WASHINGTON - Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, a sign of solid job security and growing confidence among employers.
LONDON (Reuters) - The yen fell on Friday amid expectations of further stimulus next year to bolster Japanese inflation and also on a revival of global risk sentiment after battered oil prices and Russia's ruble stabilised.
JAKARTA, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Most Southeast Asian stock markets continued their rally on Friday as global markets cheered the U.S. Federal Reserve's pledge to be "patient" in its interest rate decision.
The Dow Jones industrial average surged the most since 2011 and the Standard & Poor's 500 index capped its best two-day gain in three years as global equities rallied on the Federal Reserve's pledge to be patient on boosting rates.
F ILE - In this Monday, Dec. 29, 2008 file image provided by Greenpeace, coal ash slurry left behind in a containment pond near the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston Fossil Plant is shown in Harriman, Tenn.