The economy just posted its best six-month stretch in 11 years, the labor market is on a record streak of job creation and gas prices are falling.
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Oil prices extended their losses and sunk to fresh four-year lows on Thursday as expectations of a cut in OPEC oil production faded following the Saudi Arabian oil minister's comments Wednesday.
U.S. stocks rose, with benchmark indexes closing at all-time highs, amid optimism the economy is showing sufficient strength to weather a slowdown overseas.
Japan upset the apple cart on many prognosticators, with the Bank of Japan unleashing another massive monetary stimulus wave and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe calling a snap election, likely in December, to shore up his political support.