Pedestrians cast shadows on the crosswalk near the headquarters of the Bank of Japan in Tokyo. The latest inflation data shows price growth slowed again in November.
A man walks by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. showing Japan's Nikkei 225 stock index that edged 9.93 points higher to 17,818.68 while the U.S.
The ruble fell, trimming a weekly rally that drove the currency up the most since in 16 years as the government ordered Russian exporters to reduce their foreign-currency holdings to shore up confidence.
Oil traded above $60 a barrel in London amid the highest volatility in more than three years on speculation that Saudi Arabia, the largest crude exporter, is signaling confidence that prices will rally.
BEIJING--China's central bank is allowing banks to lend more out of their deposits as the world's second-largest economy struggles to gain momentum, according to banking officials with knowledge of the matter.