Мария Давыдова

Maria specializes in calculating market indicators using special formulas. She teaches traders to predict the exact outcome of the trade and not rely on their assumptions and emotions during the trading process.
Maria is a practicing analyst who has a comprehensive understanding of the market situation.

Oil prices fall as new virus cases weigh on demand recovery

Oil prices fell on Friday, losing earlier gains, as the surge of new coronavirus cases in the United States raised concerns about fuel demand recovery.  Brent crude futures lost 0.7%, or 29 cents, at $42.85 per barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures were down 0.8%, or 31 cents, at $40.34 per barrel.  Both benchmarks […]

European shares kick off the new quarter with subdued gains

On Wednesday, European stocks rose at the start of a new quarter as investors monitored the economic data which could signal the extent of a potential economic recovery as countries emerge from lockdown measures. However, the surging coronavirus infections in the United States are likely to delay the global recovery. The pan-European STOXX 600 index […]

Airbus to slow down services amid the coronavirus pandemic

On Tuesday, European aviation company, Airbus (AIR.PA) said that it would delay its $10 billion worth of services business amid the coronavirus pandemic. However, the company would continue its strategic support for airline operations. “It is postponing the ambition a little in terms of timing, but the strategy is still relevant. We still think developing […]

Oil prices dip on demand woes, Libya in talks to resume supply

Oil prices fell on Tuesday amid fading hopes for an increase in demand, while a buildup of stockpiles weighed the market. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures slipped by 44 cents, but recovered a portion of its losses after China posted better-than-expected factory data. As of 0201 GMT, it traded 0.7% (26 cents) lower at […]

Wall Street advances on Boeing gains, stimulus eyed

Wall Street shares jumped on Monday and the S&P 500 was on track for its largest quarterly gain since 1998. This was mainly from upbeat investors’ mood for a stimulus-driven economic recovery. Moreover, an increase in Boeing shares backed the Dow’s performance. The Dow Jones Industrial Average.DJI advanced 2.32% as the S&P 500.SPX and the […]

Japan retail sales slump as pandemic curbs consumer spending

Japan retail sales fell a double-digit pace for the second month in May as the coronavirus pandemic heavily affected consumer confidence and hopes for economic recovery. Retail sales dropped 12.3% in May year-on-year as the downturn in demand hinted at a longer recession for the world’s third-largest economy. The decline followed a 13.9% fall in […]

BMW’s works council head supports electric-only technology platform

BMW’s head of influential work council said that they must head toward a technology platform specifically for electric cars, moving away from only developing cars that can be refitted with either electric or combustion engines. “Only with our own e-architecture can we fully exploit the advantages of an electric vehicle,” Manfred Schoch told Der Spiegel […]

Asian stocks see biggest sell off amid COVID-19 surge

Asian stocks saw its biggest sell off in eight sessions on Thursday as the rise in COVID-19 cases and the lowering of economic forecasts by the International Monetary Fund dented confidence in a recovery. However, bonds saw some gains, while the U.S. Dollar held steady. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares lost 0.7%, while Japan’s […]

China’s Tencent buys Malaysian streaming platform Iflix in a push into South East Asia

Chinese tech giant Tencent said on Thursday that it had purchased Malaysian video streaming platform Iflix’s “content, technology, and resources” in order to further grow its presence in Southeast Asia. Tencent said in a statement that it had hoped to use Iflix’s catalogue of “international, local, and original content” to expand to Thailand’s video streaming […]

European shares drop as second virus wave unsettles investors

European shares dropped on Monday as a surge in new coronavirus cases in Germany and elsewhere unsettled investors’ hopes for a faster economic recovery. The pan-European STOXX 600 index fell 1%, with the losses led by oil and gas.SXEP, travel and leisure.SXTP, and bank stocks.SX7P. The World Health Organization posted a record rise in global […]

U.S. housing to defy virus drag: Reuters poll

Backed by record-low mortgage rates and limited supply, US home prices are set to overcome the economic drag brought by the novel coronavirus pandemic, according to a Reuters poll that foresees home prices beating consumer prices this year and next. According to the June 9-19 survey of over 40 housing strategists, housing prices will record […]

Dollar slips as concerns mount over potential second wave; Euro also in focus

The Dollar retreated from gains in Europe earlier on Friday. However, losses were not far from its two-week high as worries of a second wave mounted with increasing new COVID-19 cases worldwide. The Dollar index slipped 0.1% to 97.352 at 3:10 AM ET (0710 GMT). The index had previously reached a daily high of 97.495, […]

Stocks in rocky trade as investors assess risks of second wave

Asian shares and U.S. stock futures were in rocky trade on Friday as fears of a second coronavirus wave dwarfed hopes for a fast economic recovery. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 0.1%, while S&P 500 e-mini futures were up 0.21%. Chinese shares surged 1.15%, lifted by gains in the health care […]

Australian unemployment rate hits 19-year high, outlook remains dim

May had seen Australia’s unemployment rate soaring to its highest in about two decades. This followed after nearly a quarter of a million people lost their jobs due to the pandemic-driven restrictions which halted business activities. Employment in May sank lower with 227,700 jobs. This came worse than the record slump of about 600,000 in […]

Russia’s unemployment rate reaches 6.1% for May

Russia’s unemployment rate reached 6.1% in May according to a statement by Labour Minister Anton Kotyakov on Wednesday. The unemployment rate increased from April’s 5.8% which was recorded by Rosstat, the state’s statistics services. In a conference run by the Russian Union of Industrialist and Entrepreneurs, Kotyakov said that the domestic labor market had fared […]

HSBC to resumes 35,000 job cut plan after COVID-19 crisis

HSBC will be resuming its plan to cut 35,000 jobs after it had been put on pause during the COVID-19 outbreak as the largest bank in Europe faces declining profits. HSBC will also put a halt on all external hiring, according to a memo Chief Executive Noel Quinn wrote on Wednesday to the bank’s 235,000 […]

Trump administration prepares for $1 trillion infrastructure package to spur the economy

On Tuesday, the Trump administration said that it is preparing a nearly $1 trillion infrastructure proposal for transportation plans as part of its push to spur the world’s largest economy back to life. A preliminary version prepared by the Department of Transportation (DOT) would reserve most of the money for traditional infrastructure work like roads […]

Japan exports decline most since 2009 on weak U.S. demand

May had seen Japan’s exports falling at its most rapid pace since the 2009 global financial crisis. This could be attributed to inactive U.S.-bound car shipments and an impending contraction this quarter in the world’s third-biggest economy. Japan’s exports dropped by 28.3% in the year ended May, official data showed on Wednesday. This came to […]

Dollar firms after retail sales data prompt recovery hopes

The dollar firmed against its peers on Wednesday after U.S. retail sales in May reported higher gains than forecasted. In Asia, risk currencies were under pressure due to the coronavirus and diplomatic tensions in the region. The dollar index traded at 97.003. The euro stood at 1.12635 on the dollar, while the Aussie fell 0.4% […]

Oil plunges as U.S. crude stocks build amid second wave fears

Oil prices dropped on Wednesday as U.S. crude and fuel inventories rose, raising concerns of oversupply amid fears of a second coronavirus wave. Brent crude futures lost 2.2%, or 89 cents, at $40.07 per barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate futures plunged 2.9%, or $1.13, at $37.25 per barrel. Both benchmarks rose 3% on Tuesday after […]

Oil prices slip amid surging COVID-19 cases

Oil prices slipped on Tuesday as fears over a second wave of COVID-19 cases hurt an already-dwindling demand. However, hopes on output cuts extending limited the price drop. Brent crude fell by 0.4% (¢14) to $39.58 per barrel at 0027 GMT after it had gained 2.6% during the start of the week. Meanwhile, U.S. oil […]

Gold prices down as fears mount over surging COVID-19 cases

Gold prices fell earlier on Monday, losing a portion of its gains from the earlier session as fears mounted over the surge of new cases of COVID-19 in several countries during the weekend. Gold futures slid by 0.15% at $1,734.65 per ounce at 11:53 PM ET (04:53 AM GMT). Beijing reported 57 new cases on […]

Germany’s contribution to the EU budget will increase in the coming years

Germany’s contribution to the European Union’s budget would rise by 42% or 13 billion Euros ($14.63 billion) annually in the coming years, the German national daily newspaper Die Welt reported on Monday. Government calculations were based on the proposals for the European Union’s long-term budget. The finance ministry in Berlin estimated that Germany’s annual payments […]

Unilever pledges to invest 1 billion Euros in environmental projects over the next decade

Consumer goods giant Unilever Plc. (ULVR.L) stated on Monday that it would invest 1 billion Euros in a new Climate & Nature fund and achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions from all its products by 2039, 11 years ahead of the 2050 Paris Agreement. The Anglo-Dutch consumer products company said that the fund would be used […]

Asia shares ease, bonds rally on sober Fed

Asian shares eased on Thursday, while bonds soared after speculations that the U.S. Federal reserve will add stimulus measures to shore up the economy. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slid 0.3%. Japan’s Nikkei fell 1.1%, while Chinese blue chips slipped 0.4%. S&P 500 dropped 0.53%, while its e-mini futures lost 0.4%. The […]

Japan’s wholesale prices record fastest drop on virus-beaten demand

May had seen Japan’s wholesale prices dropping at their most rapid annual pace in nearly four years, data showed on Wednesday. This could be attributed to the disruptions brought by the coronavirus pandemic, halting business activity and dragging global demand for commodities. The corporate goods price index (CGPI) had plunged 2.7% in May from a […]

Cathay Pacific will repay the Hong Kong government in a span of three to five years

Hongkong’s flag carrier Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (0293.HK) stated on Wednesday that it would repay the Hong Kong government the almost $2.52 billion worth of preference shares over a three to five-year period. On Tuesday, the Hong Kong government has agreed to grant Cathay Pacific Airways a $5 billion recapitalization package to help the airline […]

Asian stocks mixed after China releases gloomy inflation data

Asian shares traded slightly higher earlier on Wednesday after China released gloomy inflation data on the same day. China’s Shanghai Composite slid by 0.68% at 10:48 PM ET (3:48 AM GMT), while the Shenzhen Component inched up by 0.9%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index lost 0.6%. Meanwhile, Japan’s Nikkei gained 0.03%, while South Korea’s KOSPI […]

The United States economy entered recession in February, ending record expansion

The longest expansion in U.S. history ended in February with the economy falling into a deep recession as the coronavirus pandemic triggered the shutdown of businesses across the country. The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), the private research group responsible for making such determinations, made the official proclamation on Monday. The bureau declared that […]

Gold gains 2.6% post Friday’s U.S. monthly jobs data release

On Friday, Gold Futures contract had dropped by 2.7% which had followed an improved monthly U.S. jobs data release. Global markets had gone risk-on with gold continuing to be a safe-haven asset. Monday last week saw the price going slightly above $1,760 while Frday’s daily low fell at $1,671.70. At present, the yellow-colored metal is […]

Oil prices rise, but new output cut deal disappoints market

Oil prices rose on Monday, but big early gains were capped despite major crude producers’ decision to extend the output cuts to the end of July. Brent crude gained 1.2%, or 51 cents, at $42.81per barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude was up 0.8%, or 32 cents, at $39.87 per barrel. Both benchmarks hit their […]

World shares rally on unexpected U.S. job increase, oil steadies

Global shares advanced on Monday after an unexpected recovery in U.S. employment. This made investors optimistic that global economies could recuperate faster than previously thought. Oil prices fell flat after OPEC and its allies, including Russia, agreed to continue slashing oil outputs until the end of July. U.S. S&P futures currently stand at 0.2%. They […]

Asia shares surge to 3-month high despite risks

Asian shares surged to a near three-month peak on Wednesday amid hopes of economic stimulus and easing lockdowns. These factors outweighed investors’ caution over the pandemic and the ongoing U.S. protests. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 1.3%, its fifth day of gains. Japan’s Nikkei was up 1.2%, its highest level since […]

Wells Fargo will stop accepting loan applications from most independent car dealerships

Wells Fargo & Co (WFC), one of the biggest lenders for new and used car purchases in the United States, announced on Tuesday that it would stop accepting loan applications to a majority of its independent car dealer clients due to economic crisis amid the coronavirus pandemic. “We are doing everything we can to help […]

Gold sees decline amid U.S. protests

America had been plagued by street protests of late, and righfully so as it reeled after the death of one George Floyd in the hands of Minneapolis policemen. With this social turmoil, it is expected that Gold would see a rise in its value. But lo, this wasn’t the case. For the month of August, […]

Stocks rally as global recovery hopes outweigh U.S.-China tensions

Asian stocks rose on Tuesday as hopes of a global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic outweighed the fears of simmering U.S.-China tensions and economic damage. However, gains were held down after U.S. President Donald Trump vowed to use force in an attempt to end violent protests in America. The announcement led Wall Street stock futures […]

Oil gains ahead of OPEC+ meeting on additional supply cuts

Oil prices rose on Tuesday as traders await major oil producers’ decisions on whether to extend production cuts in an upcoming virtual meeting this week. Brent crude futures gained 0.91%, or 35 cents, at $38.67 per barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures were up 0.56%, or 20 cents, at $35.64 per barrel. Brent has […]

China’s Tencent Holdings in talks to buy Warner Music stakes worth $200M

Chinese Internet service provider Tencent Holdings Ltd (0700.HK) said on Friday that it is discussing an investment worth $200 Million in the world’s largest music company Warner Music Group (WMG) as part of its initial public offering next week. Warner Music Group first announced its intention to launch an IPO in February. However, on March […]

United Airlines to cut 13 high-level executives, adding international flights in July

United Airlines Holdings Inc (UAL.O) announced on Friday that it would terminate 13 out of its 67 officers to save funds as the coronavirus pandemic continues to keep a lid on travel demand. The airline company said that it would add international flights back to its network.   The Chicago-based carrier stated that trans-Atlantic services […]

Oil falls as wary traders eye OPEC+ meeting

Oil prices fell on Monday as OPEC and its allies proposed a meeting to assess the need for additional record output cuts beyond June. Brent crude dropped 0.4%, or 15 cents, at $37.69 per barrel. West Texas Intermediate crude futures for the July contract lost 0.4%, or 13 cents, at $35.36 per barrel. The price […]

ViacomCBS will cut 400 jobs amid the coronavirus outbreak


ViacomCBS Inc. (VIACA.O) announced on Thursday that it would slash 400 employees across CBS as the broadcasting giant plans to save $750 Million from its merger with CBS last year. The mass media company continues to search for cost savings as it struggles to shore up losses from the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Pew […]

Japan’s manufacturing, retail sectors struggle worse than expected

April records showed that Japan’s factory output dropped at a pace faster than what was initially predicted. More so, the country’s retail sales plunged the sharpest in more than two decades as the COVID-19 pandemic introduced more economic disruptions. The country’s factory output declined by 9.1% in April as frail global demand brought heavy production […]

U.S.-China rising conflict drives gold up

Thursday saw gold’s climb in Asia in light of escalating tensions between U.S. and China, leading investors to subscribe to the yellow metal. Gold Futures went up by 0.04% at $1,711.35 by 11:55 PM ET (4:55 AM GMT). With the relationship between gold and stocks inversely proportional, the latter were mostly up on said trading […]

Dollar firms as U.S.-China tensions rise

The dollar firmed on Thursday as the U.S.-China tensions continue to grow, building pressure on the yuan and dampening optimism about economic recovery. The growing tensions between the U.S. and China affected both the Australian and New Zealand dollars. Both currencies retreated from two-month highs with the Aussie at $0.6621 and the kiwi at $0.6188. […]

Micron Technology’s stocks jumped to 3.7%, revenue forecast raised for the third quarter

On Wednesday, American computer manufacturer Micron Technology Inc (MU.O) raised its revenue forecast to a range of $5.2 billion to $5.4 billion from $4.6 billion to $5.2 billion for the third quarter. The company’s shares jumped to 3.7% in the afternoon trade. “We had strong demand from our customers – notably in the data center […]

Chinese industrial firms’ earnings drop in April but at slower pace

Chinese industrial firms’ profits fell at a slower pace in April after higher sales in electronics and automobiles were reported. However, the country’s economy continues to struggle amid weak demand and activity. Profits fell 4.3% year-on-year to 478.1 billion yuan ($67 billion) in April.  China’s economy is slowly recovering from the virus, but the impact […]

Oil prices rise on producers’ commitment to supply cuts

Oil prices gained on Tuesday, lifted by major oil producers’ commitment to the production cuts and recovering fuel demand. Brent crude futures rose 1.4%, or 50 cents, at $36.03 per barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures were up 2.6%, or 86 cents, at $34.11 per barrel.  The market mood turned positive after Russia said […]

Gold loses earlier gains as COVID-19 fears sour risk sentiment

Gold prices fell on Thursday morning in Asia, retreating from gains made in the previous session. Gold futures fell by 0.49% to $1,743.45 at 12:46 AM ET (5:46 AM GMT). Investors remained cautious as effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy continued to batter the yellow metal. Stocks, which move inversely to gold, […]

Asian stocks mixed as data casts gloomy outlook

Asian stocks were mixed earlier on Thursday as some indexes retreated from gains made in the previous session. Japan’s Nikkei slipped 0.10% at 11:30 PM ET (4:30 AM GMT). The country’s Minister of Finance reported a 21.9% plunge in exports for April year-on-year. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to come to a decision on […]

Oil falls on bleak economic outlook despite recovering demand

Oil prices fell on Wednesday as worries about the economic impact of the pandemic dwarfed demand recovery and output cuts. Brent crude futures for July contract dropped 0.3%, or 11 cents, at $34.54 per barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures for July delivery lost 0.4%, or 13 cents, at $31.83 per barrel. Oil prices […]

Australia’s unemployment hike eases, wages find footing: ABS

Unemployment surge from down under had eased in the last couple of weeks. More so, wages had increased as government support initiatives nursed the suffering economy, a record from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed on Tuesday. The ABS reported the employment rate hitting a 7.3% drop from March 14 to May 2. The reading […]

Japan’s economy recedes, pandemic drags demand lower

Japan’s economy succumbed to recession for the first time in 4 -1/2 years, placing the country on track for its sharpest demand slump as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts businesses and consumers. First-quarter figures highlighted the grave impact of the coronavirus pandemic, with slump in export hitting its lowest level since the 2011 earthquake. More so, […]

USD up for weekly gain despite gloomy forecast for economic recovery

On Friday, the U.S. dollar was seen to be poised for weekly gains. The Australian dollar, on the other hand, had dropped by 1% this week due to the new wave of COVID-19 infections. Investors are on the fence with optimism for a speedy global recovery from the pandemic being dampened. Traders are thus compelled […]

U.S. economic outlook grows dimmer, gradual recovery to follow

An already-dim near-term U.S. economic outlook has grown murkier in the recently-conducted Reuters poll of economic analysts. Though recuperation is still possible, the U.S. economy may take a long time to fully regain its momentum. Recent records indicated the colossal damage of the coronavirus pandemic, with 4.4 million diagnoses worldwide and the U.S. unemployment rate […]

Gold rises post gloomy Powell speech

Thursday morning saw the value of Gold gone up after U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s speech had inspired gloom among investors, compelling them to turn to the precious metal. Gold futures rose by 0.28% at $1,721.25 by 12:08 PM ET (5:08 AM GMT). Powell’s speech broadcasted on Wednesday warns of a seemingly worse U.S. […]

TUI Group to cut 8,000 jobs amid virus outbreak

The European travel company TUI (TUIGn.DE) announced on Wednesday that it would continue its global operations in July and slash its workforce by roughly 8,000 jobs to reduce 30% of its costs amid the virus outbreak. In an effort to halt the further spread of the coronavirus, travel restrictions have been put in place, thus […]

Oil falls on fears of second coronavirus wave, rise in U.S. inventories

Oil prices plunged on Wednesday due to fears of a possible second coronavirus wave and a continuous rise in U.S. crude inventories.  Market worries dwarfed Saudi Arabia’s call for further output cuts to buoy prices amid demand slump. Brent crude fell 1.3%, or 40 cents, at $29.58 per barrel. West Texas Intermediate crude futures lost […]

Dollar rises in anticipation for Powell’s speech

The Dollar rose earlier on Wednesday in Asia on the back of U.S. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell’s speech that would be delivered later in the day. The U.S. Dollar Index dipped by 0.04% to 99.998 at 11:40 AM ET (4:40 AM GMT). Powell might turn away from calls for negative rates even after U.S. President […]

Japan to approve its first coronavirus antigen test kits on Wednesday

Japan is planning to approve its first COVID-19 antigen testing kits on Wednesday, according to an official from the Health Ministry. The decision comes in a bid to increase the number of diagnostic tests available to combat the pandemic. Fujirebio Inc. had applied for government approval for its antigen kit in April. Fujirebio is a […]

Gold prices rise amid mounting fears of second COVID-19 wave

Gold prices rose on Tuesday morning in Asia, continuing two consecutive losses from the previous sessions amid piling concerns of a second wave of COVID-19 cases. Gold futures gained 0.42% at $1,705.05 per ounce at 12:05 AM ET (5:05 AM GMT) after investors flocked to the yellow metal as a safe haven. South Korea had […]

Dollar declines as lockdown measures ease

The U.S. Dollar fell on Monday morning in Asia, losing a portion of its gains from the start of the session. The Dollar was bolstered after several countries planned to ease lockdown measures, improving investor sentiment. The three leading states for U.S. manufacturing – California, Michigan, and Ohio – had taken steps to resume factories […]

Oil rises as countries ease lockdowns

The dollar fell on Friday as countries began lifting lockdowns, hinting of a recovery in demand caused by the coronavirus crisis. Brent crude rose 1.5%, or 47 cents, at $29.33 per barrel. U.S. oil was up 1.5%, or 48 cents, at $24.03 per barrel.  Both contracts are nearing their second straight week of gains after […]

Norwegian Air guarantees funds from investors to survive pandemic

The flag carrier Norwegian Air (NWC.OL) has guaranteed essential funding from investors on Thursday. The company is fighting for its survival after the decline of travelers hit a 98.7% volume amid the virus outbreak. More than 95% of its shareholders voted in favor of the conversion of nearly $1 billion debt-for-equity swaps in Oslo on […]

United Airlines plans to cut 30% of workforce in October, brace pilots for changes too

According to a reliable source, the United Airlines Holdings Inc. (UAL.O) revealed plans on Tuesday to slash its workforce by 30% or roughly 3,400 managerial and administrative jobs in October to survive a collapse in travel demand amid the virus outbreak. It has also told pilots to prepare for changes. This Chicago-based carrier was among […]

Commodity currencies recover, U.S.-China dispute dampens sentiment

The dollar surrendered minimal gains to commodity prices on Tuesday as oil prices regained momentum. However, it hung on against the yuan as investors weighed optimism about COVID-19 recovery in China against concerns about U.S.-China dispute. The Australian and New Zealand dollars advanced further, recovering from Monday’s decline. Upbeat activity drove Aussie at $0.6445 and […]

Norwegian Air gets rescue package worth $1B debt-for-equity swap

The investors of flag carrier Norwegian Air (NWC.OL) backed its rescue plan with more than 95% of shareholders voted in favor of the conversion of nearly $1 billion debt-for-equity swap in Oslo on Monday. However, pilots and flight attendants of Norwegian Air were furloughed after the company was severely affected by the pandemic. Airlines have […]

Dollar falls on planned Fed easing, re-opening economies

The dollar bounced on Thursday as the U.S. Federal Reserve said it might reveal more monetary easing, cutting expectations of a quick economic recovery.  The dollar fell as re-opening economies lowered the demand for holding funds in dollars.  The euro steadied ahead of a European Central Bank meeting later on Thursday. The yuan reached a […]

Nintendo on profit streak as quarantine boosts sales

Japan’s Nintendo Co Ltd is posed to rally further, sustaining its decade-high earnings streak. The positive record is expected next week as sales of the recently-released gaming console Switch surged amid quarantine restrictions. Nintendo’s operating profit is forecasted to have an 80% increase on May 7, surging to 54 billion yen ($505 million) for the […]

Asian shares edge higher on lockdown easing, oil gains

Asian shares advanced for three consecutive sessions on Wednesday. The upbeat market mood was mainly from investors’ enthusiasm that lockdown restrictions will be lifted in some parts of the world while oil prices recovered on optimism that demand will pick up. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 0.6%, with this week’s performance […]

Australian dollar nears six-week high, lifted by easing lockdowns

The Australian dollar hit six-week highs on Tuesday as re-opening economies helped recover its losses in March. The Australian dollar has rallied over 17% after hitting a 17-year low last month. It broke resistance at $0.6445 and slid to $0.6438. The New Zealand dollar fell as the aggressive measures imposed by its central bank weighed […]

Pandemic’s economic impact will be drastic: SoKor President

The economic implication of the novel coronavirus is expected to severe the South Korean economy further, with the unemployment rate likely to surge to an unprecedented level, South Korea President Moon Jae-in said on Tuesday. At a policy meeting, Moon said that the third supplementary budget will be released soon, as figures indicated that Asia’s […]

Asian shares drop on weak oil prices

Asian shares and U.S. stock futures recorded a frail performance on Tuesday, erasing previous earnings as oil prices declined sharply. The weak trading activity monitored in oil prices dampened investors’ sentiment regarding pandemic-related policies implemented worldwide. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan declined by 0.3%. Chinese shares .CSI300 dropped with a 0.7% loss […]

Oil declines as U.S. crude inventory nears all-time high

Oil prices dropped on Monday as oil storages around the world are filling rapidly. This raised concerns that output cuts may not compensate for the collapse in demand due to the pandemic.  U.S. oil futures fell after U.S. crude inventories gained 518.6 million barrels in the week ended April 17, while floating crude oil storage […]

European shares fall as pandemic fears return

European shares slipped on Friday as market fears were reignited following a disappointing report over the unsuccessful development of a potential COVID-19 treatment. The pan-European STOXX 600 index slipped by 1.1% at 0719 GMT, while London’s FTSE lost 1.3% after data showed U.K. retail sales plunging in March. Global equity markets’ outlook remained gloomy after […]

Dollar nears three-week high as oil prices drop

The dollar was headed for its best week as low oil prices weighed on commodity currencies.  The dollar index is nearing more than a two-week high after gaining 0.8% this week. It is up almost 3% on the oil-sensitive Norweigan Krone and 1% on the euro. The Australian and New Zealand dollars each lost 0.2%, […]

Gold prices slip amid stocks rally

Gold prices fell on Thursday in Asian markets after stocks rose on the back of recovering oil prices and hopes for additional fiscal stimuli. Gold futures lost 0.30% to $1,733 per ounce by 11:02 PM ET (4:02 AM GMT). Gold prices fell to a near 2-week low of $1,659.68 on Tuesday after oil futures plunged […]

U.S. crude futures bounce after record slump, Brent falls

U.S. oil prices recovered its losses on Tuesday, while Brent slid as the coronavirus crisis furthers demand slump. U.S. WTI crude for May delivery rose $1.36, at $38.99 per barrel. The June contract gained 4.6%, or 94 cents, at $21.37 per barrel. International benchmark Brent crude for June delivery fell 1.9%, or 48 cents, at […]

Gold prices down amid record oil slump

Gold prices on Tuesday morning fell in Asian markets, surrendering gains from the previous session. The decline comes after WTI Futures plunged into negative pricing just before the contract’s Tuesday expiry. Gold futures had previously gained nearly 1% following the record slump in oil prices but later fell by 0.32% to $1,705.70 per ounce at […]

Oil prices rise after Russia and Saudi Arabia signal further output cuts

Oil prices rose in Asia on Friday after Russia and Saudi Arabia signaled additional output cuts in a joint statement. Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak and his Saudi counterpart Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman both expressed willingness to further cut down oil production, adding to a previous record 10-million-barrel cut by OPEC+ in April.  The two […]

India disagrees to IMF liquidity boost as it may affect financial stability

India extends its disapproval for the International Monetary Fund’s allocation of the new Special Drawing Rights as it may possibly be incapable of driving out its country under economic pressure amid the virus outbreak on Thursday. According to India’s Minister of Finance Nirmala Sithraman, IMF’s SDRs could cause a huge impact if the budget will […]

Oil prices rise after OPEC+ finalizes record output cut

Oil prices rose on Tuesday after an OPEC+ meeting settled on a record 9.7 million barrel output cut last Sunday. International Brent Oil futures gained 1.13% to $32.27 per barrel at 9:48 Pm ET (2:48 AM GMT) while the Oil WTI futures rose by 1.87% to $22.83 per barrel.   The production cut will begin […]

U.S. economy to reoperate soon: Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that the U.S. economy may begin reoperating soon as his administration heads towards a concrete plan. The economy was shut after restrictions were implemented to combat the further spread of the novel coronavirus. Trump emphasized that the death toll in the United States remained unchanged, indicating that “social […]

Asian shares gain on positive Chinese trade data, virus concerns still lurk

Asian stocks slightly gained on Tuesday after China’s trade data revealed a better-than-expected result. The upbeat performance could also be attributed from various countries’ decision of reopening their economy by easing some lockdown restrictions.   Chinese shares traded in green on Tuesday with the blue-chip index.CSI300 gaining 0.9%. Australian shares advanced with 1.1% while the […]

U.S. faces ‘long, hard road’ to economic recovery, says Minneapolis Fed president

The recovery of the U.S. economy from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak may be a “long, hard road,” according to Minneapolis Federal Bank Reserve President Neel Kashkari on Sunday. Some sectors of the economy may have to shut down and restart, he added. Kashkari said that a quick economic recovery was overly optimistic unless […]

Gold prices drop as economic turbulence continues

Gold prices fell marginally on Wednesday morning in Asia as the COVID-19 pandemic continued to cause economic turbulence. Gold futures fell by 0.22% at $1,680 per ounce by 9:33 PM ET (2:33 AM GMT), extending losses from the previous session.   Asian stocks also started off with losses on the same day. Prices for the […]

Amazon halts new delivery service to focus on demand surge

Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) will suspend its shipping services in major U.S. cities on Wednesday. Amazon Shipping carries non-Amazon and Amazon marketplace packages. Amazon is suspending this particular service which was set up to compete with UPS (UPS.N) and FedEx (FDX.N) in the United States. “Amazon Shipping will be paused starting June,” according to the Wall […]

Asian shares fall as coronavirus deaths rattle investors

Asian stocks fell on Wednesday, ending two sessions of consecutive gains as the death toll of coronavirus rose around the world. Investors were rattled as mainland China’s new coronavirus cases doubled in 24 hours due to overseas travellers. In New York, COVID-19 hospitalizations seemed to be decreasing. However, the death toll in the United States […]

South Korea’s household debt grows in March

South Korea’s household loans increased last month based on data shown by financial authorities on Wednesday. Credit loans for mortgages and stock investments outside Seoul surged after the government launched new property regulations. Bank loans extended to local households increased by 9.6 trillion won ($7.87 billion) last March. It was recorded as the biggest monthly […]

NYSE files temporary ease of listing standards amid coronavirus disruptions

The New York Stock Exchange is in talks with regulators to ease its listing requirements for companies that have failed compliance due to the market strain caused by the coronavirus. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission declined the initial proposal filed by the NYSE to forego listing requirements until June, said Farrell Kramer, spokesman for […]

Facebook asks users to share location for coronavirus research

Facebook Inc will start surveying some U.S. users on Monday to help researchers from Carnegie Mellon University generate new insights on how to respond to the pandemic crisis. “Heat maps” of self-reported virus infections were also included in the survey. Facebook users will see a link at the top of their News Feed that will […]

Oil advances amid output cuts possibility

Oil prices hiked on Tuesday amid optimism that the world’s top crude manufacturers will agree to reduce output production. The deal is necessary as the coronavirus contagion disrupts the world economy. However, analysts warned that the scheme may only do little in increasing oil demand. Brent crude LCOc1 gained 73 cents, equivalent to 2.2%, and […]

Pound falls after PM Johnson hospitalized over relentless COVID-19 symptoms

The British pound fell against the euro and dollar on Monday after Prime Minister Boris Johnson was hospitalized due to relentless symptoms of COVID-19. The yen fell against the dollar after news that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may declare a state of emergency due to fast-rising cases in the country.  The dollar was on […]

Asian firms rush to refinance $69 billion debt due for second quarter

Companies in Asia, including Japan and China are rushing to raise a record $69.3 billion in a bid to refinance debts in the second quarter, according to a Refinitiv report. The U.S. Dollar corporate debt which is due to mature in the region is among the highest on record – only surpassed by the $71.4 […]

Dollar advances as virus inflicts the economy further

SINGAPORE- The dollar is currently on track towards a 2% weekly increase on Friday. This followed after oil prices recovered and as investors resorted to safe havens amid the threat of economic contraction due to coronavirus contagion. The dollar found its momentum after fluctuating sharply last month. It edged up after becoming a safe-haven currency […]

SoftBank cancels $3 billion deal for additional WeWork Shares

Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp pulled out of a deal to buy an additional $3 billion worth of shares from the shared workspace provider WeWork, according to a statement from the U.S.-based company’s special committee of the board on Wednesday.  The deal had been agreed upon by SoftBank since October 2019, the special committee of WeWork’s […]

Kuwait arms virus-beaten economy

KUWAIT- Kuwait imposed necessary measures on Wednesday aimed at aiding its economy from threats of the novel coronavirus. The arrangement involves long-term loans while the central bank requested other banks to implement unrestricted loan repayments for the affected businesses and firms. Kuwait’s March 31 record showed that 289 coronavirus cases were added to the list. […]

Japan’s factory activity shrinks at fastest pace as domestic and overseas demand slump

Japan’s factory activity contracted at a record pace since March 2009 amid a virus-hit economy that led to a sharp decline of domestic and overseas demand. Its Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) fell from a final 47.8 to a seasonally adjusted 44.8 in February. This was observed as the lowest in a decade when Japan […]

Thai Airways may reduce plane types permanently after landing jets

Thai Airways International Pcl (THAI.BK) may for all time diminish the quantity of airplane types it sends once the coronavirus pandemic, said a senior government official on Monday. Thai Airways is landing 69 of its 82 planes following a drop in traveler volume and course cancellations from the expanded border limitations forced by the outbreak, […]

Crude oil futures decline as coronavirus pandemic furthers weak demand outlook

Crude oil benchmarks suffered steep falls on Monday due to a worsening coronavirus pandemic and continuing price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia. Brent hit its lowest since November 2002 after falling 6.7%, or $1.68, at $23.25 per barrel.  The US West Texas Intermediate crude futures fell steeply to $19.92, almost at an 18-year low. […]

Oil advances as markets rejoice on stimulus optimism

TOKYO- Oil prices soared on Friday after global leaders assured fulfilling its promised measure  to inject large volume of funds to minimize the economic drag brought by coronavirus contagion. Upbeat performance followed despite the threat of contagion impacting crude demand. The Brent crude LCOc1 earned 50 cents after suffering for four consecutive weeks. The crude […]

Putin provides a week-long holiday for Russians in social bundle to fight coronavirus

MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday proposed a wide variety of unconventional emergency social measures to help families and organizations in the midst of the worldwide coronavirus outbreak, such as a week-long holiday for laborers and higher taxes on profits. During a live broadcast address to the country, Putin tried to console the […]

U.S. asks Facebook, Walmart, and Amazon to stop  over pricing amid pandemic crisis

WASHINGTON – A group of thirty two U.S. states have a message for the world’s leading online platforms: “You are not doing enough to stop unreasonable pricing in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.” In a letter sent on Wednesday to Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O), Walmart Inc (WMT.N), Facebook Inc (FB.O) and eBay Inc (EBAY.O) a […]

Dollar eases after sharp drop as greenback funding remains secured

SINGAPORE- The dollar reversed from underperformance and clocked in minimal gains on Wednesday as growing coronavirus statistics made investors wary.  Asian boards are fluctuating but currency movements were cautious compared to large volume of earnings monitored in stock markets. Such was from investors’ optimism over the possibility of a US stimulus package.  The sought-after dollar […]

SoftBank shares climb up to 20% following buyback announcement

Softbank Group Corp stock climbed 20% on Tuesday as it extended a two-day rally after the company announced a $41 billion in asset sales and a record share buyback to support its declining share price. Softbank shares closed with a 19% gain on Monday following an announcement to repurchase 4 trillion yen ($18 billion) of […]

Wall Street expects another rough week as coronavirus risks intensify

Wall Street is expected to suffer another week of rough US markets due to the pandemic as lawmakers decide on economic aid packages in Washington. Stock market futures suffered a steep fall while Treasury-bond futures gained, indicating smooth-sailing trades in the following week. Despite the historic fall in share prices in recent weeks, Wall Street […]

First round of QE sees Australia central bank buy $2.9 billion bonds

On Friday, the Central Bank of Australia purchased A$5 billion ($2.87 billion) worth of local government bonds. This came in its first round of unlimited quantitative easing program that aims at softening the blow of the coronavirus outbreak in the Australian economy. The Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) operation attempts at cuttting funding costs for […]

Nikkei suffers a CVID-19 anxiety obliterates stimulus optimism

Japanese benchmark index Nikkei placed flat and erased previous earnings on Thursday. Such inactivity followed as the European Central Bank stimulus had only relieved investors’ anxiety for a while over the economic slowdown brought by the virus contagion. The Nikkei dropped 0.7% to 16, 602.28 at its midday session. The recent percentage placed neutral from […]

Crypto-market infrastructure: might not be stable enough in the face of economic blows

For the first time, in 7 years, Bitcoin had crashed deplorably due to the coronavirus outbreak. However, investors are wary of a more pertinent issue.    Electronically-triggered liquidations of leveraged positions had been found in Futures exchanges; these had been putting pressure on prices. Meanwhile, Spreads jumped between exchanges.  Furthering financial-related stress, investors were locked […]

With deaths crossing 100 in the U.S., Trump administration demands $1 trillion stimulus package

Tuesday saw the demand of the Trump administration for a $1 trillion stimulus package for the virus onslaught. Assumed to include $1,000 direct payments to individual Americans, this financial effort is seen as a way to soften the economic blows to the country as the coronavirus had already killed over 100 people in the territory. […]

Bank of Japan to take monetary easing steps once more if economy worsens

Bank of Japan (BOJ) Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Tuesday that it would ease monetary policy once more if the country’s if the coronavirus-hit economy worsened. As Japan’s government works to limit the spread of the virus as well as aid businesses affected by the outbreak, the Bank of Japan has taken up the role […]

Gulf reels after oil price shock due to COVID-19 spread

Crude prices have plummeted due to the coronavirus outbreak that had left Gulf Arab governments with a morsel of options to re-establish fiscal stability. This, they are doing, as they try to shield their economies and fight for currency pegs.   Even Saudi Arabia, deemed the richest among the Arab nations, which had been in […]

SoftBank to buy back its $4.8 billion shares as pressure piles from Elliott

SoftBank Group Corp said on Friday it would buy back up to 500 billion Yen ($4.8 billion) of its own shares after activist investor Elliot Management pressured the company to buy back $20 billion in stock. A SoftBank spokesperson said that the company’s  buyback move was of its own discretion after it had considered risks […]

Wall Street stocks plunge, Dow declares bear market

In light of the World Health Organization’s declaration of COVID-19 being a pandemic, the Dow confirmed a bear market with Wall Street stocks crashing down. The three major U.S. stock averages plunged on Wednesday as the S&P 500 and Nasdaq composite index hitting 19% below their record on Feb. 19, their highest records for the […]

Gold climbs as doubts on US stimulus package weighs on market

Gold prices saw gains on Wednesday following a decline in the last session as investors doubted U.S. President Trump’s proposed stimulus package to ease the virus’ impact. Spot gold gained 0.4%, at $1,656.37 per ounce while U.S. gold futures slid 0.2%, at $1,656.70. The White House and the U.S. Congress discussed measures to implement in […]

Banks may lose billions of dollars in fee-based revenues, study says

Accenture Plc released its study on Wednesday revealing that major banks across the globe are in danger of losing billions of dollars of fee-based retail revenue coming from the intensified regulatory pressure and tougher competition as new entities offer no-fee services. The study also noted that bank revenues across 12 markets around the globe in […]

Heineken to invest $183 million into Brazil expansion

Heineken on Monday said that it will be investing 865 million Reais ($183.14 million) in order to expand its brewing plant located in Parana, Brazil. The Dutch brewer will finance its Ponta Grossa brewing plant this year and in 2021 in a move to increase its output by 75%. “We are bringing forward by one […]

Virus fears skyrockets gold prices past $1,700 record level in 7 years

Gold prices skyrocketed on Monday past the record $1,700 per ounce since 2012 after piling market fears of a pandemic and a sharp decline in crude prices led traders retreating for safe-haven assets. U.S. Gold Futures surged by 1.6% to $1,699.70 per ounce. Meanwhile, Spot gold prices closing with at a 1.5% high to $1,699.20 […]

First Coronavirus case in Bhutan compels the kingdom to ban tourists

Bhutan had banned tourists for a span of 2 weeks due to a confirmed case of coronavirus. This comes from a report of a tourist that had been diagnosed upon entry of India, the Kingdom’s neighboring country. The virus-confirmed patient had only been identified as a 74-year old American who had flown from India on […]

Stocks drop, Treasury yields hit lower grounds as virus reach larger scale

TOKYO- Asian shares and US stock futures sunk on Friday after another session of defeat was monitored in Wall Street. The frail activity was mainly from disturbance to businesses brought by the compounding virus contagion outside China. In line with this, larger COVID-19 spread sparked concerns of a prolonged economic drag. MSCI’s broadest index of […]

Former Uber self-driving head files for bankruptcy protection after $179 million loss to Google

Former Uber Technologies Inc. head’s self-driving technologies unit Anthony Levandowski filed for bankruptcy protection on Wenesday. This came following a court sanction of $179 million payment to Google after his separation from the company. Levandowski, who worked as a key engineer in Google’s self-driving project, and his colleague Lior Ron violated legal obligations and pursued […]

IMF’s $50 billion aid package bolsters Asian markets

Asian markets gained on Wednesday following the International Monetary Fund (IMF) unveiling a $50 billion aid package with efforts to combat the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus. IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said in an interview with CNBC that the fund is aimed toward low-income and emerging market countries and would be available without […]

Dollar recovers after impact of Fed rate cut on market fades

The Dollar recovered from its decline against the Euro with a lift from positive jobs data on Thursday. The Japanese yen, considered safe haven currency, lost a little of its recent gains back to the dollar, as market risk appetite improves on the return of Joe Biden in the Democratic Party. High U.S. labor-market data […]

Asian shares climb up, virus concerns restrict smooth performance

SYDNEY- Asian shares grew stronger hitting its fourth session of high on Thursday as U.S. markets actively performed and another set of central bank financial stimulus cleared the previously murky global economic forecast. Wall Street stabilized on a well-ended performance of former Vice President Joe Biden during the Democratic campaign. Biden was viewed to less […]

S&P revises US growth forecast to 1% amid epidemic

A fast-spreading virus outbreak is likely to hit the U.S. economy longer worse than anticipated, according to the S&P Global Ratings on its cut on the global forecast on Tuesday. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development warned that the epidemic has plunged global economy to its worst activity since the 2008 financial crisis. The […]

Central bank of China keeps rates unchanged despite Fed easing

The People’s Bank of China did not follow the Federal Reserve’s emergency policy short-term rate cut, leaving its borrowing costs unchanged on Wednesday. The Central Bank did not open market operations according to its official statement on its website. However, investors still anticipate that the Chinese government will find ways to cut other financing costs […]

Oil advances as OPEC+ heads closer to further oil reduction

SINGAPORE- Oil prices increased up to 1% on Wednesday on optimism that major oil manufacturers are close to sealing an agreement implementing deeper oil reduction. The said cuts are aimed at equalizing the decline in demand brought by the novel coronavirus contagion. Brent crude LCOc1 added 58 cents, equivalent to 1.12%, and last stood at […]

RBA trims rates to 0.5% amid China economic growth slowdown

The central bank of Australia implements monetary easing as it cut interest rates to lessen the impacts of the economic growth slowdown of China due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) trimmed the cash rate by a quarter percentage point to 0.50%, a move anticipated by market analysts and traders in […]

Dow gains biggest daily rise since 2009

The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed more than 5% on Monday, while Nasdaq and S&P 500 both recovered 4% after the previous week’s deep sell-off over the virus spread. After the indexes gained a few minutes before the market closed, the Dow closed at its biggest one-day gain since 2009, while the S&P 500 and […]

Australian Dollar rises after reserve bank cuts official cash rate, major central banks pledge to support economy

Australian Dollar rises after reserve bank cuts official cash rate, major central banks pledge to support economy The Australian Dollar rose on Tuesday after the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) slashed its official cash rate (OCR) by 0.50% to 25 basis points. The Australian Dollar rose by 0.2% to 0.6553 by 11:35 PM ET (03:35 […]

European stocks fall again over virus fears

European shares dropped again on Thursday, with a deeper hit for travel stocks due to a sudden rise in coronavirus cases outside China. This news heightened fears on its impact on global growth. Many blue-chip companies released profit warnings, with the Standard Chartered sliding 3.4% after saying that key earnings target would need more time […]

Asian stocks crash as pandemic concerns intensify

SINGAPORE- Oil and Asian share markets continued to hit lower grounds on Thursday as the fast-paced contagion of the novel coronavirus brought market sentiment down and made investors seek safe-haven assets. The MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan finished its session with 0.5% decline and is 4% lower for this week’s trading activity. […]

Oil advances on short-covering despite heavy coronavirus concerns

TOKYO- Oil prices positively performed on Wednesday as investors resorted to short-covering after three sessions of inactivity. Gains were recorded even as novel coronavirus contagion continues to bring worries that its further spread may lead to a global crisis. Brent crude added 42 cents, equivalent to 0.8%, and last stood at $55.37 per barrel at […]

Japanese finance minister Taro Aso keeps close eye on market volatility

Japanese finance minister Taro Aso said that he was closely watching market volatility when Asian shares dropped due to rising fears on the economic impact of the coronavirus spread, which is said to be larger than expected. Aso declined to comment on the yen’s continual decline against the dollar. Economy minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said that […]

Growing coronavirus fears propel dollar to a three-year high

The U.S. dollar index surged to a three-year high amid the unyielding coronavirus fears, and it continues to hound financial markets forcing investors to run to the safe-haven dollar. Investment assets that are time-tested and shockproof amid financial turmoil are rallying since the coronavirus outbreak and piled huge problems over big financial firms including the […]

Shares inch down, gold soars as investors take refuge far from nCoV impact

SYDNEY- Global shares and oil both underperformed on Monday. However, safe-haven gold became the sought-after asset as coronavirus contagion outside China inflicted world economic outlook with diagnoses and deaths bloating in South Korea, Italy, and Middle East. South Korea immediately raised alarm as the virus records increased up to 700 new cases with confirmed deaths […]

Morgan Stanley to strike a $13 billion deal with E*Trade

Morgan Stanley to strike a $13 billion deal with E*Trade Morgan Stanley said on Thursday that it would buy E*Trade Financial corp in a stock deal amounting around $13 billion. The deal with the discount brokerage has been seen as the biggest acquisition by a Wall Street bank since the financial crisis in 2008. Chief […]

Dollar dominates market, yen & Asian currencies drop over virus risks

The Japanese yen is nearing its worst week in over two years on Friday as coronavirus concerns spread to Japan, Beijing, and South Korea, moving funds to the U.S. dollar. The yen dropped to its lowest since April after two straight days of heavy selling, weak domestic data, and intensifying virus risks, causing investors to […]

Japan’s manufacturing sector suffers on coronavirus impact

TOKYO- Japanese manufacturing activity experienced the sharpest decline in seven years in February, as series of impact and disruptions brought by the coronavirus contagion boosted the possibility of a recession in the world’s third-largest economy. The underperformance of the sector indicated that the virus greatly impacted the global growth and business, prompting Japanese authorities to […]

China cuts benchmark lending rate to support virus-hit economy

China had cut the benchmark lending rate on Thursday in a widely-anticipated action to lessen its business’ financing costs in an economy disrupted by the virus outbreak. The one-year loan prime rate (LPR) was lowered by 10 basis points to 4.05% at the previous monthly fixing. Meanwhile, the five-year LPR was cut by 5 basis […]

EU to propose plans to boost European firms and compete with U.S. tech giants

EU to propose plans to boost European firms and compete with U.S. tech giants The European Commission said on Wednesday that it will launch initial proposals to help companies in Europe benefit from its rich industry data. The proposal will also help the companies compete better against U.S.-based tech giants such as Facebook Inc., Alphabet […]

Stocks decline as Apple reports risks over coronavirus impact

Wall Street broke from record highs and Asian shares declined after Apple Inc said it will not reach its revenue guidance for the March quarter due to a slower production and weaker demand amid the virus outbreak. The news roused investors from optimistic outlook as it was revealed that China’s economic stimulus would do little […]

Asian shares gain, on its way to second straight week

Asian shares gained on Friday on course for its second straight week, as governments make provisions to dampen the effect of the coronavirus outbreak. MSCI’s index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan inched up 0.3%, lifted by gains in South Korea and Hong Kong. On the week, it was up 1.94%. Japan’s Nikkei lost 0.55%, hurt […]

Chinese stocks drop as Hubei virus cases reports double up

Chinese stocks drop as Hubei virus cases reports double up Chinese stocks dropped amid a surge in the number of new people infected by the coronavirus were reported in the Hubei province.   Seen as the province at the center of the epidemic, Hubei raised the death toll to an additional 242 as well as […]

Oil declines on oversupply concerns as virus inflicts China demand

SINGAPORE- Oil prices sunk down further, continuing its previous decline from earlier part of January as worries of oversupply dampened market sentiment. Such inactivity was brought by coronavirus contagion that capped oil demand in China, the world’s biggest oil importer. Brent crude LCOc1 shed 38 cents to $53.63 per barrel with initial trading value of […]

Post-Brexit UK keeps hopes up for early free trade with Australia

Post-Brexit UK keeps hopes up for early free trade with Australia British Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab told reporters on Thursday that the UK has been eyeing a free trade deal with Australia and hopes that it would be one of their first trade agreements to secure since Britain has exited the bloc. After Britain had […]

Six central banks to hold meeting on cryptocurrency

Six major central banks are planning to conduct a joint research on digital currencies or cryptocurrencies and representatives are considering holding the first meeting in Washington in April, according to a report by Nikkei. The central banks of Switzerland, Canada, Britain, Japan, Sweden, and the Euro zone have announced their plan to join their findings […]

Asian shares inch up on strong US stats, focus on impacts of virus

Asian stocks advanced on Thursday, just a day after US S&P 500 reached all time-high from strong US figures, while markets remained cautious on persisting effect of coronavirus contagion. Japanese Nikkei clocked in 1.63% while MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares acquired 0.39%. S&P 500 .SPX inched up 1.13% last Wednesday, ending its session to […]

Bank of Japan to heighten stimulus as virus concerns affect forecast

MATSUYAMA, Japan- The Bank of Japan (BOJ) is ready to implement and increase stimulus proving that the economy’s recuperation is derailed, Deputy Governor Masazumi Wakatabe disclosed on Wednesday, saying that the novel coronavirus contagion could drastically affect corporate sentiment and international trade. Wakatabe said that Japanese economy recuperated from slowdown last year aided by strong […]

Singapore central bank keeps policy stance amid weakening economic conditions

Singapore’ central bank said that its exchange rate-based monetary policy remains unchanged as the coronavirus outbreak further weakened global economic growth. They furthered that its policy stance remains appropriate as the currency has room to ease within its current settings. Following its lowest growth rate in a decade last year, Singapore had said that the […]

Asian shares advance as China stocks gain but caution lingers

TOKYO- Asian stocks clocked in gains on Wednesday as Chinese stocks inched up brought by optimism of increased stimulus to reduce the economic affliction of coronavirus contagion. However, risks still linger as the virus continues to spread with the mortality rate growing up to 500. MCSI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan acquired 0.36%. […]

Dollar gains on upbeat manufacturing data, yuan declines over virus concerns

The dollar steadied on Tuesday as a US manufacturing survey showed sudden recovery, but the yuan and AUD subdued due to wider virus outbreak concerns. The dollar index gained 0.44% on Monday, last at 97.802, as the Institute for Supply Management reported a surprise rebound in factory activity in January after five months of slump. […]

Australia bids for second flight from Wuhan as first batch of evacuees move to Christmas Island

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Tuesday that Australia is considering holding a second evacuation flight from Wuhan City, China amid the outbreak of the novel coronavirus since its first flight already landed on Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean. A total of 241 Australian evacuees safely landed on Christmas Island as the first batch […]

Shanghai stocks decline $370 billion in market cap as virus fears hit Chinese markets

Chinese stock and commodity markets plunged on Monday’s opening as investors ditched risky assets due to rising concerns on the coronavirus spread. The market drop took away nearly $370 billion, or 9% lower in market capitalization from the Shanghai Composite index .SSEC. The yuan opened at its lowest level this year, slipping 1%, past the […]

U.K. Economy in gloom due to Brexit uncertainty

Investors are apprehensive with news of renewed Brexit uncertainty. They had looked into the Kingdom’s economic fundamentals that strongly suggest of economic slowdown. Should the stagnation carry on, rate cut speculations will happen and will pressure the Pound further The Bank of England lowered the forecast for quarterly growth in the remaining 3 months of […]

Nintendo CEO says no plans for new Switch model in 2020

Nintendo CEO says no plans for new Switch model in 2020 Nintedo Co Ltd. CEO Shuntaro Furukawa said on Friday that it has no plans to launch an upgraded Switch model this year. The news halted rumors that the gaming company would release a newer version of the hit handheld device. His comments came a […]

Dampened market sentiment due to coronavirus supports currencies

TOKYO- The dollar reached two-month high against several major peers while Australian dollar and the yuan fluctuated on Thursday as markets armed themselves from assets subject to China’s coronavirus contagion. The US Federal Reserve, while restricting interest rates as predicted on Wednesday, also pointed finger to the coronavirus as the major contributor of uncertainty for […]

Britain flees EU, heads into the trade deal unknown

The United Kingdom finally left the European Union on Thursday night, leaving its trade deal uncertain with the group. The long-planned and waited geopolitical move of Britain has finally come to pass, though the transition period keeps Britain’s membership save for the name until the end of this year. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in […]

Risk currencies hold steady as investors assess virus fallouts

Risk currencies hold steady as investors assess virus fallouts Risk currencies steadied on Wednesday as investors evaluated the economic damage that resulted from the outbreak of the China virus. Investors banked on hopes that Hong Kong shares will resume trading after the Lunar New Year break. As countries increase efforts to contain the spread of […]

Copper prices plummet as concerns over China virus intensifies

Copper prices plummet as concerns over China virus intensifies London copper dropped to its lowest in 8 weeks on Monday as concerns over the new virus in China intensified after it had claimed 80 victims. On the London Metal Exchange, prices of 3-month copper fell by 1.9% at $5,812/ton, its lowest price since December 4, […]

Britain releases 50 pence coin to mark exit from EU

Britain revealed on Sunday its minted 50 pence coin to mark the country’s exit from the European Union. The said coin was embossed with encryption “Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations” together with Brexit date of 31 January 2020. An estimated three million coins will be distributed for public use from shops, banks, and […]

Oil prices suffer further as China virus contagion worsens

Oil prices sunk down with 2% loss as it recorded consecutive months of lows on Monday. Such inactivity was brought heavily by the growing number of novel coronavirus cases and city lockdown that may drastically affect demand for crude. Brent crude LCOc1 declined by $1.12 per barrel, or equivalent to 1.9% to $59.57 by 0013 […]

Intel shows signs of turnaround for 2020

Intel shows signs of turnaround for 2020 Intel Corp on Thursday signaled the market view that the chip industry would be reaching a turnaround after a prolonged slowdown. Driven by cloud computing demand, the 2020 forecast is expected to see better revenue than Wall Street’s expectations, Intel added. The company’s sales in its closely watched […]

More central banks plan on issuing virtual currencies

With growing inclination in technology, several central banks are planning to release their own virtual currencies, according to findings of Bank for International Settlement. Research showed an additional 10% increase as 20% of the 66 central banks interviewed are planning to have their own digital coins within the next six years. In line, one in […]

Ford estimates a $2.2 billion pre-tax hit in fourth quarter due to pension plans

Ford Motor Co said that its fourth quarter earnings will be affected by a pre-tax loss of up to $2.2 billion caused by a higher contribution to its employees’ pension plans. The higher contribution was due to a decrease in discount rates, which leads to a larger amount of money to be contributed for future […]

Oil declines for three consecutive days on pressing concerns of coronavirus

Oil prices sunk to lowest level in seven weeks on Thursday dragged by anxiety that contagion of China’s new strain of virus may reduce fuel demand. In line, figures disclosed that United States’ oil inventories advanced last week. The persistent and threatening Coronavirus has resulted to the death of 17 people since it was first […]

Japan recovers from initial virus-related losses, issues still remain

Japan recovers from initial virus-related losses, issues still remain Japanese shares made humble gains on Wednesday as investor panic about China’s coronavirus outbreak eased. While hygiene-related firms continued to be in demand, pressure persisted on the tourism sector. The Nikkei share average rose 0.2% to 23,904.51 in mid-morning trade, partially clawing back losses from the […]

Yen climbs, yuan falls as stocks drop due to China virus outbreak

The Japanese yen climbed while Chinese yuan fell against US dollar as news of coronavirus outbreak in China raised concerns among investors, causing Asian stocks to fall. The yuan fell against the USD in onshore and offshore trade as the fourth death due to the illness was confirmed. A Chinese health expert also warned that […]

Asian shares grow wary on Virus threat in China

SYDNEY- Asian shares slipped on Tuesday as growing concerns about a recently discovered strain of coronavirus in China swiped in risks in Asian financial markets.                 Safe-haven bonds and the yen marginally advanced as investors recalled implications of SARS virus back in 2003, with the possibility of nationwide spread of coronavirus as millions will visit […]

Bank of America aims to ‘double’ consumer market share in US, says CEO

Chief Executive officer Brian Moynihan of Bank of America Corp said that the bank could raise its consumer market twice larger in the US despite fear of major banking institutions. “Our market share in consumer is probably 12, 13, 14 percent, depending on who counts. … The reality is, you could double that,” Moynihan said in […]

Dollar peaks on 8-month high vs JPY as US economy keeps stable growth

US dollar gained against Japanese yen on an eight-month peak due to a stable growth rate in US economy in 2019. Retail sales rose for the third straight month in December while filing claims for unemployment benefits fell for the fifth straight week, showing a strong and stable labor market. Manufacturing activity in the Mid-Atlantic […]

Global stocks reach high level as markets assess Sino-US trade pact

TOKYO- Stocks across the world edged up, reaching record highs on Thursday. Such activity followed after China and the United States signed the “Phase 1” of the trade agreement intended to mitigate their months-long trade dispute that dragged the global economy. Despite positive performance, investors remain cautious as numerous concerns are still unsettled. MSCI’s broadest […]

United States to keep tariffs on Chinese products until Phase 2 pact: Mnuchin

UNITED STATES TO KEEP TARIFFS ON CHINESE PRODUCTS UNTIL PHASE 2 PACT: MNUCHIN WASHINGTON-The United States will continue the ongoing rounds of tariffs on Chinese products until such time that both sides come up with a second phase of the US-China trade agreement, United States Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin stated on Tuesday, a day before […]

Trump says China trade deal to be signed shortly after 15th January

Trump says China trade deal to be signed shortly after 15th January U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that the Phase 1 trade deal with China could be signed “shortly thereafter”. “We’re going to be signing on January 15th,” Trump told the ABC TV affiliate in Toledo during an interview, “ I think it […]

Japan consumer spending declines again in November, dents recovering economy

Japan household spending dropped on its second straight month in November, indicating a higher sales tax weighing down on private consumption for a while. Japan has been working to regain momentum after the drop in household spending which followed the October sales tax hike. Japan exports were hit by weak global demands in the past […]

SoftBank-backed delivery company Rappi lays off 6% of workforce

Latin American delivery startup Rappi announced that it dismissed 6% of its employees. This measure came after Japan’s Softbank Group invested a total of $1 billion in Rappi. Rappi did not provide specific figures on how many jobs they have cut. According to the Brazil Journal news outlet, Rappi has 5,000 people working for them, […]

UK-EU trade deal “basically impossible” to negotiate in 1 year says EU head

The head of the European Commission described on Wednesday that Britain’s chances to negotiate all aspects of its post-Brexit relationship with the European Union to be completed within the year as “basically impossible”.            Ursula von der Leyen bared her thoughts about the EU-UK before meeting British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, saying, “The transition time is […]

Wall Street declines as investors wary on US-Iran tension, but chipmakers gain

Wall Street’s major indexes fell as investors become cautious of the escalating tension between the US and Iran. Following this, energy shares also dropped while oil prices recently climbed back up. S&P 500 futures dropped 1% after news of Iranian missile attacks on Iraqi air base housing American troops was reported. The drop in S&P […]

Middle East tension propels yen to three-month high

SINGAPORE- Japanese yen performed well as gold inched higher on Wednesday after Iran attacked base of Iraq hosting US armies. Such tension brought in fears of wider political conflict between Iran and United States driving investors run to safety. Anonymous US officials disclosed that rockets were fired at several target points including Iraq’s al Asad […]

China lifts twenty-year ban on Japanese beef imports as it faces meat supply shortage

China lifted the ban on Japanese deboned beef taken from cows under 30 months old, as notified by the General Administration of Customs. This ends the almost two-decade ban on the beef imports from Japan. This measure comes as China faces severe shortages on meat supply due to an outbreak of African swine fever disease. […]

US business borrowing for capital investment drops 3% in November

Borrowings for capital investments in US companies fell 3% in November compared to last year’s figures, according to the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA). US companies signed up for leases, loans, and lines of credit up to $7.8 billion, down from last year’s $8 billion. Borrowings dropped 23% when compared from last month’s. “Uncertainty […]

Japan approves record budget for next fiscal year

Japan approves record budget for next fiscal year Japan’s cabinet has approved a record budget for the next fiscal year amid rising social security costs and a government already struggling with the developed world’s biggest debt. Spending by the Japanese government will increase by about 1.2% to 102.7 trillion Yen ($939 billion) on April next […]

China and US keep close communication on signing of phase one deal

The United States and China are keeping close communication on the signing of the phase one trade deal, China’s commerce ministry said. The phase one of the deal will see to decrease the tariffs imposed on Chinese goods and to boost higher Chinese purchases of US energy, farm, and manufactured goods. The phase one of […]

CITIC sets to become first China firm to lead Asia equity rankings

CITIC sets to become first China firm to lead Asia equity rankings CITIC Securities is poised to become the first Chinese firm to lead annual equity markets (ECM) rankings for Asia-Pacific excluding Japan this year.   Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and other Western banks have traditionally battled over the top position in the region, where […]

Electrolux to obtain $70 million charge for US overhaul

Swedish appliance maker Electrolux stated that its North American business will obtain $70 million in Q4 as part of moving into a new facility in South Carolina. The new facility in Anderson, South Carolina is set to replace manufacturing in St. Cloud, Minnesota and other facilities in Anderson, driving Electrolux to invest $350 million in […]

IFF announces merger with DuPont’s $26.2 billion nutrition unit

International Flavors & Fragrances Inc plans to merge with Dupont Inc’s nutrition and biosciences unit worth $26.2 billion in a merger deal. This measure was done to create a new consumer giant worth at least $45 billion. Under the terms of agreement, IFF shareholders will own 44.6% of the new company’s shares while DuPont shareholders […]

Singapore Q3 unemployment rate peaks at 2.3% in ten years

Singapore’s unemployment rate in Q3 of 2019 hiked to its highest in 10 years amid economic uncertainty caused by an election to be held in the coming months, official data showed. Overall unemployment rate climbed to 2.3% from the previous quarter’s 2.2%. This was the highest unemployment rate since the fourth quarter of 2009, which […]

Oil prices drop due to surprise hike in US crude stocks

Oil prices dropped due to an unforeseen build in crude inventory in the United States and a slow progress in the US-China trade deals made investors wait on whether new tariffs on Chinese goods will be placed. Brent futures LCOcl slid 0.7%, or 44 cents, priced at $63.90 per barrel by 0342 GMT. US West […]

China expects US to defer Dec. 15 tariff hike amid talks

Amid the ongoing trade deal between China and the U.S., Chinese trade officials expect the U.S. to defer tariff hike slated on Dec. 15. According to sources privy to the on-going talks, the two sides are getting closer to secure an agreement of lowering the tariffs already in place. But instead of lifting the existing […]

HSBC Swiss unit to pay $192 million to resolve latest U.S. tax evasion deal

HSBC Swiss unit to pay $192 million to resolve latest U.S. tax evasion deal The Swiss private banking unit of HSBC Holdings Plc will pay $192.4 million to resolve a U.S. probe of its role in helping wealthy Americans evade taxes through undeclared Swiss bank accounts, according to the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ). The […]

Japan to cut tax revenue forecast, issue more deficit-covering bonds

Japan is set to cut its tax revenue forecast on the current fiscal year for over 2 trillion yen ($18.41 billion) due to a decline in exports caused by the US-China trade war, a government source said. To compensate the deficit, the Japanese government will release more deficit-covering bonds of almost 2 trillion yen from […]

Asian shares dip as investors anticipate tariff deadline

Asian shares dip as investors anticipate tariff deadline Asian equity markets dipped lowed on Tuesday as investors kept from making major decisions before December 15, when the next round of U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports was due to take effect. A Chinese Commerce Ministry official said on Monday that Beijing hopes to make a trade […]

Australian shares to end weekly session positively; NZ gains

DEC 6- Australian shares were on course to finish this week on a positive foot as market investors remained cautious while waiting for fresh progress in trade pact signing between Washington and Beijing. The S&P/ASX 200 index clocked in 0.2% gains to 6,694.20 by 0015 GMT. However, it was posed to shed 2.5% for this […]

Japan reveals $120 billion fiscal package to support economic growth and post-Olympics slump

Japan revealed a $120 billion fiscal package that aims to stimulate the country’s stalling economic growth while offshore risks and sustainability after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics concern policymakers. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the fiscal package worth 13 trillion yen ($119.7 billion) on Thursday. The people of Japan expects further announcement from the government regarding […]

Trump Administration considers to ban Huawei from U.S. banking system

Trump Administration considers to ban Huawei from U.S. banking system Chinese telecoms giant, Huawei came into the spotlight again amid the prolonged U.S.-China tensions as the Trump Administration reportedly considered banning the company from the U.S. financial system earlier this year. According to a Reuters report, the White House has considered putting Huawei on the […]


The European Union-backed France said on Tuesday it is ready to act against the U.S. threat of imposing tariffs on French products including champagne, cheese, and handbags amounting to $2.4 billion. U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to impose duties of up to 100% on French imports after its investigation revealed that a new digital services […]

South Korean high court ratifies $873-million fine against US chip giant Qualcomm

South Korean high court upheld $873 million fine on US chip giant Qualcomm over unfair business practices linked to patent licensing and modern chip sales. Qualcomm’s appeal against the penalty sanctioned by the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) in 2016 was rejected by the Seoul High Court, under the ruling of Judge Noh Tae-ak. The […]

Japan government plans to produce $92 billion stimulus package to incite economic growth

The Japanese government is planning to create a large-scale economic stimulus package with more than $92 billion in fiscal spending. This measure comes as uncertainties in the US-China trade deal and weakened global demand affected Japan’s still recovering economy. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration will issue more bonds of up to 4 trillion yen ($36.82 […]

Frozen 2 bags highest-grossing Thanksgiving weekend honors

Disney has just unlocked another Cinderella run courtesy of Frozen 2’s highest-grossing weekend in the entire history of Thanksgiving in the U.S. It posted $123.7 million domestically over the five day holiday weekend. “Frozen 2” edged out previous record-holder “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” which recorded $109 million in 2013. A sequel to the 2013 […]

National Australia Bank to set up unit in Paris ahead of Brexit

National Australia Bank to set up unit in Paris ahead of Brexit National Australia Bank (NAB) had revealed its plans on Friday to set up a unit in Paris that would offer wholesale banking and investment services to most of Europe. The move by one of Australia’s best lender followed similar decisions by other financial […]

Trump’s support for Hong Kong protesters drags Japanese shares lower

TOKYO- Japanese shares sunk down on Thursday following US President Donald Trump’s approval of the recently passed legislation supporting Hong Kong protesters. Such brought derailment in trade talks and reason for “phase one” to slide from happening. The Nikkei share is marginally lower on Tuesday with 0.02% loss to 23,433.16 while the broader Topix shed […]

Major currencies hold its ground as traders await U.S-China trade outcome

Major currencies hold its ground as traders await U.S-China trade outcome Major currencies hardly budged on Wednesday as traders waited for the final outcome of the U.S.-China trade talks. Against the Yen, the Dollar was traded for 109.05 Yen  which was off two-week high of the 109.205 it touched on Tuesday as mild optimism that […]

Asian shares soar as upbeat signals ease trade tensions

Asian shares soar as upbeat signals ease trade tensions Asian shares rose on Wednesday as upbeat signals from Sino-U.S. trade talks fanned hopes of an easing of tariff tensions. The positive mood pushed Wall Street indexes to fresh record-closing highs on Tuesday and stoked confidence in Asia as MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside […]

Metal prices hike on Sino-U.S. trade optimism

SINGAPORE-Majority of industrial metals increased in prices on Monday as China and US trade deal optimism reemerged after weeks of market anxiety.   The signing of ‘phase one’ could happen by the end of this year, a senior US official said over the weekend after Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump disclosed […]

U.S.-China Trade Deal Phase 2 looks improbable, officials say

Phase 2 of the U.S.-Sino trade deal is looking less probable as officials of both parties bared. This is after the “phase 1” agreement is not settled by the two countries. U.S. President Donald Trump said during his conference with Chinese vice Premier Liu He in October that he wanted to have a “phase 2” […]

Lack of Sino-U.S. trade progress dampens Asian markets

Lack of Sino-U.S. trade progress dampens Asian markets Chinese stocks underperformed leaving Asian markets mixed on Friday as a lack of concrete signs of progress on U.S.-China trade relations continued. China’s Shanghai Composite and the Shenzen Component dropped 0.6% and 1.3% respectively by 10:50 PM ET (02:50 GMT).   Trade tensions intensified after the U.S. House of […]

SoftBank checks with Japan’s top lenders for $2.8 billion loan

Softbank Group Corp is checking with Japan’s top three banks to loan 300 billion yen ($2.8 billion) to be used as fund for support of US startup WeWork, according to three sources who refused to give identity. Although no official talks have begun, Softbank has approached Mizuho Financial Group Inc, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc, […]

Indian shares soar; bank, telecom stocks earn

NOV 19- Indian shares soared on Tuesday boosted by banking and telecom stocks. This followed after two major mobile network service providers disclosed their scheme of increasing tariffs this coming December. The NSE Nifty 50 index inched higher with 0.2% with 11,906.25 while the S&P BSE Sensex acquired 0.4% to 40,455.36. “Markets are in a […]

Tata Steel to cut 3,000 jobs across Europe as crisis bites

Tata Steel to cut 3,000 jobs across Europe as crisis bites Tata Steel Ltd. had revealed plans to cut about 3,000 jobs across its European facilities to cut costs following the latest blow to the regions industry. According to the company’s statement, around two-thirds of the reductions would be office-based staff. However, the steel-making facility […]

Oil prices drop, market anxious about slow progress in U.S.-China trade talks

U.S. oil prices dropped for two days in a row while the market is anxious on the doubted prospects of a trade deal between the U.S. and China. Trade talks between the two countries have resulted to limited progress as U.S. inventories continually rose. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude fell 10 cents or 0.18% from […]

Thailand’s economy expected to post muted recovery

Thailand’s economy expected to post muted recovery Thailand’s economic expansion is expected to recover modestly in the third quarter from the slowest pace in almost five years which was weighed down by a strong local currency. GDP likely rose 2.8% in three months through September from a year earlier. This was according to the median […]

US and China getting close to a trade deal, says White House economic adviser

The United States and China are getting close to a trade deal, said White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow. He added that the two parties were having very constructive talks to put an end to the 16-month trade war. Trade negotiators of both China and the US were having talks over the phone, according to […]

Hyundai extends $410 million expansion in Alabama to make Santa Cruz pickups

South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor set to create Santa Cruz pickup trucks at the U.S. factory in 2021 with a $410 million investment, as it plans to enter the competitive market led by American rivals. Hyundai announced its Alabama factory expansion as Trump is expected to delay a self-imposed deadline on imposing tariffs of about […]

Trump threatens to renew trade attack on China

Trump threatens to renew trade attack on China U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to renew trade attack on China after he called the nation “cheaters”. “No one has manipulated or taken advantage of the United States more since China’s entrance into the World Trade Organization.” Trump said on Tuesday night at the Economic Club […]

Oil drops due to oversupply and doubts on US-China trade deal

Oil prices fell amid resurfacing doubts on trade deal between the US and China, as well as excess supplies affecting the market. The contract climbed 1.3% last week while Brent crude dropped 0.9%, or 55 cents, placing it at $61.96 per barrel. US crude was 47 cents, or 0.8%, at 56.77 per barrel, as it […]

World billionaires experience wealth decline for the first time in ten years

World billionaires’ wealth fell for the first time in a decade due to geopolitical unrest and fluctuating equity markets. According to the Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS), the world’s richest people experienced a decline in their wealth last year. Overall, billionaires’ wealth reduced between $388 billion and $8.539 trillion all over the world, with an […]

Oil prices slip as crude stockpiles soar past market expectations

Oil prices slip as crude stockpiles soar past market expectations Oil prices slipped on Thursday following the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) report that showed U.S. crude inventories rising higher than market expectations last week. EIA reported that oil stockpiles rose by 7.9 million barrels in contrast to analysts’ expectations of an increase of around 1.5 […]

Venue for Sino-U.S. trade pact signing becomes growing concern

Venue for Sino-U.S. trade pact signing becomes growing concern China and US have been making laudable progress enough for ‘phase one’ to get signed this month. However, the signing venue is still unclear as it ranges from Alaska to Greece.  U.S. President Donald Trump disclosed his willingness to sign ‘phase one’ of the trade pact […]

Oil gains due to U.S.-China trade deal optimism

Oil prices increased last Tuesday in light of positive economic records and as Sino-U.S. trade deal progress minimizes tension and anxiety across global market. Brent crude LCOc1 was quoted up to 17 cents. This is equivalent to 0.3% at 62.30 per barrel at 0909 GMT. In line, U.S. crude CLc1 jumped up to 10 cents […]

Nigel Farage accused of wanting to author “hung” parliament

Nigel Farage is accused by Steve Baker, the chairman of the European Research Group, of paving a way for a “weak and indecisive” hung Parliament. Farage is seen by a number of his critics as the “man who threw away Brexit”. A number of his allies have also expressed concerns that Farage may have gone […]

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, dismayed over delayed Brexit

October 31st was supposed to see Britain’s exit from the E.U. But as politics would have it, it didn’t push through. In an interview, Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage said he is, “…deeply, deeply disappointed…it’s a matter of deep regret,”. Regarding if he were dismayed and sorry about missing the deadline, PM Boris Johnson was […]

U.S. Fed cuts interest rates despite global economic slowdown

U.S. Fed cuts interest rates despite global economic slowdown The Federal Reserve had cut interest rates on Wednesday for the third time in the year global economic slowdown. However, the Federal Reserve signaled that there would be no further reductions unless the economy takes a turn for the worse. “We believe the monetary policy is […]

Bombardier in talks to sell three plants to Spirit AeroSystems for $1 billion

Bombardier in talks to sell three plants to Spirit AeroSystems for $1 billion Canada’s multinational manufacturer Bombardier Inc is in advanced talks to sell three of its facilities to Spirit AeroSystems for more than $1 billion in cash and assumed liabilities according to two sources familiar with the matter on Thursday. The two companies are […]

China to proceed with trade negotiations with the U.S. as planned

China to proceed with trade negotiations with the U.S. as planned China’s commerce ministry said on Thursday that Beijing and Washington will proceed with the bilateral trade negotiations according to plan and that the talks have been progressing well. The ministry said in a statement that the two countries remained in clos communication and that […]

German unemployment rises more than October’s expectation

German unemployment rises more than October’s expectation Germany’s unemployment rose more than expected in October suggesting that a manufacturing crisis in Europe’s largest economy is spilling over to the labor market. Data from the Federal Labour Office showed the number of people without work increased by 6,000 to a total of 2.287 million in seasonally […]

Volkswagen to ramp up Chinese electric car production

Volkswagen to ramp up Chinese electric car production Volkswagen is ramping up production of electric cars to around 1 million vehicles by the end of 2022. These statistics would enable the German carmaker to leapfrog Tesla Inc and making China the key battleground. Volkswagen is preparing two Chinese-based factories to build electric cars next year. […]

AIA’s share price climb following release Q3 business results

AIA’s share price climb following release Q3 business results Share prices of the Hong Kong-based insurer AIA Group Ltd climbed up 4% in Aisa after it had posted business results in the three months to September 30. In a statement released on Monday, AIA said that its business had been affected by a “challenging operating […]

China to request U.S. to remove tariffs in exchange for farm purchases

China to request U.S. to remove tariffs in exchange for farm purchases Top U.S. and Chinese trade officials will discuss plans on Friday for China to buy more U.S. farm products. However, Beijing will request cancellation of some planned and existing U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports according to people who briefed on the talks. U.S. […]

Offshore wind farms to invest $1.2 trillion to hit climate goals

Offshore wind farms to invest $1.2 trillion to hit climate goals An influx of new offshore wind farms around the world is set to invest an estimate of $840 billion over the next two decades, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said. The Paris-based institution’s outlook for an additional 20 gigawatts of new offshore capacity a […]

South Korea’s economy sluggish as trade war weigh on investments

South Korea’s economy sluggish as trade war weigh on investments South Korea’s economy grew at a slower pace in the third quarter, making it the smallest expansion since the global financial crisis as trade uncertainties weigh on investment. Gross domestic product increased 0.4% from the previous quarter, the Bank of Korea said in a statement, […]

Oil prices drop after recovering from surprise dip in U.S. inventories

Oil prices drop after recovering from surprise dip in U.S. inventories Oil prices dropped on Thursday in Asia which overlooked gains following a surprise dip in U.S. inventories. Oil prices rallied more than 1% overnight after the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported an unexpected 1.7-million-barrel crude inventory drop for the week compared to analysts’ expectations […]

Caterpillar profit falls as demand weakens

Caterpillar profit falls as demand weakens Caterpillar Inc (CAT) fell short of Wall Street estimates for quarterly profit on Wednesday as it was hit by weak demand for its construction and mining equipment businesses. The company, cutting its 2019 profit forecast, also sent its shares down 5%. The Illinois-based company has been suffering from the […]

Nigeria’s oil industry risks disruption

Nigeria’s oil industry risks disruption Nigeria risks disruption in oil and gas supplies as well as power generation due to declining exploration activity and depleting oil reserves, the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE) has warned. Inefficient contract and procurement awarding process, oil theft, and illegal refining are the key obstacles to Nigeria’s oil and […]

UK government puts pressure on US over whisky tariffs; trade minister says

UK government puts pressure on US over whisky tariffs; trade minister says Britain is putting pressure on the United States to rethink a decision to impose tariffs on Scottish whisky, trade minister Liz Truss said on Thursday. The United States had plans to impose 25% tariffs on a range of European products which after it […]

Italy to introduce tax on digital companies in 2020

Italy to introduce tax on digital companies in 2020 Italy has approved a new tax on digital companies as part of its 2020 draft budget along with plans to introduce the new measures next year. The levy will oblige web-based companies to pay a 3% tax on internet transactions, according to the text of the […]

China’s copper imports soars to eight-month high

China’s copper imports soars to eight-month high China’s copper imports rose 10.15% in September, making it their highest in eight months as high prices drew shipments to Shanghai, the world’s top consumer of the metal. According to the General Administration of Customs, the arrival of unwrought copper, refined, and semi-finished copper products stood at 445,000 […]

U.S. blacklisting lowers China’s expectations for trade talks

U.S. blacklisting lowers China’s expectations for trade talks Following the U.S. blacklisting of several Chinese companies, China has lowered its expectations for significant progress from the week’s trade talks with the United States. This was expressed by Chinese government officials despite U.S. President Donald Trump showing fresh optimism about the talks. While Beijing has shown […]

India seeks safeguards in China-led trade pact

India seeks safeguards in China-led trade pact India wants safeguards to be built into a China-led trade pact to prevent a sudden surge in imports, the Indian trade ministry said on Wednesday. Negotiators for the 16-nation Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) are in Bangkok this week for talks aimed at finalizing the giant free trade […]

Exxon’s third-quarter earnings hurt by weak oil prices

Exxon’s third-quarter earnings hurt by weak oil prices Exxon Mobil Corp’s operating profits fell last quarter for the fourth consecutive period. According to a regulatory filing on Tuesday, it showed all three businesses slumping from a year ago. According to a securities filing, lower oil prices, weak results in its chemical business, and the lack […]

Thomas Cook owes $381 million to Turkey’s Tourism Sector

Thomas Cook owes $381 million to Turkey’s Tourism Sector Turkey’s Tourism Advisory Council said that it estimates that the travel agency, Thomas Cook owes the local sector around €350 million ($381.8 million). They added that it were to be impossible for the amount to be repaid in the short-term and medium-term. Thomas Cook collapsed last […]

Best Buy targets $50 Billion in Revenue by 2025

Best Buy targets $50 Billion in Revenue by 2025 Best Buy Co. Inc. announced on Wednesday that it aims to rake in revenue of $50 billion and cut about $1 billion in costs by 2025 by ramping up its healthcare technology business. The biggest U.S. consumer electronics retailer has zeroed in on healthcare technology as […]

Wrightbus goes into administration, risking 1,400 jobs

Wrightbus goes into administration, risking 1,400 jobs Wrightbus, maker of the revived Routemaster bus and one of Northern Ireland’s biggest employers has collapsed into administration, putting 1,400 jobs at risk. The failure of Wrightbus represents the UK’s second significant insolvency of the week, following the demise of the holiday group, Thomas Cook. The Ballymena-based engineering […]

Metro Bank shares fall after investors turn away £200m bond sale

Metro Bank shares fall after investors turn away £200m bond sale Metro Bank shares plunged more than 35%, a record low on Tuesday after wary investors refused to purchase bonds, another blow to the bank since it revealed an accounting error in January. The bond sale was launched on Monday morning, tempting buyers with an […]

UK inflation drops to its lowest for nearly three years

UK inflation fell to its lowest level in almost three years after the end of summer sales held clothing prices down. Annual rate had dipped to 1.7% in August according to the Office for National Statistics, taking inflation down to the lowest level since December 2016. Marking the drop as the biggest fall in the […]

KPMG forecasts no-deal Brexit recession in 2020

KPMG forecasts no-deal Brexit recession in 2020 Britain could plunge into its first recession in a decade should the government quit the EU without a deal, according to the latest in a string of gloomy forecasts made by the Bank of England and the Treasury’s independent forecasting unit, the Office for Budget Responsibility. Economists at […]

UAE warns Saudi Aramco attacks can dangerously escalate

UAE warns Saudi Aramco attacks can dangerously escalate The attacks carried out on Saudi Arabian oil plants are a dangerous escalation and the international community should stand by Riyadh to ensure regional stability, a senior United Arab Emirates official said on Tuesday. Saudi Arabia said that initial findings indicated that the weekend attacks which had […]

LSE rejects Hong kong’s multi-billion takeover Bid

LSE rejects Hong Kong’s Multi-Billion Dollar Takeover Bid The London Stock Exchange (LSE) had rejected Hong Kong’s $37 billion takeover bid, expressing the amount to be low, politically risky, and lacking strategic merit. In a strongly worded statement, LSE’s board said that it “unanimously” rejected the week’s conditional proposal from Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing […]

Oil Prices Soar after Saudi Facility Attacks

Oil Prices Soar after Saudi Facility Attacks Oil prices surged to four-month highs on Monday after attacks on crude facilities in Saudi Arabia as supply fears sparked. The strikes on the facilities, which occurred in the weekends, halted 5% of the world’s oil production. Crude Futures on both sides of the Atlantic hit their highest […]

Supermarket figures concerned as no-deal Brexit will inevitably hit supplies

A No-deal Brexit would “inevitably disrupt” fresh food supplies in Britain as delays at ports would throw time-deliveries into chaos, a chief executive of the supermarket group Sainsbury expressed. Mike Coupe said the October 31st Brexit date could not have come at a worse time for supermarkets as warehouses were already full with produce for Christmas. […]

Asian markets rise amid hopes of calming trade war

Asian stocks rallied up on continued hopes that a cooling in the US-China trade war could be nearing. Investors stayed positive of the highly-anticipated trade talks between the United States and China in the coming weeks. The two countries have been thought to show interest in easing tensions between them. Advisers of US President Donald […]

British American Tobacco plans jobs cuts in shift towards vaping

British American Tobacco (BAT) announced plans to cut 2,300 jobs by 2020 in readiness for a shift towards non-tobacco products a day after US President Donald Trump said that he was considering a ban on flavored e-cigarettes. The vast majority of BAT’s £24.5bn revenue in 2018 came from traditional cigarettes, but the company said it […]

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