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  • NEW YORK, Feb 27- The dollar index ended little changed on Friday as it stayed on track for a record eighth month of gains on improving U.S. data and comments from Federal Reserve officials that bolstered bets for a interest rate rise later this year. "The trend is still in place to support the dollar," said Eric Viloria, currency strategist at Wells Fargo Securities in...

  • Business events scheduled for the coming week Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 1:26 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases personal income and spending for January, 8:30 a.m. Eastern; Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for February, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for January, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.; Labor Department...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 27- The dollar index dipped on Friday on month-end selling but remained on track for a record eighth month of gains on improving U.S. data and comments from Federal Reserve officials that bolstered bets for a interest rate rise later this year. "The trend is still in place to support the dollar," said Eric Viloria, currency strategist at Wells Fargo...

  • Business events scheduled for the coming month Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 11:24 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases personal income and spending for January, 8:30 a.m. Eastern; Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for February, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for January, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.; Labor Department...

  • LONDON, Feb 27- European shares rose to fresh seven-year highs on Friday, extending a two-month rally fuelled by the European Central Bank's money printing programme which starts in the coming weeks. About two-thirds of the way into Europe's earnings season, 55 percent of companies have met or beaten profit forecasts. Overall, fourth-quarter earnings are...

  • BEIJING— Global stocks were lackluster Friday after Japan reported mixed economic data and investors waited for revised U.S. growth figures. KEEPING SCORE: In early trading, France's CAC-40 was little changed at 4,911.03 and Germany's DAX gained 0.05 percent to 11,332.45. Britain's FTSE 100 was steady at 6,949.04.

  • JGBs edge higher as BOJ buying lends support Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 2:03 AM ET

    TOKYO, Feb 27- Japanese government bonds edged higher on Friday, as the Bank of Japan's bond-buying operations offset any impact on sentiment from the Nikkei stock average's rise to a 15- year high. The BOJ offered to buy up to 400 billion yen of JGBs maturing in five to 10 years, 400 billion yen in the 3- year to 5- year zone, and another 400 billion yen in the 1- year to 3-...

  • TOKYO— Japanese factories churned out more machinery and electronic devices in January as export shipments rose, but lower energy costs due to cheaper crude oil failed to provide a boost to consumer spending. The tax hike snatched the wind from the sails of the recovery Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sought to nurture by massive monetary and fiscal stimulus.

  • TOKYO/ SINGAPORE, Feb 27- The dollar took a breather after surging to a one-month high against a basket of currencies the previous day as U.S. economic data and comments from Federal Reserve officials prompted investors to raise their bets on a rate increase. The euro edged up 0.1 percent to $1.1213, but remained not far from a one-month low of $1.1184 touched on...

  • *Statoil shuts Statfjord C platform in North Sea. SINGAPORE, Feb 27- Crude oil futures rebounded on Friday, with Brent heading for its biggest monthly gain since May 2009, as supply outages in the North Sea and renewed fears of gas supply disruption in Europe supported prices. Norwegian energy firm Statoil has shut its Statfjord C platform in the North Sea after...

  • *Rest of Asia stocks sag after Wall St dips on sharp oil fall. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slipped 0.3 percent after advancing to a five-month high on Wednesday. But shares in Australia and Hong Kong nudged higher.

  • *Nissan working on plan to utilise Japan capacity- exec. "The key word is flexibility," Jose Munoz, executive vice president at Nissan and chairman of its North American arm, told reporters at Nissan's headquarters in Yokohama. With recent and upcoming model launches in the United States such as the Murano sport-utility vehicle, Maxima sedan and Titan pickup truck,...

  • YOKOHAMA, Japan, Feb 27- Nissan Motor Co will be able to meet its goal of taking 10 percent of the U.S. market in two years without any major new investments and by making use of capacity available at factories in Japan and South Korea, a top executive said on Friday. Jose Munoz, executive vice president of Nissan and chairman of its North American arm, also said there was...

  • TOKYO— Japanese factories churned out more machinery and electronic devices in January as export shipments rose, but lower energy costs due to cheaper crude oil failed to provide a long-awaited boost to consumer spending. The weak retail sales and employment data for the month, and a cooling of already slow inflation, underscored the fragility of the recovery...

  • TOKYO, Feb 27- The dollar took a breather in Tokyo on Friday after surging to a one-month high against a basket of currencies overnight as U.S. economic data and comments from Federal Reserve officials prompted investors to raise their bets on a rate increase. The euro edged up about 0.1 percent in Asian trade to $1.1197, but remained not far from a one-month low of...

  • *Rest of Asia stocks sag after Wall St dips on sharp oil fall. The rest of Asian equity markets lagged Japan after a sharp pullback in oil prices dulled risk appetite and sent Wall Street lower overnight. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.3 percent, with South Korean and Australian shares posting light losses.

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to March 12 Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    NEW YORK- Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland President Loretta Mester, Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William Dudley, Federal Reserve Vice Chair Stanley Fischer, former Federal Reserve chair Ben Bernanke and Bank of Japan Deputy Governor Hiroshi Nakaso participate in the U.S. Monetary Policy Forum 2015 Annual Conference sponsored by the...

  • Thai Airways plane hits turbulence, 11 on board injured Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 8:33 AM ET

    BANGKOK— A Thai Airways plane hit severe turbulence over Thailand that injured 11 people Thursday, the airline said. The Airbus A340-600 landed safely at its destination, Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport, according to airline President Jarumporn Chotikasathein. The extent of their injuries was unclear, and Thai Airways has not specified the...

  • FOREX-Aussie up, kiwi down in becalmed FX markets Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 4:05 AM ET

    *New Zealand shows surprise trade surplus. LONDON, Feb 26- The Australian and New Zealand dollars were the main movers among major currencies on Thursday, pushed in opposite directions by contrasting signals on the health of two struggling economies. Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen have done little to move on the debate over when U.S. interest rates will rise,...

  • Japan's small firms hold out for Abenomics trickle down Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 1:49 AM ET

    TOKYO, Feb 26- Japan Inc is under pressure to boost pay to keep a fragile economic recovery afloat, but even hefty wages increases from the biggest companies may prove to be a hollow victory for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the bulk of the country's workers. "The government is asking a small number of large firms, particularly large exporters that are doing...