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Stocks Up on Good News for Banks, Bad News for Borrowers

Rates are going higher as data shows confidence growing since Great Recession

(Newser) - US stocks mostly rose Thursday, as markets get accustomed to the idea of investing with less of a safety net from central banks around the world, reports the AP . The European Central Bank laid out its plan to pull back from the stimulus it's pumped into markets, but it... More »

G20 Hopes Send World Stocks Soaring

Hang Seng has best day in 4 months, Europe rallies

(Newser) - Asian stocks soared and European exchanges opened strong, reports the Wall Street Journal, as investors expressed optimism for a G20 deal and prepared for a probable 50-point rate cut by the European Central Bank. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong rocketed 7.4%, its best day in four months, while... More »

Automakers Lead Sharp Selloff Worldwide

Nikkei drops 4.5%, Europe opens down

(Newser) - Stocks in Asia and Europe plummeted today amid global fears for the auto industry and hesitation that this week's G20 summit in London might not deliver on ambitious goals. In Tokyo the Nikkei dropped 4.5%, with Toyota, Honda and Nissan all posting substantial falls. At midmorning stocks in London,... More »

Asia, Europe Rally, US Futures Soar

Obama team's plan sends markets up

(Newser) - Asian markets soared today and European exchanges opened higher as investors expressed optimism about the Obama administration's public-private asset purchase plan. In Hong Kong the Hang Seng rallied 4.1% to close at a five-week high, while the Nikkei in Tokyo closed up 3.4%. At midmorning bourses in London... More »

Obama Plan Boosts World Stocks

Asia, Europe soar on multibillion infrastructure proposals

(Newser) - Asian and European stocks advanced substantially today amid hopes that Barack Obama's proposed US stimulus package could pull the world out of an economic dive. In Hong Kong the Hang Seng shot up 7.5%, while in Tokyo the Nikkei closed up 5.2%.  Stock exchanges in London, Paris... More »

Euro Stocks Follow Asia Plunge

London, Paris, Frankfurt all dive at opening

(Newser) - Stock markets across Europe took a pounding this morning, following a dramatic market dive in Asia that saw the Tokyo exchange suffer its worst loss in 20 years. In London the FTSE opened down 10%, with similar losses in Paris and Frankfurt. Banking stocks were among the biggest losers in... More »

Banks Lead Europe Market Plunge

EU leaders' disagreements sow fear

(Newser) - Financial stocks led sharp declines across European markets this morning after the continent's finance ministers failed to agree on a joint effort to stem the crisis. By 10 a.m. in London the FTSE was down 5.2%, with troubled banking giant HBOS plummeting 15%. In Frankfurt the Dax was... More »

European Markets Slide as US Rescue Talks Stall

The lack of resolution in Washington sends shudders around the globe

(Newser) - European markets swooned on news of the US bailout troubles and the failure of Washington Mutual, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Dow Jones Stoxx 600 fell 1.5%, Germany’s DAX index slipped 1.4%, and the UK’s FTSE 100 and France’s CAC-40 each shed 1.3%.... More »

Rogue Trader Bet $73B —Twice SocGen's Worth

'Complicity' by others can't be ruled out

(Newser) - Maverick trader Jérôme Kerviel gambled with $73 billion, twice the market value of Société Générale, by stealing computer access codes and setting up fake email accounts, the French bank revealed as new details emerged in one of the biggest scandals in history. One executive also... More »

European Markets Yo-Yo

London, Frankfurt bourses swing wildly in early trading

(Newser) - European markets went haywire in early trading Tuesday as investors reacted to a second straight day of Asian declines and awaited the reopening of Wall Street. After a disastrous showing for the Nikkei, Hang Seng and other Asian bourses, European markets plunged: the FTSE 100 dropped 200 points minutes after... More »

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