The leaders of Japan and China got off to a tense start but have made significant progress in turning around their relations in recent years.Asia Politicsread more
Tech's hottest IPOs of the year, including Beyond Meat and Zoom, dropped on Monday, falling more than the broader market.Technologyread more
Citi Private Bank says it has maintained an "overweight" stance on stocks in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea.Asia Marketsread more
Stocks in Asia slipped on Tuesday, while investors looked toward a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping set to happen later in the...Asia Marketsread more
A week of dovish fireworks out of the central banking community has just gone by with most of the world's leading central banks now guiding towards easing in light of downside...Commentaryread more
"We do not seek conflict with Iran or any other country," Trump tells reporters in the Oval Office.Politicsread more
Chinese Vice Premier Liu He held a phone conversation with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, China's Ministry of Commerce...World Economyread more
Sen. Bernie Sanders announced a plan Monday to forgive the country's $1.6 trillion outstanding student loan tab, intensifying the higher education policy debate in the 2020...Personal Financeread more
While earnings usually come in substantially ahead of expectations — as much as 4 or 5 percentage points is not unusual — the downward direction in the outlook doesn't speak...Earningsread more
U.S. President Donald Trump's senior adviser Kellyanne Conway will not testify before the House of Representatives Oversight Committee this week on her alleged violations of...Politicsread more
"We missed being the dominant mobile operating system by a very tiny amount. We were distracted during our antitrust trial. We didn't assign the best people to do the work,"...Technologyread more
Europeans stocks closed higher on Thursday as investors awaited comments on monetary policy from the Jackson Hole meeting.
The pan-European Stoxx 600 ended the day up 0.3 percent, with all major bourses in positive territory. Markets in the U.S., meanwhile, turned negative ahead of central bank policy announcements.
Construction and material stocks were one of the better performing sectors Thursday after CRH sold its U.S. business for $2.63 billion in cash to Beacon Roofing, Reuters reported. CRH shares closed the day up 3.8 percent.
Provident ended the day at the top of the European benchmark, up 13 percent, after suffering losses of more than 66 percent earlier in the week on the news of its chief executive Peter Crook's departure. Sunrise, the Swiss telecom firm, was also up by more than 7 percent after reporting strong second-quarter results.
On the other end, Simcorp, a software provider, dropped more than 9 percent after its earnings report disappointed investors.
Retail stocks closed in negative territory after a difficult morning of trade. Dixons Carphone remained at the bottom of the European benchmark, down more than 23 percent, after lowering its full-year profit on tougher market conditions. The firm forecast its headline pretax profit for the current year to come between £360 million and £440 million ($460-562 million) - lower than the £495 million that Reuters analysts were expecting. Meanwhile, data from the Confederation of the British Industry showed U.K. retail sales declining in the year to August.
"Despite the warmer weather at the start of the month, retail sales have cooled as higher inflation continues to squeeze consumers' pockets. Meanwhile, deteriorating sentiment regarding the business situation has combined with falling headcount among retailers," Anna Leach, CBI head of economic intelligence, said in a statement.
Concerns over U.S. President Donald Trump's comments threatening to shut down the government eased overnight. As a result, the focus has shifted to the many addresses from central bankers at the Jackson Hole economic symposium.
In terms of data, in the U.K., private consumption growth eased further than expected in the second quarter of this year. Nonetheless, the Office for National Statistics confirmed GDP at 0.3 percent for the second quarter of 2017.
In France, business sentiment hit a 10-year high in August, the country's statistic office said Thursday. Industrial morale increased to 111 points - the highest figure seen since before the financial crisis.
"Headline looks better than it is, but it signals strong growth in third-quarter manufacturing and capex," Claus Vistesen, chief euro zone economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, said in an email.
"Overall, the composite index points to robust growth in domestic demand, but the employment component of this index has weakened in the past few months," he said.
Follow CNBC International on and Facebook.