Americans were in more buoyant spirits than expected in March amid broad-based gains in income, according to the results of one of the most closely-followed surveys of US consumer sentiment.
Glencore has arranged more than $14bn of bank loan agreements including oversubscribed short-term facilities of almost $10bn.
Policymakers in the US can "hardly ignore" the impact that Brexit, a sharp slowdown in global growth prospects, or trade tensions might have on their economy as America, a top Federal Reserve official said.
European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi sounded a confident note on the economic outlook on Wednesday, but conceded that risks had risen recently and that negative interest rates might possibly be having some undesired 'side effects'.
Retail sales fell sharply in March, as the British high street continued to battle fragile consumer confidence and Brexit uncertainty.
A top European Central Bank official said on Tuesday that the current slowdown in the Eurozone economy might be more protracted than what had been expected just a few months before and that monetary policy would need to remain accommodative for "quite some time".
Analysts at Jefferies jacked up their target price for shares of RBS following a meeting with the lender's finance chief, Katie Murray, that saw them come away with "more conviction than ever around large scale capital return".
A former US Federal Reserve chair has played down the prospect of America being hit by an imminent recession, after heavy falls in government bond yields rattled markets.
A top US central bank official said on Monday that the downside risks to the economy outweighed those to the upside and that interest rate cuts might be needed.
Rate-setters in Moscow lowered their forecast for consumer price inflation and opened the door to a cut in official interest as soon as 2019.
Second hand sales of homes in the States rebounded sharply last month, bolstered by lower mortgage rates, growing incomes and improved consumer confidence.
Perhaps the most widely-followed regional manufacturing gauge in the US rebounded sharply in March, but according to economists continued to point to an ongoing slowdown.
US jobless claims, one of the most closely-followed indicators of the health of the jobs market, dropped more sharply than expected over the preceding week.
The Monetary Policy Committee chose to stay put on policy, continuing to guide markets towards gradual hikes in Bank Rate, even as it noted how uncertainty around Brexit might be distorting the signals coming from recent economic data.
These were the movements in some of the most widely-followed 10-year sovereign bond yields:.
Rates for job openings and voluntary so-called 'quits' in the US were unchanged in January, pointing to a gradual acceleration in wage growth, economists said.
US industrial production eked out just a small gain last month, with output in manufacturing hit by a slide in business equipment.
Eurosceptic European Research Group brexiteer Steve Baker has said that he has plans to ensure the UK leaves the European Union on the original Brexit date, 29 March.
Chinese economic activity slowed down a tad more quickly than expected at the start of 2019, a batch of economic reports revealed, with economists emphasising the negatives in the latest figures.
European lawmakers have rejected proposals to launch trade talks with the United States.