*Wall Street edges lower after six-day S&P rally. In Europe, rising worries over Ukraine also weighed, offsetting data that showed Germany continued to power the euro zone's recovery. Strong results from Boeing failed to inspire Wall Street investors to keep pushing equities higher.» Read More
Europe has plenty of problems, but the dollar could make that all irrelevant for the euro.
The dollar slides, and traders are watching for central bank moves - it's time for your FX Fix.
Weaker than expected earnings from heavyweights such as Deutsche Bank, Shell, Unilever and Sony have turned European stocks flat and offset the more positive results out of Spanish and French bond auctions and merger talks between miner Xstrata and commodities trader Glencore. The FTSE Eurofirst 300 index of top European shares was down 0.1 percent at 1,056.47 points, having been as high as 1,061.25 earlier.
US futures point to a mixed picture on Wall Street after strong gains yesterday. European shares turned negative as some weaker-than-expected results from heavyweights such as Unilever offset the benefits of merger talks between miner Xstrata and commodities trader Glencore. However Asian shares ended higher as encouraging manufacturing data soothed fears about the global economic fallout from the euro zone debt crisis.
The euro's been on a roll, thanks partly to hopes for the Greek debt negotiations. Here's how to trade on a deal.
The market moves higher as positive manufacturing data continues. ADP says January private sector jobs were up 170,000. Ford and Chrysler see sales growth in January. Seagate expects unit shipments top jump by nearly a third this quarter. Northrop Grumman 4th quarter profit more than doubles. And Whirlpool provides optimistic commentary for the year. Meanwhile, Amazon guidance disappoints the Street and the company's stock takes a 9 percent hit.
Markets in Europe end the day at a 6-month high on renewed hopes for Greece. Markets are boosted by data showing German manufacturing growth. Banks and Chemical companies among day's top gainers. European regulators block NYSE/Deutsche Boerse merger. Yields fall at Portugal auction of 3- and 6-month debt. And iBM reportedly plans to cut 8,000 jobs in Germany. With Jeff Carter, independent trader, on MF Global.
The dollar is slipping as manufacturing reports get investors hungry for risk.
US stock index futures indicated a sharply higher open for Wall Street, with spirits lifted by a possible announcement of an IPO by Facebook and ahead of various data on unemployment. In Europe, shares are higher, led by banks and after China's manufacturing sector data showed an upturn in production.
US futures point to Wall Street opening higher today, while European shares extended gains as investor sentiment was boosted after manufacturing data out of the UK and China came in better-than-expected. However Asian stock markets struggled as weaker U.S. data dampened recent optimism that the world's largest economy may escape the gloom from the euro zone debt crisis, while Chinese manufacturing surveys failed to break the cautious mood.
The euro has been moving higher even without a deal sealed for Greek debt, but this strategist says it's time to check out.
The euro has had a nice run in the last two weeks, but this strategist thinks the party is just about over.
U.S. markets lose early gains after a surprise drop in consumer confidence. Homebuilders are down today after home prices fall again. RadioShack shares plunge after the company severely lowers its Q4 forecast. And the bull run in gold appears to remain intact.
European shares trim early gains on U.S. economic data, but close mostly higher. Portugal stocks underperform peers on worries about possible default. Euro zone unemployment hits highest level since currency was introduced. The euro reverses course, loses ground after early gains. Tomorrow, 27 EU commissioners vote on NYSE-Deutsche Boerse merger. Greek public sector haircuts possible: Eurogroup's Juncker.
Far from the euro zone, there's a trading opportunity down under.
Hopes for a Greek deal persist, and British consumers are feeling better - it's time for your FX Fix.
US stock index futures indicated a strong open for Wall Street today ahead of a slew of earnings and as hopes rose for a deal between Greece and private sector creditors on restructuring some of the country's debt. European shares are also higher on optimism about Greece, while EU leaders agreed on a stricter budget discipline plan to prevent further debt build up in the region.
US futures point to Wall Street opening higher on the back of a more positive sentiment in Asia and Europe. European shares rose on hopes Greece was nearing a debt swap deal needed to avoid a messy default, while European leaders agreed on stricter budget discipline measures to help prevent further debt accumulation in the region. Asian shares ended mostly higher today but worries over Portugal's refinancing ability capped gains.
The first mistake was to try to arrange a voluntary haircut in the first place, when the Greek government should simply have defaulted.
The dollar is getting a lift as worries about Greece and the European Union summit dent risk appetite. Whether it will last is another matter.