Wednesday meeting: Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank (ECB). Photograph: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg
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TODAY Results: Carpetright; VeriFone Systems. Meetings: ECB conference on “Non-linearities in macroeconomics and finance in the light of crises”. Ind(...)

European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi addresses an ECB news conference . Photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Reuters

The European Central Bank will decide early next year whether to take further action to revive the euro zone’s economy, its president said on Thursday(...)

Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, has called a snap election in the wake of figures showing  the country has tipped into recession. Photograph: Ian Waldie/Bloomberg

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has called a snap general election following the release of surprise data showing the world’s third-largest economy(...)

A woman passes a sign advertising bank interest rates for home loans in Sydney today. Australia’s central bank kept its cash rate steady at a record low of 2.5 percent for a 13th straight meeting overnight, a widely expected decision given the economy is fighting the drag from a cooling mining sector and lower export prices. The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) made the announcement following its monthly policy meeting. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

Asian shares inched tentatively higher on Tuesday as the focus turned to an imminent policy decision from the Bank of Japan, while the dollar rebounde(...)

Janet Yellen, chair of the US Federal Reserve, left, speaks with Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, during the Jackson Hole economic symposium, sponsored by the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank, at the Jackson Lake Lodge in Moran, Wyoming, last week. Yellen said “the labor market has yet to fully recover,” in a speech today at the Kansas City Fed’s annual conference. Photograph: Bradly Boner/Bloomberg

Asian stocks rose, extending two- week of gains, as investors weighed comments from central bank leaders for clues to monetary policy and earnings rep(...)

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TODAY Results: Hertz Global; ModusLink Global Solutions. Meetings: Petroceltic International EGM (Royal College of Physicians, Dublin 2); ISPIM innova(...)

People work on a gondola next to a construction site in Tokyo. Japan’s factory output rose in January at the fastest pace in more than two years and core inflation hovered at five-year highs, suggesting the economy has enough momentum to withstand an expected hit from a sales tax hike scheduled for April. Photograph: Yuya Shino/Reuters

Japan’s factory output rose in January at the fastest pace in more than two years and core inflation hovered at five-year highs, suggesting the(...)

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TODAYIndicators: Euro zone Markit services PMI (Dec); Euro zone Markit manufacturing PMI (Dec).Meetings: Independent News & Media EGM (Conrad Hote(...)

A computer screen showing stock information is seen next to investors at a brokerage house in Haikou, Hainan province today. China shares ended a choppy Monday on a weaker note, as investors took profit on outperformers this year in anticipation that initial public offering reforms will divert funds to new listings. Photograph: China Daily/Reuters

Asian shares and the dollar trod water today, as investors cautiously awaited key US data this week after a decent reading on China manufacturing calm(...)

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TODAYMeetings: Origin Enterprises AGM and EGM (The Westbury Hotel, Dublin 2); EMC Forum (Four Seasons Hotel, Dublin 4).Indicators: Euro zone trade bal(...)