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  • TOKYO, Aug 14- Japan's economy likely shrank in April-June as exports slumped and consumers cut back on spending, a Reuters poll showed, boding ill for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's policy drive to lift the economy out of decades of deflation. Growing signs that Japan's economy is at a standstill are clouding the outlook for the premier's "Abenomics" program aimed...

  • Look for yield to play deflation: strategist Thursday, 13 Aug 2015 | 2:50 AM ET
    Look for yield to play deflation: strategist

    Antonin Jullier, global head of equity trading strategy at Citi, suggests European investors should dust off their "deflation playbooks" in order to make money.

  • LONDON, Aug 12- German two-year bond yields touched a new record low on Wednesday after China let the yuan fall sharply for a second straight day, causing concern about global growth. "We are seeing a global risk off move, with worries around China clouding the outlook for inflation and leading to a reappraisal of whether the Fed will raise rates in September," said...

  • *China changes way it sets daily guidance rate. *China will get unfair export advantage- U.S. lawmakers. SHANGHAI, Aug 12- China shocked global markets on Tuesday by devaluing its currency after a run of poor economic data, a move it billed as a free-market reform but which some experts suspect could be the beginning of a longer-term slide in the exchange rate.

  • SHANGHAI, Aug 11- China devalued the yuan on Tuesday after a run of poor economic data, guiding the currency to its lowest point in almost three years in a move it billed as free-market reform. Data released at the weekend showed that China's exports tumbled 8.3 percent in July, hit by weaker demand from three huge trading partners- Europe, the United States and Japan.

  • SYDNEY, July 23- Australia appears set for at least another year of sub par economic growth as a downdraught in global commodity prices chills both business spending and export earnings. The latest Reuters poll of analysts expects Australia's A $1.6 trillion economy to grow 2.5 percent in 2015, little changed on last year and down from April's forecast of 2.6...

  • *Core inflation marks five years within target range. SYDNEY, July 22- Australia's central bank sees scope for yet lower interest rates as inflation stays in the sweet spot for stimulus, though the bar for action is high given concerns it could lure households into taking on too much debt. Offering a guardedly optimistic outlook on the economy, Reserve Bank of...

  • *China, Greece cited among risks to the outlook. TOKYO, July 22- Two in five Japanese firms plan to boost capital spending this business year, and more than a third of those say it is because of rising demand, a Reuters poll showed, pointing to a pickup in confidence about the economy. Capital spending has long been the missing link in Japan's drive for a virtuous cycle of...

  • TOKYO, July 22- Forty percent of Japanese firms say they plan to raise capital expenditures in the current business year from last year and half of them intend to keep them steady, a Reuters poll showed, sending a positive signal for the support of durable economic growth. Below are the questions and answers to the poll conducted July 1-15 for Reuters by Nikkei...

  • In the euro zone, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi has promised rock-bottom interest rates for the foreseeable future and pledged to see through the bank's monthly 60 billion euro asset purchases until September next year. In Asia, China's policymakers are struggling to contain stock market mayhem that could still undermine attempts to...

  • BOJ keeps policy steady, trims GDP forecast Tuesday, 14 Jul 2015 | 11:23 PM ET

    TOKYO, July 15- The Bank of Japan kept monetary policy steady and largely maintained its upbeat inflation forecasts on Wednesday, even as soft exports and household spending forced it to trim its economic growth projection slightly. As widely expected, the BOJ reiterated its pledge to increase base money, or cash and deposits at the central bank, at an annual pace...

  • TOKYO, July 9- Japan's core machinery orders in May unexpectedly grew for a third straight month, with the total value reaching a 7- year high and adding to recent evidence of a steady pickup in business spending seen as vital for a durable economic recovery. The Cabinet office said the value of core orders reached its highest levels since June 2008.

  • Tom Brady (not that Tom Brady) explains deflation Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 7:38 AM ET
    Tom Brady (not that Tom Brady) explains deflation

    Deflation is all over the news, either from the Tom Brady 'deflate-gate' scandal or from the Fed trying to decide when to raise rates. Here's how to tell the latter from the former.

  • BANGKOK, June 19- Thailand's central bank cut its 2015 growth forecast and said exports would contract for a third straight year and that consumer prices will fall this year. The Bank of Thailand lowered its growth projection to 3.0 percent from 3.8 percent seen three months ago. "The economy will return to its normal trend next year," Assistant Governor Mathee...

  • *Q1 earnings/share $1.25 vs est $1.22. June 18- Kroger Co boosted its full-year forecast for identical-store sales and reported better-than-expected quarterly sales on the same basis as more customers bought groceries at its stores amid signs of strengthening U.S. economic growth. Kroger, which owns the Ralphs, Smith's and Food 4 Less grocery chains as well as...

  • Insana: Here's what the bond market is saying Thursday, 11 Jun 2015 | 12:07 PM ET
    A financial trader speaks on a fixed lined telephone as he monitors data on computer screens at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in Frankfurt, Germany.

    Here's what the bond market appears to be telling us, says Ron Insana.

  • Wall Street declines, S&P falls through support level. *Oil prices slide ahead of OPEC meeting. The euro was last down 0.32 percent at $1.1238 after powering up to $1.1379, its highest since May 18.

  • FRANKFURT, June 3- Europe has lost some growth momentum and bond market volatility is here to stay, the European Central Bank said on Wednesday, pledging to see through its money printing scheme until its job of lifting the economy is done. In remarks after the bank left rates on hold at record lows, ECB president Mario Draghi also urged a deal with Greece, which is...

  • *ECB lifts 2015 inflation forecast. *Sees some loss of growth momentum. FRANKFURT, June 3- The European Central Bank raised its forecast for inflation this year but said on Wednesday there were some signs of economic recovery losing momentum across the euro zone.

  • ECB lifts inflation forecast, keeps GDP outlook steady Wednesday, 3 Jun 2015 | 8:46 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, June 3- The European Central Bank raised its 2015 inflation forecast on Wednesday, arguing that its 60 billion euro per month asset-buying program is bearing fruit. It kept its economic growth projections steady. The ECB predicted that inflation would average 0.3 percent this year, above its March forecast for unchanged prices, reflecting a rebound...