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Asian markets look to follow Wall Street rally as oil surges

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Asian markets on Friday looked to latch onto Wall Street’s overnight gains after crude prices notched their biggest one-day surge on record, helping offset concerns about the depth of a global recession. FILE PHOTO: A pedestrian wearing a face mask walks near an overpass with an......
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Wall Street gains on oil surge, but off early highs

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(Reuters) – U.S. stocks rose on Thursday as hopes for a truce in the price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia and a cut oil output drove gains, helping to offset the shocking jump in Americans filing for jobless claims due to coronavirus-led lockdowns. FILE PHOTO: NYSE-AMEX Options floor traders......
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Futures slide as jobless claims top 6 million

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(Reuters) – U.S. stock index futures fell on Thursday after U.S. jobless claims topped a whopping 6 million as more jurisdictions enforced stay-at-home measures to curb the coronavirus pandemic. FILE PHOTO: NYSE-AMEX Options floor traders from TradeMas Inc. work in an off-site trading office built when the New York Stock......
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Dollar maintains gains after weeks of rallying

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FILE PHOTO: One hundred dollar notes are seen in this photo illustration at a bank in Seoul, South Korea, January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won/Illustration/File Photo LONDON (Reuters) – The U.S. dollar firmed on Thursday but paused its strong rally of recent weeks after the Federal Reserve made it easier for......
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Asian stocks slip as global recession looms

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SYDNEY/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Asian equity markets and crude oil looked set for further losses on Thursday, after a dire warning about the U.S. coronavirus death toll and mounting evidence the fast-spreading disease has sent the world economy hurtling into a deep recession. FILE PHOTO: Passersby wearing protective face masks......
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Wall Street dives 4% as virus pandemic fears intensify

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New York (Reuters) – Wall Street’s three major indexes fell more than 4% on Wednesday, after President Donald Trump’s dire warning on the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus sent investors running from even the most defensive equities. Trump warned Americans late Tuesday of a “painful” two weeks ahead and......
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Wall Street’s major indexes slammed as virus anxiety grows

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(Reuters) – The key S&P 500 index was down more than 4% on Wednesday after a dire warning on the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus and heightened nerves over the upcoming earnings reporting season sent investors running from even the most defensive equities. Economic data showing a plunge in......
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Equities drop as evidence mounts of deep global recession

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – World equity markets began the new quarter with steep losses on Wednesday as evidence mounted that the coronavirus pandemic was sending the global economy into a deep recession. Traders headed for the safety of government bonds, the dollar [USD/] and gold [GOL/] following sharp slowdowns in......
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Oilfield spending to fall 21% as producers slash outlays: report

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(Reuters) – Global spending on oilfield equipment and services this year will fall 21% from 2019 to $211 billion, the lowest level since 2005, according to a report to be released on Wednesday by consultancy Spears & Associates, as oil and gas producers slash spending. FILE PHOTO: A pump jack......
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Futures tumble as coronavirus crisis intensifies

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FILE PHOTO: A trader wears a face mask on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) following traders testing positive for Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in New York, U.S., March 19, 2020. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (Reuters) – U.S. stock index futures sank on Wednesday following stark predictions of a rising......
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Markets fall as virus woes strike again

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LONDON (Reuters) – World markets fell on Wednesday as the coronavirus threat ensured an ugly start to the second quarter for equities and commodities. Traders headed for the safety of government bonds, the dollar and gold as evidence continued to mount that the virus was sending the global economy into......
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Asian shares hold on to gains but virus keeps markets on edge

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TOKYO/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Asian stocks clung to gains on Wednesday, helped by a bounce in Australian shares, but risks for equities remain large as the coronavirus pandemic rattles the underpinnings of the global economy. E-Mini futures for the S&P 500 traded 1.39% lower in Asian trade, highlighting the cautious......
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Stocks under pressure after biggest quarterly drop since 2008

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Asian shares faced another leg lower on Wednesday as the coronavirus sharply slows global growth, leading a gauge of world stocks to post its biggest quarterly decline in more than a decade and oil prices to trade near lows last seen in 2002. FILE PHOTO: A......
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U.S. pension funds may pour $400 billion into stocks, lifting virus-hit markets: JP Morgan

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. pension funds that delayed rebalancing their portfolios are likely to pump about $400 billion into stocks over the next two quarters, analysts at JP Morgan said, providing a potential boost to equity markets battered by the coronavirus pandemic. FILE PHOTO: A man wears a protective......
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Three months that shook global markets

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LONDON (Reuters) – How much damage has the coronavirus and the oil price collapse inflicted on global financial markets this year? Put simply, it has probably been the most destructive sell-off since the Great Depression. FILE PHOTO: An empty street is seen near Wall street during the outbreak of the......
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Stocks edge higher, but on pace for worst quarter since 2008

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Global stock markets edged higher on Tuesday as investors assessed the economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic, while the MSCI benchmark of world equities was on pace to finish its worst quarter since the financial crisis of 2008. Stocks have rallied since the start of last......
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Oil steady on U.S.-Russia energy talks but still near 18-year lows

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Oil prices steadied on Tuesday, with the U.S. crude benchmark climbing off 18-year lows after U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin agreed to talks on stabilizing energy markets. FILE PHOTO: A pump jack operates in front of a drilling rig at sunset in......
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S&P 500 set for worst first quarter since 1938

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(Reuters) – Wall Street was set to open lower on Tuesday, with the S&P 500 headed for its worst first quarter since 1938 as evidence grew of the scale of the damage caused by the collapse in oil prices and business activity due to the coronavirus. FILE PHOTO: Traders work......
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Futures quiet as a torrid first quarter winds down

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(Reuters) – U.S. stock index futures were steady on Tuesday at the end of one of Wall Street’s worst first quarters on record, with evidence growing of the scale of damage caused by the collapse in oil prices and business activity due to the coronavirus. FILE PHOTO: Traders work on......
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Asia shares inch up, China’s factories show flicker of life

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – Asian shares were closing out a calamitous quarter with a tentative rally on Tuesday as factory data from China held out the hope of a rebound in activity, even as much of the rest of the world shut down. China’s official manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) bounced......

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