Data earlier showed consumer prices in Japan fell in March at the fastest pace in three years

Asian stocks surrendered early gains in chaotic trade on Thursday and the yen surged against the dollar after the Bank of Japan defied market expectat(...)

Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen has spelt out a cautious approach to monetary policy. Photograph: Getty Images

The Federal Reserve signalled that its concerns about global economic and financial hazards have eased since its meeting in March, even as it continue(...)

Statoil jumped 6.1 per cent after Norway’s biggest oil company unexpectedly posted a profit

Energy companies pushed European equities up for a second day running, amid better-than-estimated earnings reports and news of oil reaching $45 a barr(...)

Cranes next  in the financial district of the City of London. Britain on June 23rd will vote in a referendum whether to stay or to leave the European Union. Photograph: Hannah McKay/EPA

The UK economy lost momentum in the first quarter as services posted their weakest performance for almost a year and industrial production continued (...)

The New York Stock Exchange. Analysts in recent months have sharply cut first-quarter earnings expectation for S&P 500 companies and this has helped 75 per cent of those that have already reported to beat forecasts, against a historic average of 66 per cent, according to S&P Global market Intelligence.

Wall Street and European stocks are inching higher, while benchmark bonds are little changed, as investors exhibit caution ahead of key corporate earn(...)

Investment banks Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs have amassed deposits at a rapid clip since the 2008 crisis. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Some Wall Street firms would have to further curtail their reliance on volatile short-term funding under a plan by US regulators  that seeks to e(...)

Sainsbury’s advanced 1.3 per cent in London yesterday while Rio Tinto and Glencore lost more than 2.9 per cent. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

European shares fell further below last week’s three-month high yesterday, as a slump in French utility EDF and weaker banking stocks, as well as wor(...)

Traders work at their desks in front of the German share price index, DAX board, at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, German.

Stock indices on Wall Street and across Europe are slipping back in a muted start to trade in a week when sentiment is likely to remain in thrall to c(...)

Wall Street stocks were little changed on Thursday evening after a raft of mixed quarterly earnings and the slide in oil prices kept investors on the sidelines.

European shares fell slightly on Thursday after the European Central Bank kept rates unchanged, with Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson and Fren(...)

5th Avenue in New York. The Obama administration – preoccupied with the aftermath of financial crisis and the struggle with bitterly hostile Republicans – has only recently been in a position to grapple with competition policy. Photograph: Chris Goodney/Bloomberg

When Verizon workers went on strike last week, they were mainly protesting efforts to outsource work to low-wage, non-union contractors. But they w(...)