Business optimism has turned positive on a year-on-year basis for the ongoing quarter after witnessing negative growth throughout 2020, amid rising consumer demand, higher businesses transactions and normalisation of supply disruptions, according to a survey. The Dun & Bradstreet Composite Business Optimism Index stood at 79.9 for the first quarterContinue Reading

Asian shares advanced on Tuesday, lifted by the economic recovery, vaccine rollouts and signs that new coronavirus cases may be abating. US markets were closed Monday for Washington’s Birthday, a national holiday. Shanghai was still closed for the Lunar New Year. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 jumped 1.3 per cent toContinue Reading

Global stock markets were mixed on Tuesday after another record-setting rally on Wall Street. London and Frankfurt opened lower, while Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong advanced. US futures were lower a day after Wall Street’s benchmark S&P 500 index closed up 0.7%. Investors were encouraged by company earnings, news thatContinue Reading