Dhara Ranasinghe is Senior Writer with CNBC.com, covering a range of topics including the global economy, financial markets and corporate news. Before joining CNBC, Dhara was a correspondent and sub editor with Reuters news agency in London and Singapore. She has reported on European Treasury markets, Asian economies and currency markets and edited company news stories. Dhara holds a Bachelor's degree in History from the London School of Economics.
Europe must make a decision as soon as possible on setting up a strong central authority to handle failing lenders, a key plank of establishing a successful banking union, former European Central Bank (ECB) president Jean Claude Trichet urged on Thursday.
A merger between Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron is a vote of confidence in Japan as it steps up its efforts to revive its fortunes, analysts say.
Australia's election campaign is over – signaling a boost to business confidence that could encourage the RBA to delay another interest rate cut.