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New orders for long-lasting U.S.-made manufactured goods surged a much bigger-than-expected 5.9 percent in July, the biggest gain since September, and a business investment gauge posted the first gain in three months, a Commerce Department report showed on Friday.
France on Friday kept up the pressure on the European Central Bank to take account of global financial market turmoil and economic growth when setting interest rates, and said a September rate rise was not a done deal.
Euro zone private sector growth cooled in August as factory order growth hit its weakest since late 2005 and a credit squeeze in financial markets bruised service sector confidence, key data showed on Friday.
Asian stocks led by finance counters, were lower across the board in the afternoon session Friday, on concerns that problems in the U.S. housing and credit markets could push the world's biggest economy into recession. Australia, Japan and South Korea all closed down.
BHP Billiton, the world's biggest mining company, said it would seek to grow aggressively in India where volume growth is outstripping China, its other boom market.
U.S. stocks bounced off earlier lows but closed with small losses amid ongoing worries regarding the global credit environment. "The conventional logic was that the worst was behind us but then reality set in and there's still trouble out there," said Dan McMahon, head of listed trading at CIBC World Markets.
Global financial turmoil prompted the Bank of Japan to hold rates on Thursday and warn that the tremors would take time to settle, and the European Central Bank was inundated with demand at a new money market tender.
The number of U.S. workers filing new claims for jobless aid fell 2,000 last week, government data Thursday showed, while the number of people still collecting benefits rose to its highest since April.
Germany posted a public sector budget surplus in the first six months of 2007, the first time it has achieved this in the January-June period in nearly two decades, the Federal Statistics Office said on Thursday.
The pace of growth in Europe's biggest economy slowed from the first quarter to the second quarter, the German government said Thursday as it issued its final numbers on growth for the country of 82 million people.
The markets have their own lexicon and volatile markets generate their own chapter of colorful metaphors. This last week we have been treated to exhortations not to catch falling knives, falling pianos or any other objects which would cause severe pain if diverted from their gravity-bound course.
The Bank of Japan left its key policy rate unchanged for the sixth month running on Thursday, as expected in the wake of a global markets shake-out, with the focus now on how long it will delay its next hike.
A late rally pushed U.S. stocks sharply higher at the close as takeover news and rate-cut speculation overshadowed jitters about tighter credit markets. "We think that liquidity is returning to the market after being problematic," said Kevin Cronin, head of investments at Putnam. "We think the Fed's actions last week righted the ship."
A global credit squeeze has most economists convinced the Federal Reserve will come to the rescue and cut interest rates next month, a Reuters poll showed on Wednesday.
Here's a question: Are you in the market for a new car or truck? It's a simple enough question, but with the economy slowing, and credit tightening up, more and more people are actually putting off buying a new ride. When I saw the latest survey of new car buyers from CNW Market Research, I was not surprised to see that 13% of the people in the market for new wheels are putting off making the purchcase.
Asian stocks were mostly higher in the morning session Wednesday with Japan the sole market pushing lower. Sentiment was lifted by a decent performance on Wall Street Tuesday, but markets are expected to stay in a narrow range as both buyers and sellers hesitate to make moves.
Japan's trade surplus fell for the first time in nine months in July, prompting concerns about the outlook for the country's exports amid worries over a slowdown in the U.S. economy due to rising U.S. mortgage defaults.
U.S. stocks ended mixed as the investors looked for signs that the Federal Reserve may cut interest rates again soon. "I think it's encouraging that we are kind of stabilizing after last week's turmoil," said Alec Young, equity market strategist at Standard & Poor's.
Struggling subprime mortgage lender Accredited Home Lenders Holding on Tuesday said it agreed to sell $1 billion of home loans to an unnamed investor, a move it said would limit its exposure to margin calls.
The U.S. Federal Reserve took several more steps Tuesday to add to the liquidity of the banking system.
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