The UK economy has slowed after poor overseas trade figures put a record drag on growth, leaving household spending to drive the recovery and casting further doubt on George Osborne's hopes that strong tax receipts will help him hit ambitious budget ...
The Dow Jones industrial average fell 14.9 points, or 0.08 percent, to 17,798.49, the S&P 500 gained 1.24 points, or 0.06 percent, to 2,090.11 and the Nasdaq Composite added 11.38 points, or 0.22 percent, to 5,127.53.
The pound's fortunes are likely to diverge next week, pulled higher by the European Central Bank and dragged lower by the Federal Reserve.
China's stocks tumbled the most since the depths of this year's rout as some of the largest brokerages disclosed regulatory probes, the nation's industrial profits fell and companies struggled to repay bonds.
RIO DE JANEIRO Toxic materials such as arsenic were found in the water of the Rio Doce river days after a dam burst at a mine in Brazil earlier this month, an executive for Vale, the co-owner of the mine operator, confirmed on Friday.