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Natural gas flares are seen at an oil pump site outside of Williston, North Dakota. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

Brent crude oil slipped towards $107 a barrel today, weighed down by concerns over demand growth, although a weak dollar and fears about supply disrup(...)

Euro zone credit slump deepens

Loans to the euro zone’s private sector shrank by more than expected in June, starving the economy of the funds needed to sustain recovery and piling (...)

European stocks were little changed near a seven-week high for the benchmark Stoxx Europe 600 Index. Photo: Bloomberg

European stocks were little changed near a seven-week high for the benchmark Stoxx Europe 600 Index. US index futures were also little changed, while (...)

Blackstone chairman and chief executive Stephen Schwarzman. The group’s private-equity and real-estate funds appreciated more than 5 per cent in the second quarter. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Blackstone Group, the largest alternative asset manager, said second-quarter earnings more than tripled as the value of its funds rose and it cashed (...)

In his twice-yearly report to Congress on monetary policy, US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke  said the Fed’s bond- buying programme would cease by mid-2014, but stressed the plan was not set in stone. Photograph: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke gave a modest boost to stock markets around the world yesterday, by reassuring that the US central bank’s mon(...)

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STOCKS rallied globally last week following stimulus assurances from Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke, although most markets remain well shy of thei(...)

European stock-index futures climbed, following the biggest weekly advance for the region’s equity benchmark in two months, as Chinese economic growth matched forecasts.

European stock-index futures climbed, following the biggest weekly advance for the region’s equity benchmark in two months, as Chinese economic growth(...)

A trader working on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the market opened yesterday. Global stocks  rose sharply  after Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke suggested  the US central bank may not yet  wind down its stimulus policy. Photograph:  Reuters/Lucas Jackson

European stocks advanced to a one-month high after Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke said the US economy would continue to need stimulus measures.(...)

A woman stands with her paperwork as she speaks with a recruiter while attending a job fair in New York. The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits has risen but the level still appeared to point to healing in the nation’s job market. Photograph: Reuters/Lucas Jackson.

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose last week, a potentially worrisome sign for the economy although the level st(...)

Germany’s  Bundesbank president and ECB policymaker Jens Weidmann said the ECB was not tied to keeping rates at record low levels. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters.

The European Central Bank has not “tied itself to the mast” with its use of forward guidance on low interest rates, and could raise them if inflation(...)

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