Dec 29, 2011 4:39 PM ET
U.S. stocks traded higher after jobless claims rose but stayed below 400,000 level for the fourth week in a row. In addition, the pending home sales increased in November to a 19-month high. European markets focused on the stubborn long term Italian bond yield near 7%.
Dec 28, 2011 7:56 AM ET
Australian stocks declined and the benchmark index fell 1.3% and retail sales in the holiday period were estimated to be flat or declined slightly. Australia approved the sale of Murchison Metals stake in Western Australia port and rail project to Mitsubishi.
Dec 20, 2011 4:39 PM ET
U.S indexes soared 3% after home starts in November were ahead of expectations on a sharp increase in apartments building. Home builders, banks and consumer durables led the gainers. U.S. Treasury sold $35 billion of 5-year notes at a record low yield of 0.88%.
Dec 14, 2011 4:57 PM ET
Market indexes in New York traded lower for the third day in a row as bond market yields rose in Europe and the euro declined. The S&P 500 index dropped nearly 4% in the week as the euro retreated more than 3%. Oil plunged 5%, silver tumbled 8% and gold dropped $93 an ounce.
Dec 12, 2011 12:39 PM ET
U.S. indexes dropped nearly 2% after investors focused on the details of the fiscal compact that was agreed last week at the summit of the European Union nations. Market decline was accelerated after a rating agency said it will review sovereign debt ratings of EU nations.
Dec 08, 2011 4:28 PM ET
Market indexes in New York closed lower as European leaders gather to find a solution to the growing debt contagion. Market mood soured after the European Central bank did not expand its sovereign bond purchase program. Banks in Europe also need to raise more capital. Initial jobless claims declined
Dec 06, 2011 8:36 AM ET
Australian stocks declined after Reserve Bank lowered its benchmark rate 25 basis points to 4.25%. The second rate cut in as many months also raised worries that the growing debt contagion in the euro zone may affect Australia. Santos Limited began its gas processing plant in Western Australia.