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Monsoon, macro-data to move equity markets

Monsoon, macro-data to move equity markets

The progress of monsoon rains, combined with the upcoming key quarterly results, and the release of macro-economic data points are expected to influence investors` sentiments in the coming week.

Gold struggles near 2-1/2-week low on US jobs data

Spot gold dropped 0.3 percent to $1,118.73 an ounce by 0040 GMT. The metal had fallen to $1,116.75 on Friday, the lowest since Aug. 19, posting a second straight weekly loss.

Strong US job, wage gains open door to mid-year rate hike

U.S. job growth rose solidly in January and wages rebounded, a show of economic strength that put a mid-year interest rate increase from the Federal Reserve back on the table.

Oil extends gains before US jobs data

Oil extends gains before US jobs data

Brent North Sea crude for March rallied $1.64 to $58.21 a barrel in London afternoon deals. 

QE or not QE? Spotlight on the ECB as inflation dips

The ECB`s monthly rate meeting will focus minds this week on the debate over quantitative easing in the euro zone, as a series of data releases on both sides of the Atlantic sheds more light on European woes and US strength.

Tokyo investors eye BoJ policy meet next week

Japanese machinery orders and consumer confidence will also be on radar screens as speculation increases that the BoJ will expand its stimulus to counter an economic downturn.

Asian shares up, dollar rallies in thin trade

The gains came despite a soft lead from Wall Street, while trade was quiet owing to public holidays in Hong Kong and Seoul.

World stocks fall, dollar up before US jobs data

Global shares fell on Friday and the euro eased against the dollar, hit by weak euro zone manufacturing data and nerves ahead of a key U.S. jobs report.

European stocks dip before US data, Fed

Investors also digested news of more Western sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis, with the euro at eight-month lows against the dollar.

Gold steady, seen vulnerable after strong US jobs data

The data stoked speculation the US Federal Reserve could hike interest rates earlier than expected.

Asian stocks, dollar rise on upbeat US jobs data

MSCI`s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.1 percent in early trade, close to this week`s three-year highs, while Japan`s Nikkei stock average rose 0.9 percent.

Gold edges above $1,250/oz but share rally curbs investor interest

US gold futures for August delivery gained $3.90 an ounce to $1,256.30.

World stocks inch towards all-time high

Asian stocks earlier touched their highest levels in nearly three years while Wall Street notched another record close on Friday.

Gold steady above $1,250 an ounce

Gold, often seen as an investment hedge, has a negative co-relation with equities and the dollar, both of which have been bolstered by the US jobs data.

Asia offers muted applause for ECB, eyes now on US jobs

Asian markets turned mixed on Friday as investors offered only polite applause for the European Central Bank`s latest stimulus package.

US jobs data shows steady growth exiting harsh winter

The world`s largest economy added 192,000 jobs in March -- a shade below analysts` average estimate of 195,000 net new jobs -- and the unemployment rate held steady at 6.7 percent, the Labor Department said.

Oil prices rise on jobs report, low Libya output

Oil prices advanced Friday due to a solid US jobs report and continued doubt about the prospects for a full recovery of Libyan exports.

US posts modest but solid job growth in March

The United States added a modest 192,000 jobs in March as the economy emerged from a brutal winter, while the unemployment rate held steady, Labor Department data showed on Friday .

Asia braces for US jobs test, euro nurses losses

Asian markets settled in for a subdued session on Friday as investors counted down the hours to the US jobs report, while the euro nursed a grudge after the European Central Bank opened the door to more aggressive easing, albeit not just yet.

Wall Street dips as investors wary before jobs data

US stocks slipped on Thursday, as investors turned cautious ahead of Friday`s monthly jobs report, while a drop in biotech and momentum shares dragged the Nasdaq down nearly 1 percent.