China factory, services activities slide to 7-month lows on COVID curbs

By Liangping Gao and Ryan Woo BEIJING (Reuters) - China's manufacturing and services activities shrank further in November to seven-month lows, official data showed, stung by the country's strict

UPDATE 2-China factory, services activities slide to 7-month lows on COVID curbs

* Nov manufacturing PMI contracts further to 48.0 vs 49.2 in Oct * Nov services PMI contraction deepens to 46.7 vs 48.7 in Oct * Sub-indexes for manufacturing PMI also fall (Adds analysts' comments,

Global stocks to grind higher, lacklustre year ahead: Reuters poll

By Hari Kishan BENGALURU (Reuters) - The global economy needs to find a more solid footing before most stock markets to break out of their torpor, according to market strategists polled by Reuters who

Aussie takes in stride slowing domestic inflation, bonds up

By Stella Qiu SYDNEY, Nov 30 (Reuters) - The Australian dollar held steady on Wednesday, taking in stride slowing inflation at home, while bonds jumped as investors priced in a likely lower peak in

Asia stocks choppy as investors cautious after disappointing China data

By Kane Wu HONG KONG (Reuters) - Asian shares rebounded on Wednesday as investors pinned hopes on China eventually reopening its economy despite growing COVID lockdowns that pushed its factory and

Global stocks to grind higher, lacklustre year ahead: Reuters poll

By Hari Kishan BENGALURU (Reuters) - The global economy needs to find a more solid footing before most stock markets to break out of their torpor, according to market strategists polled by Reuters who

Half of world's democracies in decline -intergovernmental watchdog

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Half of the world's democracies are in a state of decline amid worsening civil liberties and rule of law while already authoritarian governments are becoming more oppressive, an

Gold firms on softer dollar as traders eye Powell's speech

By Ashitha Shivaprasad (Reuters) - Gold prices edged up on Wednesday, aided by a dip in the dollar, with investors largely focusing on Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell's speech for insights into

NATO ministers focus on Russia regional destabilisation concerns

By John Irish and Luiza Ilie BUCHAREST (Reuters) -NATO foreign ministers will on Wednesday seek to reassure fragile countries in Russia's neighbourhood that they fear could be destabilised by Russia

Marketmind: Powell point presentation

By Jamie McGeever (Reuters) - A look at the day ahead in Asian markets from Jamie McGeever. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell could set the market tone for the rest of the year on Wednesday when he