DJ-BTMU Barometer Increases on Shopping Gain

TODAY: Sept. 14, 2014 PUB DATE: June 12, 2014

The Dow Jones-Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi-UFJ weekly business barometer bounced back in the latest week helped by strong retail activity, according to data released Thursday.

The barometer increased 0.3% in the week ended May 31, after posting four consecutive weekly ...

Bullish Sentiment Rises in Latest AAII Poll

TODAY: Sept. 14, 2014 PUB DATE: June 12, 2014

By Tess Stynes

Bullish sentiment among investors rose during the week ended Wednesday, according to the most recent weekly online survey of members of the American Association of Individual Investors.

Bullish sentiment increased to 44.69% from 39.51% a ...

Carney Says Rates Could Rise Sooner Than Markets Expect

TODAY: Sept. 14, 2014 PUB DATE: June 12, 2014

LONDON--Bank of England Gov. Mark Carney said Thursday that interest rates in the U.K. could rise sooner than investors expect, sending the clearest signal yet that Britain's central bank is inching closer to calling time on five years ...

CURRENCIES: Pound Spikes On Rate-hike Talk

TODAY: Sept. 14, 2014 PUB DATE: June 12, 2014

By Saumya Vaishampayan, MarketWatch

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- The U.S. dollar dropped against the pound Thursday after the head of the Bank of England said the first interest-rate hike in the U.K. could come sooner than currently expected.

"There ...

CURRENCIES: Dollar Falls Vs. Kiwi After New Zealand Hikes Rates

TODAY: Sept. 14, 2014 PUB DATE: June 12, 2014

By Saumya Vaishampayan, MarketWatch

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- The U.S. dollar fell against the New Zealand dollar Thursday after New Zealand's central bank increased its benchmark rate for the third time this year.

The New Zealand dollar (NZDUSD) rose ...

New Zealand Central Bank Raises Official Cash Rate to 3.25%

TODAY: Sept. 14, 2014 PUB DATE: June 12, 2014

WELLINGTON, New Zealand--New Zealand on Thursday raised interest rates for the third time this year and signaled more rises to come as the central bank looks to stave off inflationary pressures.

New Zealand's economic expansion "has considerable momentum" and ...

Brazil's Companies Tap Debt Market Ahead World Cup: Update

TODAY: Sept. 14, 2014 PUB DATE: June 12, 2014

By Rogerio Jelmayer

SÃO PAULO--Three Brazilian companies jumped into international debt markets on Wednesday as they sought to borrow before the World Cup kicks off on Thursday.

State-run bank Banco do Brasil SA said it raised $2.5 billion with ...

Indonesia Lowers Growth Forecast

TODAY: Sept. 14, 2014 PUB DATE: June 12, 2014

By Farida Husna and Andreas Ismar

JAKARTA--Indonesia's central bank on Thursday lowered its growth forecast for the year but kept interest rates unchanged for a seventh straight month, underlining its emphasis on macroeconomic stability over growth.

A Bank Indonesia ...

Euro-Zone Deflation Risk Remote, Says ECB

TODAY: Sept. 14, 2014 PUB DATE: June 12, 2014

FRANKFURT--The euro zone isn't on the brink of deflation, despite significant declines in inflation, the European Central Bank said Thursday.

"The current situation does not suggest that an outright deflationary episode is imminent," the ECB said in its monthly ...

U.S. Import Prices Up Slightly on Oil Costs

TODAY: Sept. 14, 2014 PUB DATE: June 12, 2014

By Eric Morath and Ben Leubsdorf

WASHINGTON--Prices for goods imported to the U.S. inched up in May due to higher oil costs, indicating still-modest inflation pressures across the U.S. economy.

U.S. import prices increased 0.1% from ...

Asian Shares Decline as Strong Yen Weighs on Nikkei

TODAY: Sept. 14, 2014 PUB DATE: June 12, 2014

Asian stocks fell on Thursday, with Japan leading the region lower as Tokyo was weighed by a stronger yen.

The Nikkei was down 1.4% in early trade, as the dollar edged lower against the yen--at one point trading below ...

China May New Yuan Loans Rise to 870.8 Billion Yuan

TODAY: Sept. 14, 2014 PUB DATE: June 12, 2014

BEIJING--Chinese financial institutions issued 870.8 billion yuan ($140.5 billion) in new yuan loans in May, up from 774.7 billion yuan in April, data from the central bank showed Thursday.

Newly extended loans in May were higher than ...

Bank of England to Get New Powers to Cap House Purchase Loans

TODAY: Sept. 14, 2014 PUB DATE: June 12, 2014

By Jason Douglas

LONDON--The U.K. is to hand the Bank of England sweeping new powers to cap how much would-be home buyers can borrow, underscoring officials' deepening concern over the risk to the British economy from another debt-fueled property ...

Treasury's Mary Miller To Step Down--Update

TODAY: Sept. 14, 2014 PUB DATE: June 12, 2014

By Deborah Solomon

Mary Miller, a top U.S. Treasury Department official who played a key role managing U.S. debt markets and overseeing the financial regulatory overhaul, plans to step down from her post in early September, according to ...

MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stocks Edge Lower; Energy Sector Rallies

TODAY: Sept. 14, 2014 PUB DATE: June 12, 2014

By Anora Mahmudova, MarketWatch

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- The U.S. stock market was broadly lower on Thursday following government reports on jobless claims and retail sales that came in softer than expected.

A jump in oil prices stemming from an ...

Oil Futures Hit Nine-Month High as Violence Extends in Iraq

TODAY: Sept. 14, 2014 PUB DATE: June 12, 2014

By Timothy Puko

NEW YORK--U.S. oil prices jumped to their highest point since September on Thursday as the government in oil-producing Iraq continues to lose cities in a growing sectarian conflict.

Light, sweet crude for July delivery rose 17 ...

CURRENCIES: Dollar Falls Vs. Kiwi After New Zealand Hikes Rates

TODAY: Sept. 14, 2014 PUB DATE: June 12, 2014

By Saumya Vaishampayan, MarketWatch

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- The dollar fell against the New Zealand dollar Thursday after New Zealand's central bank increased its benchmark rate for the third time this year.

New Zealand dollar (NZDUSD) rose to 86.80 ...