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May 16, 2024 3:33 PM

Global stocks and bonds bask in rate cut hopes

World stocks hit a record high and bond markets rallied on Thursday as galvanized hopes of interest rates cuts in the United States and other major economies extended a powerful month-long global bull run. Investors were still basking in the glow of Wednesday's mild U.S. inflation data as well as growing optimism in Asia that China was finally looking at the kind of measures that might ease its property crisis. MSCI's benchmark world stocks index, which tracks 47 countries, was up for a sixth ...

May 13, 2024 5:29 PM

Stocks grind towards record highs in inflation-heavy week

Global stocks neared record highs on Monday, in a week where inflation figures could make or break expectations for earlier U.S. rate cuts, while Chinese activity data will test optimism about a sustained recovery in the world's No. 2 economy. While U.S. inflation data will take centre-stage, reports on Chinese retail sales and industrial output could also have a big impact on overall investor sentiment. Chinese authorities are also set to sell 1 trillion yuan ($140 billion) in longer-dated bo...

May 3, 2024 10:45 AM

Asian stocks surge on tech boost; yen extends gains to cap wild week

Asian stocks rallied on Friday after Apple's record $110 billion share buyback plan lifted the tech sector, while the yen put more distance from recent 34-year lows to cap a tumultuous week that saw suspected interventions from Tokyo. With markets in Japan and mainland China closed on Friday, regional trading activity is likely to be subdued as traders look ahead to the U.S. nonfarm payrolls data later in the day. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 1.5% and was set...

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