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  • Why 1998 was different to emerging-market crisis now Dec 16, 2014 8:22 AM
    Oil prices were tanking. Emerging-market currencies were in a freefall. Venezuela was mired in a financial crisis and Russia had sunk into a debt default and devaluation. The year was 1998. Emerging markets today look a lot like they did back then. Yet there have been key changes.

  • Hedge fund manager who remembers 1998 says prepare for pain Dec 16, 2014 9:07 AM
    One hedge fund manager says exchange rates reveal emerging-market dangers. Russia’s ruble, Brazil’s real, Mexico’s peso, Turkey’s lira, the South African rand and Indoniesian rupiah have all hit the skids. The biggest causes for worry, bigger than a recession in Russia or the oil-price plunge: the slowdown in China.

  • An early rally fizzles, leaving indexes lower Dec 16, 2014 4:51 PM
    Sudden twists in the price of oil and currency trading turned the stock market into a roller-coaster ride on Tuesday. Major indexes opened lower as falling oil prices and a plunge in the Russian ruble weighed on markets.

  • Stocks fall after biggest weekly loss since 2012 Dec 15, 2014 4:44 PM
    Falling oil prices pushed U.S. stocks down broadly on Monday, extending losses into a second week. European stocks also fell, and the Russian ruble plunged to a record low against the dollar as the continuing collapse in the price of oil reverberated through global financial markets.

  • Stocks plunge as oil continues slide Dec 12, 2014 4:51 PM
    A rapid decline in crude hit stocks all week. Oil fell again Friday after the International Energy Agency said global demand will grow less than previously forecast next year. The news drove crude down for the fourth day in five, leaving the price 12 percent lower for the week and well below $60 per barrel.

  • Retail sales report boosts stock market Dec 11, 2014 4:18 PM
    Good news on U.S. retail sales lifted the stock market Thursday, although worries about the latest plunge in oil prices kept the gains in check.

  • Stocks slide the most in two months Dec 10, 2014 4:03 PM
    Oil resumed its slide on Wednesday and took the stock market down with it. The catalyst for the latest sell-off in oil was an OPEC report that projected demand for its crude would sink next year to levels not seen in more than a decade. Demand for the cartel’s oil has been eroded as other countries such as the U.S. have stepped up production.

  • Stocks are mostly spared from a global sell-off Dec 9, 2014 4:35 PM
    The U.S. stock market ended slightly lower Tuesday, avoiding the sharp declines in Europe and Asia thanks to a rally in beaten-down energy companies.

  • U.S. stocks fall as energy sector drops sharply Dec 8, 2014 5:38 PM
    U.S. stocks fell on Monday as oil prices turned sharply lower and spooked investors into dumping shares of drillers and other energy-service companies. The drop in oil weighed on stocks from the start of trading. Weak trade figures out of China and news that Japan’s recession is deeper than initially thought suggested demand for crude would be lower in those two economies.

  • 2015 bond outlook: Low expectations Dec 7, 2014 7:42 AM
    The bond market will likely produce modest returns, if they’re positive at all, according to many bond-fund managers. It’s a matter of math: Bonds are offering very low interest rates following a decades-long drop in yields. That means they’re producing less income.

  • Stocks rise after hiring surge; Dow misses 18,000 Dec 5, 2014 4:08 PM
    November’s jobs report, as well as other positive economic data, could raise expectations among investors that the Federal Reserve will soon start raising interest rates. Last month marks the 10th straight month of job gains above 200,000, and would put 2014 on track to be the best year for hiring since 1999.

  • Stocks slip on ECB stimulus speculation Dec 4, 2014 4:36 PM
    The stock market posted slight losses Thursday after European Central Bank officials decided to delay any stimulus for the struggling continent until next year. Investors also braced for the release of Friday’s closely watched U.S. jobs report.

  • Stocks extend record run ahead of jobs report Dec 3, 2014 4:44 PM
    A batch of good news on the economy Wednesday pushed the stock market to new highs. News: Payroll processer ADP said that U.S. companies added 208,000 jobs in November, the third straight month that hiring has topped 200,000. A separate report showed that service sector activity climbed close to an eight-month high in November.

  • Russian ruble takes a nosedive on low oil prices Dec 1, 2014 8:56 AM
    Russia’s ruble has dropped more than 3 percent, pressured by declining oil prices and the flagging economy. The Russian currency traded 52 rubles against the dollar at the opening on Monday after losing 15 percent in the previous week. The Kremlin, which in the past supported the exchange rate by buying up the rubles, says it considers the pressure on the ruble to be speculative and is happy for a ruble free float. The ruble has been suffering from low oil prices as well as its flagging economy and the pressure of Western sanctions over its role in Ukraine. Oil prices, the backbone of the Russian economy, dropped roughly 25 percent since the summer. Brent crude, an international benchmark, fell 3 percent to $70.15 a barrel on Friday.

  • Stocks slip after retail sales weaken, China slows Dec 1, 2014 4:49 PM
    Mounting signs of weakness in the global economy and a poor start to the holiday shopping season knocked the stock market lower on Monday.

  • Stock indexes hold near record ahead of holiday Nov 26, 2014 2:50 PM
    U.S. stocks were little changed on Wednesday, keeping the major indexes near record levels, as investors assessed the latest reports on the economy.

  • Stocks dip as oil pushes energy sector lower Nov 25, 2014 5:59 PM
    A slump in energy prices pushed the stock market back from record levels on Tuesday. Energy stocks slid as the price of oil resumed its descent. Traders speculated that member nations of the oil-producing group OPEC would fail to agree on production cuts at an upcoming meeting in Vienna on Thursday.

  • Stocks inch further into record territory Nov 24, 2014 4:17 PM
    The stock market stayed at record levels on Monday as investors remained confident that stimulus measures from the world’s central banks would help revive global economic growth. Stocks have surged since bottoming out in a slump that stretched from mid-September to mid-October.

  • Dow, S&P 500 push further into record territory Nov 21, 2014 4:10 PM
    The latest records extended a comeback in the S&P 500, which has increased 11 percent since plunging in mid-October.Investors on Friday cheered news of an interest rate cut in China and the possibility that Europe’s central bank will step up stimulus efforts in the region.

  • Dow, S&P 500 edge back up to record highs Nov 20, 2014 4:49 PM
    U.S. stocks rebounded Thursday, sending the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index back into record territory. It was the second record-high close for the Dow this week and the third for the S&P 500. The modest gains erased losses from the day before, pushing the three major stock indexes further ahead for the week.

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