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  • Asia stocks boast biggest rise in 15 months, BOJ quietly confident

    A man stands next to a stock quotation board displaying Japan's Nikkei average at the Tokyo Stock Exchange in TokyoBy Wayne Cole SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian shares enjoyed their best day in 15 months on Friday, after Wall Street boasted its biggest two-day advance since late 2011 amid relief the Federal Reserve was in no rush to withdraw stimulus from the U.S. economy. The gains came even as oil stayed under pressure, suggesting equity investors were beginning to see the positives in lower fuel costs and increased consumer spending power. Japan's Nikkei climbed 2.1 percent to erase most of it's recent losses, while Australia's main index romped ahead by 2.2 percent . ...

  • Brent steady below $60, heads for fourth weekly decline as oversupply persists

    A customer holds a nozzle to fill up his tank in a gasoline station in NiceBy Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Brent crude held below $60 a barrel near a 5-1/2-year low on Friday as a global oversupply of oil showed little sign of receding, even as companies cut upstream investments next year. Oil prices were on track for a fourth straight week of declines after OPEC members last month decided against cutting production in response to a drop of nearly 50 percent in prices since late June. Brent crude for February delivery was up 4 cents at $59.31 a barrel by 0341 GMT (10:41 p.m. EST). The contract had settled down $1. ...

  • Russian ruble weakens as traders see no major measures in Putin speech

    A board showing currency exchange rates is on display in VladivostokMOSCOW (Reuters) - The ruble weakened against the dollar and euro on Thursday with traders saying President Vladimir Putin had so far offered no concrete measures to pull Russia out of a crisis at his end-of-year news conference. At 0954 GMT (04:54 a.m. EST), the ruble was around 3 percent weaker against the dollar at 62.04 after opening more than 1 percent higher. The rouble was also around 2 percent weaker versus the euro at 76.50 on the Moscow Exchange. ...

  • U.S. holiday sales may recover with help of deep discounts

    File photo of shoppers browsing at Neiman Marcus at The Plaza, King of Prussia Mall in King of PrussiaCHICAGO (Reuters) - Despite a disappointing Thanksgiving weekend, U.S. holiday sales may squeak by expectations if steeper and longer-running discounts lure enough shoppers.

  • U.S. to sell final $1.25 billion shares of Ally Financial from bailout

    Ally Financial CEO Michael Carpenter gives an interview following his company's IPO on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange(Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury Department will sell its remaining 54.9 million shares of Ally Financial Inc acquired under the government's bailout of the auto lender, Ally said on Thursday. The stake is worth about $1.25 billion, based on Ally's Thursday closing price of $22.75 on the New York Stock Exchange. Separately, Ally said in a regulatory filing that it had received a subpoena from the Department of Justice for information related to its subprime automotive finance lending practices. ...

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