What: Shares of iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ:IRBT) fell more than 10% early Thursday after the home robotics company released strong fourth-quarter 2015 results but followed with lighter-than-expected forward guidance.
SINGAPORE Crude oil prices jumped more than 5 percent on Friday after comments by an OPEC energy minister sparked hopes of a coordinated production cut, yet analysts said such a move remained unlikely and that oversupply would persist.
Already branded a "sadomonetarist" by Nobel laureate Paul Krugman, the 62-year-old governor of Sweden's central bank cut rates to a record low of minus 0.50 percent, ignoring criticism from analysts and reservations within his own board.
Investors are fleeing stocks and running to safe-havens like bonds and gold, driven by concerns about economic growth the effectiveness of central banks' policies.
... * FTSEurofirst 300 down 3.7 pct at close. * Societe Generale slumps 12.6 pct after results. * Swedish banks hit by rate cut, further in negative.