Shares and oil prices rose strongly on Thursday amid hopes that policymakers in Washington were buckling under the global pressure for them to settle their differences and prevent a US debt default.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) both issued sharply worded warnings to Republicans and Democrats amid signs that America’s Asian creditors were becoming alarmed at the potential consequences of the impasse.
Reports in Washington that the Republicans would agree to a six-week extension of the debt ceiling from next week’s 17 October deadline led to a 323-point rise in the Dow Jones average. Brent crude was up by $2 a barrel and the FTSE rose by 92 points as the Republican leader in the House of Representatives John Boehner said it was time for meaningful talks with President Barack Obama.
After discussions with Republican leaders on Thursday night, the White House said Obama had held a “good meeting” but that they failed to reach an agreement to end the budget crisis despite earlier hopes that a deal may be in sight. Ninety-minute discussions between Obama and Boehner broke up with little apparent progress or press announcement, although there was a marked change in tone on both sides that suggested a deal may still be close.
via The Guardian
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