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  • Speculators in four major NYMEX and ICE markets decreased their bearish bets by 21,285 contracts to 24,277 in the week to Feb. 9, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission said on Friday.

  • WASHINGTON— The Federal Reserve of New York releases its February survey of manufacturers, 8:30 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases the Producer Price Index for January, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases housing starts for January, 8:30 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases industrial production for January, 9:15 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases...

  • London, Feb 12- Copper gained on Friday along with oil and shares after upbeat U.S. data offered hope of a rebound in economic growth, but metals investors were on edge ahead of the reopening of Chinese markets next week. Federal Reserve raising interest rates despite signs of an economic slowdown in the United States. However, Fed Chair Janet Yellen on Thursday...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 12- The dollar rose on Friday after data showed U.S. consumer spending appeared to have regained its mojo in January, supporting the possibility of the Federal Reserve continuing to raise interest rates this year. Retail sales excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services increased 0.6 percent last month, according to a...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 12- The dollar rose against a basket of major currencies on Friday after data showed U.S. consumer spending appeared to have regained its mojo in January, backing the possibility of the Federal Reserve continuing to raise interest rates this year. "The print is suggestive of the idea that Janet Yellen is right and most of the is right in not being overly...

  • MEXICO CITY, Feb 11- A global selloff of riskier assets drove the Mexican peso to a record low on Thursday, spurring bets that the central bank of Latin America's No. 2 economy could hike interest rates ahead of the United States. Both Mexico and Colombia are major crude producers, but Mexico depends much less on oil exports as it ships mostly factory-made goods.

  • CHICAGO, Feb 11- Demand for bank loans, loan extensions and renewals is surging among U.S. farmers, and farm incomes are forecast to fall for a third year, as grain and livestock prices remain stubbornly low, according to reports from Federal Reserve Banks on Thursday. Access to such credit tightened in the fourth quarter, and is expected to continue to be squeezed in...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 11- Jeffrey Gundlach, the co-founder and chief executive officer of DoubleLine Capital, said on Thursday that gold prices are likely to reach $1400 an ounce as investors lose faith in central banks. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen suggested the U.S. central bank could turn to negative interest rates in an economic downturn despite legal and...

  • Business events scheduled for the coming week Thursday, 11 Feb 2016 | 2:48 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Federal Reserve of New York releases its February survey of manufacturers, 8:30 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases the Producer Price Index for January, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases housing starts for January, 8:30 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases industrial production for January, 9:15 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases...

  • *Deep skepticism that U.S. rate hikes will happen in 2016. WASHINGTON, Feb 11- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen returned to Congress with a brave face on Thursday amid a worsening meltdown in global markets and growing skepticism the U.S. central bank can carry out its long-planned pivot to "normal" monetary policy. As she did at a House of Representatives panel on...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 11- BlackRock Inc's chief strategist for fixed income said on Thursday his unit is shifting its approach to bond markets on new expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve may need to loosen monetary policy. The strategist, Jeffrey Rosenberg, said upward pressures on the U.S. dollar are being relieved by reduced expectations the Fed will normalize...

  • A measure offered by Representative Peter DeFazio, top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, sought to protect the Federal Aviation Administration from funding disruptions and to address other issues that Republicans view as reasons for transferring air traffic control from the FAA to a new private, nonprofit corporation.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 11- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen returned to Capitol Hill with a brave face on Thursday amid a worsening meltdown on global stock markets and growing skepticism the U.S. central bank can carry out its long-planned pivot to "normal" monetary policy. Yellen, testifying before the Senate Banking Committee, stressed the bright spots in the U.S....

  • WASHINGTON— Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen cautioned Thursday that global economic pressures pose risks to the U.S. economy but said it's too soon to know whether those risks are severe enough to alter the Fed's interest-rate policies. But she said the Fed thought it should study the issue again now that other central banks, including in Europe and Japan,...

  • *Boeing slumps on report of SEC probe. Feb 11- Wall Street was off more than 1 percent on Thursday, pushing the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones industrial average down 10 percent for the year, as investors jettisoned stocks and scurried toward safer shores. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen stuck to her guns on her return to Capitol Hill on Thursday, saying a weakened...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 11- Demand for bank loans, loan extensions and renewals is surging among U.S. farmers, and farm incomes are forecast to fall for a third year as grain and livestock prices remain stubbornly low, according to a quarterly farm economy report from the Federal Reserve Banks of St. Louis and Kansas City. The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis's region covers...

  • As market rout continues, Yellen sticks to her guns Thursday, 11 Feb 2016 | 10:01 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Feb 11- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen returned to Capitol Hill on Thursday amid an ongoing meltdown in global equity markets and growing skepticism that the U.S. central bank can carry out its long-planned pivot to "normal" monetary policy. Yellen repeated to the Senate Banking Committee the testimony she delivered on Wednesday to a House of...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St tumbles as investors run to safety Thursday, 11 Feb 2016 | 9:55 AM ET

    *All 10 S&P sectors fall, led by financials. Feb 11- U.S. stock indexes plummeted on Thursday morning as investors spooked by the health of the global economy jettisoned stocks and fled to safe-haven assets. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Wednesday acknowledged tightening financial conditions and uncertainty about China and the risks that posed to the...

  • *Oil slump, Yellen comments stoke worries. Feb 11- U.S. stock indexes were set to open sharply lower on Thursday, with investors piling into safe haven assets as another fall in oil prices and cautious comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen rekindled doubts about global economic health. Yellen on Wednesday acknowledged tightening financial...

  • Feb 11- U.S. stock index futures plunged on Thursday, with risk-averse investors piling into safe haven assets as another sharp fall in oil prices and cautious comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen raised fresh doubts about the health of the economy. *Yellen on Wednesday acknowledged tightening financial conditions and uncertainty about China...