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Global stocks fall after UK's Truss defends tax cuts

Sep. 29, 2022 05:33 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — European stocks tumbled Thursday and Asian markets were mixed after British Prime Minister Liz Truss defended a tax-cut plan that rattled investors. London's market benchmark plunged 2.3% and Frankfurt lost 1.9% in early trading. Shanghai and Hong Kong also declined....

Asian stocks follow Wall St higher after UK calms markets

Sep. 28, 2022 23:56 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets followed Wall Street higher Thursday after Britain's central bank moved forcefully to stop a budding financial crisis. Market benchmarks in Hong Kong, Seoul and Sydney added more than 1%. Shanghai and Tokyo also rose. Oil prices edged lower after...

China's yuan slides to 14-year low after US rate hikes

Sep. 28, 2022 06:53 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s yuan fell to a 14-year low against the dollar Wednesday despite central bank efforts to stem the slide after U.S. interest rate hikes prompted traders to convert money into dollars in search of higher returns. A weaker yuan helps Chinese exporters by making...

Asian shares sharply lower after wobbly day on Wall Street

Sep. 27, 2022 23:45 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares tumbled Wednesday after a wobbly day ended with mixed results on Wall Street as markets churn over the prospect of a possible recession. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index sank 2.2% to 25,984.51 while the Kospi in Seoul lost 2.8% to 2,161.86. In Sydney, the...

US consumers gaining confidence as gas prices keep falling

Sep. 27, 2022 11:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers grew more confident for the second month in a row as gas prices continued to fall. The Conference Board said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index rose to 108 in September, from 103.6 in August. The back-to-back monthly increases follow three...

Asian shares mixed after Dow falls into bear market

Sep. 26, 2022 23:14 PM EDT

Stocks were mixed in Asia on Tuesday after closing broadly lower on Wall Street, where the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell into what’s known as a bear market. Tokyo, Sydney and Shanghai advanced while Hong Kong and Seoul declined. U.S. futures rose and oil prices also were...

Fed officials call for more rate hikes to fight inflation

Sep. 26, 2022 18:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve will have to keep boosting its benchmark interest rate to a point that raises unemployment and gets inflation down from unusually high levels, two officials said in separate remarks Monday. Susan Collins, the new president of the Federal...

Bank of England fails to reassure markets after pound plunge

Sep. 26, 2022 13:53 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England sought to reassure financial markets after the British pound touched an all-time low against the U.S. dollar Monday, but its entreaty fell flat for investors concerned about a sweeping package of tax cuts that further jolted a faltering economy that the...

The British pound has taken a tumble. What's the impact?

Sep. 26, 2022 12:22 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The pound is taking a pounding. The British currency has taken a plunge, sliding against the U.S. dollar to touch an all-time low. It's a sign of the alarm in financial markets over new Prime Minister Liz Truss' emergency budget measures unveiled last week aimed at...

Europe's outlook 'darkening,' ECB head hedges on recession

Sep. 26, 2022 11:52 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The head of the European Central Bank said Monday that the economic outlook “is darkening” and she expects business activity to “slow substantially” in the coming months as high energy and food prices pushed up by the war in Ukraine sap consumer spending power. ...