The ruble fell, trimming a weekly rally that drove the currency up the most since in 16 years as the government ordered Russian exporters to reduce their foreign-currency holdings to shore up confidence.
Oil traded above $60 a barrel in London amid the highest volatility in more than three years on speculation that Saudi Arabia, the largest crude exporter, is signaling confidence that prices will rally.
BEIJING--China's central bank is allowing banks to lend more out of their deposits as the world's second-largest economy struggles to gain momentum, according to banking officials with knowledge of the matter.
Returns and day after Christmas shopping are expected to be steady at local stores, and many merchants have prepared with sales and return policies.
If you got a gift card for Christmas you didn't want, there's a way to change it. Beginning Christmas day Walmart is testing a program that allows shoppers swap a gift card from more than 200 retailers, restaurants and airlines.