TOKYO, April 1- Weakening demand at home and abroad weighed on Japanese manufacturers' confidence in the first quarter, prompting them to cut spending plans, clouding the outlook for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's drive to reflate the economy. But the latest central bank survey showed service-sector firms saw business conditions improve to a nearly one-year...» Read More
The dollar rose against the yen on Tuesday as a modest improvement in risk appetite encouraged investors to buy stocks, but it consolidated versus the euro after recent hefty gains.
Britain's inflation rate held steady in November, wrongfooting analysts who had forecast a rise and giving the Bank of England more scope to cut interest rates should the economy weaken sharply.
Housing starts and earnings from Goldman Sachs and Best Buy are among the headlines the stock market will care about ahead of Tuesday's open.
A U.S. Federal Reserve policymaker is questioning the way the Fed describes risks to the economy in its public statements, The Wall Street Journal Online reported on Monday.
The dollar rose against the euro Monday, boosted by year-end transactions and speculation of less aggressive Federal Reserve interest rate cuts after last week's strong U.S. inflation numbers.
Stocks closed lower as fears that inflation was hampering holiday gift-buying combined with wider concerns about the state of the economy.
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said Monday that moves by some big banks to bring off-balance sheet investments tied to subprime mortgages back onto their books would help ward off a widespread credit crunch.
Manufacturing activity in New York State factories declined sharply in December to a seventh-month low with falling new order and shipment indexes, New York Federal Reserve said Monday.
Euro zone services grew at a slower pace than expected in December, as the banking sector stalled, signaling a slowdown in the single currency area, a key survey showed on Monday.
Euro zone services growth cooled more than expected in December as the banking sector stalled while manufacturing activity eased marginally, but in line with forecasts, a key survey showed on Monday.
As we enter the final stretch of 2007, the stock market may temporarily lose some of its violent mood swings and secure gains for the month and the year.
Euro zone inflation surged to 3.1 percent in November, the highest level since May 2001 according to Global Insight and above an earlier estimate of 3 percent, data from the EU statistics agency Eurostat showed on Friday.
Consumer inflation data is big on Friday's agenda after Thursday's producer prices showed wholesale level inflation surging at the fastest rate in 34 years.
Everybody seems to have an opinion on the Federal Reserve's plan to ease the global credit crunch. Here's what some CNBC guests were saying Thursday.
Lehman Bros.' fourth-quarter earnings report, producer price inflation data and November retail sales will be factors setting direction for Thursday's markets.
Central banks banded together to make it easier for stressed banks to borrow money in a credit crunch that threatens to knock the U.S. economy into recession.
Major central banks, including the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank, acted in unison Wednesday in unveiling plans to provide liquidity to the banking system, where funds covering a longer span of time have become scant.
The Federal Reserve's plan to ease the global credit crunch has been in the works for a while and will be more effective than cutting interest rates, a senior Fed official said.
Uncertainty and housing. Those are the key words in forecasts of the US economy in 2008. And just how bad the economy performs depends mostly on the depth and duration of the housing recession and the great unknowns of the credit crunch.
Investors in US fixed income markets face a laundry list of uncertainties in 2008, which are likely to keep them on the defensive, analysts say. The best course of action may be to diversify.