Oil Prices Rebound From 27-Month Low

TODAY: Oct. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 23, 2014

By Nicole Friedman Oil prices bounced off multiyear lows Thursday on signs of demand growth and news that Saudi Arabia cut its supply to the market in September. Light, sweet crude for December delivery gained $1.57, or 2%, to $82.09 ...

California Toll Road Sells $1.4 Billion in Bonds -- Update

TODAY: Oct. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 23, 2014

By Aaron Kuriloff The operator of a struggling toll road in southern California sold about $1.4 billion in bonds on Wednesday, capitalizing on a broad decline in yields that has whetted investors' appetite for riskier bets. It is the second ...

Soft New Zealand Inflation Data Push Out Rate Rise Expectations

TODAY: Oct. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 23, 2014

By Lucy Craymer WELLINGTON, New Zealand--Soft inflation data for the third quarter have increased the likelihood that New Zealand's central bank will keep rates on hold for longer, potentially delaying a next rate rise until the end of 2015. Annual ...

Singapore September CPI +0.6% on Year

TODAY: Oct. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 23, 2014

By Jake Maxwell Watts SINGAPORE--Singapore's consumer prices rose at a slower than expected pace in September, due to a sharp decline in the cost of transportation. The consumer price index rose 0.6% year-on-year in September, compared with the median estimate ...

Russia's Ruble Weakens to All-Time Low

TODAY: Oct. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 23, 2014

By Andrey Ostroukh MOSCOW--The Russian ruble weakened to fresh all-time lows versus the euro-dollar basket in early trade on Thursday as oil prices again dipped lower. The ruble, vulnerable to conditions on global commodity markets, had eased 0.15% to 46.43 ...

Eurozone PMI Picked Up Slightly in October -- Survey

TODAY: Oct. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 23, 2014

By Paul Hannon Business activity in the eurozone's private sector picked up slightly in October, although firms cut their prices at the fastest pace since early 2010, making it more likely the European Central Bank will soon have to announce ...

Eurozone PMI Picked Up Slightly in October -- Survey

TODAY: Oct. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 23, 2014

By Paul Hannon Activity in the eurozone's private sector picked up slightly in October, although businesses cut their prices at the fastest pace since early 2010, making it more likely the European Central Bank will soon have to announce a ...

U.S. Jobless Claims Rise to 283K

TODAY: Oct. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 23, 2014

By Jonathan House and Sarah Portlock WASHINGTON-The number of new claims for jobless benefits rose last week but remained near fourteen-year lows, the latest sign of an improving labor market. Initial claims for unemployment benefits increased by 17,000 to a ...

French October Business Sentiment Rises Unexpectedly

TODAY: Oct. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 23, 2014

By Stacy Meichtry PARIS--French business sentiment rose unexpectedly in October as industrial entrepreneurs were more optimistic about their activities in the coming months, France's official statistics agency Insee said Thursday. The reading of sentiment in the manufacturing sector rose to ...

MARKET SNAPSHOT: Dow Rises 217 Points As U.S. Stocks Notch Solid Gains

TODAY: Oct. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 23, 2014

By Anora Mahmudova and Carla Mozee, MarketWatch NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stocks came off their session highs on Thursday, but the main benchmarks still closed with solid gains. Thursday's positive momentum was fueled by upbeat eurozone data and better-than-expected ...

U.S. Jobless Claims Remain Near 14-Year Lows--Update

TODAY: Oct. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 23, 2014

By Jonathan House WASHINGTON--The number of new claims for jobless benefits rose last week but remained near 14-year lows, the latest sign of an improving labor market. Initial claims for unemployment benefits increased by 17,000 to a seasonally adjusted 283,000 ...

US Markit Flash October PMI slows to 56.2

TODAY: Oct. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 23, 2014

By Kathleen Madigan U.S. factory activity this month is expanding at a slower clip than in September, according to a survey released Thursday. The flash purchasing managers' index compiled by data provider Markit fell to 56.2 in October, from a ...

U.K. Car Production Sees Biggest Nine-Month Rise in Six Years

TODAY: Oct. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 23, 2014

LONDON--U.K. car manufacturing has recorded its biggest nine-month rise in six years, boosted by the launch of new models and a recovering market in Europe, despite falling in September because of planned re-tooling for model changes. In September, 137,068 cars ...

France Spends EUR100 Million to Send Staff in Guinea to Fight Ebola

TODAY: Oct. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 23, 2014

By Inti Landauro PARIS--French President Francois Hollande Wednesday authorized the spending of 100 million euros ($126 million) to send staff and open new health care centers in Guinea to treat victims of Ebola. After meeting with defense and foreign ministers ...

Swedish Budget Leans to the Left

TODAY: Oct. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 23, 2014

By Charles Duxbury STOCKHOLM--Sweden's new finance minister on Thursday presented a proposed budget with a clear leaning to the left, signaling an intention to increase some taxes and raise spending on job creation programs, welfare and schools. Social Democrat Magdalena ...

Oil Prices Steady After Recent Falls

TODAY: Oct. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 23, 2014

By Cassie Werber The prospect of plentiful crude oil stocks weighed on the market on Thursday, keeping prices in check after a turbulent week. Contracts on both sides of the Atlantic fell on Wednesday after U.S. crude stocks showed a ...