AFP - World stock markets mainly climbed on Friday as investors awaited more key US earnings news and economic data but share prices slid in Jakarta, scene of twin fatal bomb blasts blamed on terrorism.
LONDON: Weak data from China helped push oil prices to their lowest in six months on Monday, knocking the Canadian dollar, and sent Asian stocks close to their 2015 lows. But futures markets pointed to major share indices making a steady start to August. The S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial and Nazdaq markets all looked set to open little changed, shrugging off the troubles of Greece whose stock market slumped as it reopened after being shut for five weeks.
The best clues to the identity of terrorists who planted bombs at the Boston Marathon lie in the explosive devices themselves.
Monday night the FBI said it was too soon to say whether domestic or foreign attackers were responsible for the twin bombs that caused chaos and devastation.
But Fred Burton, vice president of intelligence at Strategic Forecasting in Austin, Texas, said forensic scientists would glean plenty of information from the bomb remnants.
Options traders have never been so pessimistic on China’s stock market, betting the government’s renewed effort to prop up share prices is doomed to fail.
The cost of bearish contracts on the China 50 exchange-traded fund surged to the highest level versus bullish ones since they started trading in Shanghai six months ago. The so-called skew also climbed to a record for a similar ETF in the U.S., even as government buying drove China’s benchmark index to a 10 per cent rally in the final two days of last week.
OS, Nigeria — Boko Haram assaulted three villages in northern Nigeria, killing 48 people, residents said Wednesday, hours after twin bombings claimed at least 118 lives in this central city in an attack the government blamed on the Islamic extremists.