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  • *Wall Street recovers after lower open. NEW YORK, Aug 25- Slumping healthcare stocks pulled European markets lower on Thursday after White House candidate Hillary Clinton demanded price cuts on a successful drug, while many investors awaited headlines from a big gathering of central bankers. London's FTSE closed 0.28 percent lower.

  • That signal, though, could come as soon as Friday, when Fed Chair Janet Yellen will address the annual meeting of the world's central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Fed leaders have sometimes used the Jackson Hole event to announce major policy shifts. Two close Yellen allies— William Dudley, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and Stanley Fischer,...

  • *Wall Street to open lower, durable goods, jobless data ahead. Japanese and Chinese stocks had suffered modest drops in Asia and the pace picked up in Europe as London's FTSE sank 0.4 percent and Frankfurt and Paris lost as much as 1.2 percent in a region-wide slide. Stubbornly low oil prices and warnings about steel demand kept the pressure on miners in Europe,...

  • *China property stocks down 2 pct; selling pressure in financials. Japanese and Chinese stocks had suffered modest drops in Asia and the pace picked up in Europe as London's FTSE sank 0.8 percent and Frankfurt and Paris lost 1.2 percent. "The recapitalisation of CGD is likely to have implications for Portugal's budget, but all in all it is positive," said DZ Bank...

  • *Focus on Jackson Hole, China demand. LONDON, Aug 23- Copper prices slipped to six-week lows on Tuesday as the market fretted about the timing of U.S. interest rate rises, dollar direction and strength of demand in top consumer China. "Probably the most important thing is economic news from countries like China, which tells us what demand is doing."

  • *BOJ trade shows Japan effectively monetising debt. TOKYO, Aug 19- The Bank of Japan says there is no possibility of helicopter money, and by a strict definition they are correct. In a sense, it has the same effect of helicopter money, "said Etsuro Honda, a former special adviser to the cabinet and a close associate to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

  • The phrase "lower for longer" is working its way into replacing the wordplay incrementalism that has marked Fed policy statements and speeches.

  • Chastened over their forecasting errors, Federal Reserve officials will be less likely to tip their hands.

  • Aug 9- Federal Reserve data dependency isn't what it used to be. Former Fed Chair Ben Bernanke points out that the U.S. central bank's own forecasts for key indicators like long-term growth, inflation and interest rates have moved downward in a steady and now accelerating fashion in recent years. "It has not been lost on Fed policymakers that the world looks...

  • TOKYO, July 31- The Bank of Japan's review of its monetary stimulus programme promised for September has revived expectations it could adopt some form of "helicopter money", printing money for government spending to spur inflation. With little to show for three years of massive monetary easing, economists say BOJ governor Haruhiko Kuroda's "comprehensive...

  • *Cash impact of two schemes might be comparable. LONDON, July 27- Central banks might inject no more cash into economies by dropping money from aircraft-- whether real or imaginary-- than via well-worn QE schemes, but in breaking a long-standing taboo they may do far more damage to currencies. After decades of zero interest rates and quantitative easing-style asset...

  • Bank of Japan

    The Pain Report's Jonathan Pain expects the BOJ to increase purchases of equity ETFs, but not cut interest rates further.

  • TOKYO, July 21- Investors betting the Bank of Japan will ease monetary policy next week could be riding for a fall, as the yen's recent weakening and a government spending package take some pressure off the bank to step up its massive stimulus programme. Market speculation of further easing spiked last week after visiting former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben...

  • TOKYO, July 21- Investors betting the Bank of Japan will ease monetary policy next week could be riding for a fall, as the yen's recent weakening and a government spending package take some pressure off the bank to step up its massive stimulus program. Market speculation of further easing spiked last week after visiting former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben...

  • TOKYO, July 15- Japanese policymakers, who won't go as far as funding government spending through direct debt monetisation, might pursue a mix of aggressive fiscal and monetary expansion to battle deflation, say sources familiar with the matter. With Prime Minister Shinzo Abe preparing a big spending package to be announced as early as this month, the Bank of...

  • *China's Q2 GDP, June data suggests economy stabilizing. NEW YORK, July 15- The dollar rose to a three-week high against the yen on Friday and posted its largest weekly gain against the Japanese currency in 17 years after strong U.S. and Chinese economic data diminished the appetite for the yen as a haven from risk. Dean Popplewell, chief currency strategist at Oanda...

  • *China's Q2 GDP, June data suggests economy stabilizing. NEW YORK, July 15- The dollar rose to a three-week high against the yen on Friday and was set for its biggest weekly gain against the Japanese currency in 17 years after strong U.S. and Chinese economic data diminished the appetite for the yen as a haven from risk. The dollar rose to 106.30 yen, its strongest level...

  • TOKYO, July 15- Japanese policymakers, who won't go as far as funding government spending through direct debt monetisation, might pursue a mix of aggressive fiscal and monetary expansion to battle deflation, say sources familiar with the matter. With Prime Minister Shinzo Abe preparing a big spending package to be announced as early as this month, the Bank of...

  • TOKYO, July 15- Japanese policymakers, who won't go as far as funding government spending through direct debt monetisation, might pursue a mix of aggressive fiscal and monetary expansion to battle deflation, say sources familiar with the matter. With Prime Minister Shinzo Abe preparing a big spending package to be announced as early as this month, the Bank of...

  • The dollar rose to 106.32 yen, its strongest level since June 24 in Asian trade, before giving up some of its gains in Europe to trade at 105.80. For the week though, the dollar has rallied 5.2 percent against the yen, putting it on track for its best weekly performance against the yen since February 1999, as expectations of a huge stimulus from Japan weighed on the yen.