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Markets are increasingly optimistic the Brexit worst-case scenarios will be averted. Deutsche Bank estimates the odds of a soft Brexit deal to be   50 per cent to 65 per cent. Photograph: Getty Images

There was much anguished commentary after Bank of England governor Mark Carney warned sterling could fall up to 25 per cent in the event of a no-deal (...)

China’s CSI300 index of Shanghai and Shenzhen shares rose 2.6 per cent. In Japan, the Nikkei gained 1.3 per cent to a six-week high. Photograph: Hilary Swift/The New York Times

Asian shares rallied on Monday after US and Chinese leaders brokered a truce in their trade conflict, a relief for the global economic outlook and a t(...)

It was a better day for CRH, which rose 1.8 per cent to €24.75, as its US peers in the building materials sector led the way.

European shares inched up on Thursday as dovish comments from Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell helped offset uncertainty over a possible escalat(...)

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development warned that protectionism continued to drag on global trade. Photograph: iStock

Euro zone economic confidence slipped for an 11th straight month, further damping expectations that the currency bloc would rebound from a sharp growt(...)

US president Donald Trump. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

News that US president Donald Trump will meet his Chinese opposite number Xi Jinping at a G20 summit eased fears of a trade war and steadied European (...)

The US Federal Reserve. Investors are becoming sceptical about the median forecast of Fed officials in September for three additional hikes in 2019.

Federal Reserve vice chairman Richard Clarida said the central bank’s gradual approach to interest-rate hikes is appropriate as US monetary policy get(...)

Things can change quickly in markets, as Amazon shareholders have discovered. Photograph: Lindsey Wasson/Reuters

Investors fret over global slowdown Last Wednesday was an especially bloody day for stock markets. Tech stocks were hammered, with the Nasdaq’s 4.4 p(...)

Jerome Powell, chairman of the US Federal Reserve. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The Tina trade – the idea that there is no alternative to stocks in a low-yielding world – has helped support the US bull market over the last nine ye(...)

US president Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump in Washington on Thursday. The president’s grasp of basic economics is even weaker than it already appears to be. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

US indices have seemed oblivious to the troubled mood pervading global markets in 2018 but that finally changed last Wednesday, when the S&P 500 s(...)

Major indices bounced off their lows in Europe and across Asia and futures trading pointed to gains on Wall Street.

The torrid sell-off that has swept through global stock markets eased on Friday after a bruising string of losses for investors triggered by worries o(...)

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