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Daily Briefing: Draghi - pushing the case for stimulus


LONDON The European Central Bank is all but certain to keep its rates and asset-buying package unchanged today, repeating its December pledge to preserve "substantial" stimulus, even if the economy is moving in the right direction. ECB president Mario Draghi can also argue the recovery is by no means self-sustaining, underlying inflation is weak and the political risk from key elections is still a worry. On oil prices, he may well acknowledge they are higher than expected but merely


Trump-triggered trading bonanza looks set to continue

LONDON Donald Trump's surprise U.S. presidential election victory sparked a frenzy of trading and hedging late last year that boosted top U.S. banks' revenue by 26 percent, according to Reuters calculations, and looks set to keep driving activity.


Profit growth pickup could justify Wall Street rally

NEW YORK U.S. companies are set to report their strongest profit growth in two years, which could go a long way toward justifying Wall Street's record-breaking rally, say stock investors who anticipate many companies will top expectations.


Buoyant German economic growth will be tough to sustain

BERLIN A “golden decade” of growth and prosperity in Germany risks fading if the government fails to heed calls to increase investment and pursue structural reforms that lay the foundations for a new phase of economic expansion.


Despite soaring stocks, investor pessimism on UK markets runs deep

LONDON Stocks have never been higher, the economy is far stronger than most had predicted and the apocalyptic recession forecasts have been quietly withdrawn. Yet for all that, investor pessimism about UK markets runs deep.


Reluctant to hike rates, Turkey's central bank struggles with lira slide

ISTANBUL/ANKARA For some of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's aides, the mere suggestion that the central bank should raise interest rates as the lira slides through new record lows amounts to a plot against the state.


After Macau and Vegas, investors ask what's next for Australia's Packer

SYDNEY A decade ago, Australian billionaire James Packer had a clear, if unconventional, strategy: to turn his father's established television-to-newspaper conglomerate into a casino empire, tapping Asia's richest gamblers.


Trump rally makes stock options great again for some CEOs

BOSTON Donald Trump once described Jamie Dimon as "the worst banker in the United States," but the president-elect has helped make the boss of JPMorgan Chase & Co $50 million richer.


Don't expect Trump-style protectionism from Germany

BERLIN/FRANKFURT Germany is reviewing its powers to block foreign acquisitions after a spate of Chinese takeovers, but the government's commitment to free trade beats its concerns about haemorrhaging strategic technologies and will limit any changes.


Prices rise and businesses grow, but ECB probably not for turning

FRANKFURT A sharp rebound in euro zone inflation and a better-than-expected business outlook are certain to fire up demands from some hardliners for the European Central Bank to choke off it ultra-generous monetary policy.




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