The dollar was little changed Wednesday, holding near its highest in four years versus a basket of major currencies.
Traders moved to the sidelines ahead of Friday's pivotal non-farm payrolls report.
In a key prelude to the official jobs report, payroll processor ADP today said employment in the...
With spending on private and public construction both showing notable decreases, the Commerce Department released a report on Wednesday showing an unexpected drop in U.S. construction spending in the month of August.
Growth in U.S. manufacturing activity saw a notable slowdown in the month of September, according to a report released by the Institute for Supply Management on Wednesday, with the index of activity in the sector pulling back off a three-year high.
Employment in the U.S. private sector increased by more than expected in the month of September, according to a report released by payroll processor ADP on Wednesday, with employment rising by more than 200,000 jobs for the sixth straight month.
The Eurozone manufacturing moved closer to stagnation in September as German factory sector contracted for the first time in 15 months, final data from Markit Economics showed Wednesday. The manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index fell more than intially estimated to a 14-month low of 50.3 from August's reading 50.7. The reading was below the earlier flash estimate of 50.5.
The total value of retail sales in Australia added a seasonally adjusted 0.1 percent on month in August, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Wednesday - coming in at A$23.311 billion.
The headline figure was shy of forecasts for an increase of 0.4 percent, which would have been unchanged from...
An index measuring business sentiment in Japan showed mild upside in the third quarter of 2014, the Bank of Japan revealed on Wednesday in its quarterly Tankan business survey.
The large manufacturers index came in with a score of 13, beating forecasts for 10 and up from 12 in the second quarter.
South Korea's manufacturing sector dipped into contraction in September, the latest survey from Markit Economics revealed on Wednesday, with a PMI score of 48.8.
That's down from 50.3 in August - and it falls below the boom-or-bust score of 50 that separates expansion from contraction.
The dollar continued to hammer the euro on Tuesday, adding to its highest levels since 2012 amid expectations of further easing from the European Central Bank.
The ECB's efforts to generate inflation have fallen flat, according to official data released this morning.
Euro zone inflation came in...
The U.K. economy grew more than estimated in the second quarter and the current account deficit widened from the first quarter, the Office for National Statistics said Tuesday. Gross domestic product grew 0.9 percent sequentially, up from the prior estimate of 0.8 percent. The annual growth was confirmed at 3.2 percent.
Eurozone inflation slowed in September, as expected, to the lowest since late 2009 and the unemployment rate remained stable at a double digit level in August putting pressure on the European Central Bank to launch a full-blown easing. Inflation came in at 0.3 percent, slower than August's 0.4 percent. This was the lowest since October 2009, when prices fell 0.1 percent.
The Reserve Bank of India kept its key rates unchanged once again as expected, citing upside risks to medium-term inflation target. The decision announced Tuesday meant that the repo rate was left unchanged at 8.00 percent for the fourth straight policy meeting. The repo rate is the rate at which the central bank lends to commercial banks.
U.K. house prices unexpectedly declined in September after rising for sixteen straight months amid signs that demand may be starting to ease, the results of a survey by the Nationwide Building Society showed Tuesday.
The house price index dropped 0.2 percent from August, when it climbed 0.8 percent....
China's manufacturing sector continued to expand in September, if barely, the latest survey from HSBC revealed on Tuesday with a PMI reading of 50.2.
That was unchanged from the August reading, although it was down from the flash estimate of 50.5 earlier this month.
A reading above 50 means expansion...
Industrial production in Japan was down 1.5 percent on month in August, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said on Tuesday.
That was well shy of forecasts for an increase of 0.2 percent following the 0.4 percent gain in July.
On a yearly basis, industrial production fell 2.9 percent -...