Canada April New House Prices Increase 0.2%

TODAY: Sept. 21, 2014 PUB DATE: June 12, 2014

By Paul Vieira

OTTAWA--Prices for new houses in Canada rose in April as the cost of a new residence in the Toronto region climbed at the fastest pace in over two years, Statistics Canada said Thursday.

New house prices nationwide ...

BOE to Get New Powers to Cap House Loans

TODAY: Sept. 21, 2014 PUB DATE: June 12, 2014

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 boom.

Chancellor of ...

BOND REPORT: Treasury Yields Snap Four Day Rise On Soft Data

TODAY: Sept. 21, 2014 PUB DATE: June 12, 2014

By Ben Eisen, MarketWatch

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- Treasury prices swung higher Thursday after data on retail sales and jobless claims disappointed Wall Street, tempering hopes that the U.S. economy is poised to accelerate.

After the data, the 10-year Treasury ...

Correction to Mary Miller to Step Down Update

TODAY: Sept. 21, 2014 PUB DATE: June 12, 2014

"Treasury's Mary Miller To Step Down--Update," at 11:52 a.m. EDT, misstated Ms. Miller's age in the final paragraph. Before coming to Treasury Ms. Miller, 58, spent 26 years at T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., where she ...

MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stocks Fall; Dow In Triple-digit Decline

TODAY: Sept. 21, 2014 PUB DATE: June 12, 2014

By Anora Mahmudova, MarketWatch

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- The U.S. stock market extended losses on Thursday following softer-than-expected economic data and nervousness around surging oil prices.

As unrest in Iraq intensified, concerns over supply sent crude oil prices soaring. Softer-than-expected ...

BOND REPORT: Treasurys Surge, Snap 4-day Losing Streak

TODAY: Sept. 21, 2014 PUB DATE: June 12, 2014

By Ben Eisen, MarketWatch

NEW YORK (MarketWatch)--The Treasury market made a run higher Thursday after a stellar auction of 30-year bonds saw the largest-ever allocation to buy-side investors, bolstering the market after four straight days of falling prices.

The ...

Amaya Gaming Reportedly Near Deal for PokerStars Owner

TODAY: Sept. 21, 2014 PUB DATE: June 12, 2014

Amaya Gaming Group Inc. (AYA.T) is near an agreement to purchase Rational Group, the owner of PokerStars, Bloomberg News reported Thursday, citing two people with knowledge of the situation.

Blackstone Group LP's (BX) GSO Capital Partners is arranging ...

ASIA MARKETS: Asia Stocks Mostly Fall After U.S. Losses

TODAY: Sept. 21, 2014 PUB DATE: June 12, 2014

By Laura He and Michael Kitchen, MarketWatch

HONG KONG (MarketWatch) -- Asian stocks closed mostly lower on Thursday, after U.S. stocks broke a five-day winning streak overnight.

Japan's Nikkei Average dropped 0.6% to its lowest closing level in ...

Euro-Zone Deflation Risk Remote, Says ECB

TODAY: Sept. 21, 2014 PUB DATE: June 12, 2014

By Christopher Lawton and Todd Buell

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 ...

UK House Prices Rise in May But Demand for Homes Slows -RICS

TODAY: Sept. 21, 2014 PUB DATE: June 12, 2014

By Ilona Billington

LONDON--U.K. property prices rose in May, but there are signs the upward pressure on the cost of housing could soon weaken as tougher mortgage rules and warnings over mortgage lending from the Bank of England are ...

Japan April Core Machinery Orders Fall 9.1% on Month

TODAY: Sept. 21, 2014 PUB DATE: June 12, 2014

TOKYO--Japanese core machinery orders fell 9.1% in April from a month ago, the government said Thursday, an indication that companies are likely keeping a close eye on the effect of a sales tax increase on the economy before committing ...

Sweden May CPI +0.1% On Month

TODAY: Sept. 21, 2014 PUB DATE: June 12, 2014

The following is a press release from Statistiska Centralbyran, or SCB, the Sweden central government authority for official statistics.

STOCKHOLM--The inflation rate was minus 0.2% in May 2014, down from 0.0% in April 2014. The Swedish Consumer Price ...

ECB Says Belgium Must Continue Economic Reforms

TODAY: Sept. 21, 2014 PUB DATE: June 12, 2014

By Viktoria Dendrinou

BRUSSELS--Belgium needs to press ahead with economic reforms even though a sense of calm has returned since the global financial crisis, Belgian Central Bank Governor Luc Coene said Thursday.

"We have to continue to work on reinforcing ...

India's Industrial Output Grows as Inflation Slows

TODAY: Sept. 21, 2014 PUB DATE: June 12, 2014

By Anant Vijay Kala and Mukesh Jagota

NEW DELHI, India--India reported a modest increase in industrial output and lower inflation Thursday, raising hopes that Asia's third-largest economy is starting to see some early signs of improvement.

Industrial production, which ...

U.S. Retail Sales Rise 0.3% in May

TODAY: Sept. 21, 2014 PUB DATE: June 12, 2014

WASHINGTON--Spending at U.S. retailers was sluggish in May outside of a jump in auto sales, a potentially worrisome sign for the economy as it struggles to emerge from a rough stretch that began over the winter.

Retail and food ...

U.S. Initial Jobless Claims Up 4,000 Last Week

TODAY: Sept. 21, 2014 PUB DATE: June 12, 2014

By Eric Morath and Ben Leubsdorf

WASHINGTON--The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose slightly last week, but held near a level consistent with a modestly improving labor market.

Initial claims for unemployment benefits increased by 4 ...

Brazil's Retail Sales Fall For 2nd Straight Month In April

TODAY: Sept. 21, 2014 PUB DATE: June 12, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO--Brazil's consumer engine showed more signs of running out of fuel at the start of the second quarter, with retail sales declining for the second consecutive month.

Retail sales volumes fell 0.4% in April from March ...

BOE's Carney: Rates Could Rise Sooner Than Markets Expect

TODAY: Sept. 21, 2014 PUB DATE: June 12, 2014

By Jason Douglas

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 ...