U.S. Import Prices Up Slightly on Oil Costs

TODAY: Sept. 30, 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. 30, 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. 30, 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. 30, 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. 30, 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. 30, 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. 30, 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. 30, 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 ...

Britain Warns Real-Estate Price Boom Threatens Economy

TODAY: Sept. 30, 2014 PUB DATE: June 12, 2014

LONDON--The U.K.'s two chief financial policy makers warned Thursday in strident tones that the British fervor for real estate had swelled into a threat to the wider economy, and the government moved to enact new powers to curb ...

MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stocks Fall; S&P 500 Down For Third Day

TODAY: Sept. 30, 2014 PUB DATE: June 12, 2014

By Anora Mahmudova, MarketWatch

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- The U.S. stock market fell on Thursday, as a spike in oil prices and softer-than-expected economic data dented sentiment on Wall Street.

As unrest in Iraq intensified, concerns over supply sent crude ...

Ramsay Health Care JV To Buy Generale de Sante Stake

TODAY: Sept. 30, 2014 PUB DATE: June 11, 2014

By Robb M. Stewart

MELBOURNE, Australia--Ramsay Health Care Ltd. (RHC.AU) and its French joint venture partner have agreed to buy a controlling stake in Generale de Sante SA (GDS.FR), positioning the Australian company as the largest private-hospital operator ...

U.K. Labor Data Set to Be Main Focus in European Markets

TODAY: Sept. 30, 2014 PUB DATE: June 11, 2014

By Josie Cox

Labor data out of the U.K. looks set to be the main focus in European markets Wednesday, with jobless claims expected to have fallen anew, boosting expectations that the Bank of England will raise rates sooner ...

PBOC to Continue Monetary 'Fine-tuning' in 2014

TODAY: Sept. 30, 2014 PUB DATE: June 11, 2014

BEIJING--China's central bank said that it would continue monetary "fine-tuning" in 2014, and that monetary policies needed to conform with the nation's efforts to deepen economic reforms.

The People's Bank of China also said in an outlook ...

OECD Jobless Rate Fell in April

TODAY: Sept. 30, 2014 PUB DATE: June 11, 2014

The rate of unemployment across the 34 nations that are members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development fell in April, but the number of people without jobs remained 10.3 million higher than before the onset of the ...

Australia Consumer Confidence Ticks Up

TODAY: Sept. 30, 2014 PUB DATE: June 11, 2014

SYDNEY--Australian consumer confidence rose a little in June from the previous month, ending weeks of sharp falls triggered by the unveiling of new taxes and spending cuts in the new conservative government's first budget.

The Westpac Bank/Melbourne Institute ...

Israel's Azrieli Agrees to Sell Fuel Company to Help Repay Debt

TODAY: Sept. 30, 2014 PUB DATE: June 11, 2014

By Sara Toth Stub

JERUSALEM--Israeli real-estate development and investment company Azrieli Group Ltd. (AZRG.TV) said Wednesday it will sell its fuel company Sonol Israel Ltd. as it continues to offload holdings to repay maturing debt.

Azrieli, which owns retail ...

Bank Indonesia: Current Account to Remain Under Pressure Through 3Q

TODAY: Sept. 30, 2014 PUB DATE: June 11, 2014

By Farida Husna

JAKARTA, Indonesia--Bank Indonesia expects the nation's current-account to remain under pressure through the third quarter, senior deputy governor Mirza Adityaswara said Wednesday.

"The current-account deficit will likely be larger in the second and third quarter than ...

U.S. Treasurys Flat, Halting 3-Session Losing Streak

TODAY: Sept. 30, 2014 PUB DATE: June 11, 2014

By Cynthia Lin

Treasury prices were little changed Wednesday, stalling a three-session losing streak despite a lackluster show of demand for 10-year notes at auction.

In late-afternoon trading, benchmark 10-year notes were flat to yield 2.638%, according to Tradeweb ...