*Dollar firm versus yen, Ukraine wariness seen capping gains. TOKYO, March 7- The euro hovered near a two-month high against the dollar early on Friday following a relief rally when the European Central Bank left its interest rates unchanged. The euro stood at $1.3860, within a stone's throw of a two-month peak of $1.3873 hit on Thursday just after the ECB decision.» Read More
The US dollar fell across the board Thursday on lower risk aversion among investors, helped in part by the latest monetary actions by central banks from around the world.
As President-elect Barack Obama prepares to take office, the severity of the economic slowdown is pressuring the incoming administration to fuel infrastructure spending as a way to propel the economy. Here are some of the stocks winning from the anticipated stimulus.
The European Central Bank, Bank of England, and Sweden’s Ricksbank slashed their interest rates today in an effort to bolster access to credit while luring consumer spending.
Lousy sales, weak earnings and more layoffs reigned over Thursday, with glum news from Nokia, Viacom, Merck, AT&T, DuPont, Credit Suisse and retailers across the board. European central banks enacted big rate cuts. And Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke urged more government efforts to stanch soaring home foreclosures. But CNBC heard from experts who say that while the news will get worse through 2009, markets will periodically rally — and one strategist sees the Dow at 12,000 in 2010.
The stampede out of equities has driven investors towards safe haven assets such as the Japanese yen -- a currency that has risen sharply as its appeal grows whenever risk appetite wanes. Just how much higher can it go against the U.S. dollar?
The yen is set to slip versus the dollar and euro throughout the week as the recent upswing in stock-market sentiment eases investors' fear, Max Knudsen, director of PIA - First.com, told CNBC.
The U.S. dollar rallied to a two-week high against a basket of currencies Tuesday as worries about a deteriorating global economy prompted investors to shun riskier assets and flock to the safety of the greenback.
The U.S. dollar fell against the euro Monday as news of a large economic stimulus package from China made traders more willing to take on risk.
Australia's central bank lowered its forecasts for economic growth for the next two years, saying it would be reviewing interest rates in the months ahead with the aim of avoiding an even sharper slowdown in domestic demand.
Following rate cuts from the Fed, China and Japan last week, the Bank of England and European Central Bank slashed their key interest rates today. Central Banks from around the world are modifying their monetary policies in a coordinated effort to contain the impact of the global financial crisis.
The dollar trimmed gains against the euro Wednesday after data showed the U.S. services sector shrank more than expected in October.
The dollar fell against most major currencies Tuesday as investors await the result of the U.S. Presidential election and look toward central bank meetings later in the week.
Australia slashed interest rates Tuesday, presaging cuts expected in Europe later this week in the face of mounting evidence that the global financial crisis has already pushed much of the world into a damaging recession.
Australia's central bank cut its benchmark cash rate by a bigger-than-expected 75 basis points on Tuesday, in an increasingly urgent effort to save the economy from the recession rapidly engulfing much of the developed world.
The follwing is the text of the Reserve Bank of Australia's statement after it cut interest rates at its monthly policy meeting on Tuesday.
This October could be the worst month ever for global markets. But with the month coming to an end and investors still fearful of a deep, prolonged recession, what will be the other shoe to drop? CNBC's experts weigh in.
Asian markets traded higher Thursday, with the Nikkei 225 Average closing almost 10 percent higher. CNBC's experts believe the index can keep climbing, while the rally in Western markets may be shortlived.
Stock markets have been boosted by rallies but investors should trade with care, experts recommend.
Markets may be up Tuesday, but the economic outlook remains grim. CNBC's experts share their views on where the economy is headed and how long it will take to recover.
The yen continued to gain Monday even after the Group of Seven warned the Japanese currency posed a threat to financial and economic stability. CNBC's experts weigh in on whether now is the time to buy the currency.