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Downturn fears support dollar, Aussie slumps to two-year low

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U.S. dollar banknotes are displayed in this illustration taken, February 14, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register LONDON, July 1 (Reuters) – Gathering gloom about prospects for the global economy lifted the safe-haven dollar on Friday and pressured risk-sensitive currencies, with the Australian......

Asia’s factories feeble despite China bounce, feeds global recession fears

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A bicycle rider rides past a factory at Keihin industrial zone in Kawasaki, south of Tokyo, Japan, August 18, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Japan, S. Korea PMIs slow in June on supply constraints Taiwan’s PMI contracts, other Asian PMIs also soft China’s......

Australian BNPL firm Openpay hits pause on U.S. market as interest rates climb

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Openpay to ‘materially’ reduce U.S. workforce BNPL business model in danger as interest rates climb July 1 (Reuters) – Openpay Group (OPY.AX), an Australian buy-now-pay-later (BNPL) firm, has halted operations in the United States four months after describing it as its main growth market, the latest casualty among consumer finance......

Column: Global business cycle starts to turn down: Kemp

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An aerial view shows containers and cargo vessels at the Qingdao port in Shandong province, China May 9, 2022. China Daily via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register LONDON, June 30 (Reuters) – Global manufacturing activity and freight movements have begun to decelerate as the major......

U.S. inflation data offer no quick relief to Fed, but hint at a peak

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WASHINGTON, June 30 (Reuters) – New U.S. data for May showed little immediate relief from the record pace of inflation pushing the Federal Reserve toward another oversized interest rate increase next month, but it did add to a developing sense that the worst may be over. Inflation as measured by......

Stocks sink on fears for global economy, capping worst H1 on record

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Share indexes down 1% to 3%, U.S. futures weak Cenbank chiefs reiterate inflation warning this week Sweden’s Riksbank latest to hike rates All eyes on U.S. core prices data due later Graphic: Global asset performance LONDON, June 30 (Reuters) – Stocks sank on Thursday to extend what is the worst......

Indian shares suffer worst quarter since pandemic-hit start of 2020

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A general view of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai, India, January 21, 2021. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BENGALURU, June 30 (Reuters) – Indian shares on Thursday ended lower and clocked their worst quarter since the early days of the pandemic, beset......

Emerging markets face bleak outlook after stormy start to the year

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An electronic board showing the graph of the recent fluctuations of market indices is seen as a man works on the floor of Brazil’s B3 Stock Exchange in Sao Paulo, Brazil, July 25, 2019. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register War worries and rate......

S&P 500 limps to slightly lower close as quarter-end looms

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U.S. economy contracted in Q1; consumer spending revised lower General Mills rises as sales beat on higher prices Bed Bath & Beyond replaces CEO, shares tumble Dow up 0.27%, S&P down 0.07%, Nasdaq off 0.03% NEW YORK, June 29 (Reuters) – The S&P 500 ended a seesaw session slightly down......

U.S. economy contracts in Q1; outlook murky as unsold goods accumulate

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First-quarter GDP declines at 1.6% rate Consumer spending growth lowered; inventories raised Business spending on equipment revised higher WASHINGTON, June 29 (Reuters) – The U.S. economy contracted slightly more than previously estimated in the first quarter as the trade deficit widened to a record high and a resurgence in COVID-19......

European stocks fall as hawkish c.bank bets fan recession fears

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The German share price index DAX graph is pictured at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, June 28, 2022. REUTERS/Staff Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Powell, Lagarde stick to hawkish rhetoric German inflation dips in June on one-off effects Stronger-than-expected results lift H&M shares Just Eat......

Stocks mostly slip, yields ease in wake of Powell inflation comments

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S&P 500 down slightly early Powell: clock is ‘running’ for Fed on lowering inflation U.S. dollar higher NEW YORK, June 29 (Reuters) – Stocks on global indexes mostly edged lower and Treasury yields eased on Wednesday as investors weighed comments by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, who said there is......

Swiss franc jumps, euro trims declines against U.S. dollar

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LONDON, June 29 (Reuters) – The Swiss franc rose on Wednesday to its highest level against the euro in four months as rising recession fear in the euro zone led investors to seek safe haven assets like the Swiss currency. The Swiss franc , rose 0.6% versus the euro to......

Volt, Australia’s first online-only bank, shuts down due to fund-raising woes

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June 29 (Reuters) – Volt Bank Ltd, the first exclusively online bank to gain an Australian banking licence, said on Tuesday it would shut down, returning deposits and selling its mortgage book after failing to raise sufficient funds to support the business. Its collapse is a further blow to a......

Fed officials promise rate hikes, push back on recession fears

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June 28 (Reuters) – Federal Reserve policymakers on Tuesday promised further rapid interest-rate hikes to bring down high inflation, but pushed back against growing fears among investors and economists that sharply higher borrowing costs will trigger a steep downturn. “Many are worried that the Fed might be acting too aggressively......

Inflation saps U.S. consumer confidence; house prices remain elevated

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Consumer confidence index falls 4.5 points to 98.7 in June Goods trade deficit falls 2.2% to $104.3 bln in May Exports increase 1.2%; imports dip 0.1% Wholesale inventories rise 2.0; retail stocks up 1.1% House prices increase in April, but pace slowing WASHINGTON, June 28 (Reuters) – U.S. consumer confidence......

Credit Suisse tempers growth plans in turbulent market

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The logo of Swiss bank Credit Suisse is seen at its headquarters at the Paradeplatz square in Zurich, Switzerland October 1, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register ZURICH, June 28 (Reuters) – Credit Suisse (CSGN.S) may “temper” some of its key growth initiatives in......

Hungary’s cenbank shocks with 185 bps rate rise after forint plunge, pledges more

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NBH raises base rate by 185 bps to 7.75% Biggest hike since start of global financial crisis Most economists had expected a 50 bps increase Plunging forint, rising inflation prompted bigger move Cbank raises 2022, 2023 inflation forecasts BUDAPEST, June 28 (Reuters) – The National Bank of Hungary (NBH) raised......

Euro below $1.06 as Lagarde keeps July policy options open

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A shopper pays with a ten Euro bank note at a local market in Nice, France, June 7, 2022. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register LONDON, June 28 (Reuters) – The Aussie and the Canadian dollar climbed on Tuesday on firmer oil prices while the......

Stocks, oil edge up as China relaxes quarantine rules

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LONDON, June 28 (Reuters) – Global shares moved into positive territory on Tuesday while oil prices firmed following China’s decision to ease some quarantine requirements for international arrivals that raised hopes for stronger growth and a revival in demand for commodities. China slashed the quarantine time for inbound travellers by......

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