TRUMPING LEAD: The Trump Towers building in Istanbul. US billionaire Donald Trump leads all fellow Republicans in the 2016 presidential race, but Hillary Clinton and other Democrats trump him in head-to-head matchups. (Ozan Kose, AFP)
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Unless next week's payrolls report is an outlier, investors should expect a constant directionless market, keeping the S&P 500 trading in place for most of the year.
Asian markets have mostly fallen as China shares were dragged down by poor manufacturing figures and investors followed a drop on Wall Street.
Oil prices have fallen in Asia on persistent concerns about the global supply glut after OPEC's indication that it will not budge from its current lofty output levels.
As Croatia gears up for exploration of oil and gas in the Adriatic sea, green groups have raised concerns about the environment and economy of the tourism-dependant country.
Tour operators blame the latest drop in visitor numbers on mass cancellations that followed a month-long Air Madagascar strike that has grounded all internal flights.
US oil giants Chevron and ExxonMobil have signaled further belt-tightening ahead as the industry responds to lower oil prices.
Areva will seek partnerships with Chinese energy companies that could see them
take stakes in the French nuclear reactor maker, says its chairperson.
They circulate more than 8 million newspapers and reach about 24 million readers each month. That’s the combined strength of the 250-odd independent publishers that print newspapers in disadvantaged areas across the country.