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Swiss stocks rose sharply Friday, nearing 6-year highs after surprising stimulus from the Bank of Japan lifted global markets. In a 5-4 vote, the Policy Board led by Governor Haruhiko Kuroda decided to raise the monetary base at an annual pace of about 80 trillion yen. The earlier plan was to increase...

European stocks skyrocketed Friday, following Asian shares sharply higher after the Bank of Japan unexpectedly announced a big boost to its quantitative easing stimulus program. The news raised hopes that the European Central Bank will follow suit with more stimulus despite previous reluctance from...

The European markets are trading notably higher on Friday, after the Bank of Japan unexpectedly expanded its massive quantitative and qualitative easing as policymakers assessed it necessary to achieve the 2 percent inflation target. In a 5-4 vote, the Policy Board led by Governor Haruhiko Kuroda...

The French market traded notably higher on Friday, after the Bank of Japan unexpectedly expanded its massive quantitative and qualitative easing as policymakers assessed it necessary to achieve the 2 percent inflation target. In a 5-4 vote, the Policy Board led by Governor Haruhiko Kuroda decided...

The French market traded notably higher on Friday, after the Bank of Japan unexpectedly expanded its massive quantitative and qualitative easing as policymakers assessed it necessary to achieve the 2 percent inflation target. In a 5-4 vote, the Policy Board led by Governor Haruhiko Kuroda decided...

The German market traded notably higher on Friday, after the Bank of Japan unexpectedly expanded its massive quantitative and qualitative easing as policymakers assessed it necessary to achieve the 2 percent inflation target. In a 5-4 vote, the Policy Board led by Governor Haruhiko Kuroda decided...

Asian-Markets2_31Oct14.jpg European stocks look set to open sharply higher on Friday, as improving growth prospects in the U.S. and fresh signs that global central banks will continue to be proactive in ensuring price stability helped increase the appeal of riskier assets. Asian stocks are rising across the board, with Japan's...

Swiss stocks extended weekly gains Thursday, following other European markets higher amid hopes the U.S. can carry the global economy through a rough patch. A report from the Commerce Department showed U.S. economic activity to have increased by more than expected 3.5 percent in the third quarter...

European stocks finished slightly higher after fluctuating between gains and losses Thursday, amid mixed economic news from both sides of the Atlantic. Markets had their first chance to assess yesterday's Federal Reserve monetary policy decision. The Fed ended its quantitative easing program...

European stocks drifted lower on Thursday, surrendering early gains, as investors weighed mixed earnings results and the U.S. Federal Reserve's decision to end its massive stimulus program, known as QE3. The Fed sounded fairly optimistic about the U.S. economic recovery and clarified the pace of...

German stocks retreated on Thursday as investors weighed mixed earnings results and the U.S. Federal Reserve's decision to end its massive stimulus program, known as QE3. The Fed sounded fairly optimistic about the U.S. economic recovery and clarified the pace of rate hikes would depend on incoming...

stock-market-9_30Oct14.jpg European stocks are seen opening on a flat note Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve delivered a slightly more hawkish policy statement. After ending its controversial long-running bond-buying program, the Federal Reserve described labor conditions as improving and sounded more hawkish than expected...

Swiss stocks inched up Wednesday, holding early gains even as neighboring European markets turned lower. Investors are waiting on the U.S. Federal Reserve interest rate decision later today. The Swiss Market Index was up 0.28 percent, and remains up nearly 8 percent year-to-date. UBS was flat...

European stocks failed to sustain early gains and finished a bit lower Wednesday, as investors were cautious ahead of today's monetary policy decision from the U.S Federal Reserve. Another batch of relatively upbeat earnings news from some major European countries was overshadowed by concerns about...

European stocks rose broadly on Wednesday, tracking sharp gains on Wall Street overnight as investors await the outcome of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting later tonight for clues on when the U.S. central bank could raise interest rates. The Fed is widely expected to announce the end of its...