Shoppers among pedestrians in New York last week. A surge in consumer spending helped push the nation's economic growth rate to 3.9% last quarter.
A general view shows tanks at the Saudi Aramco oil facility in Dammam city, 450 kms east of the Saudi capital Riyadh. Saudi Arabia had been the world's swing producer for years, boosting output when prices rose and scaling back when they dropped.
A pedestrian looks at an electronic board showing Japan's Nikkei average (top 2nd from L) and various stock prices outside a brokerage in Tokyo November 11, 2014.
Total U.S. household debt rose slightly in the third quarter to a total of $11.7 trillion, according to a survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, which pronounced the end of the crisis-era "deleveraging process.
High-end jeweler Tiffany & Co reported lower-than-expected third-quarter sales, but continued its recent strong showing as shares rose 2.5% to close at $107.60.