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.
BRITAIN'S markets watchdog has fined Barclays STG72 million ($A150.30 million) for failing to minimise the risk that it might be used to aid financial crime.
Pfizer Inc. and Allergan PLC could soon enter into a deal worth $150 billion giving birth to the world's largest drugmaker of sales.
0847 GMT -- Oil prices are down slightly this morning despite the oil rig count in the U.S. falling for the twelfth week in thirteen and production falling by 17,000 barrels a day.
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.