TOKYO, May 25- Asian shares got off to a lackluster start on Monday, after rising inflation and a hawkish tone from the U.S. Activity was likely to be thin this session, as UK and U.S. markets are shut on Monday for the Spring Bank Holiday and Memorial Day respectively. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down about 0.1 percent in early trade.» Read More
The Federal Reserve is unlikely to cut interest rates before its next scheduled meeting in late January but may consider doing so if the outlook deteriorates sharply before then, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.
A private gauge of Australian inflation rose sharply in December as fuel, borrowing costs and rents all climbed, heightening the risk that official inflation figures could be alarming enough to warrant a rate hike.
The yen strengthened across the board on Friday as global equity markets sagged on renewed fears that the U.S. financial sector may suffer even more losses, diminishing investors' risk appetite.
The U.S. trade deficit in November surged to the highest level in 14 months, reflecting record imports of foreign oil. The deficit with China declined slightly while the weak dollar boosted exports to another record high.
Investors should raise their exposure to agricultural commodities and buy into stocks in the sector, as demand from emerging markets increases and the size of arable land is shrinking, putting additional pressure on the already tight supply, analysts said Friday.
It's that time of the year again, when Germany's trade unions traditionally put their wage demands on the table for the opening rounds of the annual ritual that is called "collective wage bargaining". And, with the economy growing at a robust pace still and with corporate profits on the rise, the voice of the unions is getting louder again. We've already had some taste of strike this season. Is there more to come?
Bank of Japan Governor Toshihiko Fukui said on Friday the pace of growth was slowing, as markets started pondering the risk of a Japanese rate cut.
The euro climbed across the board Thursday, after European Central Bank President Jean Claude-Trichet flagged more interest rate increases in the euro zone, citing lingering inflation pressures.
Inventories at U.S. wholesalers rose 0.6 percent in November, but they did not keep pace with sales, which saw the biggest monthly increase in more than two years on rising petroleum prices, the government reported Thursday.
South Korea's central bank held its main interest rate steady at 5.00 percent on Thursday, as widely expected, deciding not to tighten to tackle rising inflation as it remains cautious over the risk of a global economic slowdown.
The dollar climbed Wednesday following comments from a Federal Reserve official who said it would be a mistake to say a U.S. recession is at hand.
This is a timeline of the European Central Bank's rate decisions for 2007.
The stock market may be the deciding factor in whether the U.S. economy tips into a consumer-driven recession this year.
China's cabinet said on Wednesday that it would temporarily intervene in the market to curb price rises or basic necessities like food, underlining its concern over mounting inflationary pressures.
The yen retreated across the board Tuesday as investors waded back into risky carry trades, sparked by gains in global equities and a rise in commodity prices.
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson discusses the dollar, the housing market, China and fly-fishing with the Squawk Box news team.
The dollar edged upward against the euro and the pound Monday as markets pondered whether rising inflation in the euro zone and Britain may bring interest-rate changes later this week.
Treasury Secretary Paulson said the Bush administration is trying to minimize the impact of a housing downturn rather than rush new stimulus measures.
A worse-than-expected report on December job growth fueled worries about a U.S. recession but also heightened speculation of more interest-rate cuts.