Asia stocks quiet in holiday-muted trade
2013-09-20 04:37:51 UTC
BANGKOK (AP) — Japan's benchmark stock index rose modestly but markets elsewhere in Asia were quiet or closed Friday, two days after the Fed announced it would keep its unprecedented stimulus program in place.
The Nikkei 225 index in Tokyo rose...
US home sales hit 6½-year high but could slow soon
2013-09-19 16:16:33 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home sales rose last month to the highest level since February 2007 as buyers rushed to close deals before mortgage rates increased further.
Yet the gain could represent a temporary peak if higher rates slow sales in comi...
World stocks rise as Fed wraps up 2-day meeting
2013-09-18 09:42:15 UTC
BANGKOK (AP) — World stock markets rose modestly Wednesday as investor tensions eased before the Federal Reserve winds up a crucial policy meeting later in the day.
The Fed is widely expected to announce a reduction in its massive bond-buying p...
European auto sales hit new low
2013-09-17 20:00:35 UTC
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Car sales in Europe are still sagging despite the return of modest economic growth.
For the first eight months of the year, passenger car sales in the European Union were off 5.2 percent to 7.84 million compared with t...
Oil falls below $106 ahead of Fed policy meeting
2013-09-17 07:39:28 UTC
BANGKOK (AP) — The price of oil fell below $106 a barrel Tuesday, anticipating that the U.S. Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting will end with an announcement to scale back its unprecedented monetary stimulus.
Benchmark oil for October del...
Oil edges down toward $108 as Syria talks continue
2013-09-13 07:25:30 UTC
BANGKOK (AP) — Oil prices fell slightly Friday as the U.S. and Russia held discussions in Geneva aimed at getting Syria to give up its chemical weapons.
Talks between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov...
Oil rises past $106 ahead of Fed policy decision
2013-09-18 09:41:08 UTC
BANGKOK (AP) — The price of oil rose Wednesday, regaining some of the ground lost this week as oil traders prepared for an expected reduction in the U.S. Federal Reserve's massive monetary stimulus.
Benchmark oil for October delivery was up 80 ...
Easing of concerns over Syria boost Asian shares
2013-09-10 04:55:55 UTC
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher Tuesday, boosted by good data from Japan and China and some easing of concerns over Syria after Russia offered to press Damascus to put its chemical weapons under international control.
US exempts EU nations from Iran oil sanctions
2013-09-07 07:12:46 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. granted exemption from Iran sanctions to 10 European countries and Japan on Friday because all of them have significantly reduced or halted oil imports from the Islamic Republic.
Japan continues to import oil from Ira...
Asia stocks tentative ahead of US jobs report
2013-09-06 05:41:38 UTC
BANGKOK (AP) — Asian stock markets were tentative Friday, exercising prudence ahead of a key U.S. jobs report.
Jitters remained over Syria's civil war and whether the U.S. would launch a punitive strike against President Bashar Assad's regime f...
Stocks edge higher after encouraging jobs reports
2013-09-05 17:32:12 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks edged higher Thursday after a pair of reports provided more evidence that the U.S. is maintaining a slow but steady economic recovery.
The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dropped last week and is near th...
Oil dips but stays over $108 before US job report
2013-09-06 05:39:48 UTC
BANGKOK (AP) — The price of oil dipped slightly Friday ahead of the release of a key U.S. employment report.
Benchmark oil for October delivery was down 3 cents at $108.34 per barrel at midday Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York ...
Oil hovers below $107 as tensions over Syria ease
2013-09-03 08:02:08 UTC
BANGKOK (AP) — Oil prices fell further Tuesday as President Barack Obama's struggle to win support for U.S. military intervention in Syria diminished expectations of an attack.
Benchmark crude for October delivery was down 95 cents to $106.70 p...
Oil drops below $108 as US weighs Syria options
2013-08-31 19:43:00 UTC
The price of oil fell below $108 a barrel Friday as an imminent U.S. attack on Syria appeared less likely.
President Barack Obama says he hasn't made a final decision about a military strike against Syria. But he is considering a limited and na...
Oil lease sale: 21M acres in western Gulf
2013-08-29 02:55:11 UTC
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — ConocoPhillips Co. had $50.3 million in high bids, including the day's highest single bid of $30.5 million, in the second-smallest federal oil lease sale for tracts off the Texas coast since area-wide sales began in 1983.
Why the stock market is having a chilly August
2013-08-21 07:53:28 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — It's been a chilly August for the stock market.
At the start of the month, the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 index hit all-time highs. Now the market is down 4 percent from its peak, and August is on tra...
Stock drop on mixed earnings; Caterpillar sinks
2013-10-23 17:54:34 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Mixed earnings reports pushed the Standard& Poor's 500 index from a record on Wednesday.
Caterpillar slumped after the maker of mining and construction equipment said its third-quarter earnings plunged. The company cut its earni...
Asia stocks sink as Fed hints at stimulus phaseout
2013-08-22 07:22:55 UTC
BANGKOK (AP) — Asian stock markets fell Thursday after the Federal Reserve made it known that its top officials were leaning toward phasing out its massive stimulus program.
The Fed released minutes of its July policy meeting Wednesday that sho...
Dow slips to worst week of 2013
2013-08-17 00:01:11 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks fell Friday, closing out what was the worst week of the year for the Dow Jones industrial average.
The market was dragged lower by a weak performance from retailers and companies sensitive to higher interest rates. Homebu...
NY prosecutor: 'London Whale' charges a warning
2013-08-15 11:08:35 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Financial companies need to create an honest culture among employees to prevent the kind of conspiracy that enabled two former JPMorgan Chase & Co. traders in London to falsify bank records to cover up trading losses that cost the ...
Russia accused of trade war against Ukraine
2013-08-15 11:06:48 UTC
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian politicians are accusing Russia of waging a trade war as a way to pressure the country against signing a cooperation pact with the European Union.
Late last month Russia banned popular Ukrainian confectionary prod...
Stock market ekes out small gains; Apple climbs
2013-08-14 05:25:51 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Major stock indexes eked out small gains Tuesday after an upturn in technology companies outweighed weakness in other parts of the market, including a drop in airlines.
The gain in technology stocks was driven by Apple. The tech...
Oil falls to near $106 ahead of Europe growth data
2013-08-14 05:22:49 UTC
BANGKOK (AP) — The price of oil fell Wednesday as traders waited for European growth figures that might show the continent has emerged from a long recession.
Benchmark crude for September delivery was down 63 cents to $106.20 per barrel at midd...
Israel approves nearly 1,200 more settlement homes
2013-08-12 05:11:24 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel approved building nearly 1,200 more settlement homes Sunday and agreed to release 26 long-held Palestinian security prisoners — highlighting an apparent settlements-for-prisoners trade-off that got both sides back to peace ...
Stocks slide on a quiet day, end down for the week
2013-08-10 07:03:05 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Friday was the ho-hum capstone to a ho-hum week in the stock market as unimpressive earnings kept investors feeling wary and news about the U.S. economy left them uninspired.
All three major indexes ended lower, and almost every...