MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stocks: S&P 500, Dow Set Fresh Records

TODAY: Oct. 25, 2014 PUB DATE: July 1, 2014

By Anora Mahmudova and Carla Mozee, MarketWatch NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- The S&P; 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at record levels, led by gains in the health-care, tech and consumer discretionary sectors. Economic data continued to point ...

RHB Capital Scraps Plan to Buy 40% of Bank Mestika Dharma

TODAY: Oct. 25, 2014 PUB DATE: June 30, 2014

By Jason Ng KUALA LUMPUR--RHB Capital Bhd (1066.KU) said Monday it will abort a plan to buy 40% in PT Bank Mestika Dharma after it failed to secure approval from Indonesian authorities. The Malaysian lender had wanted to buy 80% ...

Global Markets Don't Reflect Economic Outlook

TODAY: Oct. 25, 2014 PUB DATE: June 30, 2014

BRUSSELS--Buoyant financial markets are out of kilter with the shaky global economic and geopolitical outlook, the Bank for International Settlements said in its annual report published Sunday. The warning from the BIS, a consortium of the world's top central banks, ...

U.S. Pending Home Sales Rose 6.1% in May

TODAY: Oct. 25, 2014 PUB DATE: June 30, 2014

By Ben Leubsdorf WASHINGTON--A gauge of pending home sales jumped in May, the latest evidence that the U.S. housing recovery began to regain its footing this spring. The National Association of Realtors on Monday said its seasonally adjusted index tracking ...

MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stocks End Strong Quarter On Sour Note

TODAY: Oct. 25, 2014 PUB DATE: June 30, 2014

By William L. Watts and Carla Mozee, MarketWatch NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stocks ended June and the second quarter higher, even as the broader market closed marginally lower on Monday. The S&P; 500 recorded the fifth consecutive month of ...

CURRENCIES: Dollar Set For Quarterly Losses Vs. Pound, Yen

TODAY: Oct. 25, 2014 PUB DATE: June 30, 2014

By Joseph Adinolfi and Saumya Vaishampayan, MarketWatch NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- The dollar on Monday was on track to post second-quarter losses against nearly all major rivals, with the exception of the euro. The ICE dollar index (DXY), which pits ...

BOND REPORT: 10-year Treasurys Eyes Best Six Months Since 2012

TODAY: Oct. 25, 2014 PUB DATE: June 30, 2014

By Ben Eisen, MarketWatch NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- Treasury prices slipped Monday after a survey of business conditions, but left benchmark yields on track for the biggest six-month drop since 2012. The 10-year Treasury note (10_YEAR) yield, which rises as ...

Thailand's Economy Struggling to Recover From Political Turmoil

TODAY: Oct. 25, 2014 PUB DATE: June 30, 2014

By Nopparat Chaichalearmmongkol BANGKOK--Thailand's economy continued to struggle in the second quarter of the year but appeared to grow from the first, a top central bank official said Monday. Don Nakornthab, a director at the Bank of Thailand, said that ...

U.S. Consumer Credit-Historical

TODAY: Oct. 25, 2014 PUB DATE: June 30, 2014

Seasonally adjusted monthly data and change in billions of dollars. R denotes revised. Source: U.S. Federal Reserve. Non- Period Total chg Revolving chg Revolving chg Apr 14 3,175.1 26.9 870.4 8.8 2,304.6 18.0 Mar 14 3,148.2R 19.5 861.6R 2.2 2,286.6R ...

UK Lending Rises in May

TODAY: Oct. 25, 2014 PUB DATE: June 30, 2014

By Jason Douglas and Ilona Billington LONDON--Lending to British households and businesses rose in May, a sign the U.K.'s economic recovery is set to continue. The Bank of England said banks lent 2 billion pounds ($3.41 billion) to homebuyers in ...

Europe Stocks Edge Higher Ahead of Inflation Data

TODAY: Oct. 25, 2014 PUB DATE: June 30, 2014

European stocks climbed on the final trading day of the first half of the year, with euro-zone inflation data likely to prove the key focus. The Stoxx Europe 600 was 0.3% higher in early trade, reversing part of last week's ...

Dow Jones June Economic Sentiment Index Rises to 54.3

TODAY: Oct. 25, 2014 PUB DATE: June 30, 2014

By Kathleen Madigan The U.S. economy has some momentum heading into the second half of 2014, according to a survey of newspaper stories on U.S. economic activity released Monday. The Dow Jones Economic Sentiment Indicator increased to a five-month high ...

New Zealand Business Confidence Falls in June

TODAY: Oct. 25, 2014 PUB DATE: June 30, 2014

By Rebecca Howard WELLINGTON, New Zealand--New Zealand business confidence continued to slide in June but remains above the long-run average, ANZ Bank's business outlook survey showed Monday. A net 42.8% of respondents in the monthly survey expected business conditions to ...

Oil Futures Ease but Brent Remains in $105-$110 Trading Range

TODAY: Oct. 25, 2014 PUB DATE: June 30, 2014

By Eric Yep Crude-oil futures were lower in Asian trading hours Monday, extending a weekly loss as oil markets appeared less concerned about a disruption to Iraqi oil supply in the near term. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, light, ...

Oil Slides Again as Iraqi Production Remains Robust

TODAY: Oct. 25, 2014 PUB DATE: June 30, 2014

By Cassie Werber LONDON--Oil's downward slide continued to Monday, as the potential for pressure on Iraqi production appeared less intense. Brent crude fell 0.6% to $112.60 a barrel on ICE Futures Europe, the first sustained drop below $113 a barrel ...