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U.S. stock futures gain ahead of critical jobs report for June

U.S. stock index futures rose on Thursday, ahead of the much-awaited jobs report that could signal further evidence of an economic rebound in June. However, gains remained limited by the record surge in daily COVID-19 cases. Dow e-minis gained 0.92% (235 points) at 6:39 AM ET, while S&P 500 e-minis jumped by 0.62% (19.25 points). NASDAQ e-minis gained […]

Dollar drops to one-week lows

The dollar fell to a one-week low on Thursday as positive data on U.S. and European recovery lifted risk appetite, adding to the support provided by the latest breakthrough in the COVID-19 vaccine. The dollar index dropped 0.4%. However, it could trade up or down depending on the U.S. jobs data due later today. Data […]

Novartis agrees to pay $729 Million U.S. settlement over kickbacks

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis AG (NVS) has agreed to pay more than $729 Million to settle a lawsuit that accused the company of paying illegal kickbacks to doctors and patients to increase drug sales, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Wednesday. The Swiss drugmaker would pay $678 Million to resolve accusations of hosting thousands […]

Asian stocks jump on vaccine optimism, U.S. payrolls eyed

Asian shares tracked Wall Street higher on Thursday. This followed even though sentiment was dull ahead of U.S. employment data.  Meanwhile, copper prices recorded six-month highs on a bright global outlook and supply concerns in top producer Chile. All major indexes were seen upbeat on vaccine hopes, driving MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares up […]

Japan’s June factory activity contracts for 14th straight month

Japan’s factory activity for June contracted for its 14th straight month amid sharp reductions in supply and demand, according to data from a business survey released on Wednesday. Japan is one of many export-reliant nations that have been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic where lockdown measures disrupted supply chains and urged consumers to remain […]

Asian factories recover as pandemic drag eases

Asia’s manufacturing pain stopped pressing in June. This followed after China’s factory sector recovered, boosting optimism that the region has survived the worst of the novel coronavirus crisis. China’s Caixin/Markit Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) was monitored at 51.2 in June, placing higher than May’s record of 50.7. More so, Vietnam and Malaysia’s PMIs also […]

Dollar firms ahead of U.S. manufacturing data

The dollar firmed against the Japanese yen on Wednesday ahead of the release of U.S. manufacturing data expected to show a recovery from the pandemic. The euro traded in a narrow range as traders waited for data on Germany’s manufacturing sector, unemployment rate, and retail sales. The dollar stood at 107.83 on the yen, nearing […]

Safe-haven currencies remain unchanged, Sterling softens on spending concerns

Safe-haven currencies were on the defensive on Tuesday as hopes of an economic recovery strengthened stock prices. The Pound Sterling was under pressure after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged a “Rooseveltian” boost to public spending. Fresh optimism was spurred by pending home sales data from the U.S., signaling a recovery of the U.S. economy […]

Airbus to cut production by 40% in two years due to the coronavirus pandemic

The European aviation Airbus (AIR.PA) announced on Monday that its airplane production and deliveries would be 40% lower for the next two years compared to its planned pre-crisis strategy. The CEO’s comments underscore the threat to jobs as it draws up rapid restructuring plans because of the global travel slump. “It’s a brutal fact, but […]

Japan car sales drop by 38% last month due to the coronavirus pandemic

On Monday, Japanese car manufacturers reported a 38% decline in their global sales last month. Most car factories and dealerships remained closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Japan’s biggest car manufacturer Toyota Motor Corp. (7203.T) just sold 609,460 vehicles last month. Nissan Motor Co’s (7201.T) sales fell by 37.3% or 272,873 units while Honda Motor […]

Gold prices move closer to $1,800 as COVID-19 cases surpasses 10 million worldwide

Gold prices last traded closer toward $1,800 per ounce, making it the highest level reached since late 2011 as demand for the yellow metal surged amid worries over the growing COVID-19 cases worldwide. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, virus-related deaths have reached over 500,000 worldwide with the number of confirmed cases exceeding almost […]

Dollar holds safe-haven bid amid virus resurgence

The dollar firmed on Friday as investors cautioned against a surge in new coronavirus cases amid re-opening economies, strengthening the demand for safe-haven currencies.  The dollar index traded at 97.360. The dollar rose 0.5% overnight to 107.09 on the yen. The euro slid to $1.1223, while the pound fell to $1.2422. Also supporting the dollar […]

Fed balance sheet down for second straight week as currency swaps cut expand

The Federal Reserve’s balance sheet shrank for the second time in two weeks as central banks reduced their use of currency swaps while US banks continued to cut their use of Fed repurchase agreements. From $7.14 trillion a week earlier, Fed’s balance sheet deflated to $7.13 trillion on June 24 as reflected by the data […]

Dollar gains on risk-off mood due to virus fears, trade tensions

The dollar firmed on Thursday as a surge in coronavirus cases in the United States and new trade tensions prompted investors to a risk-off sentiment. The dollar index rose 0.1% to 97.27. The euro fell to 1.1246 on the dollar, while the British pound slid to $1.2411. New daily infections in the United States hit […]

Dollar gains as risk appetite subsides

The dollar bounced on Wednesday after two consecutive days of losses as markets pin hopes for a fast economic recovery. The dollar index rose 0.2% as the appetite for risk currencies wore off in early European trade. The pound fell 0.3% and the euro 0.2%.  The kiwi lost almost 1% after the Reserve Bank of […]

Dell Technologies to consider a $50 billion spinoff with VMware

Dell Technologies Inc. (DELL.N) said on Tuesday that it is examining options including a spinoff for its roughly $50 billion stakes in VMware Inc. (VMW.N) as the PC maker seeks to boost the value of its shares. Dell shares rose by 18% to $57.80 after rising by 1.5% in regular trading. VMware shares, which were […]

Euro gains as U.S.-China trade deal back in focus

The euro and its peers gained on Tuesday following White House trade adviser Peter Navarro’s claim that his comments on the U.S.-China trade deal were taken out of context. The euro gained 0.3% to $1.1306, its one-week high after its overnight volatility rose to almost 10%.  The Australian dollar was up 0.3% to $0.6928, its […]

Gold prices rise amid rising COVID-19 cases and Hong Kong national security laws announcement

Gold prices rose earlier on Monday in Asia, reaching its highest since May as fears of a second wave of COVID-19 cases continued to dampen hopes of a quick economic recovery. The World Health Organization on Sunday reported a record 180,020 cases, adding up to the near 9 million COVID-19 cases globally as of June […]

Dollar steadies as fears mount over surge in COVID-19 cases

The U.S. Dollar reached a three-week high while commodity currencies halted on Monday after concerns mounted over the surge of new COVID-19 cases around the world. Market movements were still limited as investors hoped that fears of a second wave would compel new lockdown measures. However, with the World Health Organization reporting a record increase […]

Tesla enters a three-year pricing deal with Panasonic for battery cells

Tesla Inc. (TSLA) said on Tuesday that it had signed a three-year pricing agreement with Japan’s Panasonic Corp. (6752.T) for the manufacturing and supply of lithium-ion battery cells at the Gigafactory in Nevada.    Tesla said that the agreement is effective from April 1 until March 31, 2023, which sets the specific terms between the two […]

Asian shares ease on virus surge, geopolitics

Asian share markets were seen retreating on Wednesday. This was mainly from weak market confidence that a surge of coronavirus cases will prolong economic inactivity, even as U.S. retail sales recorded historic highs in May. Geopolitics pressed deeper as India reported that 20 of its soldiers had been killed in clashes with the Chinese military […]

U.S. retail sales likely to report record rise

U.S. retail sales are expected to post a record rise in May as 2.5 million Americans returned to work. However, the rebound is still small compared to the historic falls in March and April due to the lockdown measures. The monthly report for May is expected to show an 8.0% increase in retailers, exceeding the […]

NYSE will allow some market makers to return to the trading floor on Wednesday

The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) announced that it would allow a limited number of market makers to return to the trading floor on Wednesday after nearly three months of closure due to the coronavirus outbreak. Designated market makers from 2,200 listed companies would be permitted to come back this week and they would have […]

Bank of Japan holds rates steady, expands lending packages to $1 trillion to aid struggling firms

After a series of rate cuts to cushion the economic impact of the pandemic crisis, the Bank of Japan held its rates steady on Tuesday to signal that the easing efforts made were enough to support growth. But the BOJ announced a welcome development for cash-strapped firms as the previously $700 billion worth of lending […]

Port of Los Angeles inactive in May; COVID-19, trade war threaten peak season

The novel coronavirus crisis and China-U.S. trade tensions awakened concerns that the Port of Los Angeles would grow inactive during the peak holiday shipping season. This came after the seaport was seen at its weakest in May in more than a decade, Executive Director Gene Seroka said on Wednesday. May had seen the busiest seaport […]

Oil drops as U.S. inventories climb, raising oversupply concerns

Oil prices dropped on Wednesday after U.S. crude and fuel stocks rose, raising concerns about oversupply and declining demand amid the pandemic. Brent crude futures lost 1.4%, or 59 cents, at $40.59 per barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate futures fell 1.9%, or 72 cents, at $38.22 per barrel. Both benchmarks rose to their highest levels […]

China’s factory gate deflation worsens on suffering demand

China factory gate deflation worsens on suffering demand

China’s producer prices recorded a historic drop in more than four years. This indicated that the country’s manufacturing sector is struggling as the novel coronavirus crisis curbed trade flows and dragged global demand. The producer price index (PPI) dropped 3.7% in May from a year earlier, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said in a […]

Mexico’s economy may have shrunk by 17% in April; finance minister says

Mexico’s economy is likely to have shrunk by 17% in April, finance minister Arturo Herrera told local broadcaster W Radio on Thursday. However, he reassured that the economy could shrink “a little less” in May as lockdown measures ease. The second-largest economy in Latin America shrank by 1.2% from January to March, according to the […]

German exports and imports plummet in April

German imports and exports took a huge hit in April, revealing a record plunge since 1990 after the COVID-19 pandemic severely disrupted demand and supply. The data on Tuesday added to the bleak outlook for the biggest economy in Europe. Many had previously speculated that the pandemic would lead the German economy into its biggest […]

Asian shares on three-month highs after surprise U.S. jobs recovery

Asian stocks rose on Monday after an unexpected increase in U.S. employment lifted hopes of a faster global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Asian-Pacific’s MSCI outside of Japan gained 0.23%, continuing to see highs for eight consecutive days. The index soared by 34% after suffering from 4-year lows in March since the early days […]

Japan prepares for sharpest economic downturn, virus crisis tests policy response

Japan’s economy braced for its sharpest postwar inactivity even as first-quarter gross domestic product fared better than initially speculated. This is mainly from the disruptions of the coronavirus crisis, halting global growth and pressuring Tokyo to alleviate businesses and consumers from economic drag. Banks are doing their part in helping as lending soared at its […]

Oil drops over doubts on producers’ commitment to supply cuts

Oil prices fell on Thursday after U.S. distillate inventories rose, creating doubt on major oil producers’ commitment to further output cuts. Brent crude futures lost 1.46%, or 58 cents, at $39.21 per barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate dropped 1.98%, or 74 cents, at $36.55 per barrel. OPEC+ members Saudi Arabia and Russia planned to support […]

Russian oil and gas production cuts to 9.39 million bpd in May: Interfax

Russian oil and gas condensate production dropped to 9.39 barrels per day (bpd) in May, nearing its target in accordance to a deal with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC+). The figures come from the country’s energy ministry and were cited on Tuesday’s report by the news agency Interfax. Under an agreement with […]

Dollar plunges amid hopes of global economic recovery

The dollar plunged on Tuesday as investors hoped for a faster global economic recovery despite the growing U.S.-China tensions and mass protests in several U.S. cities. The dollar index fell to 97.790, its weakest level since March. The euro steadied at $1.1154, nearing more than a 2-month high. The British pound stood at $1.2491, after […]

Irish factory activity recuperates from COVID-19 damages: PMI

Ireland’s manufacturing sector recovered slightly after its historic drop in April. Though indicators underscored recovery, it still declined in May as the economy started emerging from government-implemented lockdowns, a survey showed on Tuesday. The AIB IHS Markit manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) fared better than its previous record as it advanced to 39.2 from 36.0 […]

Marriott CEO: China hotels all reopened, sees steady U.S. recovery

On Monday, Chief Executive Officer Arne Sorenson stated that Marriott International (MAR.O) has resumed all its hotel operations in China and is seeing a sustained recovery in its biggest market, the United States. After Sorenson’s statement, Marriott International’s shares went up to 8.1% to $95.64 in the afternoon trading. Occupancy rates in China have risen […]

Aussie rises as investors focus on economic recovery

Risk currencies gained against the dollar on Monday as investors staked on signs of easing U.S.-China tensions and worldwide economic recoveries. The Australian dollar rose 1% to a three-month high of $0.6742. The dollar index neared an 11-week low after sliding 0.2% to 98.031. U.S President Donald Trump did not announce any plan to sanction […]

Indian economy at slower pace in March

India’s gross domestic product data due today is expected to reveal weak results, indicating that the economy is at its slowest pacing in at least two years in March. Dampened expectations were mainly from struggling consumer demand and private investment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The economy is expected to advance by 2.1% in the […]

Oil falls on unexpected build-up in U.S. stocks, dampens recovery hopes

Oil prices fell for the second day on Thursday as U.S. industry data reported a rise in crude inventories. This dampened hopes of a faster recovery in demand as countries worldwide emerge from lockdowns. The successive declines came after the uncertainty in Russia’s commitment to further production cuts as the June 9 meeting of OPEC+ […]

Australia likely to dismiss negative rates, extra QE as economy resumes

Australia’s economic contraction may come milder than previously thought, completely disregarding the possibility of negative interest rates or quantitative easing measures, the Reserve Bank of Australia said on Thursday. Though the country has started lifting lockdowns, the overall economic outlook is still dim. The land down under had seen dire inflation rate and unemployment surge, […]

IEA expects global energy investment to fall by 20% or $400 B in 2020 due to coronavirus outbreak

The International Energy Agency (IEA) stated on Wednesday that the world’s investment in the energy sector is projected to plummet by a record-high 20% or $400 billion in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Paris-based energy agency warned that the economic impact of public health crisis could have “serious” implications for energy security and […]

BOJ prepared for additional measures as state of emergency lifts

Bank of Japan (BOJ) Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Tuesday that the central bank is ready to roll out additional measures to soften the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement still maintained a bleak outlook even after the state of emergency was lifted in Tokyo. The BOJ had recently pledged its own version […]

Oil falls as U.S.-China conflict grows, Beijing shuns economic growth target

Oil prices dropped on Friday as U.S.-China tensions intensified and Beijing failed to set a targeted economic growth for 2020. These raised concerns on the possibility that the coronavirus crisis will dwarf fuel demand in China. Brent crude fell 4%, or $1.43, at $34.63 per barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate plunged 5.3%, or $1.81, at $32.11 […]

China drops GDP outlook, COVID-19 drags economy

China axed its annual growth outlook for the first time on Friday. It pledged to render larger volumes of government spending as the coronavirus crisis drags the world’s second-largest economy, bringing a dull mood to this year’s parliament meeting. China’s economy had recorded a total of 6.8% contraction rate in the first quarter. The decline […]

JPMorgan and Goldman agree for more QE programs to curb bond yields

Central banks may need to increase quantitative easing programs according to an analysis from JPMorgan Chase & Co. The investment firm’s report resonates with the conclusion by Goldman Sachs Group strategists of limiting bond yields.    The expected increase of this year’s $2.1 trillion supply could offset the $1.9 trillion demand to $200 billion, the […]

Gold climbs after dampened hopes from COVID-19 vaccine report

Wednesday morning saw gold climb after hopes arose in news of a possible vaccine for the coronavirus being expedited on Tuesday. However, vacccine experts were quick to rain on Moderna’s parade after the drug manufacturer announced of a potential cure for the virus with 45 trial participants getting an immune response. The experts’ report released […]

Australia takes sharp economic blow from COVID-19 pandemic

Australia’s economy currently faces an unprecedented downturn due to the novel coronavirus crisis. However, large volumes of fiscal and monetary supports could minimize the impact of the deadly respiratory disease, according to the minutes released by the Reserve Bank of Australia on Tuesday. “An economic contraction of such speed and magnitude would be unprecedented in […]

Dollar firms amid growing tensions with China, pound falls on negative interest rates

The dollar firmed on Monday as the market mood was weighed by arising global tensions with China and the prospect of negative interest rates. The dollar firmed at 107.25 against the range-bound yen as Japan fell into recession for the first time since 2015. The dollar steadied against Asian currencies, while the dollar index stood […]

Oil prices hit one-month high as demand shows recovery

Oil prices hit more than one-month highs on Friday after gaining over 3% amid signs of demand recovery. Brent crude rose 3.9%, or $1.21, at $32.34 per barrel, gaining 3% for the week. U.S. West Texas Intermediate climbed 3.3%, or 92 cents, at $28.48 per barrel. The benchmark is heading for its third week of […]

Stocks in troubling waters as economic recovery from pandemic remains bleak

On Thursday, stocks had been recorded to have fallen whilst bonds remained to be in demand. These had happened due to apprehensions of the Coronavirus infecting anew coupled with a gloomy evaluation from the U.S. Federal Reserve head that economic recovery from the pandemic are not yet in the cards. “The path ahead is both […]

Dollar nears three-week peak after Fed’s Powell shuns negative rates

The dollar rose to a near three-week peak on Thursday after Fed Chairman Jerome Powell dismissed the prospect of adopting negative interest rates. Powell’s comments diminished risk appetite as investors rushed to the safe-haven dollar. Meanwhile, U.S. stocks reported their biggest two-day fall in over three weeks. The dollar index climbed 0.15%, at 100.30. The […]

UK retail sales drop in April on quarantine restrictions: BRC

United Kingdom’s retail sales sunk by nearly a fifth in April as the government’s effort of combating the coronavirus brought disruptions to the sector. More so, Britain’s consumer spending declined by more than a third, a survey showed on Wednesday. The British Retail Consortium reported a 19.1% loss in last month’s overall spending. It drastically […]

Stocks fall on fears of second coronavirus wave

Global stocks and oil prices dropped on Wednesday as markets feared a possible second wave of coronavirus infections. MSCI’s index of global shares fell 0.3%, while the pan-European STOXX 600 index slid 1.6%. Deutsche Bank shares plunged 4.4%. German bank Commerzbank and ABN Amro Netherlands also slumped after reporting their first-quarter losses. MSCI’s broadest index […]

Hyatt Hotels to cut 1,300 employees as pandemic hits the travel industry

Hyatt Hotels Corp. (H.N) announced on Monday that it would terminate 1,300 employees worldwide beginning on June 1. The move comes after a sharp fall in global travel struck the hospitality industry as people stay home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Hyatt Hotels implemented numerous restructuring measures to save money by making cuts […]

Logitech sales advance on demand urge

Logitech International (LOGN.S) recorded a 13.6% increase in sales on Tuesday. The technology provider’s fourth-quarter profit advanced after people working from home purchased necessary products amid the coronavirus pandemic. Logitech, one of the leading providers of computer hardware and software, reported a total of $709.2 million sales. Its profit advanced higher than last year’s $624.3 […]

Neiman Marcus Group obtains bankruptcy court approval to access funds

The United States luxury department store chain Neiman Marcus Group (NMG.A) received interim approval of its first day motions on Friday from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division. The Court has approved Neiman Marcus Group’s access to debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing of $675 Million from creditors which will enable business […]

Risk currencies gain on the dollar, economic recovery underway

The dollar fell on Friday as investors bought risky currencies due to gloomy U.S. employment data yet to be released. The market mood eased after the United States and China said that their top negotiators agreed to cooperate amid the economic and health crisis. The dollar index slid 0.2%, at 99.673. The euro rose 0.1%, […]

Gold prices up amid rising US unemployment claims

Gold prices rose in Asia on Friday morning, carrying over its gains of around 2% from the previous session. Gold futures gained 0.07% at $1,726.95 at 12:01 PM ET (5:01 AM GMT), reclaiming lost ground from a drop of 0.2% earlier in the session. Investors flocked to the yellow metal after the U.S. on Thursday […]

Virgin Atlantic Airways plans to cut 3,150 jobs this year to gain new investment

In a memo to pilots seen by Reuters, Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. revealed plans on Friday to slash 3,150 jobs this year.The company is taking “self-help” measures to receive financial aid from either the British government or a private sector investor. Earlier this week, Virgin Atlantic Airways announced that it will lay off a third […]

High-end retailer Neiman Marcus files for bankruptcy protection amid virus outbreak

The United States luxury department store chain Neiman Marcus Group (NMG.A) applied for bankruptcy protection in a federal court in Houston on Thursday. In Chapter 11 of the filed document, the retailer company signed an agreement with major creditors for a restructuring deal. The deal is worth $675 Million of debtor-in-possession financing. The company will […]

China exports see 3.5% gain despite COVID-19 woes

China saw an unexpected rise in April exports despite the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the nation’s imports still saw a decline. China’s General Administration of Customs (GAC) reported a 3.5% rise in exports year-on-year compared to a -6.6% decline in March. Analysts from Investing.com had forecasted a -15.7% drop. Meanwhile, imports plunged by […]

China’s exports and imports to plummet amid battered global demand: Reuters poll

China’s exports and imports for April are expected to plummet after a tentative recovery in the previous month. TThe decline is forecasted at a record double-digit level as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to batter global demand and disrupt supply chains, according to a Reuters’ poll on Wednesday. The gloomy projection solidifies the worries that a […]

Yen rises, euro falls amid gloomy economic recovery

The Japanese yen climbed to a three-year peak against the euro and a seven-week high against the dollar on Wednesday amid a rocky global economic recovery. The euro stood at 1.0826 against the dollar and at 115.09 against the yen.  The yen climbed to 106.22 against the dollar. Other major currencies steadied amid the U.S.-China […]

Asian stocks, oil gain amid re-opening economies

Asian stocks gained on Tuesday, while oil prices rose amid recovering demand as governments worldwide eased lockdowns. Brent crude traded at $28.37 per barrel, while U.S. crude stood at $21.77 per barrel.  Australia’s ASX 200 was up 1.26%, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gained 0.66%. U.S. stock futures climbed 0.75%. S&P 500 was up 0.42%, […]

Dollar surges amid fears that U.S.-China trade war will re-ignite

The dollar surged on Monday against major currencies due to fears of a possible re-ignition of the U.S.-China trade war. President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have blamed China for the pandemic. Pompeo said that there was enough evidence that the novel coronavirus strain originated in a laboratory in Wuhan. The euro […]

Glencore’s Zambia subsidiary resumes mining activities for 90 days

The Mopani Copper Mines (MCM), a Glencore’s (GLNCY) Zambian subsidiary, announced on Sunday that it will continue its mining activities for 90 days. However, the company will still proceed with its initial plan to postpone operations. Glencore’s disclosure of its plan to put MCM under “care and maintenance” amid the virus outbreak alongside other issues […]

Oil prices rise 10% as U.S. fuel demand begins recovery

Oil prices rose on Thursday as demand is starting to recover and the U.S. crude glut is not growing as fast as anticipated.  West Texas Intermediate crude futures gained 14.3%, or $2.15, at $17.21 per barrel. Brent crude was up 10.3%, or $2.33, at $24.87 per barrel. Brent crude for July delivery grew 8.7%, or […]

Russia’s manufacturing activity shrinks to record low; survey shows

Russia’s manufacturing activity plunged to a record low in April as factories halted operations in a measure to counter the COVID-19 pandemic, a business survey revealed on Thursday.    The Markit Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) showed that factory activity fell from 47.5 in March to 31.3 in April. The 50.0 mark divides expansion from contraction. […]

Shares hike on vaccine optimism, currencies await ECB

Asian shares tallied a seven-week high record on Thursday, with earnings supported by positive results of a coronavirus vaccine trial. However, bonds and currencies traded cautiously ahead of a European central bank meeting set later on Thursday. Gilead’s (GILD.O) antiviral remdesivir is set to be the standard of care for the deadly respiratory disease after […]

Anthem sees more individuals choosing govt plans as virus hits job market

One of America’s largest health insurers, Anthem Inc. (ANTM) stated on Wednesday that the pandemic could cause a major shift in business mix. Due to high rates of unemployment across industries, individuals are compelled to depart from employer-sponsored coverage and avail of Medicaid or ObamaCare instead Employer-sponsored health insurance are more profitable for insurance firms. […]

Dollar falls, market mood positive ahead of Fed meeting

The dollar fell on Wednesday as re-opening economies lifted the market mood ahead of central bank meetings. The risk-sensitive Australian dollar gained 0.4%, at $0.6517, nearing its sixth consecutive week of gains. The New Zealand dollar climbed 0.6%, at $0.6093. The U.S. Federal Reserve is set to hold a meeting on Wednesday and investors are […]

Oil prices plunge, demand falls amid lack of storage

Oil prices plunged on Tuesday amid concerns of rapidly filling crude storages globally. On top of that, demand may only recover once restrictions on economic and social activity will be lifted. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures slipped 12.8%, or $1.64, at $11.14 per barrel. Brent crude futures dropped 4.3%, or 85 cents, at $19.14 […]

Allianz forms a bankassurance deal with BBVA

The German insurance giant Allianz SE (ALVG.DE) has signed an agreement to create a bancassurance partnership with financial services company Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA.MC) on Monday. The bancassurance joint venture will provide Allianz a venue to restore its long-term exclusive distribution agreement for the sale of property-casualty insurance products through BBVA’s banking network in […]

Dollar ends week-long gain streak; investors eye BOJ policy meeting

The Dollar ended its week-long gain streak on Monday in Asia. The U.S. Dollar Index lost 0.28% to 100.148 at 11:30 Am ET (4:30 AM GMT) Investors had flocked to the Greenback in the previous weeks as a pandemic-led economic turmoil drove to safe-haven inflows and a Dollar shortage. However, some analysts predict that the […]

Asian shares rise as BOJ eases further

Asian shares rose on Monday as the Bank of Japan revealed additional stimulus measures to support the economy from the impact of the pandemic. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 1.2%, recovering some of the 2.6% fall last week. Japan’s Nikkei added 2.1% and Chinese blue chips 1%. S&P 500 e-mini futures […]

U.S. natural gas prices rise to record levels amid COVID-19 woes

U.S. Natural gas has been set as the most expensive energy commodity for the first time in more than a decade as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt demand in other regions. U.S. Gas futures gained up to 10% to $1.815 per million BTU in April. The surge comes as investors expect the record plunge […]

Burberry continues to give worker’s pay amid virus outbreak

Burberry (BRBY.L), a British luxury fashion brand, said on Friday that it will keep on paying its employees who can’t work because of store closures amid the virus outbreak. The company also added that it won’t depend on government support. Burberry was already warned a month ago that its final quarter sales would be 30% […]

Oil prices collapse on demand slump, Brent at lowest since 1999

Oil prices collapsed on its second day, with Brent dropping to a record low since 1999 as the market suffered from oversupply and persisting weaker demand. Brent crude plunged 14%, or $2.70, at $16.63 per barrel, while West Texas Intermediate lost 6%, or 68 cents, at $10.89 per barrel. The U.S. June contract fell for […]

United Airlines raises $1 billion worth of new shares amid virus outbreak

After finalizing a deal with the U.S. government for a stimulus package, United Airlines Holdings Inc (UAL.O) will raise $1 billion by selling new shares to increase capital in order to survive a collapse in travel demand amid the virus outbreak. This Chicago-based carrier was the first major airline to sell 39.25 Million shares to […]

Dollar soars amid oil rout

The dollar and yen recorded an upbeat activity on Wednesday.  Hefty gains were monitored as oil prices failed to relieve markets from anxiety and as the recent decline and slump in crude demand posed a weak economic outlook. The greenback traded stronger than other commodity currencies affected by oil inactivity, ending its performance near a […]

South Korea’s GDP faces sharp reversal

South Korea’s economy was monitored to have diminished at its most rapid pace since 2008. The contraction could be attributed to the inactivity of the virus-beaten business sector and slump in global demand, a Reuters survey showed on Tuesday. Gross domestic product (GDP) for the first quarter is expected to have contracted an adjusted 1.5%, […]

Chinese agriculture grapples with the coronavirus pandemic; food crisis might be in the cards

According to a Chinese agriculture official on Monday, the virus outbreak might cause an economic shock to the global food trade and cause another global food crisis. Commentaries were released as the virus outbreak affected the international agriculture supply chains and overturned trades. Other countries also reduced its supplies of grains and enhanced the buying […]

Gold declines despite decreased risk sentiment

Gold furthered losses on Monday morning in Asia despite decreased risk sentiment over the weekend Gold Futures fell by 0.42% to $1,691.70 per ounce at 9:46 PM ET (2:46 AM GMT). Asian stocks also fell before China’s release of the loan prime rate which is expected later in the day. Gold prices and the stock […]

Facebook to launch new gaming app: New York Times

Facebook Inc (FB.O) will introduce a newly-developed mobile gaming application on Monday. The application was designed to bring a live game streaming experience in an attempt to compete against Amazon.com Inc’s Twitch, Google’s Youtube, and Microsoft Corp’s Mixer services. “Investing in gaming, in general, has become a priority for us because we see gaming as […]

Brent oil rises 3% after Trump announces guideline to lifting restrictions

Oil prices gained on Friday with Brent rising almost 3% after President Donald Trump revealed the guidelines on reviving the U.S. economy. Brent rose 2.7%, or 75 cents, at $28.57 per barrel. U.S. crude for May delivery was up by 0.1%, or 1 cent, at $19.88 per barrel, while the June contract gained 4.3%, or […]

Home quarantine setup supports global stocks, bonds decline

Shares of Netflix and Amazon.com had supported the world stock market on Thursday. Hefty gains were monitored as investors anticipated large earnings posed by the stay-at-home setup. However, yields faltered as negative U.S. jobs data indicated a surge in unemployment. Amazon (AMZN.O) and Netflix (NFLX.) greatly advanced as the current home quarantine mandate increased the […]

Dollar gains as weak economic data drives investors to safety

The dollar rose against other currencies as investors turned to safety after data revealed a worsening economic activity. The dollar index showed a 0.2% gain, at 99.831. The euro fell 0.25%, at $1.0881 and the pound dropped 0.2%, at $1.2482. The dollar gained 0.4%, at $107.86 against the Japanese yen. U.S. retail sales fell 8.7% […]

Top U.S. retail banks to pause overdraft collections as stimulus program hit


The highest U.S. retail banks will make some adjustments on Thursday to supply aid to its customers with negative balances on their checking accounts. These banks want to make sure that stimulus payments from the government will be received by its customers. Each citizen must receive funds of as much as $1,200 as a part […]

Gold prices rise amid gloomy economic data

Gold prices rose in Asian markets on Thursday as investors continued to assess the economic damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Gold futures gained 0.33% to $1,745.70 per ounce at 9:37 PM ET (2:37 AM GMT) as the precious metal attempted to reclaim its losses from the previous session. Companies reported gloomy numbers while the […]

Exxon raises $9.5 billion from the debt market while it’s still open to new deals

Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM) raised new debt of $9.5 billion on Monday. The company paid a lower price to borrow from debt markets as energy prices collapsed amid virus outbreak. Other highly-rated U.S. companies have also been tapping debt markets for cash due to the uncertainty of economic impact from coronavirus. The logic behind Exxon’s […]

Production cut will sustain oil, boost stocks, analysts say

The agreement to cut production between the world’s oil producers may support stocks to recover losses. However, lockdowns and other restrictions remain pressing to the global economy. OPEC and its allies including Russia agreed to slash oil production by 10% of global supply to sustain oil prices amid the crisis. However, sources close to the […]

Canada finally welcomes oil cut deal by OPEC


Canada formally welcomed a deal finalized by OPEC on Sunday. Canada and other oil producing nations will cut production by nearly 10 Million barrels per day for the month of May to June. “This is good. We welcome any news that brings stability to global oil markets,” Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources Seamus O’Regan said […]

Saudi, U.S. and Russian leaders express “great satisfaction” to OPEC+ meeting results

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, U.S. President Donald Trump, and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin expressed their “great satisfaction” on the outcome of the OPEC+ meeting during a conference call, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Sunday. “The big Oil Deal with OPEC Plus is done. This will save hundreds of thousands of energy jobs in the […]

GDP to decline by up to 30% amid pandemic- UK Finance Minister

Britain’s gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to contract by up to 30%, according to Finance Minister Rishi Sunak. The forecast was disclosed to his colleagues as members of the cabinet demanded to ease lockdown restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic. According to reports that the Times newspaper released, Sunak told his colleagues that a 25% […]

European shares lose 2-day gain streak as Tesco plunges

European shares lost its two-day gain streak after Spain reported a rising number of COVID-19 deaths and France became the fourth country to have a death toll above 10,000. Britain’s leading retailer Tesco plunged by 7% to the bottom of the STOXX 600 Index. The drop comes after the retailer said that it is expecting […]

Fed sets up ‘Payroll Protection Program,’ provides financing

The U.S. Federal Reserve created a new small-business loan program by allowing banks to exchange those loans for cash at the U.S. central bank. This program aids banks ease their concerns of having to hold low interest loans.  The Fed will announce further details of the new term financing arrangement for loans under the Payroll […]

Airbnb receives $1 billion investment from Silver Lake, Sixth Street

Private equity companies Silver Lake and Sixth Street Partners will invest $1 billion to Airbnb on Monday. There were other 20 investors that also approached Airbnb about investing in the company. The debt and equity investment sum up Airbnb’s cash reserves to $4 billion. It will support the finances of the company amid virus outbreak. […]

JPMorgan responds to racism allegations

JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N) will modify its customer complaint system on Tuesday and process how employees choose eligible clients for particular banking services. There were racial discrimination claims in the bank against black customers last December 2019, New York Times reported. Audio recordings made by a bank employee and a customer served as evidence […]

Dollar rises as oil prices close at record gains in previous session

The U.S. dollar rose slightly in Asia on Friday after crude oil prices surged by almost 25% in a previous session. The jump in oil prices came after U.S. President Donald Trump signalled on a potential truce between Saudi Arabia and Russia regarding their price war on Thursday. The Greenback, against a basket of currencies […]

Asian stocks mixed after losing record gains from surging oil prices

Asian stock markets remained uncertain on Friday as it lost some of its record gains from a surge in oil prices in an earlier session. Japan’s Nikkei went up by a modest 0.32% by 10:33 PM ET (3:33 AM GMT) while South Korea’s KOSPI gained 0.48%. Losing its previous gains, Australia’s S&P/ASX index fell by […]

Gold prices gain amid prolonged economic uncertainty

Gold prices rose in Asian markets on Thursday as investors prepared for prolonged economic turbulence caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Gold Futures gained by 0.41% at $1,598 per ounce at $1,598 by 10:21 PM ET (3:21 AM GT), taking back lost ground from yesterday’s session and reclaiming its safe-haven status. The news of the yellow […]

General Motors delays 2021 SUVs update due to coronavirus outbreak

General Motors GM.N directed suppliers to halt preparations on Monday for the updates of SUVs and other future models for the next year 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. General Motors urged its suppliers to delay their planned launch next month. This delay is a signal to the car business industry to conserve cash until […]

Dollar gains, yuan steady as investors skeptical of recovery in Chinese manufacturing sector

The dollar climbed against the Japanese yen on Tuesday after businesses and investors covered a shortfall in the U.S. currency, but overall market sentiment remained gloomy due to intensifying risks of the pandemic. The Chinese yuan remained steady despite a growth recovery in the manufacturing sector in March, as investors stayed skeptical of the recovery […]

E-firm Alibaba to buy 10% shares in Chinese courier Yunda: sources

E-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd said that they had plans to buy a minimum of 10% of Yunda Holding Co Ltd according to two sources with knowledge in the matter. Alibaba has been leaning on buying the stake from Yunda’s major shareholders, the source said. Yunda’s controlling shareholders are Nie Tengyun and Chen Liying, […]

Healthcare stocks prompt Wall Street’s upbeat activity

U.S. shares advanced on Monday, with gains partly from healthcare stocks as investors sought securities which have diminished in value and are resistant from measures aimed at slowing coronavirus contagion. The S&P healthcare sector .SPXHC clocked in a total of 4.67% gains. The upbeat mood was partly attributed from Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) and Abbot […]

Asian shares plunge due to virus, central banks offer temporary relief

Asian shares underperformed on Monday and oil prices sunk further as pessimism emerged that the worldwide shutdown and restrictions could last longer, impacting the global economy despite central banks’ necessary measures.   Japan’s benchmark index Nikkei declined by 2.7% and Shanghai blue chips lost 1.8%. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan inched down […]

Asian shares advance on stimulus optimism, dollar declines

TOKYO- Asian stocks recorded a well-ended performance on Friday as investors anticipated another set of stimulus measures to alleviate the drag brought by the novel coronavirus pandemic. Upbeat market mood followed after US unemployment statistics jumped at record-high. MSCI’S broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan inched up by 1.2%. Australian shares shed 1.09% and […]

Fed balance sheet rises $5 trillion for the first time since financial crisis

The US Federal Reserve’s balance sheet rose up to more than $5 trillion in assets after taking up bonds and extended loans to banks, central banks, and mutual funds in its emergency measure to support the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Fed’s balance sheet size reached up to half a trillion dollars in a […]

Gold prices drop as U.S. congress concludes deal on $2 trillion stimulus package

Gold prices dropped on Thursday in Asian markets following a U.S. congress announcement reaching a deal to roll out a $2 trillion financial stimulus in a bid to bolster an economy heavily impacted by the coronavirus. Gold Futures was unable to maintain steady gains and last traded below 0.2% to $1,629.80 by 9:24 PM ET […]

Oil prices drop as demand declines, markets pin hope on US stimulus

Oil prices slid on Thursday after three days of consecutive gains, despite risks of rapid decline in demand caused by travel cancellations and lockdowns amid the coronavirus pandemic. However, markets pin their hope on the $2 trillion US emergency stimulus to support economic activity. Brent crude futures was down 0.7% or 19 cents, at $27.20 […]

US Department of Agriculture,Trade Representative declare progress on farm products on U.S.-China trade deal

WASHINGTON – The United States and China have gained progress in achieving the agriculture-related agreements of a Phase 1 trade deal that produced results on February 14, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Trade Representative said on Tuesday. In a joint announcement, they recorded advanced steps taken that should help support U.S. exports […]

Trump says he may cut down closures shortly regardless of deteriorating coronavirus outbreak

President Donald Trump said on Monday he is seeing how to resume the U.S. economy when a 15-day shutdown ends next week, even as the highly epidemic coronavirus is spreading quickly and hospitals are preparing for a wave of virus-related deaths. “America will again and soon be open for business,” Trump said in a White […]

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission forewarns against illegal trading during the coronavirus inconvenience

WASHINGTON – The U.S. securities inspector on Monday forewarned corporate executives against insider dealing during inconvenience caused by the coronavirus, in an unusual statement that emphasizes the chaos cascading through financial markets. Company supervisors, personnel, human resources, investigators, and other outside professionals who have access to material, nonpublic information should be “mindful of their obligations” […]


Asian stocks managed to find its momentum on Tuesday as U.S. Federal Reserve’s funding plan temporarily relieved market sentiment from pressing losses in financial markets. However, the said scheme seemed inadequate in addressing the economic impact of the novel coronavirus. Wall Street remained flat on red but S&P 500 E-Mini futures jumped by 3% while […]

Oil markets drop amid coronavirus chaos

Oil prices fell on Monday as governments increased lockdowns to limit the spread of the global coronavirus outbreak that has dropped the demand outlook for oil and threatened a worldwide economic compression. Brent crude LCOc1 futures dropped $1.09, or 4% to $25.89 a barrel by 0209 GMT. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 futures fell […]

$1 trillion coronavirus economic aid sought by U.S. senate

On Thursday, an emergency legislation had been introduced by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. This aims at stemming economic fallout created by the coronavirus pandemic. Both Republicans and Democrats agreed to meet today to reach an agreement. The financial package includes direct financial help for Americans, small businesses relief, and support for both healthcare […]

Asia shares recovers from continuous losses, dollar rush causes market stress

The Asian shares market saw its way to recovery on Friday amid Wall Street gains as well as a record rebound in oil prices. However, with investors in a panic Dollars stampede, many speculate that the crisis has not yet come to an end. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia Pacific shares outside Japan rallied by […]

Bond markets under pressure, central banks employ aid

Bond prices reached new depths on Thursday as wary investors disposed large volume of government bonds in virus-inflicted market. The sharp decline prompted central banks to heighten support for debt. Australian 10-year bond surpassed 50 basis points to 1.647% despite the initial scheme of Reserve Bank of Australia to reduce interest rates and implement monetary […]

Panic at the market: cash the only way out

Thursday saw the dollar climb up as central bank emergency measures in Europe, Japan, the United States and Australia weren’t able to stop the wave of panic selling.   “There’s no buyers, there’s not much liquidity and everyone is just getting out,” head of research at Melbourne brokerage Pepperstone, Chris Weston said in a statement. […]

Oil climbs up to 20% as investors cling to coronavirus stimulus spending

Oil prices climbed up to 20% on Thursday after recovering from days of steep declines. However, analysts warn that the rally may be short-lived as coronavirus fears still threaten a recession. Brent crude gained 8%, or $2.10, at $26.98 per barrel, following a 13% fall on Wednesday. U.S. oil climbed 17%, or $3.44, at $23.81 […]

German retailers’ arms in the air as stores close

On Wednesday, Germany’s HDE retail association urged the government to give immediate state aid and tax relief so as to prevent the wide closure of businesses no matter how temporary. To date, the country had been losing 7 billion euros weekly.   In an interview, HDE President Josef Sanktjohanser had stated, “Massive loss of turnover […]

Oil steadies following steep declines amid pandemic

Oil prices steadied on Wednesday after hitting four-year record lows, hit by weak fuel demand, global travel ban, and social restrictions to contain the virus pandemic. Brent crude went up 0.3%, or 8 cents, at $28.81 per barrel. The international benchmark dropped 4.3% on Tuesday. U.S. crude slid 2 cents, at $26.93 per barrel. West […]

France sends out 45 billion euro package to help economy after sliding down 1%

Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire on Tuesday announced that France will be sending €45 billion ($50.22 billion) toward companies across the country after many expected its virus-hit economy to drop by 1%. Le Maire said that a major part of the fiscal package would be the deferral of all taxes and payroll costs that companies […]

Oil slips due to weak demand and price war amid pandemic

Oil continued losses on Monday as the Federal Reserve imposed an emergency rate cut to ease global financial markets that are panicked and caught in between the price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia. Brent crude dropped $1.13, at $32.72 per barrel, following a 25% fall last week. U.S. crude was down 72 cents, at […]

Boaz Weinstein reports Saba funds gaining record profits amid plummeting market

Boaz Weinstein’s primary hedge fund Saba Capital Management LP disclosed a 33% gain in March amid a market severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The profits added its year to date gain up to 67%, a letter to its clients said. Saba’s Tail Fund, which pledged market insurance in the event of markets collapsing, performed […]

EU to agree on economic response to outbreak

Members of European Union finance ministries on Monday have decided on a coordinated economic response to the coronavirus after wide speculation that its effects could potentially push the EU into a recession. The move is currently comprised of various procedures taken by its 27-nation bloc as well as the halting of limits on epidemic-related spending […]

Wall Street sell-off sends double-digit falls in stocks as investors opt to cash

Wall Street slipped into bear market on Thursday, along with decline in European stocks, Bitcoin, and precious metals, as investors sell assets in return for cash. Bitcoin fell 26%, its biggest drop in seven years. Precious metals like platinum and palladium suffered their steepest declines since the 1980s, with 20.4% and 11.1% declines, respectively. The […]

Dollar gains against major currencies as markets rush for liquid assets amid pandemic

The dollar recovered on Friday as investors turned to the most liquid currency amid intensified global concerns over the pandemic virus. The euro eased losses after the European Central Bank (ECB) refrained from slashing interest rates. The dollar gained the most against other currencies after swap spreads indicated that there was a shortage in dollars […]

U.S. ban on travel from Europe pressures airliners hit by virus

The U.S. ban on citizens travelling into the country from Europe has piled on the pressure on airlines that have already been affected by the impact of the coronavirus. The 30-day restrictions are comparable to those implemented in China early February and was announced after the virus had spread across the world including the European […]

Europe Inc’s profit becomes worse in 2020, the effect of Coronavirus

LONDON – Europe’s market revenue were anticipated to decline this week as the vast spread of the pandemic coronavirus outbreak sparked terror and fright to the worldwide economy. This was according to leading global Refinitiv’s findings on Tuesday.  STOXX Europe 600 is slated to affix a 3.1% decrease in their first quarter income (January to […]


Finance Minister Rishi Sunak said on Wednesday that the British government will allocate 2.5 billion pounds ($3.2 billion) on road repairs fixing approximately 50 million potholes in roads over the next five years. According to Sinak, the extra 500 million pounds of spending on road repairs in the coming years was part of a larger […]

Oil recovers after sharp decline, forecast remains ambiguous

SINGAPORE- Oil prices recuperated from previous drop and advanced 6% on Tuesday. However, analysts believed that there is very little margin for recovery from sharpest decline in nearly 30 years as Saudi Arabia and Russia are currently caught in a price dispute.                 Oil prices’ upbeat activity was enforced by optimism for a settlement and […]

U.S. stocks plummet by 5% after crude loss fans market fears

U.S. stock futures declined sharply by 5% to its daily limit after a record-breaking, single-day drop in Crude Oil WTI Futures in thirty years fanned market fears of a credit crunch worldwide. Saudi Arabia’s move to increase oil production to above 10 million barrels per day and decrease its selling price came after Russia hesitated […]

Australia bids for $6.6 billion market stimulus to cushion virus impact

An Australian newspaper reported on Monday that the government is launching to implement monetary measures by injecting A$10 billion ($6.6 billion) in circulation to battle the economic impact of the coronavirus spread. “The details of our fiscal response are still being finalized and we will be working with the colleagues in coming days to conclude […]

Investors’ fears resurface over recession, descending market as COVID-19 spreads in US

NEW YORK- Bear market and recession became two of the most used words in the financial landscape as investors reviewed the overall impact of the novel coronavirus and future ramifications this may inflict to global growth.   Investors also assessed its direct impact on asset. The fast-paced virus contagion brought sharp movements in markets across the […]

Oil clocks in more than 1%; virus anxiety restricts gains

SINGAPORE- Oil prices soared more than 1% on Thursday after its underperformance the previous day on a lower-than-expected increase monitored in the United States. However, earnings were restricted by ambiguity whether major oil manufacturers will implement deeper output reduction. Brent crude LCOc1 advanced 78 cents, equivalent to 1.5%, and was last quoted at $51.91 per […]

South Korea announces $9.8 billion stimulus to combat coronavirus

South Korea announces $9.8 billion stimulus to combat coronavirus South Korea on Wednesday announced a stimulus package of 11.7 trillion Won ($9.8 billion) to soften the blow of the virus that had spread beyond China. The stimulus, after parliamentary approval, will transfer financial aid to the country’s health system, child care, and outdoor markets according […]

Early Fed rate cut sparks market anxiety, Dollar on the defensive

Early Fed rate cut sparks market anxiety, Dollar on the defensive The U.S. Dollar on Wednesday after an early Federal Reserve cut rates by 50 basis points, sparking anxiety within the markets about the impact of the virus. The Fed move came as a surprise to investors as the cut came 2 weeks ahead of […]

U.K. and E.U. officials begin trade talks, agreement breakdown looms

Officials of the British government and the European Union will commence their trade negotiations on Monday to bridge gaps between the E.U. and the U.K. brought about by the eventual Brexit. However, breakdown fears grow amid the incipient trade talks. Three individuals familiar with the development raised concerns that both parties are waving red flags […]

U.S. markets appear strong amid COVID-19 concerns

NEW YORK- Stock market’s inactivity observed last week mainly from novel coronavirus concerns was the sharpest underperformance since the 2008 financial crisis. However, market analysts said on Monday that trades are stable all of which could be attributed from strong market structure. The S&P 500 .SPX plummeted 11.5% the previous week before rebounding on Monday […]

South Korea’s February inflation eases as COVID-19 impacts demand

SEOUL- South Korea’s February consumer inflation was monitored to be on a slow note mainly from dwindling demand brought by the coronavirus contagion and fluctuating oil prices, official records disclosed on Tuesday. The slow inflation indicated that there is an immediate need for interest cuts in order to solve consumption and growth problems. According to […]

Euro firms as Federal cut expectations pull traders’ interest out of dollar

SINGAPORE- The euro stabilized against the greenback on Tuesday. The session placed euro close enough to its peak in two months on hopes that the monetary easing in the United States will intensively run compared to other measures implemented in Europe.   The euro traded $1.1185 in overnight session, the highest performance since early part […]

Apple settles US lawsuit over slow iPhones

Apple Inc. will pay $500 million to resolve litigation that accused the company of deliberately slowing down older iPhones in each new model launch, as a way to encourage owners to buy the newer model or replacement to old iPhones. The preliminary class-action settlement was revealed on Friday and is set to be approved by […]

South Korea fourth-quarter GDP growth revised from initial forecast

South Korea’s economy expanded by a little more than estimated during 2019’s final quarter, attributed to higher domestic demand and capital investment. Asia’s fourth largest economy grew by 1.3% on seasonal adjustment in the October-December period. The figure was higher than the 1.2% forecasted rise, as shown in the revised GDP of the Bank of […]

GFL raises up to $1.4 billion in IPO

GFL Environmental Inc raised nearly $1.4 billion in its IPO, pricing shares below target range in an attempt to withstand market volatility amid the virus outbreak. The Canada-based waste management company valued its IPO at $19 per share, slightly lower than the $20-$21 per share target range and a market value of $6.08 billion. The […]

Bank of Canada to keep rates unchanged, rate cuts seen within the year: poll says

Reuter’s survey revealed that the Bank of Canada will keep its interest rates steady at 1.75% on Wednesday. However, monetary easing is seen to be imposed before the year ends, according to a significant number of economists surveyed in the poll. Twenty of 34 or 60% (majority) of the economist-respondents said that Canada’s central bank […]

Income surge sets the London Stock Exchange closer to Refinitiv deal

The London Stock Exchange (LSE) said on Friday that it was “on track” to completing its takeover of the analytics company, Refinitiv, after a clearing activity led to a higher-than-expected annual income. According to LSE CEO David Schwimmer, the $27 billion deal with Refinitiv is planned to be fulfilled by the second half of 2020. […]

Yen surges as investors retreat to safe haven assets

The Japanese Yen on Friday rose to a one-month high after the reports of the virus spreading outside of China piled on concerns and sent investors retreating to safe-haven assets. Hopes of the virus containment in China diminished after several cases were reported on different continents, prompting governments to take action.   The Yen jumped […]

Oil prices sink as nCoV contagion reaches greater scope

TOKYO- Oil prices hit a five-day low on Thursday, its lowest performance since January 2019. Such inactivity was brought by increasing rate of coronavirus diagnosis outside China which intensified investors’ fears that the contagion will drag and lower demand for oil. Brent crude LCOc1 inched down 77 cents, equivalent to 1.4%, and last stood at […]

Asian shares underperform, bonds soar as nCoV anxiety presses

TOKYO- Asian shares sunk down on Wednesday after the United States warned that further spread of novel coronavirus may end up as a global emergency. The announcement dragged Wall Street and tied earnings on safe-haven Treasuries to low grounds. The S&P 500 .SPX and the Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI lost 3% on Tuesday’s session, […]

Wall Street falls on pandemic fears as Italy faces virus impact

Wall Street falls on pandemic fears as Italy faces virus impact A sudden increase of people infected by the fast-spreading coronavirus in Italy including several Middle Eastern countries reignited market fears of a global pandemic. The World Health Organization stated that while limited outbreaks abroad China were expected, the surge in cases escalating from 3 […]

Asian stocks steady in decline as investors await clarity on pandemic risk

Asian stocks steady in decline as investors await clarity on pandemic risk Asian stock markets steadied in decline on Tuesday after an easing global sell-offs and a brief jump in Wall Street markets. According to the Wall Street Journal, market sentiment was supported by news on a potential vaccine to be developed soon. However, the […]

Asian currencies drop as investors flee to safe haven assets amid news of virus spreading beyond China

Asian currencies drop as investors flee to safe haven assets amid news of virus spreading beyond China Asian currencies fell on Monday following news of the rapidly spreading coronavirus being reported on several countries outside of China. The news fanned fears of a pandemic and had investors retreating to safe haven assets such as gold […]

Buffett’s Berkshire regains rising stocks, smashes old record profit

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. reported a 23% decline in its quarterly operating profit, while rising prices in many stock holdings allowed the conglomerate to top its past full-year earnings. Buffett explained Berkshire’s entry into stocks in his letter to the conglomerate’s shareholders. Berkshire’s last acquisition of stocks was four years ago, leaving the company […]

UK-EU transition extension course fades, favors goods-only agreement: tracker reveals

The Brexit transition period slated until December 2020 to negotiate with its former bloc, the European Union is less likely to happen, according to a poll conducted by Reuters in which more than half or two-thirds of economist-respondents said so. In this highly likely scenario, the trade deal between the conflicting parties will turn into […]

Japan suffers economic woes, BOJ under pressure

Japan’s core consumer inflation barely recovered in January. This had put pressure on the Bank of Japan to maintain its massive monetary stimulus to underpin the economy weakened by slow growth and weak prices. Tame inflation is cause for worry in Japan’s economy still saddled by the virus impact. The BOJ expressed no interest to […]

Oil declines as larger nCoV contagion brings demand concerns

TOKYO- Oil prices underperformed on Friday as concerns regarding demand continue to disturb investors. Such inactivity followed after the coronavirus contagion encroached territories outside China while leading oil manufacturers launched to deeper output production to alleviate the market from harm. Brent crude futures lost 24 cents, equivalent to 0.4%, and last stood at $59.07 per […]

S&P and Nasdaq close on record gains amid hopes on new China stimulus

The S&P 500 and Nasdaq closed at record highs on Wednesday amid expectations of a newly-issued stimulus from Beijing to soften the economic impact of the coronavirus. The spread of the virus had been reported to show signs of  slowdown in China. The S&P 500 soared 0.47% while the Nasdaq Composite surged 0.87%. Meanwhile, the […]

NCoV may bring risks to global economy’s frail recovery: IMF

WASHINGTON- The coronavirus contagion has already brought intensive level of tension in China’s economy and further spread of the virus to other nations could inflict more damage to an already weak recovery of global economy, the International Monetary Fund disclosed on Wednesday. Included in the document released by the international lender were risks including the […]

Dollar outperforms Euro as investors consider a deepening virus impact

Dollar outperforms Euro as investors consider a deepening virus impact The U.S. Dollar towered over the declining Euro and other heavily sold exporter currencies on Wednesday as investors took into consideration of a deepening economic fallout due to the coronavirus outbreak in China. The virus’ death toll in China rose to over 2,000 with more […]

Asian shares soar on slowing virus cases, euro remains frail

TOKYO- Asian shares and U.S. stock futures clocked in gains on Wednesday. Upbeat market activity followed as investors grew a bit optimistic on recent decline in the novel coronavirus’s number of new cases. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan strengthened with 0.03%. The index fluctuated during its early session simultaneously switching between earnings […]

South Korea pledges emergency measures as virus outbreak in China affects economy

South Korea pledges emergency measures as virus outbreak in China affects economy Two of South Korea’s chiefs of economic policy pledged on Friday that they would deploy emergency measures to minimize the impact of the novel coronavirus on the country’s economy. Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki and Bank of Korea Governor Lee-Ju-yeol made the remarks at […]

Oil firms but sets to acquire more gains on output reduction optimism

Oil prices remained steady on Friday but are more likely to rake in more gains mainly from expectations that major oil manufacturers will implement larger oil reduction to aid demand slump in China, the world’s second-biggest oil importer. Brent crude futures LCOc1 lost 9 cents to $56.25 per barrel at exactly 0224 GMT. Such followed […]

Wall Street reaches record closing highs amid coronavirus slowdown

Wall Street reached new record highs on Wednesday as investors recover appetite over coronavirus slowdown. Technology shares led the rally that lifted three major U.S. stock averages to new highs. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq closed three consecutive highs. The Dow achieved its most recent record on Feb. 6. New coronavirus cases in China tallied […]

Yen soars, yuan and Aussie dollar decline as coronavirus concerns resurface

TOKYO- The yen recovered from three weeks of underperformance against greenback on Thursday. Upbeat activity followed after Hubei province in China reported an atrocious increase in the number of new coronavirus cases boosting markets and rallying investors to resort to safe-haven assets. The Chinese yuan shed gains against the dollar as recent developments on coronavirus […]

Hyundai considers expansion with another electric auto startup

Korean automaker Hyundai Motor Co expanded its future automobile profile by collaborating with California-based startup Canoo in producing electric vehicles, the company disclosed on Tuesday. The said pact with Canoo was the second agreement that Hyundai and sister company Kia Motors Corp sealed for electric vehicle production. Such followed after the company disclosed its plan […]

Coronavirus in California, brings U.S. cases to 13

California confirms a case of the nCoV, bringing it to a total of 13 cases in the United States. The person of interest is being held under Federal Quarantine at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), after return from Wuhan, China. The unnamed patient was also an evacuee from Wuhan, among the […]

Kia Motors to suspend South Korean production plants as auto parts supplies dwindle

Kia Motors to suspend South Korean production plants as auto parts supplies dwindle Kia Motors has said that it would be suspending production at its three car manufacturing plants in South Korea due to a dwindling supply of auto parts, according to a company official on Monday. Kia Motor’s factories located at Gwangju and Sohari […]

Businesses resume in China; currencies gain as coronavirus slows down

Asian currencies gained on Monday as signs of the coronavirus slowing down prompted large businesses in China to resume operations. Workers started to return to offices and factories as the government relieved some travel restrictions. The epidemic has already killed over 900 people, most of whom reside in mainland China. The Australian dollar gained 0.5%, […]

Vietnam-China trade in January drops amid virus outbreak and holidays

Vietnam-China trade dropped in January due to the coronavirus spread amid the Lunar New Year holiday, disrupting supply chain and transport. China is Vietnam’s largest partner in trading in manufacturing of materials and equipment for labor. Bilateral trade fell in January for 25.8% from December’s figures. In the previous year, bilateral trade declined 11.8%, the […]

Oil climbs 1% over production cuts in coronavirus impact

Oil prices gained over 1% on Wednesday, underpinned by news of potential extended production cuts by OPEC+ to counter weak global oil demand caused by coronavirus outbreak. Brent crude oil futures LCOcl gained 1.4%, or 74 cents, at $54.70 per barrel by 0326 GMT. West Texas Intermediate crude futures rose 1.2%, or 61 cents, at […]

Tesla posts skyrocketing stock early in 2020

Tesla is on a roll early this 2020 as its shares skyrocketed anew on Tuesday. Tesla’s shares increased by as much as 20.5%, and trading as high as $940. This milestone appreciated Tesla’s worth at around $170 billion. In the last two days, Tesla posted a 40% increase in shares. Tesla’s overall performance for this […]

Oil, markets recover from slump over coronavirus spread

Oil prices gained following rebound in other financial markets as investors steady after a sharp sell-off on Monday. Fears on the effect of the virus outbreak on oil demand caused crude oil to drop to its lowest in over a year. Brent crude gained 21 cents, or 0.4%, at $54.66 per barrel by 0227 GMT. […]

Chinese Yuan holds steady amid coronavirus-led anxiety

Chinese Yuan holds steady amid coronavirus-led anxiety China’s currency and stock markets held steady on Tuesday after news of the spreading virus in China hit the Yuan. In the previous session, the Yuan had lost around $400 billion in market value from the Shanghai benchmark index. The Shanghai Composite opened 2% lower before regaining ground […]

UK mulls looser trade deal with EU, akin to EU-Australia trade ties

Days after Brexit, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson would consider setting a looser trade agreement with the European Union, a trade deal arrangement akin to that of the EU and Australia trade ties. This possibility is an indicator that the United Kingdom is unlikely to follow the EU’s rules to come up with a trade […]

South Korea chip output boosts factory production in December

South Korea’s factory output in December higher than estimated as a large chip production boosted industrial activity. However, analysts warn of the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak on demand in January. Industrial output climbed 3.5% in December compared to a month earlier, its quickest gain since November 2016. Recent economic indicators such as the trade […]

Oil soars as WHO declares international emergency over coronavirus outbreak

Oil prices soared on Friday as the World Health Organization (WHO) declared global emergency, advised against travel, and restricted trade amid the coronavirus outbreak that began in Wuhan, China. Oil prices fell 4% through Thursday in the third consecutive month, while traders and investors worry about the impact of the virus on oil and product […]

China’s manufacturing activity fluctuates as virus risks heighten

China’s manufacturing activity recorded a weak progress in January as export orders declined and new virus contagion contributed to risks that drag the world’s second-largest economy. The Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI) sunk down to 50.0 in January, marginally lower than its previous record of 50.2 in December according to China’s National Bureau of Statistics on […]

Facebook surpasses Wall Street expectations with strong fourth quarter despite challenges

Facebook surpasses Wall Street expectations with strong fourth quarter despite challenges Facebook went above Wall Street’s expectations with a strong fourth quarter report after it had profited greatly from advertising and new users despite challenges it faced regarding regulation, privacy, and election interference. Facebook said that about 2.89 billion people had used at least one […]

UK car production drops at fastest pace since recession

British car output fell in 2019 at the fastest rate since the recession due to weak exports and diesel demand. To protect the sector, an industry body called for a post-Brexit trade deal. Meanwhile, investment soared to 1.1 billion pounds (1.5 billion) due to Jaguar Land Rover building electric vehicles in Britain. Production fell for […]

Buyer of Australia gold project quarantined over coronavirus, delaying sale

A small gold project in Australia that was set to be sold to a Hong Kong-based company was put on hold due to the buyer showing symptoms of coronavirus. One member of the family showed symptoms attributed to the virus, which led to the quarantine of the rest of the members, the seller said. Australia’s […]

Johnson gives Huawei limited role in British 5G network, defies US to ban Chinese firm

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday included US-banned Huawei by giving it a limited role in the country’s 5G mobile network. Johnson allowed “high-risk vendors” such as Huawei to partake in the non-sensitive parts of the 5G network of Britain. This means that Huawei will be excluded from sensitive processes of the 5G including […]

Apple’s iPhone back on track as company secures gains against coronavirus

iPhone recuperated from previous sale inactivity but Apple is launching tighter measures against potential disruptions in virus-hit China. Apple Inc’s sales and profits surpassed Wall Street expectations. Such activity was brought by Lunar holiday shopping on relatively increasing demands for add-ons including AirPods wireless earphones. Apple’s positive performance eased investors’ concerns about the coronavirus contagion […]

Oil advances as investors assess virus damage

TOKYO- Oil prices soared for second day on Wednesday, and were more stable after hitting five-day low on reports that OPEC could further reduce oil output if China virus impacts demand.  Figures disclosing decline in US stockpiles supported oil activity.                 Brent crude LCOc1 advanced 33 cents, equivalent to 0.6% to $59.84 per barrel by […]

Japanese government bonds gain with 30-year yield hitting its lowest in 3 months

Japanese government bonds gain with 30-year yield hitting its lowest in 3 months Japanese government bonds (JGBs) saw gains on Monday with the yield of 30-year bonds hitting its lowest in 3 months. The drop in its yield level has been due to growing concerns about the new Coronavirus China that has started to spread […]

Contraction in Japan’s factory activity bogs down in slowest pace in five months

Contraction in Japan’s factory activity bogs down in slowest pace in five months Japan’s factory activity shrank for a ninth-month straight in January at the slowest pace in five months. Economists speculate the slowing of pace to be reflecting the positive feedback of the U.S.-China Phase One deal and alleviating fears of a recession. The […]

Global equity markets roil as fear of Coronavirus spreads

The largest fall in Chinese stocks in eight months caused global equity markets to roil as global concerns heighten on the coronavirus outbreak in China. Millions of Chinese prepare for the Lunar New Year to begin on Saturday, the peak travel season, increasing the disease’s potential to spread. Wuhan and Hunggang cities, with a total […]

US and Canadian oil company bankruptcies rise 50% in 2019

Oil and gas company bankruptcies in the U.S. and Canada surged 50% compared to last year, according to a report by Haynes and Boone law firm. The figure is likely to go higher as a decline in energy prices continue to rock producers. U.S. and Canadian oil company bankruptcies increased to 42 in 2019, compared […]

Asian stocks drop as China’s containment plan puts Wuhan city in lockdown

Asian stocks drop as China’s containment plan puts Wuhan city in lockdown Asian stocks had dropped on Thursday morning after China issued a travel suspension in the entire city of Wuhan to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. Both the Shanghai Composite and the Shenzhen Component fell by 0.5% at 10:30 PM ET (02:30 GMT). […]

Netflix 2020 outlook tougher than 2019 as Disney+ gains traction

Netflix started the year struggling as increased level of competition dominated the streaming market.  Such is expected to give the online streaming service a tougher year than 2019. Global growth aided the streaming video service from underperformance as it boosted far above expectations in the last quarter of 2019. However, the company recognized tighter market […]

JPMorgan to expand Paris hub post-Brexit

JPMorgan to expand Paris hub post-Brexit JPMorgan Chase & Co became the latest investment bank to significantly expand its Paris hub, seizing new premises in the French capital. The move comes as part of a plan to relocate some its services from London after Britain would severe its two-way access with the bloc. JPMorgan would […]

Global FDI dips amid Hong Kong divestment and Brexit uncertainties: UN

Global FDI dips amid Hong Kong divestment and Brexit uncertainties: UN Global direct foreign investment (FDI) dipped slightly last year after being knocked back by a massive divestment in Hong Kong and Brexit uncertainties, the United Nations said on Monday. Global FDI flows in 2019 were estimated at $1.39 trillion which was 1% lower than […]

Over 1,000 EU firms to open UK branches after Brexit

Over 1,000 EU firms to open UK branches after Brexit Over 1,000 banks, asset managers, payments companies, insurers in the European Union are planning to open their offices in a post-Brext UK in order to mitigate the loss of businesses going the other way, according to regulatory consultancy Bovill on Monday. The new offices have […]

World Bank cuts estimated economic growth of Thailand to 2.7%

The World Bank cut Thailand’s economic growth outlook to 2.7%, from the initial 2.9% estimate for 2020. This year’s estimated growth is higher than last year’s, when World Bank estimated economic growth to be at 2.5%. The increase was attributed to a recovery in private consumption and investment due to large infrastructure projects. Thailand’s economy […]

Oil prices remain steady ahead of frail stats on China growth

TOKYO- Oil prices were steady on Friday as market participants awaited for figures disclosing China’s economy is on its slowest in 29 years, with gains being the current safe haven following Washington and Beijing’s settlement of phase 1. Brent LCOc1 advanced further with 3 cents, equivalent to $64.65 by 0123 GMT after its well-ended session […]

Oil prices hike up as China nods to larger US energy purchases

TOKYO- Oil prices advanced on Thursday, brought heavily by the very much anticipated trade pact signing between the United States and China. This guaranteed bigger increase as China is mandated to purchase increased energy supplies from the United States. Brent LCOc1 clocked in gains with 33 cents, equivalent to 0.5% or $64.33 per barrel by […]

Singapore’s new law to entice funds and strengthen financial industry

Singapore’s new law to entice funds and strengthen financial industry Singapore’s new law has made it easier for investment firms to register funds locally as the city-state strives to increases its allure as a financial hub. The new law, which came into effect on Tuesday, encourages asset managers to domicile their funds in Singapore by […]

Investment in British tech sector advanced 44% in 2019: report

LONDON- Overall investments in Britain’s technology sector boosted 44%, up to a record of $13.2 billion pounds in 2019. Such scoped up third of the total European funding all while surpassing the total in France and Germany combined, the UK government’s Digital Economy Council stated on Wednesday.                 The United Kingdom is currently tailing behind […]

U.S. budget deficit widens 11.8% in its first quarter of fiscal year

U.S. budget deficit widens 11.8% in its first quarter of fiscal year The U.S. budget deficit widened to $356.6 billion in the first three months of fiscal 2020 as spending rose more than revenue. This would keep the federal shortfall on pace to exceed $1 trillion by the end of the year. The gap increased […]

Brexit deal in December uplifts Irish consumer sentiment

DUBLIN- Irish consumer sentiment boosted in December and recorded its two consecutive monthly gains in four years as ‘no-deal’ Brexit concerns diminished, according to survey released on Friday. Ireland still tops the board as the fastest growing economy within years of Brexit talks, but consumer sentiments dwindled when Britain, the country’s neighbor country, planned to […]

Mexican carmaking enters 2020 with rough outlook as exports drop in a decade

Mexican exports of automotive parts dropped for the first time in ten years last year, as it was pulled down by low demand from outside the United States. Mexican carmaking is about to suffer fresh reversals in the beginning of 2020, suggests an industry group. Carmaking is a fundamental part in Mexican manufacturing, so a […]

China implements rules to aid the unstable financial leasing sector

BEIJING-China recently released drafted guidelines to arm its financial leasing sector that holds 4 trillion yuan worth of assets ($577.16 billion), in its latest scheme to negate financial declines. China recorded a total of 10,900 leasing company from June 2019 posting and 72% of these are inactive, according to a statement released by China Banking […]

U.S. wine industry fears proposed 100% tariffs on French imports

U.S. wine industry fears proposed 100% tariffs on French imports U.S. consumers will pay the biggest price for the proposed 100% on French Champagne and other sparkling wines, cheese, porcelain, enamel cookware, and handbags, witnesses said on Tuesday. The U.S. Trade Representative’s office proposed punitive duties last month on $2.4 billion worth of imports from […]

Samsung Electronics says profit may fall less slightly than analyst expectations

Samsung Electronics says profit may fall less slightly than analyst expectations Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Wednesday that its quarterly operating profit is likely to fall at a milder pace compared to analyst forecasts, indicating the recovery of memory chip prices from an industry downturn. The announcement sent Samsung’s share price up 2.2% in […]

Uber, Hyundai team up, bid for flying taxi in 2023

Is it a bird, or a plane? Nope. It’s a flying taxi! The sky is the limit for Uber and Hyundai as they collaborated to launch flying taxis in the sky that will soon be seen flying in 2023, revolutionizing the ridesharing trips and putting it sky-high. During the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas […]

USD weak; further rate cuts foreseen

With global economic situation waking up perpetually on the wrong side of the bed, and the Brexit uncertainty remaining to be in the cards, the USD is caught in somewhat a modest weakness. Amidst the threat of more interest-rate cuts, from the international central banks, a resolution to the already dragging U.S.-China trade war had […]

industrial profits of China grow at fastest in eight months

The Chinese industrial production profits were observed to be at its fastest growth pace in eight months in November. However, low domestic demand remains to be a problem to be solved by the sector next year. China’s profits in the industrial sector rose to 5.4% in November compared to its last year’s counterpart to 593.9 […]

U.S., China to ink trade deal: Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump affirmed on Tuesday that he and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, will hold a contract signing ceremony to ink the phase one of the U.S.-China trade deal completed this month. “We will be having a signing ceremony, yes. We will ultimately, yes, when we get together. And we’ll be having a […]

Oil reaches three-month peak as US consumer spending supports growth optimism

TOKYO- Oil prices hiked up on Friday, reaching its three-month peak after data disclosed US consumers’ online spending. Such raked in optimism in world’s biggest economy prior to the possibility of Beijing and Washington signing the trade deal. Brent crude futures advanced 13 cents, equivalent to 0.2% at 68.05 per barrel at 0150 GMT while […]

Huawei must be allowed in 5G role in Italy, says Italian Industry minister

Chinese telecoms firm Huawei should have a place in Italy’s future 5G network, said the Italian industry minister on Sunday. This comment came after the influential parliamentary committee appealed to Rome to block the company. US has attempted to influence Italy and other European allies from refraining to use Huawei products in their next generation […]

Sterling suffers from reemerging Brexit issues, sets to close weekly session in woe

SYDNEY-Sterling hit worst week in more than two years on Friday brought heavily by resurfacing concerns about Britain’s departure from the European Union, while positive records revived dollar from its previous loss. Overnight, pound GBP= declined further and was quoted $1.30 for the first time in two weeks. It traded $1.3008 in Asian trading hours […]

Cathay Pacific to trim capacity in 2020 due to unrelenting protests

Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific said it would trim capacity next year after posting dismal markers in the second half of the year due to unending mass protests. On Tuesday, Cathay Pacific revealed that its inbound traffic to Hong Kong plummeted by 46% in November compared to the same month last year. The airline also carried […]

Wall Street performance boosts Asian stocks up to eight-month high, pound suffers

SYDNEY-Asian shares clocked in gains reaching its peak in eight months on Tuesday brought by trade deal enthusiasm and Wall Street’s consecutive well-ended performance. In line, Brexit anxiety dragged the pound. Upbeat signals launched MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS up with 0.4% gains, its highest recorded performance since April. Japan’s Nikkei […]

Roche’s $4.3 billion purchase of Spark Therapeutics approved by US antitrust

Swiss drugmaker Roche has been approved by US antitrust to buy gene therapy specialist Spark Therapeutics in a $4.3 billion deal. This move allows Roche to advance its push in treating rare diseases like Hemophilia A. The Federal Trade Commission stated that it has approved the deal, without requiring Roche asset sales that will assure […]

Portugal unveils draft budget projecting its first surplus in decades

Portugal unveils draft budget projecting its first surplus in decades Portugal’s government unveiled its draft 2020 budget on Tuesday, projecting the country’s first fiscal surplus in 45 years of democracy as solid growth and a promising gentle tax reduction for small firms and a strong one on bullfighting events. “It is the first budget delivered […]

Japan Display in talks to receive $830 million support from Ichigo

Japan Display Inc is in negotiations with Ichigo Asset Management to receive 90 billion yen ($830 million) in financial support, according to a source. The company released a statement wherein it disclosed that it was in talks with Ichigo regarding investment, as well as a basic agreement on fund procurement. The company however said that […]

Westpac scandal pulls Australian shares down; NZ gains

Australian shares heavily suffered on Thursday as one of the country’s top lender Westpac Banking Crop shed 1% loss sparking investors rage over money laundering anomalies. The S&P/ASX 200 index ended its session with 0.7% setback, equivalent to 43.8 points at 6,708.8 as the alpha four banks all declined ranging from 0.7% to 1.3%. Westpac […]

Federal Reserve keeps rates level, signals a pause in 2020

After its December meeting on Wednesday, the Federal Reserve said it would keep interest rates at the current level, marking an end to the series of rate cuts that aided economy and markets amid recession fears brought by trade disputes along with other uncertainties. Fed’s policymakers unanimously voted to keep rates steady and blinking between […]

Global financial regulators aim at Big Tech’s data dominance and shift to financial services

Big Tech companies like Google and Alibaba could be compelled to share with banks and financial technology firms data related to financial services customers. This cam after the Financial Stability Board (FSB) called for “vigilant monitoring” of Big Tech’s shift to financial services. The FSB released a report on the matter on Sunday. The measure […]

China’s coal imports fall 19% on November

China’s coal imports fell 19% in November compared to the previous month as import rules at ports tighten, subduing shipments near the end of the year. China leads the world’s top coal importers, bringing in more than 20 million tonnes of coal each month. In November, China imported 20.78 million tonnes of the fuel, according […]

France faces U.S. tariff threat, plans to bring it to WTO

The Finance Minister said on Sunday that France will challenge the U.S. tariff threat by taking it to the World Trade Organization. The tariff was threatened to be imposed over champagne and other French products as announced by President Donald Trump. “We are ready to take this to an international court, notably the WTO because […]

U.S. Dollar holds steady as traders await job report

U.S. Dollar holds steady as traders await job report The U.S. Dollar held steady on Friday in Asia as traders awaited the release of the latest U.S. job report due at 8:30 AM ET (13:30 GMT) The U.S. Dollar Index that tracks the Greenback was unchanged at 97.380 by 1:30 AM ET (05:30 GMT). Analysts […]

Japanese shares inch up on US non-farm payrolls

TOKYO- Japanese shares hiked up on Friday following government’s approval of 26 trillion yen stimulus package set to enforce growth and arm the economy against risks brought by overseas slowdown. At 0151 GMT, the Nikkei index inched higher with 0.32% gains to 23,375.02. Gains in financial and industrial sector heavily contributed to the said activity […]

Nikkei recuperates on trade pact optimism, steelmakers rally

TOKYO- Japan’s benchmark Nikkei found its momentum on Thursday brought by gains in steelmaking sector. Such followed after US President Donald Trump’s comments which encouraged market optimism on Sino-US trade talks. The Nikkei 225 index acquired 0.89% gains to 23,346.05, rallying above the 25-day moving average of 23,275. The broader Topix swiped in 0.5% to […]

Japan’s parliament approves a trade pact with the U.S.

Japan’s parliament approves a trade pact with the U.S. Japan’s parliament has approved a trade pact with the U.S. which would open the country’s markets to American beef and other agricultural products. The U.S. has been pressing for the agreement to come into force by January 1; a way that could help Trump land votes […]

North Korea tells US to pick ‘Christmas gift’ it will receive

North Korea’s foreign ministry reminded the United States that its deadline to change its “hostile policies” is approaching near, adding that it was up to Washington to decide what kind of “Christmas gift” it wanted, according to a statement by the state media. In a report by state news agency KCNA, North Korea’s vice minister […]

China wants US tariffs removed in phase one deal

Beijing’s top priority in phase one of the trade deal with the US is to roll back tariffs on Chinese imports amid doubts of actualizing phase one of the deal in the 17-month trade war. “Sources with direct knowledge of the trade talks told the Global Times on Saturday that the US must remove existing […]

Saudi exchange restricts Aramco index weighting with cap

DUBAI-Saudi Arabia’s Tadawul is set to impose 15% equity index cap aimed at resolving potential concerns over weighting oil giant Saudi Aramco when it lists on the exchange. Dubai-owned company Aramco is posed to register 1.5% of its shares this month in a pact expected to raise more than $25 billion and will surpass Chinese […]

Yes Bank boosts target capital to $2 billion after receiving pledges from new investors

Yes Bank boosts target capital to $2 billion after receiving pledges from new investors Yes Bank Ltd. boosted its target for a capital raising to $2 billion after commitments from new investors. The company, which is India’s fourth-largest private lender, has been caught in the country’s deepening banking crisis. Yes Bank said at a meeting […]

Japan’s October household spending expected to fall after sales tax hike

Japan’s October household spending expected to fall after sales tax hike Japan’s October household spending is expected to fall in record pace for about 11/2 years after a hike in sales tax, according to economists’s poll on Friday. Household spending will also likely fall 3.0% which would be its fastest pace of decline since May […]

South Korea, Japan to meet in December for trade talks

South Korea and Japan seem to give each other an early Christmas present as both countries have agreed to hold trade talks in December, the trade ministry of South Korea confirmed on Friday. One of the issues that will be addressed on the slated talks will be about Japan’s tighter rules on the exports of […]

Japan’s retail sales hit lowest in 4 years, tax hike takes toll

Japan’s retail sales posted its hardest fall since 2015 as sales tax hike forced consumers to cut spending, domestic demand went in limbo. After the government of Japan increased that nationwide sales tax to 10% from a previous 8% rate on Oct. 1, retail sales dropped 7.1% in the same month from the previous year. […]

Majority of SE Asian stocks rise after Trump’s positive comments

Most Southeast Asian stocks soared on Wednesday with the Philippines acquiring the highest gains after US President Donald Trump stated that Washington and Beijing were close to settling the “phase one” of the trade pact. Trump said on Tuesday that Washington was close to finalizing the deal aimed at fixing the 16-month long trade truce […]

US and Chinese high-level trade negotiators hold phone call for ‘phase one’ deal

China’s and US’ high-level trade negotiators held a phone call on early Tuesday as the two parties aim to reach a preliminary “phase one” of the trade deal, according to China’s Commerce Ministry. The phone call between the United States’ Trade representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and China’s Vice Premier Liu He […]

Oil prices drop from two-month high as US-China trade deal remains uncertain

Oil prices dropped from a two-month high on Friday due to uncertainty on the demands of oil futures. The market remains anxious of the prospect of a US-China trade deal and of the global economy. These uncertainties are enough for major producers to likely extend production cuts. In the previous session of discussing the possibility […]

Cannabis stocks soar as U.S. House committee clears bill on federal weed legalization

Cannabis stocks soar as U.S. House committee clears bill on federal weed legalization Marijuana company shares soared on Thursday after a U.S. congressional committee cleared a legislation to decriminalize cannabis. This moves the bill a step closer to being approved by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives. The bill, which was passed 24 to 10 in […]

New Zealand broadens powers to block foreign investment on security grounds

New Zealand broadens powers to block foreign investment on security grounds New Zealand said on Tuesday that it would widen government powers to block foreign investment on national security grounds and ramp up oversight of strategically important industries already subject to screening. The planned legislation would allow the government to intervene in investments not usually […]

Oil prices edge up as investors await news on US-China talks

Oil prices inched higher on Monday, following steady gains from previous week as investors await further news on the trade talks between US and China. Concerns over increasing oil supplies, possibly developing into a supply glut, were shrugged. Brent crude futures was unchanged from previous session, at $63.30 a barrel at 0512 GMT. The contract […]

Yuan climbs as China’s central bank cuts key liquidity rate

Yuan climbs as China’s central bank cuts key liquidity rate The Chinese Yuan inched up on Monday in Asia after the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) had cut a key liquidity rate for the first time since 2015. The major USD/CNY pair climbed up by 0.1% to 7.0112 by 11:46 PM ET (03:46 GMT). The […]

Alibaba calls Hong Kong’s future “bright” as retail campaign for $13 billion listing starts

Alibaba kicked off its retail campaign for its secondary listing in Hong Kong for $13 Billion. Chairman Daniel Zhang said that Hong Kong’s “future is bright” despite recession and escalating protests in the city. The e-commerce giant said that the listing would be fully paperless and electronic as a representation of its environmental standards. Investment […]


Nov 14- Foreign investors were recorded to have bought Japanese stocks for five consecutive weeks last week. This was in light of the possibility of United States and China coming up with an interim trade deal that brought optimism. Investors purchased a 578.75 billion worth of Japanese stocks which include cash equities and futures as […]

Tencent shares slump down 2.7% after below-than-expected earnings

Tencent shares slump down 2.7% after below-than-expected earnings Shares of Tencent Holdings went down 2.7% on Thursday after the company posted earnings that were below analysts’ estimates. The Hong Kong-listed index heavyweight’s net income also plunged 13% in the third quarter. The lowered profit was blamed on global economic turndown, tricky political consideration, and high […]

Oil dips as prospects dim for U.S.-China trade deal

Oil dips as prospects dim for U.S.-China trade deal Oil prices dipped on Wednesday as prospects for a trade deal between Washington and Beijing dimmed, weighing on the outlook for the global economy and energy demand. U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the two countries were close to finalizing a trade deal but […]

Despite constitutional power, Queen Mother remains mum about Brexit

Despite constitutional power, Queen Mother remains mum about Brexit While Queen Mother had stayed mum about the whole Brexit cacophony, she said yes to PM Johnson’s request to suspend parliament. However, the Queen also adopted the House of Commons’ decision to not go further unless a deal be reached. What this means, as a head […]

Political Forecast: Independent groups fear Brexit could cause paramilitary attacks on Northern Ireland

Political Forecast: Independent groups fear Brexit could cause paramilitary attacks on Northern Ireland Brexit is seen as a threat by independent groups to overall peace and order in Northern Ireland. This, the parties concur is owed to the lack of a “devolved” government. The fear is not baseless, let alone, ill-conceived given that in 1998, […]


BEIJING- China and United States made agreement in the past two weeks aimed at defusing the tariffs imposed during their months-long trade truce in different phases, Chinese commerce ministry disclosed on Thursday.  Both countries must pull out the implementation of tariffs on each other’s goods in order to come up with the possibility of “phase […]

European shares soar as financials increase

European shares soar as financials increase European shares jumped higher last Wednesday brought by financial stocks as investors parsed through multiple earnings data and progress on Sino-US trade talks eased financial market anxiety. Societe Generale tallied a record of 3.5%. This followed after its statement of setting aside three-quarters of the cash meant for delivering […]

Chinese central bank says country’s digital currency launch will create ‘horse race’

The launch of the Chinese digital currency in the financial markets will create a ‘horse race’ as described by an official of the central bank of China. Commercial banks and other financial institutions will go neck-and-neck in providing the best services using the new form of money. China is poised to be the very first […]

Asian shares reach six month high because of trade optimism

Asian shares hit six-month high record last Tuesday kicking their July record down. Such followed after hopes that Washington will pull out imposed tariffs on Chinese imports. MSCI’s widest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS acquired 0.5% heavily enforced by gains in Chinese shares. Chinese shares CSI300 soared at 1.3%, completely outperforming its previous […]

Santander takes $453 million stake in UK-based Ebury

Santander (SAN.MC) announced on Monday to have taken a $453 Million (350 million pound) stake in Ebury in an aim to boost growth through a digital strategy. Ebury is a U.K.-based trade and Forex facilitator for smaller companies. The company operates in 19 countries and 140 currencies. Santander announced it would be acquiring 50.1% of […]

China’s central bank cut interest rate, first time in three years amid growth slowdown

The central bank of China cut the interest rate on its medium-term lending facility (MLF) on Tuesday. This is the first MLF rate cut in three years imposed by policymakers as a way to beef up the economy as global economic growth slows down. Interest rate cuts were seen by some economists as a good […]

Dimmed prospects forces Samsung to shut down U.S. CPU research division

Dimmed prospects forces Samsung to shut down U.S. CPU research division Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Tuesday that it will be shutting down a CPU division in one of its U.S.-based facilities. The move was made after analysts forecasted dimmed prospects for the tech giant’s Exynos mobile chips. The Exynos-branded processors, which are found […]

Rubio to introduce bill to prevent U.S. pensions from investing in Chinese stocks

Rubio to introduce bill to prevent U.S. pensions from investing in Chinese stocks Republican senator Marco Rubio said on Monday that he has plans to introduce legislation to block U.S. government pension funds from investing in Chinese stocks following a fund delayed a decision about tracking an index provided by MSCI Inc. Rubio and a […]

Vietnam imposes duties on Chinese and South Korean steelmakers

Vietnam imposes duties on Chinese and South Korean steelmakers Vietnam had imposed five-year tariffs on Chinese and South Korean color-coated steel products after domestic producers said unfair pricing from overseas competitors forced them to shut down production lines. According to Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade, anti-dumping duties of 2.53% to 34.27% are being applied […]

Intel files antitrust case against SoftBank-backed firm over patent practices

Intel files antitrust case against SoftBank-backed firm over patent practices Chipmaker Intel Corp has filed an antitrust lawsuit against an investment company backed by SoftBank Group Corp who allegedly stockpiled patents to hold up technology companies with numerous lawsuits. The complaint filed late Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California […]

Harley-Davidson profit drops 24% as U.S. demand weakens

Harley-Davidson profit drops 24% as U.S. demand weakens Harley-Davidson Inc (HOG) reported a 24% drop in quarterly profit on Tuesday as it was hit by a slide in U.S. sales and high costs from European tariffs. The company said its net income fell from $ 113.9 million to $86.6 million in the third quarter. Revenue […]

Gold prices inch down as traders await Brexit developments

Gold prices inch down as traders await Brexit development Gold prices inched down on Monday in Asia as traders awaited more clarity on Brexit developments. British lawmakers voted on the weekend to delay a decision on UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal, forcing him to request a third postponement of Britain’s departure from the […]

Bank Indonesia may cut benchmark rate for fourth time

Bank Indonesia may cut benchmark rate for fourth time A small majority of economists expect Bank Indonesia (BI) to cut its benchmark rate for the fourth straight month at its meeting this week to support the economy. 18 out of 30 analysts in a poll expected BI to trim the 7-day reverse repurchase rate by […]

Brexit deal likely to be reached by October 31; Irish PM says

Brexit deal likely to be reached by October 31; Irish PM says Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Thursday that he believed a Brexit deal was likely to be reached on October 31. The Prime Ministers of the U.K and Ireland released a joint statement saying that they saw a potential pathway to a […]

Kroger to lay off store employees amid improvement attempts

Kroger to lay off store employees amid improvement attempts Kroger Co. (KR.N) is considering to cut jobs of several store employees holding middle management roles amidst the supermarket chain’s push to improve delivery and in-store technology. “As part of ongoing talent management, many store operating divisions are evaluating middle management roles and team structures with […]

Saudi private sector employment growth at 18-month high

Saudi private sector employment growth at 18-month high Growth in Saudi Arabia’s non-oil private sector increased in September at the fastest rate for three months. According to a survey showed on Thursday, an increase in output and employment growth reached an 18-month high.  The seasonally adjusted IHS Markit Saudi Arabia PMI rose from August’s 57.0 […]

Sholz claims Germany can counter an economic crisis

Sholz claims Germany can counter an economic crisis German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said on Wednesday that Europe’s largest economy would be able to counter an economic crisis if there one. “We are all prepared because we have decent financial resources so if there is an economic crisis, we can take countermeasures but at the […]

Turkish unemployment expected to rise 12.9% in 2019

Turkish unemployment expected to rise 12.9% in 2019 Turkey’s unemployment rate is expected to rise from last year’s 11.0% to 12.9% in 2019. However, Finance Minister Berat Albayrak said that they expect it to fall 11.8% in 2020. On Monday, he added that two-thirds of employment losses in the year were in the construction sector. […]

China’s manufacturing may contract for its fifth month straight

China’s manufacturing may contract for its fifth month straight China’s factory activity is expected to have contracted for a fifth straight month in September, further adding to the country’s economic woes as the U.S.-China trade wars escalate. The official Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for September is expected to remain flat at 49.5 from August according […]

Depositors panic over RBI’s takeover of major co-operative bank

Depositors panic over RBI’s takeover of major co-operative bank The Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) move to take charge of one of the country’s top co-operative banks has left thousands of depositors in the lurch. In effect, it had sparked renewed concerns regarding the health of India’s troubled banking sector. Depositors of the Punjab and […]

Bitcoin Climbs as Intercontinental Exchange Debuts Future Contracts

Bitcoin Climbs as Intercontinental Exchange Debuts Future Contracts Bitcoin prices climbed in Asia as Bakkt’s much anticipated Bitcoin futures trading has officially launched on the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE). Bakkt, the Bitcoin futures and digital assets platform, is offering a daily contract as well as a 30-day future which will be products of ICE, operator of […]

UK PM Johnson warns no Brexit breakthrough in New York

UK PM Johnson warns no Brexit breakthrough in New York British Prime Minister Boris Johnson cautioned that there would be no Brexit breakthrough at talks with European leaders in New York as gaps remained though also saying significant progress had been made towards striking a deal. Hopes of a breakthrough were stoked last week when […]

Bank of Japan hopes new phrase will keep bullish yen at bay

Bank of Japan hopes new phrase will keep bullish yen at bay By adding vague new language to its latest policy statement, the Bank of Japan is hoping to keep unwanted sharp gains in the Yen in check, without having to its depleted policy tool-kit or tying its hands on monetary action. In a statement […]

Britain to investigate $5 billion purchase of Cobham

Britain to investigate $5 billion purchase of Cobham Britain will investigate national security impacts of the purchase of defense company Cobham by U.S. private equity firm Advent International, which would potentially delay or block the $5 billion deal. Business minister Andrea Leadsom’s move on Wednesday is not unusual where there are potential security concerns and […]

Britain hopes for trade deal with Australia after Brexit

Britain hopes for trade deal with Australia after Brexit Britain’s Trade Minister Liz Truss said on Wednesday she expects to complete a wide-ranging trade deal with Australia within months of exiting the European Union. In efforts to reduce the economic impact of Brexit, the government is looking to line up a series of trade deals […]

Czech Government to raise public sector pay by 2020

The Czech centre-left ruling coalition agreed on Friday to a public sector wage hike that will increase government spending after economists warned that budget revenue projections may come short. The pay decision, which covers around 290,000 state employees, will allow the government to complete its draft budget for next year. The wage increase was agreed […]

U.S. Treasury Considers 50-year bond

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin floated the idea of the US Government issuing an “ultra-long” government bond next year should the demand arise. Mnuchin has been talking for the past 2 years about the possibility of expanding the Treasury’s long-term borrowing capabilities, surpassing the horizon of the 30-year bond. The Treasury Secretary said he anticipated that […]

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