Powell's testimony

U.S. stock index futures edged higher on Tuesday, ahead of Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s testimony before Congress that could shed more light on the central bank’s interest rate hike plans. The benchmark S&P 500 closed higher for a third straight session on Monday, as Treasury yields took a breather from their recent rally that […]

brave new world

There was a sense of hesitation in world markets on Friday about whether dramatic re-pricing of U.S. and European interest rate horizon over the past month was an overreaction and a New Year economic burst might prove to be a temporary fillip. Many central bank officials certainly seemed less quick to judgment. U.S. Federal Reserve […]

European shares

European shares fell on Tuesday, with UK’s Ocado sinking after a worse-than-expected full-year loss, while data from France and Spain pointed to inflation being stickier than feared. The continent-wide STOXX 600 index slipped 0.3% in the first hour of trading, after closing sharply higher in the previous session. “Whether it be Spain, France or Germany, […]

U.S. Labor Market

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, pointing to a persistently tight labor market, and further fueling fears that the Federal Reserve could raise interest rates higher than anticipated. Those worries were amplified by other data on Thursday showing inflation was much stronger than initially thought in the […]

Inflation Reduction Act

European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis will head to Washington next month for more talks about the U.S. Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), he said on Thursday, adding that discussions are unlikely to solve all the EU’s concerns about the law. Dombrovskis, the European Union’s commissioner for trade, said progress was being made in some areas […]

Carbon-removal companies

More than 20 companies in the burgeoning carbon removal industry on Thursday launched a coalition that will lobby the U.S. government for new policies to help commercialize the nascent technology, which has received a flood of private investment in recent years. The CRA will represent companies developing technologies to remove carbon emissions, buyers of credits […]

inflation data

Wall Street’s main indexes fell more than 1% on Friday as a surge in consumer spending and inflation in January sparked concerns that the Federal Reserve will stick to its hawkish stance for longer. The personal consumption expenditures (PCE) price index, the Fed’s preferred gauge of inflation, shot up 0.6% last month after gaining 0.2% […]

Blue chips

For markets increasingly wary of the inflation and interest rate implications of re-accelerating world growth, the positive of a new burst of economic confidence in the tech sector adds some cheer at least. The new year craze in artificial intelligence and chatbots seems to have electrified chip designer Nvidia, whose stock surged more than 8% […]