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  • Asian stocks extend bounce on Wall Street, Fed cheer

    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) - Japanese stocks led Asian markets higher on Friday, after Wall Street boasted its biggest two-day advance since late 2011 amid relief the Federal Reserve was in no rush to start hiking interest rates. 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. Brent had ended Thursday $1.37 lighter at $59.81 a barrel, while U.S. crude was hovering around $54.88 after losing more than $2. In Asia, Japan's Nikkei climbed 1. ...


  • Oil tumbles after brief rebound; Brent back below $60

    A customer uses a petrol nozzle to fill up his tank in a gas station in NiceBy Barani Krishnan NEW YORK (Reuters) - Global crude oil prices slumped anew on Thursday, a day after a short-covering rally, as traders placed fresh bets the market would resume a six-month rout on worries about a supply glut. Benchmark Brent and U.S. crude tumbled $2 a barrel each in late trading after initially extending Wednesday's short-covering, which lifted oil prices by more than $3. With Brent back below the psychologically-key level of $60 a barrel and U.S. crude under $55, traders braced for more selling in a market that has lost about half its value since June. ...


  • 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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