Europe Posts Strong Gains; More Stimulus Eyed

By Ritu, Capital Sands European stock markets have pushed firmly higher Tuesday, as investors anticipate more financial aid to help bolster the region’s battered economies. The EU’s finance ministers will be in focus Tuesday as they meet to try and agree a list of measures to mitigate the impact ofRead More →

Europe Pushes Higher; Virus Optimism Rises

By Ritu, Capital Sands European stock markets posted strong gains Monday, helped by signs of a slowdown in coronavirus-related deaths in the region, and by expectations of more financial aid to help bolster its battered economies. At 03:45 AM ET (0745 GMT), the U.K.’s FTSE index traded 2.6% higher, France’s CAC 40 was upRead More →

Europe Largely Flat; Eyes on U.S. Unemployment Data

By Ritu, Capital Sands European stock markets traded in tight ranges Thursday, after Wednesday’s sharp losses to start the month, with the tone remaining cautious as investors awaited key U.S. unemployment data later. At 3:55 ET (0755 GMT), the U.K.’s FTSE index traded 0.4% higher, France’s CAC 40 was up 0.2%, while the DAX fell 0.2%.Read More →

Oil majors slash 2020 spending by 20% after prices slump

By Ritu, Capital Sands The world’s biggest oil and gas companies are cutting spending this year following a collapse in oil prices driven by a slump in demand because of the coronavirus crisis and a price war between top exporters Saudi Arabia and Russia. Cuts already announced by eight majorRead More →

European shares inch higher but set for worst quarter since 2002

By Ritu, Capital Sands European stocks inched higher on Tuesday with investors buying into defensive sectors as they awaited further signs that the economy could weather the fallout from a near total global shutdown to curtail the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The pan-European STOXX 600 index  was up 1.1%Read More →

RBI may soon allow repurchase ops in corporate bonds

By Ritu, Capital Sands Indian authorities are considering allowing corporate bonds as collateral for repurchase operations as they seek to cool the recent spike in corporate borrowing costs in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. “We have to work it out. Under the RBI Act, we are not allowed toRead More →

Europe Boosted by Strong Gains in Energy Stocks

By Ritu, Capital Sands European stock markets surged higher Friday, helped by strong gains in the energy sector after oil prices bounced back. At 03:55 ET (0855 GMT), the U.K.’s FTSE index was trading 2.3% higher, France’s CAC 40 and the DAX were up 4.8%. The pan-eurozone index, the Euro Stoxx 50, gained 4.5%. Additionally, U.S. crude futures tradedRead More →

Europe to Edge Lower Despite ECB Support

By Ritu, Capital Sands European stock markets are expected to edge lower Thursday, with investors still contemplating the possibility of several months of declining economic activity despite an increasingly robust policy response that reached a new high late on Wednesday as the European Central Bank unveiled its biggest anti-crisis programRead More →

Oil majors slash 2020 spending by 20% after prices slump

By Ritu, Capital Sands Oil prices fell for a third session on Wednesday with U.S. crude futures tumbling to a 17-year low as the outlook for fuel demand darkened with travel and social lockdowns triggered by the coronavirus epidemic. U.S. crude was down 84 cents, or 3.12%, at $26.11 aRead More →

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By Ritu, Capital Sands For years, Hindus and Muslims lived and worked peacefully together in Yamuna Vihar, a densely populated Delhi district. But the riots that raged through the district last month appear to have cleaved lasting divisions in the community, reflecting a nationwide trend as tensions over the HinduRead More →