NEW YORK, Feb 12- While recently tighter U.S. financial conditions will factor into the Federal Reserve's upcoming policy decisions, it is "extraordinarily premature" to even talk about using negative interest rates to stimulate the economy, a top Fed official said on Friday. "To me, that's not something that should be part of the conversation right now," New York Fed...» Read More
European markets ended sharply lower Tuesday, tracking U.S. stocks, which were dragged down by weak retail sales and an announcement by Citigroup of a bigger-than-expected fourth-quarter loss of $9.83 billion.
The dollar Tuesday fell to its lowest against the yen since June 2005 and extended declines against the euro after U.S. retail sales data provided further evidence an economic slowdown was spreading to the consumer.
American shoppers cut back on spending at the nation's retailers by 0.4 percent in December, the most in six months, in a gloomy report that fanned fears of a recession.
British annual consumer price inflation held at 2.1 percent as expected in December, above the Bank of England's target for the third month running, official data showed on Tuesday.
The U.S. economy is probably in a recession or about to slide into it, former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.
China's central bank has set a target of capping new domestic-currency lending in 2008 at last year's level of 3.63 trillion yuan, state media reported on Tuesday.
U.S. consumers are tightening their purse strings, and the squeeze may be severe enough to topple the U.S. economy into recession.
The dollar dropped to a record low versus the Swiss franc and seven-week lows against the euro and yen on Monday as concern that weak U.S. corporate earnings will prompt more interest rate cuts weighed on the currency.
The Federal Reserve is unlikely to cut interest rates before its next scheduled meeting in late January but may consider doing so if the outlook deteriorates sharply before then, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.
A private gauge of Australian inflation rose sharply in December as fuel, borrowing costs and rents all climbed, heightening the risk that official inflation figures could be alarming enough to warrant a rate hike.
The yen strengthened across the board on Friday as global equity markets sagged on renewed fears that the U.S. financial sector may suffer even more losses, diminishing investors' risk appetite.
The U.S. trade deficit in November surged to the highest level in 14 months, reflecting record imports of foreign oil. The deficit with China declined slightly while the weak dollar boosted exports to another record high.
Investors should raise their exposure to agricultural commodities and buy into stocks in the sector, as demand from emerging markets increases and the size of arable land is shrinking, putting additional pressure on the already tight supply, analysts said Friday.
It's that time of the year again, when Germany's trade unions traditionally put their wage demands on the table for the opening rounds of the annual ritual that is called "collective wage bargaining". And, with the economy growing at a robust pace still and with corporate profits on the rise, the voice of the unions is getting louder again. We've already had some taste of strike this season. Is there more to come?
Bank of Japan Governor Toshihiko Fukui said on Friday the pace of growth was slowing, as markets started pondering the risk of a Japanese rate cut.
The euro climbed across the board Thursday, after European Central Bank President Jean Claude-Trichet flagged more interest rate increases in the euro zone, citing lingering inflation pressures.
Inventories at U.S. wholesalers rose 0.6 percent in November, but they did not keep pace with sales, which saw the biggest monthly increase in more than two years on rising petroleum prices, the government reported Thursday.
South Korea's central bank held its main interest rate steady at 5.00 percent on Thursday, as widely expected, deciding not to tighten to tackle rising inflation as it remains cautious over the risk of a global economic slowdown.
The dollar climbed Wednesday following comments from a Federal Reserve official who said it would be a mistake to say a U.S. recession is at hand.