Asian Stocks Week Ahead: Investors To Focus On Chinese Data

Asian stock markets ended with gains last week as the speculation of further stimulus measures from the major central banks offered support. However, markets pared gains after policy makers in the U.S. and Europe failed to offer any new stimulus measures needed to bolster growth. Particularly, the lack of concrete new action by the European Central Bank weighed on the sentiment.

US Initial Jobless Claims Rise To 365,000

The number of Americans lining up for new jobless benefits last week rose less than expected, the Labor Department said Thursday, partly reflecting the volatility of applications during the annual auto-plant retooling period.

Asian Shares Slip After Fed Inaction And Ahead Of ECB Meeting

Asian shares eased Thursday as investors turned increasingly cautious with hopes of stimulus action by central banks fading ahead of a European Central Bank's meeting later in the day and after the U.S. Federal Reserve took no action a day earlier.

Greeks Pack Off To Germany In Droves

Thalia Paraskeva, 24, was getting increasingly desperate. Equipped with a degree in graphic design from Athens, she had no luck finding a job in Greece. One day, she booked a ticket to Berlin and swiftly packed some dresses, a jacket, a pair of snug boots and a Greek-German dictionary before boarding the plane.

Fed Officials Stand Pat But Ready To Act If Needed

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday offered a gloomier view of the economy as the labor market showed no sign of improvement since its last meeting. However, despite mounting signs of a sharp slowdown in the U.S. economy, central bank officials decided to take more time to make up their mind and refrained from enacting another monetary stimulus.

July Private-Sector Added 163,000 Jobs: ADP

The U.S. private sector added more jobs than forecast in July, ADP reported on Wednesday, giving the market some relief after three sluggish months as it awaits Friday's government employment report.

With Euro Zone Joblessness Sky High, Its Survival Is At Risk: Analyst

The number of unemployed people across all 17 euro zone countries soared 11.2 percent to 17.8 million in June -- up 1 percentage point from the year before, Eurostat, the European Union's statistical agency, reported Tuesday. Euro zone unemployment among people younger than 25 rose to 22.4 percent.

Americans Earned More, Spent Less In June

Despite rising income at the end of the second quarter, U.S. consumer spending fell in June by 0.1 percent from the month before, the Commerce Department said on Tuesday.