U.S. Federal Reserve

Dollar Pauses for Breath as China GDP Beats Estimates

The dollar slipped on Tuesday after a sharp rise overnight as strong U.S. economic data reinforced expectations that the Federal Reserve will hike interest rates in May, while China’s economic recovery gathered pace in the first quarter. The dollar index, which measures the currency against six major rivals, eased 0.078% to 102.01, after rising 0.5% […]

Dollar slides as US inflation slows, tech drags on Hong Kong

Asian stocks struggled on Thursday, dragged down by tech and property selling in Hong Kong, while the dollar was under pressure as softening U.S. inflation seemed to suggest the Federal Reserve’s rate hike cycle was nearing its end. Early in the Asia day the euro hit a 2-1/2 month top at $1.10. Investors are positive […]

European Stocks Touch New Highs, All Eyes on Inflation, Fed Minutes

European stock indexes hit new highs on Wednesday as markets anticipated crucial U.S. inflation data which could give signals on how soon the Federal Reserve will end its aggressive rate hikes. After Friday’s jobs report showed a resilient U.S. labour market, emboldening bets of a 25 basis point hike at the Fed’s next meeting in […]

Bitcoin Breaks Above $30,000 as Investors Eye End of Rate Rises

Major cryptocurrency bitcoin breached the key $30,000 level for the first time in 10 months on Tuesday, adding to its steady gains as investors raised bets that the U.S. Federal Reserve will soon end its aggressive monetary tightening campaign. Bitcoin peaked at $30,438 in Asian trade and was last up 1.96% at $30,233. It has […]

World Stocks Survive Banking Turmoil - But for How Long

Banking sector turmoil has not dented demand for equities, with MSCI’s world stock index up 7% so far this year. Hopes that the Federal Reserve and others could soon pause the most aggressive interest rate hiking cycle in decades has supported stocks even as sentiment more generally has been rattled by the failures of two […]

Dollar Rises Cautiously ahead of Key Non-farm Payrolls Data

The dollar crept higher on Thursday but stood near a two-month low as traders weighed how pivotal U.S. jobs data coming out on a stock trading holiday would impact Federal Reserve policy, after a raft of data this week pointed to a cooling economy. The closely watched U.S. non-farm payrolls report on Friday, when many […]

Wall Street Ends Down as Weak Economic Data Fuels Recession Fears

Wall Street closed lower on Tuesday after evidence of a cooling economy exacerbated worries that the Federal Reserve’s campaign to rein in decades-high inflation may cause a deep downturn. All three major indexes fell as data showed U.S. job openings in February dropped to the lowest level in nearly two years, suggesting that the labor […]