Europe Markets: Auto makers, Italian stocks lead European shares lower

European stocks fell Thursday, facing their fourth loss in five sessions, with auto shares under pressure and Italian shares flipping down following developments surrounding the country’s coalition government. U.K. stocks erased an earlier gain as the pound rallied after the Bank of England signaled a rate rise could come in August. How markets are performing … Read more

Market Extra: Greece likely to get green light to exit bailout program, but worries linger

Call it a happier sort of “Grexit.” Greece’s eurozone partners are expected Thursday to clear the way for the country to depart its third bailout program in August, ending an eight-year stretch of financial assistance. The terms will likely include a deal on debt relief that will also boost the country’s cash buffer as it … Read more

Metals Stocks: Gold carves out fresh 2018 low as dollar index hits 11-month high

Gold carved out another low for 2018 on Thursday as a leading dollar index — lifted in a rising interest-rate environment — reached its highest level since last summer. August gold GCQ8, -0.69%  was down $9.40, or 0.7%, at $1,265.20 an ounce. The contract’s finish at $1,274.50 Wednesday was the lowest settlement for a most-active … Read more

Market Snapshot: Dow shapes up for 8th loss in a row as trade gloom lingers

U.S. stock futures lost ground early Thursday, putting the Dow Jones Industrial Average at risk of an eighth down session in a row. Trade-related tensions have been weighing on global markets, though the tech-laden Nasdaq Composite still managed to score an all-time closing high in the prior session. What are the main benchmarks doing? Dow … Read more

Futures Movers: Oil prices slump as OPEC appears closer to deal on higher output

Oil prices headed lower on Thursday, after media reports said Iran might accept a modest increase in production at this week’s OPEC summit. Delegates from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and a group of non-OPEC countries led by Russia are gathering in Vienna to discuss the future of their output target, which has … Read more

Rex Nutting: The last time the economy was this good, Trump thought it was terrible

The last time the U.S. economy was doing this well, Donald Trump was tweeting that it was terrible. The economy is performing quite well right now, with gross domestic product growing at an estimated 4.5% annual rate in the second quarter (which ends a week from Saturday). However, such strong growth isn’t “unheard of,” as … Read more