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  • *Dollar falls below 108 yen for first time since Oct 2014. NEW YORK, April 7- The dollar continued to weaken against the yen on Thursday in the wake of minutes from the last U.S. Investors were set to monitor an appearance by Janet Yellen on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. EDT in a conversation with former Federal Reserve chairmen.

  • BENGALURU, April 7- Emerging Asian currencies are set to weaken further in the coming year, but not as much as thought a few months ago, as expectations the U.S. China's yuan has been one of the main sources of global financial market turmoil since last August, when the People's Bank of China devalued it in an attempt to support economic growth as risks of a sharp...

  • April 7- Three of the five candidates running for U.S. president- Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders- have said they supported initiatives that would subject the Federal Reserve's policymaking to greater scrutiny or change its policy framework. *DONALD TRUMP, the Republican front-runner, tweeted in February, "It is so important to audit The Federal Reserve"-...

  • WASHINGTON, April 7- Donald Trump says the Federal Reserve has stoked asset bubbles and backs a congressional review of its decisions. Bernie Sanders also wants to "audit" the Fed to make it less beholden to Wall Street. Confronted with a possible Republican push to give Congress more say in shaping Fed policy, these insiders say concessions may be necessary to...

  • *Analysts say aim of probe is to curb China exports. *China metal producers have been turning abroad as economy slows. April 6- The U.S. International Trade Commission said on Wednesday it had launched an investigation into the U.S. aluminum industry and the global trade in the metal, a move that analysts said was aimed at staunching a steady flow of exports from...

  • MELBOURNE, April 7- London copper steadied on Thursday, after hitting near one-month lows earlier this week, as minutes of a Federal Reserve meeting showing caution among policymakers on raising rates knocked the dollar and underpinned metals prices. *Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange traded little changed at $4,783 a tonne by 0200 GMT.

  • DALLAS, April 6- The Federal Reserve should be patient and cautious about raising short-term interest rates, but should nevertheless increase them in a sustained way, Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan said on Wednesday. Still, he said, the risk remains that slow growth abroad will spark tighter financial conditions in the United States and slow the economy.

  • DALLAS- Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Robert Kaplan participates in a moderated question-and-answer session before the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth- 0000 GMT. FRANKFURT- European Central Bank governing council members Peter Praet, Benoit Coeure and Ignazio Visco speak at a conference. FRANKFURT- Presentation of the ECB's Annual...

  • April 6- Medtronic Plc's wireless pacemaker was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday, making it the first pacemaker in the United States that does not need wired leads to correct slow heart rates. The FDA evaluated data from a clinical trial involving 719 and found that 98 percent of patients had a stable heart pacing for at least six...

  • The first, from MIT, showed that measuring tweet sentiment on the day of Federal Open Market Committee meetings yields data which can be profitably used in trading. The MIT study looked at English-language tweets in 2007-14 about the Fed, measuring sentiment and adjusting for the reach of the tweeter. "We exploit a new dataset of tweets referencing the Federal...

  • WASHINGTON, April 6- The Federal Reserve appears unlikely to raise interest rates before June amid widespread concern at the U.S. central bank over its limited ability to counter the blow of a global economic slowdown, minutes from the Fed's March 15-16 policy meeting suggest. Prices for fed futures contracts suggested investors still saw the chance of a rate...

  • NEW YORK, April 6- The U.S. dollar hit a 17- month trough against the yen on Wednesday and remained broadly weaker on bets that the Bank of Japan would not intervene to halt the yen's rally and on Federal Reserve minutes that confirmed a dovish tone at the U.S. central bank. The dollar fell below 110 yen for a second straight day and hit 109.36, its lowest since late...

  • WASHINGTON, April 6- Federal Reserve policymakers debated last month whether an interest rate hike would be needed in April though a consensus emerged that risks from a global economic slowdown warranted a cautious approach. "Many participants expressed a view that the global economic and financial situation still posed appreciable downside risks,"...

  • A report issued by the 27- member panel, which included representatives from the drone, aviation and technology industries, recommended that the FAA limit the risk of serious injury to less than 1 percent but allow drone makers to determine whether their products meet the standard. An FAA official said the agency will consider the panel's recommendations as...

  • NEW YORK, April 6- U.S. Few were expecting much in the way of market-moving news from the minutes, analysts said, as remarks from Fed Chair Janet Yellen since the March 16 announcement that the U.S. central bank would not raise interest rates have cemented expectations of the bank's bias to stand down in the near term. "Given that Yellen's comments post-meeting have...

  • US JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SAYS IT FILED A LAWSUIT TO STOP MERGER OF HALLIBURTON AND BAKER HUGHES.

  • Justice Department to stop Halliburton, Baker Hughes merger

    The US Justice Department is expected to file an antitrust lawsuit as soon as this week.

  • *The market has been grappling with mixed signals from central bank officials, with some supporting an aggressive plan to raise rates, while Fed Chair Janet Yellen staying cautious. *Several Fed officials are slated to speak on Wednesday, including Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester and St. Louis Fed President James Bullard.

  • SYDNEY, April 6- U.S. wheat fell for a third consecutive session on Wednesday after the U.S. Department of Agriculture pegged the condition of crops above market expectations. *The most active wheat futures on the Chicago Board of Trade fell 0.58 percent to $4.71-1/ 4 a bushel after closing down for a second session on Tuesday. *The USDA rated 59 percent of U.S. winter...

  • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6 ST LOUIS- Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard gives welcome remarks before a Homer Jones Memorial Lecture event- 2230 GMT. CLEVELAND- Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland President Loretta Mester speaks on the U.S. and regional economic outlook and monetary policy before a joint Cleveland Association for Business...