European and Asian markets are mixed ahead of monetary policy announcements by the European Central Bank.
Here are five things that matter for markets now:
- NATO is piling pressure on Russia to stop supporting pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine and to help end the conflict. France has suspended delivery of two warships it had previously agreed to sell to Russia.
- Investigators at JP Morgan (JPM) discovered that hackers used a network of global computers to reroute data stolen from the investment bank to Russia, a report by Bloomberg says.
- Sweden's central bank kept its main interest rate unchanged, in a bet that the threat of deflation will be short-lived.
- Standard Life, Scotland's largest insurer, is selling its Canadian business to Manulife Financial (MFC) for $3.7 billion.
- Goldman Sachs (GS) will be the bank in charge of the early trading of the shares in the Alibaba IPO, the Wall Street Journal reports.