LONDON The euro slipped back towards seven-month lows, bond yields fell and European shares rallied on Thursday as talk of aggressive stimulus from the European Central Bank next week gained ground.
LONDON— Barclays BCS 0.45 % PLC was on Thursday fined by British regulators over anti-money-laundering control failings linked to a secretive �1.88 billion ($2.83 billion) deal it arranged for a number of rich clients.
"The next time you're told that your “entitlements” (i.e. earned benefits) of Social Security and Medicare must be cut, or you wonder why America is falling behind advanced nations in so many areas, thank the likes of Pfizer.
TOKYO—Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday he would increase spending on social programs and raise the minimum wage as he tries to jump-start the flagging economy ahead of an election next summer.
Oil prices fell on Thursday amid signs of robust U.S. production despite data showing a lower-than-expected increase in U.S. oil inventories and a decline in the number of working oil-rigs in the country.