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1.) Global Stocks Markets Experienced Extreme Volatility This Week
- Concern about Chinese weakness spread and stocks plunged before rallying hard to close the week.
- Incredibly, US stocks were actually up a small amount on the week.
2.) China Cut Interest Rates And Directly Bought Stocks Again
- The measures helped to stem the selling and caused stocks to move sharply higher.
3.) US Federal Reserve Less Likely To Raise Interest Rates
- Analysts now think the US Federal Reserve is less likely to raise interest rates at its September meeting.
- Raising rates is usually bad for stocks and given the renewed volatility, most feel the Fed will hold off for now.
4.) Oil Hits Low
- Oil hit its lowest level since the financial crisis with the American benchmark trading below $40.
- It then rebounded sharply, bouncing almost 10% on Thursday, although it remains at less than half the price it was a year ago.
5.) The $15 Billion Deal You Probably Haven't Heard About
- The world’s largest oilfield services company, Schlumberger, is buying oilfield equipment maker Cameron for almost $15 billion.
- It’s a sign of consolidation in a sector that has been badly bruised by the big drop in the oil price.
6.) Weak Profits From BHP Billiton
- BHP Billiton, the mining major, announced its weakest profit in a decade.
- It’s another sign of how badly miners are doing as commodity prices sink to 15-year lows.
7.) Russia Lowered Its Economic Forecast
- It now expects its economy to contract more than 3% this year as the low oil price and high inflation hit it hard.
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