Factories to test world's 'delicate equilibrium'

LONDON (Reuters) – The world economy is caught in a “delicate equilibrium” between stabilization and a further downturn, according to Bank of England Governor Mark Carney, and that balance could look even shakier over the next few days. Early measures of factory activity from Asia, Europe and the United States – which typically give signals of momentum in the overall […]

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Asian stocks retreat as lackluster China, U.S. data weigh

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian stocks fell on Friday, retreating from four-month highs after data out of China raised concerns over deflationary pressures building in the world’s second biggest economy. The bearish impulse appeared likely to be passed on to European stocks, with spreadbetters expecting Britain’s FTSE to open 0.1 percent lower, Germany’s DAX 0.3 percent down and France’s CAC 0.2 […]

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Fall in U.S. retail sales erases world stock market rally

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The steepest decline in U.S. retail sales since 2009 in December erased broad gains in world stock markets on Thursday and pushed investors into the safety of government bonds. European shares fell 0.3 percent after earlier touching three-month highs. On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 115.97 points, or 0.45 percent, to 25,427.3, the […]

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Stocks buoyed by deal to avert U.S. government shutdown

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares gained on Tuesday as investors hoped a new round of U.S.-China trade talks would help to resolve a dispute that has dented global growth and some corporate earnings. Market sentiment also got a boost on news U.S. lawmakers had reached a tentative deal on border security funding that could help avert another partial government shutdown […]

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