Rating agency Standard and Poor's said it did not expect the European Central Bank to switch away from its supportive monetary policy before 2018, despite signs that inflation pressures are beginning to return.
The three main U.S. stock indexes hit records highs for the second straight day on Tuesday, with the Dow topping 19,000 points and the S&P 500 moving past 2,200 points for the first time ever as the Donald Trump-fueled rally continued.
A rally in major world stock markets lost some steam on Thursday despite a continued surge in bank shares, as investors reassessed positions, while U.S. bond yields continued to climb on the likelihood of inflation under President-elect Donald Trump's proposed fiscal policy.
U.S. stocks jumped at the open on Monday after the FBI said it would not press criminal charges against U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton relating to her email practices, brightening her prospects a day before the election.
Wall Street rallied on Thursday, boosted by Apple and lackluster economic data that further dimmed the prospects of an interest rate hike in the near term. Retail sales and industrial activity fell more than expected in August. The data follows reports showing a slowdown in job growth and a slump in manufacturing activity for the month.