China's manufacturing conditions slipped to the weakest level in more than three years as the sluggishness adds to risks facing the nation's 2015 growth target.
CHICAGO U.S. shoppers seeking to avoid the holiday crowds at bricks-and-mortar stores and snare deals on Cyber Monday came face-to-face with traffic jams and product sellouts, with some customers of Target Corp forced to wait in a virtual line.
This year's "Cyber Monday" is set to be the biggest online shopping day in history, Adobe predicts. With data from thousands of retailers still flowing in, the company believes Monday's total online spending will be $2.98 billion.
Bill Gates, the world's richest man, led a group of philanthropists in vowing to plow $2 billion into clean energy through personal investments and a new fund to be set up next year.
... * OPEC meets Friday in Vienna, expected to keep output high. * Hedge funds cut U.S. crude longs to 5-year lows. * Oversupply seen to last until mid-2016 - Morgan Stanley.