SHANGHAI, Nov 24- China's yuan opened at 6.1280 per dollar on Monday, softening slightly from Friday's close after the central bank caught markets off-guard by cutting benchmark lending rates by 40 basis points. The People's Bank of China set the midpoint rate weaker at 6.1420 per dollar prior to market open, compared to 6.1387 per dollar at the previous fix.» Read More
LONDON-- Royal Bank of Scotland said Friday that Spanish bank Santander has backed out of its deal to buy 316 of RBS branches in the U.K., leaving the bailed-out bank looking for a new buyer. In August 2010, Santander agreed to buy the 316 RBS branches in England and Wales, along with the NatWest branch business in Scotland, but the deal was delayed several times.
Here's what's meant by the deficit and the debt _ and how the government can address them:. The amount by which spending exceeds revenue during a budget year. The total U.S. debt tops $16 trillion.
The country's two biggest mortgage lenders, Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase, reported Friday that a surge in home lending pushed them to record profits. JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon declared that the housing market "has turned the corner." JPMorgan wrote $47 billion in mortgages, compared with $37 billion last year.
NEW YORK-- Ludovic Lefebvre can stomach just one more bite. After five years of LudoBites _ hugely popular guerrilla-style, short-lived eateries held mostly around Los Angeles _ Lefebvre says he is done with so-called pop-up restaurants. By the end of the year, he plans to pop up _ and stay put _ with a new and permanent Los Angeles restaurant.
Then, out of the blue, after three years of back-biting and seemingly daily financial crisis, the European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize for fostering peace on a continent long ravaged by war.
NEW YORK-- The price of oil dropped Friday after a new report predicted a slower pace of growth in demand for oil, overshadowing concerns about unrest in the Middle East. On the New York Mercantile Exchange:. _ Benchmark oil fell 21 cents to end at $91.86 per barrel.
LONDON-- A Gerhard Richter painting owned by Eric Clapton has sold for 21.3 million pounds, handily beating pre-sale estimates and setting a new auction record for the German abstract artist.
HARTFORD, Conn.-- Documents filed in the criminal case against a Venezuelan-American financier say losses from a Connecticut- based fraud scheme could total as much as $600 million.
SAN DIEGO-- Southern California home prices posted a sixth straight annual increase in September as buying shifted to more expensive houses along the coast and the supply of heavily discounted foreclosed properties dwindled, a research firm reported Friday.
NEW YORK-- Soda makers, restaurateurs and other businesses sued Friday to try to block the city's unprecedented move to restrict sales of super-sized, sugary drinks, an effort the city called a coup for public health but the industry views as unfair and undemocratic.
Wells Fargo said Friday that its third-quarter net income and revenue rose as the bank increased consumer lending and collected more fees. In a call with analysts, Wells Fargo Chairman, President and CEO John Stumpf explained why interest income might not be such a grave threat.
NEW YORK-- Analysts expect that Mattel Inc.' s third-quarter net income and revenue to rise as shoppers snap up its Monster High and Barbie dolls, among other toys, ahead of the busy holiday season.
Major indexes closed little changed on Wall Street Friday. Banks fell after Wells Fargo missed analysts' revenue estimates. Falling stocks outnumbered rising ones nearly two-to-one on the New York Stock Exchange.
CHANGE INEVITABLE: With the outcome of next month's presidential election increasingly hazy, here's a shred of clarity that investors can cling to: The tax rates they pay on investment income like stock profits and dividends are almost certain to change.
NEW YORK-- Shares of China's Ninetowns Internet Technology Group Co. jumped on Friday after the company said it had received a preliminary, non-binding proposal from a group including the chief executive to take the company private.
WASHINGTON-- With the outcome of next month's presidential election increasingly hazy, here's a shred of clarity that investors can cling to: The tax rates they pay on investment income like stock profits and dividends are almost certain to change.
AG DRAIN: Wheat prices fell 3.3 percent as weekend storms are expected to deliver much-needed moisture to fields in part of the growing region. SLUGGISH OIL: Oil prices fell after the International Energy Agency predicted a slower pace of growth in demand over the next five years.