Japan earthquake sends ripple through Asia and Europe. US futures point to lower open in the United States.
Stock market news is downbeat as traders, investors worldwide worry about rising oil prices, slowing growth.
Stock prices climb Monday in Asia and Europe. Stock prices expected to rise in the US.
Stock prices were up in European capitals as hopes grew that the eurozone's debt crisis would ease.
Stock market gains in Asia and Europe signal positive start to 2011.
Currency analysts pay obsessive attention to economic factors that indicate the direction of interest rates, because interest rates represent the price of a currency. Any price change has a direct impact on the currency’s value. That can mean huge gains or losses for currency traders, but it also has a big impact on what savers earn, borrowers pay, consumers shell out for imported goods, and global companies plan in terms of compensation and hiring. In 2010, the stress on various currencies became clear, causing many central banks to push interest rates to record lows. Here’s a look at how those forces could play out in 2011 in six major regions of the world:
Stock market futures fall on concerns over Europe's debt crisis.
As world leaders gather in Seoul for their first G20 meeting in Asia, some economists argue that the push for stronger Asian currencies – particularly the Chinese yuan – will spur productivity gains.