Ukraine, Russia Reach Deal on Gas Dispute

TODAY: Oct. 31, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 31, 2014

BRUSSELS--Ukraine and Russia resolved their natural-gas feud on Thursday in a hard-fought deal that averts the threat of gas shortages in Europe this winter. The deal was sealed after months of intense negotiations brokered by the European Union, which relies ...

Singapore September Bank Loans S$604.5 Billion Vs S$604.6 Billion Month Earlier

TODAY: Oct. 31, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 31, 2014

SINGAPORE--The Monetary Authority of Singapore Friday released the following provisional bank lending data for September: September Year Earlier August Total S$604.5 Bln S$546.6 Bln S$604.6 Bln Housing/Bridge S$174.5 Bln S$163.8 Bln S$173.5 Bln Professionals & Private Individuals S$9.4 Bln S$6.4 ...

Japan Jobs-to-Applicants Ratio Worsens

TODAY: Oct. 31, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 31, 2014

TOKYO--A measure of jobs growth in Japan fell in September for the first time in over three years, the government said Friday, possibly in a sign that an economic slump caused by a sales tax increase is beginning to ricochet ...

Sinopec to Buy Saudi Arabian Petrochemical Firm Stake for $562 Million

TODAY: Oct. 31, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 31, 2014

By Yvonne Lee HONG KONG--State-controlled China Petroleum & Chemical Corp., or Sinopec, said Thursday it agreed to acquire stake in a Saudi Arabian petrochemical company for $562 million to enhance its global network and international operation of the refining segment. ...

Ukraine, Russia Reach Deal on Gas Dispute

TODAY: Oct. 31, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 31, 2014

By Vanessa Mock And Laurence Norman BRUSSELS--Ukraine and Russia resolved their natural-gas feud on Thursday in a hard-fought deal that averts the threat of gas shortages in Europe this winter. The deal was sealed after months of intense negotiations brokered ...

British Grow Less Confident in Economy

TODAY: Oct. 31, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 31, 2014

LONDON--The British people are growing less confident about the economy's prospects, two recent data releases show, despite the U.K. continuing to deliver better economic performance than many other big Western economies. Data released Friday by market-research firm GfK Group found ...

BOJ Unexpectedly Eases Policy

TODAY: Oct. 31, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 31, 2014

TOKYO--The Bank of Japan on Friday unexpectedly announced additional stimulus measures, bolstering its asset purchases for the first time in over a year and a half, as its 2% inflation target looks increasingly untenable. The move underscores how Prime Minister ...

Japan Inflation Slows Again in September

TODAY: Oct. 31, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 31, 2014

TOKYO--Inflation in Japan slowed again in September, strengthening skepticism over the Bank of Japan's bullish view on prices and its efforts to achieve its 2% price target. Adjusted for an increase in the sales tax that took effect in April, ...

Sinopec to Buy Stake in Saudi Arabian Petrochemical Firm

TODAY: Oct. 31, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 31, 2014

HONG KONG--State-controlled China Petroleum & Chemical Corp., or Sinopec, said Thursday it agreed to acquire stake in a Saudi Arabian petrochemical company for $562 million to enhance its global network and international operation of the refining segment. The Beijing-based Sinopec ...

British Grow Less Confident in Economy, Data Show

TODAY: Oct. 31, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 31, 2014

By Jon Sindreu LONDON--The British people are growing less confident about the economy's prospects, two recent data releases show, despite the U.K. continuing to deliver better economic performance than many other big Western economies. Data released Friday by market-research firm ...

Singapore 3Q Unemployment Rate 1.90% Vs 2.0% Previous Quarter

TODAY: Oct. 31, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 31, 2014

By P.R. Venkat SINGAPORE--Singapore's overall unemployment rate was 1.9% in the third quarter, a tad lower from the previous three months, preliminary government data showed Friday. For the quarter ended June, the unemployment rate was 2.0%. The unemployment rates for ...

Brazil Central Bank Raises Selic Rate to 11.25%

TODAY: Oct. 31, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 30, 2014

BRASÍLIA--Citing a less favorable outlook for inflation, Brazil's central bank on Wednesday unexpectedly raised its benchmark interest rate amid slow economic growth and concern about the country's weakening currency. The bank increased the Selic short-term lending rate to 11.25% from ...

Dollar Rises on Upbeat Fed

TODAY: Oct. 31, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 30, 2014

The U.S. dollar rose in early European trade Thursday, after the Federal Reserve met expectations by calling an end to quantitative easing, but caught the market off guard as it adopted a more optimistic tone on the economy, leading some ...

France's Sapin Says Not Ready to Deliver Mistral Warship to Russia

TODAY: Oct. 31, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 30, 2014

By Inti Landauro PARIS--French Finance Minister Michel Sapin said Thursday that "as of today" conditions hadn't been met for France to deliver the first Mistral warship bought by Russia. "Clearly, and this is France's position since the beginning, conditions today ...

Eurozone Confidence Revives, Points to Growth -- 3rd Update

TODAY: Oct. 31, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 30, 2014

By Paul Hannon Businesses and consumers across the 18 countries that share the euro became slightly more upbeat about their prospects during October, a fresh sign that the currency area's economy isn't in imminent danger of a slide back into ...

MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stocks: Futures Recover Losses After GDP, Claims

TODAY: Oct. 31, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 30, 2014

By Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch NEW YORK MarketWatch) -- U.S. stock futures trimmed early losses on Thursday, as investors digested robust economic reports a day after the Federal Reserve officially announced the conclusion of its bond-purchasing initiative. Confirming the Fed's optimistic ...

U.S. Jobless Claims Up By 3,000 Last Week, Remain Near Historical Lows

TODAY: Oct. 31, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 30, 2014

By Eric Morath and Nick Timiraos WASHINGTON--The number of new claims for jobless benefits rose last week but remained at historically low levels, supporting other signals of an improving labor market. Initial claims for unemployment benefits, a proxy for layoffs, ...

South Africa Unemployment Rate Dips in 3Q, But Remains Elevated

TODAY: Oct. 31, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 30, 2014

By Patrick McGroarty PRETORIA--South Africa's unemployment rate dipped in the third quarter, but remained at over a quarter of the workforce, as chronically low growth undid efforts to create jobs in the continent's most developed economy. South Africa's statistics agency ...