SYDNEY Asian shares slipped for a seventh straight session on Thursday as mixed economic data did nothing to assuage concerns about global growth, keeping sovereign bonds well supported as a hedge against deflation risks.
SINGAPORE Oil prices jumped on Thursday as a huge wildfire in Canada disrupted its oil sands production, while escalating fighting in Libya threatened the North African nation's output.
BEIJING - Activity in China's service sector expanded again in April, though the gains were slightly less robust than in March, a private survey showed on Thursday, as firms resumed adding staff after a rare decline the previous month.
SHANGHAI A long list of high-yield bond issuers are due to make debt payments in May in the $8 trillion market, which is pricing in increasing risks following an unprecedented number of defaults this year.
SYDNEY/SINGAPORE The yen showed signs of fatigue on Thursday after stepping back from recent peaks, while the greenback was supported by optimism the U.S. economy could bounce back after nearly stalling in the first quarter.
WASHINGTON The U.S. services sector expanded in April as new orders and employment accelerated, bolstering views that economic growth would rebound after almost stalling in the first quarter.
May 5 Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening up by 25 points, or 0.4 percent, on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on * The UK blue chip index closed down 73.57 points, or 1.2 percent, at 6,112.02 points on Wednesday, as basic resources stocks extended the previous day's losses and retailers came under pressure. * SABMILLER: Australia's antitrust regulator on Thursday cleared beer giant Anheus
May 2 U.S. stock index futures were marginally higher on the first trading day of the month on Monday as investors await manufacturing data to further assess the health of the world's largest economy.
LONDON, May 5 European equity futures rose on Thursday, marking a slight stabilisation after sharp falls on the region's stock markets in previous sessions that had pushed a key index down to its lowest level in nearly four weeks.
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