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U.S. stocks joined a global rally, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to its highest close this year, as investors reassessed stimulus measures in Europe and warmed to the steps taken to boost growth…Read More
NPLs surged to a decade-high last year as China’s economy grew at its slowest pace in a quarter of a century. Official data showed banks held more than 4 trillion yuan ($614 billion) in NPLs and “special mention” loans, or debts that could sour, at the year-end…Read More
European Union authorities said Tuesday that the economies of France, Italy, Portugal and others have excessive imbalances and require tighter monitoring, urging them to move quickly with economic changes.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned that the global economy faces a growing “risk of economic derailment” and must take steps to boost global demand.
Downgrading its forecasts could heighten pressure for additional easing measures, though there is waning confidence that monetary policy is providing an effective boost to the economy.
Global bond markets are more likely to experience brief spikes of illiquidity than a sustained, systemic shock that would paralyse markets for an extended period, Moody’s Investors Service said in a report published today.
The dollar index against a basket of currencies dropped 1.1 percent overnight after comments by ECB President Mario Draghi suggesting an end to easing steps, although it rebounded 0.2 percent around in Asia by midday Friday.
“It is possible that the continued oil supply builds and this week’s stalling production declines in the U.S. are spurring speculation that global producers may be more inclined to freeze or even cut production at the proposed meeting on March 20th,” said Tyler Richey, co-editor of The 7:00’s Report.
The Swiss jobless rate fell to 3.7% in February from 3.8% in January, according to figures published by the Swiss economics department on Tuesday.
“The base metals seem to be stuck between poor data on the one hand, highlighted by poor Chinese trade data, and on the other hand metal markets still seem to be in a counter-trend mode while adjusting to the weakness seen year and in January when prices became oversold and there was initially little positive reaction to producer responses,” William Adams of FastMarkets said.
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