US weekly jobless claims drop to nine-month low; productivity gains speed

Weekly jobless claims drop 3,000 to 183,000 Continuing claims decrease 11,000 to 1,655 million Productivity accelerates at a 3.0% rate in the fourth quarter Unit labor costs grow at 1.1% pace WASHINGTON, Feb 2 (Reuters) – The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits dropped to a nine-month low last week as the … Read more

Gulf markets mixed as Qatar falls, Dubai gains

Feb 2 (Reuters) – Qatar’s stock market was the worst performer among mixed Gulf bourses on Thursday amid volatile energy markets, while Dubai shares ended higher on a strong banking sector performance. The Qatari stock index (.QSI) dropped 0.9%, falling for a fourth consecutive session, with most of its constituent stocks in negative territory. Index … Read more

Goldman Sachs raises emerging markets equities forecast

Feb 2 (Reuters) – Goldman Sachs on Thursday revised its forecast for emerging market equities upwards as it sees the developing world benefiting from the reopening of China’s borders, improving European growth prospects and softening US inflation. The investment bank sees MSCI’s index of emerging market shares (.MSCIEF) hitting 1,150 over the next 12 months, … Read more

Investor reaction to Adani market rout after short-seller report

SINGAPORE, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Adani Group called off a $2.5 billion share sale as losses for the conglomerate’s biggest firms snowballed to more than $100 billion in the wake of a US short-seller’s report. The rout has sparked concern that the fallout could also affect, more broadly, confidence in India. Following are comments from … Read more

Adani market losses snowball to $100 bln on shelved share sale

NEW DELHI, Feb 2 (Reuters) – India’s Adani group shares sank on Thursday after market turmoil forced the conglomerate to ax a crucial $2.5 billion stock offering, deepening its market losses to more than $100 billion and sparking worries about the potential systemic impact. The withdrawal of Adani Enterprises’ (ADEL.NS) share sale marked a dramatic … Read more

Morning bid: Markets go all in for disinflation

SYDNEY, Feb 2 (Reuters) – A look at the day ahead in European and global markets from Wayne Cole. Push back? What push back? The main theme ahead of the Fed announcement was that Chair Jerome Powell would definitely, totally, absolutely push back against the recent rapid easing in market conditions given inflation was still … Read more

Rupee likely to open higher after Fed, local equities in focus

MUMBAI, Feb 2 (Reuters) – The Indian rupee is expected to open stronger on Thursday, as markets perceived the US Federal Reserve to be a bit dovish, with investors keeping an eye on domestic equities after late developments in the Adani saga. The rupee was seen around 81.70 per US dollar in early trades, compared … Read more

Asian shares jump, dollar eases after Powell comments

SINGAPORE, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Asian stocks jumped on Thursday while the dollar eased after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said a “disinflationary” process was underway, boosting risk appetite and hope that the US central bank will soon end its monetary tightening streak. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan (.MIAPJ0000PUS) was 0.84% ​​higher, … Read more

Wall Street down but off session lows after Fed rate hike, trading choppy

Fed raises interest rates, sees “ongoing increases” Indexes down: Dow 0.96%, S&P 0.40%, Nasdaq 0.03% Feb 1 (Reuters) – US stock indexes were lower on Wednesday in choppy trade, bouncing off session lows hit when the Federal Reserve increased interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point and said it expects “ongoing increases” in … Read more

Adani abandons $2.5 billion share sale in big blow to Indian tycoon

NEW DELHI, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Gautam Adani’s flagship firm called off its $2.5 billion share sale in a dramatic reversal on Wednesday as a rout sparked by a US short-seller’s criticisms wiped billions more off the value of the Indian tycoon’s stocks. The withdrawal of the Adani Enterprises (ADEL.NS) share offering marks a stunning … Read more