A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The Investors’ Intelligence poll of newsletter writers has seen the biggest fortnightly jump from bears to bulls in more than 40 years. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Where has all the fear gone? Last month, the S&P 500 was in correction mode, and the Vix, or fear index, was soaring as traders bought protection (...)

Filling up. the price of oil has tumbled recently.

Halliburton’s deal for Baker Hughes may be just the start of big energy takeovers as oil prices slump. Crude has plunged to a more than four-year low (...)

Topshop in New York. Retailers could be in for a good Christmas.
US consumer confidence rises

US consumer confidence rose more than forecast in November, reaching a seven-year high and indicating Americans will be in the mood to step up holida(...)

JP Morgan Chase , HSBC Holdings and Credit Agricole, after months of delay, will answer a European Union antitrust complaint alleging they conspired to rig Euribor rates, according to sources.

JP Morgan Chase , HSBC Holdings and Credit Agricole, after months of delay, will answer a European Union antitrust complaint alleging they conspired (...)

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi says policymakers are ready to implement further stimulus measures if needed. Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

Most stocks in Europe advanced as European Central Bank president Mario Draghi said policy makers are ready to implement further stimulus measures if(...)

People are seen in front of the Monte dei Paschi di Siena bank headquarters in downtown Siena. Italy’s Monte dei Paschi di Siena is the bank with the biggest capital shortfall among euro zone lenders. Photo: Reuters

European stocks dipped on Monday as investors seeing a key index of German business sentiment hit its lowest level in almost two years decided to boo(...)

The ECB has started buying covered bonds, opening a new front in its battle to revive the euro zone economy. Photo: Reuters

The European Central Bank has started buying covered bonds, an ECB spokesman said on Monday, opening a new front in its battle to revive the euro zon(...)

In Dublin, Aer Lingus shares rose 3.4 per cent, marking  a reversal of recent sentiment towards airline stocks in the wake of the Ebola scare. Photograph: Alan Betson

European stocks rose yesterday, ending the longest rout in 11 years, while Italian and Greek bonds gained on prospects for more stimulus. Ten-year It(...)

UniCredit and AnaCap announced a transaction for a €700 million portfolio of non-performing loans in February. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

The trickle of toxic debt being sold by Italian banks is turning into a torrent as UniCredit prepares to announce the disposal of more than €5 billion(...)

“Is shorting the euro the new one-way bet?” CNBC’s hyperbolic headline follows the euro’s rapid descent, from $1.39 in May to below $1.27 last week, i(...)