nouriel Roubini the title Dr. Doom, but in his latest interview the economics professor said the United States had little to fear, despite ongoing fiscal negotiations and the looming debt ceiling.
Political instability in emerging markets, led by China, will be one of the biggest risks for markets in 2013, Ian Bremmer, president of political risk firm Eurasia Group, said on Monday.
The S&P index uptrend is stable and well developed. There is a high probability this uptrend will continue to 1550.
Forget a weakening economy and the prospect of further monetary easing. Here's what will keep the Aussie dollar robust in the months ahead - a rebound in commodity prices and even lower interest rates among the world's big economies.
Stocks are so far looking past the brewing congressional debt ceiling drama but that could change quickly if it becomes very contentious.
The euro rose against the dollar for a third straight session Monday, touching an 11-month high, as investors continued to trade off of diminished expectations of ECB monetary easing.
Stocks ended largely unchanged Monday, weighed by worries over demand for Apple's iPhone 5 and as investors sat on the sidelines ahead of a busy week of corporate earnings.
U.S. government debt prices were little changed with benchmark yields near their lowest levels in about 1-1/2 weeks on the Federal Reserve's purchase of long-dated bonds and safe-haven bids due to weaker stock prices.
Investors found further reason to dump shares of their once-darling Apple on Monday after a report raised concerns over demand for the iPhone 5.
Brent oil seesawed with the U.S. dollar on Monday, after coming under pressure from weaker gasoline in the previous session.
Gold edged up, but trailed platinum's rise, helped by gains in agricultural and energy prices.
Beware of catching "a falling knife" in Apple shares, Josh Brown of Fusion Analytics says.
European equities ended at their lowest in nearly a week on Monday, with an early sell-off in U.S. shares on concerns over demand for Apple's iPhone 5 prompting some investors to take profits.
Asian stocks ended slightly higher on Monday, helped by a 3 percent boost in mainland Chinese shares but trading volume remained light with Japanese financial markets shut for a public holiday.
Scott Evans, head of equity sales at Espirito Santo, tells CNBC why the flight to security in bonds may be starting to change.
Now why does a commodity trader care about earnings? To start, the results will affect movement in both S&P and Nasdaq futures. It also gives traders a read on the mood of the country, how consumers are spending and how companies are preparing to move forward. In my opinion, all of will can effect prices and demand for commodities.
Stephen Nash, Director of Strategy and Market Development, FIIG Securities says equity markets will look to 2014 for substantial growth. He adds that stocks may have run ahead of themselves so bond markets may offer more opportunities right now.
With stocks at a five-year high, bulls will be watching to see if they get encouraging reports from CEOs this earnings season -- or news that will bring out the bears.
The "Mad Money" host reveals the earnings reports he plans to monitor.
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.