NEW YORK - Stock prices in the U.S. energy sector have been under pressure in 2015, and there could be more bad news to come when several key players report their fourth-quarter results next week.
BEIJING - China's factory sector unexpectedly shrank for the first time in nearly 2-1/2 years in January and firms see more gloom ahead, an official survey showed, raising expectations that policymakers will take more action to forestall a sharper slowdown.
BERLIN - A majority of Germans favor Greece remaining in the euro zone despite its new leftist government in Athens rejecting austerity, a poll for newspaper Bild am Sonntag showed on Sunday.
BRUSSELS - The Federal Reserve's upgraded view that growth in the world's biggest economy is "solid", and so capable of withstanding an interest rate rise this year, will be put to the test by U.S. jobs data this week.
VIENNA - The surging Swiss franc has dealt a double blow to homeowners in Austria, home of the trend for borrowing in the Swiss currency that has devastated mortgage holders across eastern Europe.
- After a year of landmark deals which are opening new markets for Islamic finance, the industry is under fresh pressure to address some of its shortcomings and prove that it is not just an imitation of conventional finance.
LONDON, Jan 30 - The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index advanced on Friday and headed for its best monthly performance in 5-1/2 years, with Germany's DAX share index outperforming after encouraging retail sales data.
* Indexes decline: Dow 1.45 pct, S&P 1.3 pct, Nasdaq 1.03 pct
PARIS, Jan 30 - European stocks dipped on Friday but posted their best monthly performance in over three years, lifted by hopes the European Central Bank's quantitative easing programme will revive the region's economic growth and corporate earnings will bounce.
TOKYO, Jan 30 - Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Friday as strong company earnings led by Nomura Holdings and Advantest Corp buoyed sentiment, but a sell-off in index-heavyweight SoftBank Corp limited the gains. The Nikkei ended 0.4 percent higher at 17,674.39. For the week, the Nikkei gained 0.9 percent, while it rose 1.3 percent for the month. The broader Topix added 0.1 percent to 1,415.07 and the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 advanced 0.1 percent to 12,830.17. SoftBank Corp
Jan 30 - Hong Kong shares fell for a second day on Friday, racheting up it biggest weekly loss in seven weeks as sharp falls in mainland stocks and a weaker yuan hurt sentiment.