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China will surpass Germany as the world's biggest exporter of goods this year, German Economy Minister Michael Glos said on Monday.
Oil advanced for a fourth day on Monday, supported by an escalating row between OPEC member Venezuela and oil major Exxon Mobil.
The dollar recovered in trade thinned by a U.S. market holiday on Monday, as investors locked in profits following the currency's worst weekly performance of the year so far.
The continuing worsening of global credit conditions could make life harder for the fast-growing economies of Eastern and Central Europe, which until now have largely been unharmed, according to analysts.
Asian stocks closed mixed Monday, as investors shrugged off a rash of weak economic indicators to keep most markets afloat. Japan and South Korea closed just a touch higher, which the Hong Kong market fell.
China's producer price inflation jumped to a three-year high in January as transport disruptions caused by severe winter weather pushed up the cost of food and coal.
Oil held steady over $95 a barrel Friday after a series of bleak reports hit the economic outlook for top energy consumer the United States, helping erase earlier gains on supply concerns.
A series of bleak economic reports on Friday showed the mood of American consumers deteriorating in February to a point that has always signaled recession, while factory activity in New York state suffered its biggest drop on record. .
The dollar fell against most major currencies Friday after data showing sharp declines in consumer sentiment and New York area manufacturing rekindled fear that the economy continues to slouch toward recession.
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U.S. consumer sentiment fell sharply in early February to levels associated with previous recessions, dragged down by concerns a bleak economic outlook would raise the unemployment rate, a survey showed Friday.
Former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan on Thursday said the U.S. economy is "clearly on the edge" of a recession.
The nation's industrial output posted a modest increase in January as strength at utilities offset weakness in manufacturing and mining.
Asian stocks ended the week with a mixed session Friday, but off their earlier lows. Japan closed almost flat despite making sharp losses in the morning. South Korea finished just slightly lower.
The euro zone swung into a trade deficit in December as the euro remained strong, with exports flat and imports growing fast, the European Union's statistics office said on Friday.
China's economy is likely to grow around 10 percent this year despite a global slowdown stemming from the U.S. subprime mortgage crisis, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, said on Friday.
On Tuesday, we had the Warren Buffett rally. On Valentine's Day, it was the Ben Bernanke selloff.
Oil prices soared $1.50 to near $95 a barrel on Thursday, supported by supply concerns and better-than-expected economic data from the United States and Japan, the largest and third-largest oil consumers.
The dollar dipped against the euro and yen Thursday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the U.S. economic outlook had worsened and that the central bank would act as needed to support growth.
Fed Chairman Bernanke told Congress the country's economic outlook has deteriorated and signaled that the central bank is ready to keep lowering rates.
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