Global Markets

Equities extend rally; oil rebounds, helping rouble rise


NEW YORK - Equity markets worldwide extended the week's rally on Friday and oil prices rebounded from recent lows, as investors closed out the last full week of trading in 2014 on an upbeat note.

U.S. labor market weaker than jobless rate shows: Fed study

- The U.S. labor market may have more slack than the rapid decline in the unemployment rate suggests, according to a study published Friday by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, pointing to the need for continued easy-money policies.

19 Dec 2014

Oil surges 5 percent as bears take profits, seeing $60 floor

NEW YORK - Oil closed up as much as 5 percent on Friday, its biggest gain in over two years, as some traders took profits on short positions after prices this week hit their lowest since 2009.

19 Dec 2014

Outgoing USDA chief economist sees China, foreign data as key

CHICAGO - China will become an even bigger market for U.S. farm goods in coming years but obtaining accurate information on the country’s food situation will remain a big challenge, according to U.S. Agriculture Department Chief Economist Joseph Glauber.

19 Dec 2014

Cuba expects stronger growth as relations with U.S. improve

HAVANA - Cuba said on Friday its economy will grow a healthy 4 percent in 2015, apparently banking on improved diplomatic and economic relations with the United States to pull it out of years of stagnation.

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Wall Street up for third day, led by energy shares

NEW YORK - U.S. stocks extended gains for a third session on Friday, giving the S&P 500 its best weekly performance in nearly two months as energy shares continued to rebound. | Video

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World Markets

Tech stocks lead European shares higher on M&A boost

PARIS, Dec 19 - European stocks climbed early on Friday, with French information technology services firm Atos SE leading a rally in tech stocks after unveiling a deal to buy Xerox Corp's IT outsourcing arm.

US STOCKS-Wall St up for 3rd day, led by energy shares

* Indexes up: Dow 0.15 pct, S&P 500 0.46 pct, Nasdaq 0.36 pct

Nikkei posts biggest daily gain in 6-1/2 weeks; market awaits BOJ chief comments

TOKYO, Dec 19 - Japanese stocks posted their best day in 6-1/2 weeks on Friday as investors continued to take heart from the U.S. Federal Reserve's "patient" approach to raising interest rates, while awaiting comments from the head of the Bank Of Japan after it held policy steady. The Nikkei benchmark ended 2.4 percent higher at 17,621.40, its biggest daily percentage gain since early November. For the week, the index is up 1.4 percent. The Bank of Japan maintained its massi

Hong Kong shares close up, buoyed by U.S. optimism

HONG KONG, Dec 19 - Hong Kong shares finished up on Friday, climbing for a second day heartened by the prospect that U.S. interest rates will stay low for a while.

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