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  • July 29- The Federal Reserve, it seems, is still waiting for the economic equivalent of perfection and risks squandering a good opportunity to begin normalizing interest rates. While this may be part of a well-intentioned effort to prepare the ground for investors and avoid a market shock when the increase finally comes, every delay only further reinforces...

  • WASHINGTON, July 29- The U.S. economy and job market continue to strengthen, the Federal Reserve said on Wednesday, leaving the door open for a possible interest rate hike when central bank policymakers next meet in September. Following their latest two-day policy meeting, Fed officials said they felt the economy had overcome a first-quarter slowdown and was "...

  • NEW YORK, July 29- The dollar rose modestly against a basket of currencies on Wednesday as the Federal Reserve upgraded its view of the labor market, supporting some traders' opinion that it would raise benchmark U.S. interest rates, perhaps as early as September. Although inflation has remained below the Fed's 2 percent target and overseas developments...

  • *Fed leaves interest rates unchanged. NEW YORK, July 29- U.S. "It looks like from the statement they slightly upgraded their language on the labor market," said Shyam Rajan, head of U.S. interest rate strategy at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

  • WASHINGTON, July 29- The U.S. economy and job market continue to strengthen, the Federal Reserve said on Wednesday, leaving the door open for a possible interest rate hike when central bank policymakers next meet in September. Following a two-day policy meeting, Fed officials said they felt the economy had overcome a first-quarter slowdown and was "expanding...

  • WASHINGTON— The Federal Reserve appears on track to raise interest rates later this year but signaled Wednesday that it wants to see further economic gains and higher inflation before doing so. A statement from the Fed after its latest policy meeting provided no timetable. Many analysts foresee the first hike in September, though Fed Chair Janet Yellen has...

  • WASHINGTON, July 29- The U.S. economy and job market continue to strengthen, the Federal Reserve said on Wednesday, leaving the door open for a possible interest rate hike when central bank policymakers next meet in September. Following a two-day policy meeting, Fed officials said they felt the economy had overcome a first-quarter slowdown and was "expanding...

  • KHARTOUM, July 29- Sudan's central bank has raised the U.S. dollar exchange rate at which wheat imports are purchased, effectively reducing the subsidy. One banking source and a Sudanese wheat trader confirmed the change saying that the central bank had sent a document to concerned parties changing the rate from 2.9 Sudanese pounds a dollar to 4 Sudanese pounds...

  • LONDON, July 29- Barclays' new chairman sought to stamp his mark on the bank on Wednesday by accelerating the sale of assets and cost cutting after the group produced a 12 percent increase in second-quarter profits. Chairman John McFarlane, who arrived at Barclays in April with a reputation for taking bold action, laid out his plans for the bank after ousting Chief...

  • ANKARA, July 29- Full-year profit forecasts for the Turkish banking sector look set to be lowered in coming days, with second-quarter results expected to confirm the impact of a slowing economy, political uncertainty and a weaker lira. The Banks Association of Turkey forecast average net profit growth of 8 percent for banks in 2015 at the start of the year, while...

  • *Antofagasta cuts annual production guidance. LONDON, July 29- Copper dipped on Wednesday ahead of a U.S. central bank statement expected to set the stage for an interest rate hike in September and a potentially firmer dollar. Copper rallied earlier in the session, sparked by a rebound on the Chinese stock market and hopes of more stimulus in the world's top...

  • NEW YORK, July 29- The dollar held steady against major currencies on Wednesday as traders awaited possible clues from the Federal Reserve on whether it will raise interest rates, perhaps as early as September. Although inflation has remained below the Fed's 2 percent target and overseas developments including the European debt crisis and most recently...

  • LONDON, July 29- Major currencies that are closely linked to commodities prices were back on the defensive on Wednesday as oil prices inched lower and traders awaited the outcome of a U.S. The New Zealand dollar was again the exception to that rule, gaining after the country's central bank governor played down the chances of further deep cuts to interest rates...

  • LONDON— Barclays, Britain's second largest bank, said Tuesday that second quarter profit increased sevenfold, boosted by earnings from investment banking and a 496 million pound gain on assets acquired from Lehman Brothers in 2008.. While Barclays is performing well, "there is more that can be done to deliver better returns for shareholders, faster," McFarlane...

  • New Barclays Chairman John McFarlane will wield the axe even more quickly at the bank, it emerged Wednesday.

  • WASHINGTON, July 29- The Federal Reserve is expected on Wednesday to point to a growing U.S. economy and stronger job market as it sets the stage for a possible interest rate hike in September. With a slew of employment, inflation and GDP reports to come before its September meeting, the Fed is unlikely to hint too strongly about its plans, Barclays economists...

  • SHANGHAI, July 29- China's yuan inched up against the dollars on Wednesday as some corporate clients sold dollars after the central bank set the official guidance rate slightly firmer, traders said. The People's Bank of China set the midpoint rate at 6.1150 per dollar prior to market open, 0.01 percent firmer than the previous fix at 6.1154.

  • WASHINGTON— The Federal Reserve is moving toward raising interest rates from record lows— just not likely yet. The meeting will end with a policy statement but no news conference by Chair Janet Yellen. "Our economy is in a much better state," Yellen told Congress earlier this month.

  • Three of India's leading state-run lenders reported a drop in their first quarter net profits, weighed down by rise in provision for bad loans.

  • Big fight over the big bank Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 2:00 PM ET
    Big fight over the big bank

    Should America revive the Export-Import bank? Dan Ikenson, Director of the Center for Trade Policy Studies at Cato and Mike Madowitz, Economist at the Center for American Progress, discuss.

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