Top officials of Leslie Stretch ring the New York Stock Exchange opening bell on Friday. Associated Press
For the first time since the Great Recession a decade ago, the US Federal Reserve is poised to cut interest rates, shoring up America’s defenses as the global economy weakens.
Europe's share markets struggled on Thursday and the dollar and bond yields trimmed overnight gains made after the US Federal Reserve dampened bets that it might be readying its first interest rate cut in years. Oil and metals markets added to the pressure on stocks as traders knocked copper to a 2-1/2 month low
The dollar pushed higher on Thursday following a modest US Federal Reserve rate cut, its first in a decade, which left investors doubting that there is much more easing in the pipeline.
Robust earnings from Google-owner Alphabet and Twitter took the S&P 500 and Nasdaq indexes close to record levels on Friday, with data showing the domestic economy slowed lesser than expected in the second quarter providing support.
Ratings agencies Fitch and Standard & Poor’s (S&P) downgraded Argentina’s sovereign debt rating, flagging higher chances of a default in the wake of a shock primary election result that plunged the country into its latest economic crisis.
Turkish industrial production fell for the tenth consecutive month in June, data showed, offering few signs of a pick-up in economic growth as domestic demand remains weak after last year’s currency crisis.
Brazil’s decision to sell dollars on the spot market for the first time in a decade is a sign the central bank (CB) is finally willing to reduce its $385 billion pile of foreign exchange (forex) reserves, analysts said.
A flurry of interest rate cuts by the US Federal Reserve and a host of other central banks marks the broadest shift in global monetary policy since the depths of the financial crisis in 2009, analysts at Fitch Ratings said in a report.