Stocks finished higher Thursday, with the S&P 500 topping the 1,400 mark for the first time in nearly four years, as investors considered a batch of better-than-expected economic news.
Japan has posted an annual trade deficit for the first time since 1980 after a year of struggling to adjust to a strong yen, a eurozone crisis and the impact of natural disasters.
U.S. stocks sold off sharply Monday, as investors continued to scrutinize the eurozone debt deal, but it was an impressive month for the market.
Another Monday, another bankruptcy in the financial industry.
U.S. stocks were poised to open lower Monday, as investors react to Japan's intervention in global currency markets and remain cautious ahead of a week chock-full of economic events.
The Japanese government stepped in Monday to weaken the yen, after it climbed to a post-World War II high against the dollar.
Europe finally has a deal, and investors are pleased ... for now.
U.S. stocks were set to rally at the open Thursday, after European Union leaders agreed to expand Europe's bailout fund and take major losses on Greek bonds -- the latest step in an ongoing effort to curb the region's debt crisis.
The Japanese government announced a plan aimed at weakening its currency, without directly intervening.
U.S. stocks were headed for a flat open Wednesday, as investors digested a better-than-expected report on durable good orders and await Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's speech later this week.
The yen sank more than 2% against the dollar Thursday -- its biggest drop in almost a year -- after the the Japanese government stepped in to curb the currency's recent rise for the third time in a year.
U.S. stocks were headed a retreat Thursday, after the latest reading on jobless claims showed a large number of Americans remain unemployed.
The Japanese government is taking steps to devalue yen. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.
For the third time in a year, Japan's government has intervened in the yen, its unit of currency, according to Japan's finance minister.
Japan-based Hitachi is known by global customers for making TVs. But on Wednesday, the company said it is considering ending its television production operations in Japan.
The dollar has regained some ground this week, as the U.S. debt battle draws to a close, but don't expect the strength to last.
Stocks took a wild ride Monday.
It's getting harder by the minute to find so-called safe havens in this turbulent market.
Stocks retreated broadly on Friday, with the Dow ending below 12,000 for the first time in three months and the Nasdaq erasing all of its gains for the year.
Stocks ended in the red Wednesday, as disappointing reports on jobs and the services sector weighed on investors.
The retreat by the Detroit Three in the face of smaller, smarter, fitter cars by Toyota, Honda, and company is a 50-year phenomenon. In that time, Japanese automakers have bucked trade restrictions, an overvalued currency, and "Buy America" sentiments to capture more than one-third of the U.S. car market.
U.S. stocks rose for a second day in a row on Friday, as news of a cease-fire in Libya eased traders' concerns about developments in the Middle East. However, the ongoing turmoil in Japan led U.S. stocks to fall for the week.
Investors plowed a record amount of cash into funds that invest in Japanese equities this week, taking full advantage of a sharp drop in the Nikkei following the disaster in Japan.
It's shaping up to be another 'up' day on Wall Street, with U.S. stock futures solidly higher ahead of Friday's opening bell.
Stocks in disaster-stricken Japan capped a turbulent week with solid gains Friday after finance ministers from the Group of Seven nations announced a coordinated intervention in the currency market to prevent the yen from rising further.
The dollar strengthened against the Japanese yen Thursday ahead of a conference call of G-7 finance ministers that might be the first step toward intervention by Japanese authorities in currency markets.
On top of the natural disaster is the strong yen, which hit record levels. CNN's Pauline Chiou reports.
A spiraling crisis caused by the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear drama has turned into a financial crisis for the world's third largest economy.
The dollar hit an all-time low against a strengthening Japanese yen on Wednesday, as global uncertainty and the prospect of more cash flowing into Japan pushed its currency higher.
U.S. stocks managed to tick higher Thursday, pushing the Dow and S&P to their highest levels since the summer of 2008.
The dollar gained some traction against the Japanese yen Thursday, but it's still in the dumps against the world's other major currencies.
U.S. stocks ended Thursday's trading session slightly in the red, as trading volume remains light during the last week of the year.
U.S. stocks were poised for a flat open Thursday, as investors digest a report on unemployment claims that showed a rosier picture than anticipated. Investors are still awaiting economic reports on manufacturing and the housing market.
CNN's Pauline Chiou talks to ING's Pranay Gupta about the impact of the G-20 meeting on global investors.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, IMF managing director, talks to CNN's Maggie Lake about the economic crisis.
CNN's Richard Quest talks to David Bloom of HSBC on the rising economic tensions surrounding currencies.
The Bank of Japan lowered its key interest rate Tuesday to virtually 0%, citing concerns about the pace of the economic recovery.
Stocks were poised to fall at Monday's open, as investors await reports expected to show slowing in both the manufacturing sector and the housing market.
U.S. stocks fizzled Thursday, but that didn't stop the market from logging its best September in decades.
The dollar could find some support in the weeks ahead as concerns about troubled European economies reemerge and investors look for clues about the Federal Reserve's next move.
Japan's prime minister successfully fights to retain leadership, as the public's patience for politicking runs thin.
On paper, investors have plenty of reasons to get off the sidelines. The jobs landscape has been improving, manufacturing has expanded for 13 straight months, and other economic reports have been pointing to steady growth.
U.S. stocks were poised to open lower Thursday, as investors digested FedEx's latest results and weekly data on first-time filers for jobless benefits.
Japan's government is trying to slow down the rise of the yen. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.
Stocks surged in the last half hour of trading to close higher Wednesday, tracking the U.S. dollar's strength after Japan moved to rein in the surging yen.
The Japanese government has decided to intervene in the currency markets in an effort to rein in its skyrocketing yen. In a somewhat rare move, Japan's Ministry of Finance announced that it would sell yen and buy U.S. dollars.
U.S. stocks were headed for a lower open Wednesday, after the release of economic reports on trade and manufacturing, and Japan's decision to push down the yen's exchange rate.
Stocks managed to pare some losses Tuesday on better-than-expected retail sales data, but indexes ended mixed as investors stepped back from a recent runup.
The dollar sank to a fresh 15-year low against the yen Tuesday, after Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who has been reluctant to intervene in the market to curb the Japanese currency's rise, fended off a leadership challenge.
U.S. stocks were poised for a tentative open Tuesday, as traders pulled out of their slump on better-than-expected retail sales data before the opening bell.
The dollar drifted lower against the euro this week, but held its own against the Japanese yen, as investors remain wary about the outlook for the global economy.
Stocks ended Wednesday higher as investors shifted their focus from worries about European banks to President Obama's $350 billion jobs recovery plan.
Stocks were poised to rebound Wednesday, as investors awaited an economic recovery proposal from President Obama and braced for the first batch of data this week.
World markets slumped Tuesday, with the Nikkei ending at a 16-month low, as the yen remained strong despite efforts by the Bank of Japan to keep a lid on the Japanese currency's rise.
The Bank of Japan announced steps at an emergency meeting Monday to curb the yen's strength and lift the country's struggling economy -- but the move was not enough to satisfy investors.
U.S. stocks closed sharply lower Tuesday after a report showing showing a worse-than-expected plunge in existing home sales reignited fears about an economic slowdown.
Treasury yields continued to fall Tuesday, with the yield on the benchmark 10-year note holding near a 19-month low, as a spate of dour economic news has driven investors into safer assets, like government-backed debt.
The Japanese yen surged to a fresh 15-year high against the U.S. dollar Tuesday, after the Japanese government failed to say it would take steps to curb the currency's strength amid growing concerns about the pace of the recovery.
The dollar fell to a 15-year low against the Japanese yen Wednesday, as investors flocked to safe-haven trades after weak economic data was released by China and the Federal Reserve posted a bearish outlook.
The dollar turned higher against major currencies Thursday after reports on factory orders and the services sector fell short of economist expectations and investors opted once again for the safe-haven appeal of the U.S. currency.
The dollar gained against the yen and euro Wednesday following the resignation of Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama.
U.S. stocks were poised for a positive start Friday after preliminary government figures showed the nation's economy continued to grow for the third straight quarter.
The dollar fell versus the euro Monday after the European Union announced additional steps to aid Greece, but the decline was tempered ahead of corporate financial results.
The dollar was mostly down against major currencies on Thursday as investors absorbed jobs and manufacturing data.
The dollar dipped against major currencies on Wednesday after a disappointing report on private-sector payrolls.
The dollar slipped versus the yen and the pound but rose against the euro Wednesday after the Bank of Japan and the Federal Reserve each left interest rates unchanged near zero.
The dollar gained against the euro and the pound, but fell versus the yen on Monday as equities ended mixed and investors continued to worry about finding a concrete solution for Greece's mounting debt.
The dollar fell Friday against most major currencies except the yen as investors digested conflicting reports on retail sales and consumer confidence.
The dollar slipped against the euro and the pound Thursday but rose against the yen as investors digested mixed U.S. economic news.
The dollar was mixed against major currencies Wednesday, rising against the yen and pound but giving up gains versus the euro.
The dollar recovered losses versus the euro and rose against the pound, but fell versus the yen in quiet trading Tuesday.
U.S. stocks were poised for a lower start Tuesday as investors expressed uncertainty about the outlook for markets on the anniversary of the bear-market low.
The dollar rose sharply against the yen Friday following a better than expected employment report from the government, but it slipped against other major currencies.
The dollar gained against the euro and pound but sank against the yen, on renewed worries after a report showed U.S. consumer confidence fell sharply in February after three straight months of improvement.
U.S. stocks were set to open higher Tuesday, as investors eyed buying opportunities after the previous session's selloff, although worries about debt problems in Greece remained in focus.
The dollar rose against most major currencies Thursday, but remained weak against the yen, as concerns about the global economic recovery -- particularly in some European nations -- boosted demand for safe investments.
The dollar extended its gains against the euro and rose against the yen Wednesday, after the Federal Reserve announced plans to hold interest rates steady as it said economic conditions continued to pick up.
The dollar rose against other major currencies Tuesday, except the yen, as global economic jitters boosted demand for safe-haven currencies even as U.S. stocks rebounded.
The dollar fell against the Japanese yen Friday, but continued to strengthen versus the euro, as investors shied away from risk amid ongoing concerns about the global economy.
The dollar gained versus major currencies and briefly surged to a four-month high against the yen Thursday after Japan's finance minister said he wants to see a weaker yen.
The dollar fell against the euro and the yen on Monday after a report showed that manufacturing jumped in December, increasing the appeal of higher risk investments.
Investors are bracing for a strong open when U.S. stocks open for trading Friday following the government's much better-than-expected monthly jobs report.
Stocks were poised to open higher Thursday as investors weighed a reading on the U.S. labor market, as well news that Bank of America would return federal bailout funds and a joint venture between General Electric and Comcast.
The Bank of Japan will allocate 10 trillion yen ($115 billion) into short-term, low-interest loans to stem deflation and bring down the value of the yen, the bank announced on Tuesday.
The Bank of Japan sets aside about $115 billion dollars to inject liquidity into the economy. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.
Stocks were poised to open higher Tuesday as global markets rebounded, gold neared the $1,200-an-ounce mark and amid talk of a GE-Comcast deal for NBC-Universal.
Global stock markets endured heavy selling on Thursday as investors were spooked by the spectre of a default by Dubai and after a febrile foreign exchange market saw the yen surge to a 14-year high against the dollar.
CNN's Charles Hodson and John Defterios discuss the implications of Dubai World's debt dilemma.
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