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    LONDON-- European stocks fell Tuesday, stepping away from the record highs reached after better-than- expected German and Spanish data showed upbeat developments in both economies. The Stoxx Europe 600 fell 0.9% to 387.68, with all sectors finishing in the red, including a roughly 1.3% drop in the financial group. The index in recent sessions has been hitting its best levels since 2007, with analysts attributing the gains to an anticipated flood of liquidity from the European...

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    * European stock markets fall but stay near multi-year highs. * FTSEurofirst down 1 pct to 1,545.35 points. * DAX near record highs, FTSEurofirst near 7-yr high. * Veolia falls after Groupama sells stake. * Strong German retail sales keep sentiment positive. By Sudip Kar-Gupta.

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    LONDON-- U.K. stocks fell Tuesday, with investors swatting down shares of banking heavyweight Barclays PLC (BCS) and miner Glencore PLC (GLCNF), pulling the benchmark FTSE 100 away from a record high. The FTSE 100 dropped 0.7% to 6,889.13 as all major sectors ended lower. The fall in U.K. equities mirrored a drive lower on other European and U.S. indexes that have recently hit record highs.

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    * Euro little changed after drop against dollar. * Dollar rise against yen stalls on Abe adviser's comments. * Traders position for ECB bond-buying, U.S. jobs report. By Michael Connor. The dollar softened on Tuesday after touching an 11-year high against an index of other major currencies as dealers awaited details of Europe's massive bond-buying program and a key U.S. jobs report.

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    * Markets waiting for operational details on QE. * Survey shows chance of Grexit highest since 2012. By John Geddie and Emelia Sithole-Matarise. Most euro zone bond yields bounced off record lows on Tuesday as investors waited for the European Central Bank to provide more details of its trillion euro quantitative easing programme later this week.

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    A decade-long period of rock-bottom default rates on emerging- market debt looks to be coming to an end. All the factors that fed a boom in overseas borrowing -- fast economic growth, a weak dollar, booming commodity prices, and low U.S. interest rates -- appear to be changing.

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    * European stock markets fall but stay near multi-year highs. * DAX near record highs, FTSEurofirst near 7-yr high. * Veolia falls after Groupama sells stake. * Strong German retail sales support sentiment. By Sudip Kar-Gupta. European stock markets slipped off multi-year highs on Tuesday, pegged back by falls in the shares of French environment company Veolia and British bank Barclays.

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    * Canadian dollar at C$1.2460 or 80.26 U.S. cents * Bond prices lower across the maturity curve By Solarina Ho TORONTO, March 3 - The Canadian dollar strengthened sharply against its U.S. counterpart on Tuesday after data showed the economy grew at a faster pace than forecast during the fourth quarter, reinforcing expectations that the Bank of Canada will likely keep interest rates on hold.

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    It's tough to come out swinging with one hand tied behind your back. Glencore (GLCNF) is a company that would like to take advantage of opportunities created by the commodity price slump. Witness the trader-cum-miner's decision to scoop up trading inventory on the cheap in the second half of 2014: That should pay off this year but it pushed up inventories in its trading business, effectively a type of very short-term, liquid debt.

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    Turkish stock exchange Borsa Istanbul said on Tuesday it plans to go public, in Ankara's latest move to bolster its $220 billion equity market which has punched below its weight for years. Borsa Istanbul, the country's only stock exchange, plans to list up to 43 percent of its capital through the sale of most of the shares now held by the national Treasury.

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    Stock futures pointed to a lower opening for Canada's main stock index on Tuesday after stronger-than-expected GDP data for the fourth quarter suggested the Bank of Canada would be less inclined to cut interest rates at its meeting on Wednesday. March futures on the S&P TSX index were down 0.17 percent at 8:30 a.m. ET.

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    The Canadian dollar hit its firmest level of the session against its U.S. counterpart on Tuesday after data showed that the Canadian economy grew by a higher-than-expected annualized rate of 2.4 percent in the fourth quarter. The Canadian dollar hit C$1.2435 against the greenback, or 80.42 U.S. cents shortly after the data was released.

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    A retail sales index in Brazil's largest city, Sao Paulo, fell 9.2 percent in February from a year earlier due to earlier carnival holidays and an increase in energy and transportation prices, local retail association ACSP said on Tuesday.

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    Analysts say the periphery looks increasingly interesting. LONDON-- The economic clouds over Europe may be starting to lift. While the sentiment on Europe has been overshadowed by the recent Greek debt debacle, the truth is the eurozone is doing much better fundamentally than it has been giving credit for.

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    Stock futures pointed to a higher opening for Canada's main stock index on Tuesday as Brent crude prices jumped. March futures on the S&P TSX index were up 0.04 percent at 7:15 a.m. ET. Fourth-quarter GDP data is due at 8:30 a.m. ET.

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    European stock indices edged higher on Tuesday, helped by a strong performance on Wall Street on Monday and better-than-expected data from the eurozone's largest economy. German retail sales unexpectedly surged in January, expanding at a year-on-year pace of 5.3% in January, and rising 2.9% from December, well above consensus forecasts.