NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures rose on Wednesday, putting Wall Street on track to bounce from a five-day slide, ahead of data on the labor market and the minutes from the most recent meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve.
LONDON (Reuters) - Brent crude oil recovered slightly after falling below $50 a barrel on Wednesday for the first time since May 2009, as traders took stock after a sharp slide since the start of the year.
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany is not planning for a Greek exit from the euro zone and has not changed its policy towards Athens, Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman said on Wednesday, after the Bild newspaper said Berlin was working on contingency plans for such a move.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Euro zone consumer prices fell by more than expected in December because of much cheaper energy, a first estimate by the European statistic office showed in data that is likely to trigger the European Central Bank's government bond buying program.
TOKYO (Reuters) - McDonald's Japan has apologized to customers and vowed to ensure product safety after objects including a tooth and plastic were found in its food, the latest trouble for a fast-food chain hit by sliding sales and a shortage of french fries.
LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - Bitstamp, one of the largest exchanges for the digital bitcoin currency, said on Wednesday it expected to resume trading within 24 hours after suspending operations because of a security breach on Sunday.
SHANGHAI/HONG KONG (Reuters) - China is expected to allow significantly more companies to list on its stock exchanges this year, with some analysts predicting proceeds from initial public offerings will nearly double to $20 billion.