Brazil's team may be favored to win the World Cup, but analysts don't believe hosting the tournament will boost the country's economy or its shares.
Hedge funds that use computer models to invest, like BlueCrest's BlueTrend, have lost assets recently, but there are signs of hope.
Despite those many reasons not to invest in France, some strategists have put on their contra-cyclical hats to say now is the time.
U.S. oil prices rose as a weak dollar prompted buying, while Brent prices fell on concerns about China's slowing economy.
The dollar teetered near a three month low against the yen on Monday, hit by falling U.S. interest rates.
Yield-hungry bond investors have pushed ever further into high-risk territory and Pimco sees five warning signs bond markets are getting too frothy.
Rogue trader Jerome Kerviel was arrested on Sunday to serve a three-year sentence in a case he has depicted as one's struggle against high finance.
European shares closed mixed on Friday, having wavered throughout the day, with concerns remaining about slow growth, low inflation and hefty valuations.
The dollar extended losses against the yen, trading near two month lows and putting it on course for a big weekly loss.
Valuations in fixed income look "strange" according to bond investors as 10-year Apple bonds and 10-year Spanish government bonds are trading at similar levels.
CEO of Société Générale, Frédéric Oudéa has pledged the group's Russian business will be among the main drivers of growth in profits in the next three years.
Frederic Oudea, CEO of Société Générale, says the Ukraine crisis has led to a slowdown in the Russian economy, but the bank confirms its commitment to the country.
The euro fell against sterling on growing bets the European Central Bank and the Bank of England will take opposite courses of action.
Emerging market assets have suffered through a brutal selloff, but now the sentiment tide is taking a sharper turn toward the once-shunned segment.
China's annual consumer inflation rose 1.8 percent in April, slower than March's 2.4 percent rise, data on Friday showed.
Gold prices settled nearly 2 percent lower on Wednesday as investors took profits from a run-up spurred by geopolitical concerns.
European markets closed mixed on Wednesday on reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin was willing to discuss the Ukraine crisis.
French bank Societe Generale reported a 13.3 percent drop in first-quarter net income as it booked a 525 million euro ($731 million) writedown on its Russian business as turmoil in Ukraine persists.
Gold settled lower, but flaring tensions between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine helped to minimized the metal's losses.
The dollar inched up from a three-week low on Friday, on expectations of a robust U.S. jobs number, after a weak growth report earlier this week.