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  • *Iraq exports reach 3.08 million bpd in April. NEW YORK, May 1- Oil prices eased off 2015 highs on Friday after Iraq said its crude oil exports hit a record in April, and on pressure from a stronger dollar. June Brent crude fell 32 cents to settle at $66.46 a barrel, after falling to $65.52 and having earlier matched Thursday's 2015 peak of $66.93.

  • *Iraq exports reach 3.08 million bpd in April. NEW YORK, May 1- Oil prices eased off 2015 highs on Friday after Iraq said its crude oil exports hit a record in April, and on pressure from a stronger dollar. June Brent crude fell 32 cents to settle at $66.46 a barrel, after falling to $65.52 and having earlier matched Thursday's 2015 peak of $66.93.

  • NEW YORK, May 1- Oil prices eased off 2015 highs on Friday after Iraq said its crude oil exports hit a record in April, and as the dollar strengthened. June Brent was down 78 cents at $66 barrel at 1:35 p.m. EDT, up from its $65.52 low after matching Thursday's 2015 peak of $66.93. U.S. crude for June delivery was down 86 cents at $58.77, after hitting a 2015 high of $59.90...

  • Business events scheduled for the coming week Friday, 1 May 2015 | 1:20 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases factory orders for March, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases international trade data for March, 8:30 a.m.; Institute for Supply Management releases its service sector index for April, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases first-quarter productivity data, 8:30 a.m..

  • *U.S. rig count from Baker Hughes due 1:00 p.m. EDT. NEW YORK, May 1- Oil prices eased off 2015 highs on Friday after Iraq said its crude oil exports hit a record in April, and prices were pressured also by a stronger dollar. June Brent was down 86 cents at $65.92 barrel at 11:37 a.m. EDT, after matching Thursday's 2015 peak of $66.93 and jumping 21 percent in April.

  • LONDON, May 1- A holiday in most of Europe on Friday thinned trade after a tumultuous week which has seen the dollar collapse in value, bond yields soar and stock markets in Europe and the United States weaken. All major European markets except London, its biggest, were closed on Friday, but the euro was up another 0.3 percent to a two-month high of $1.1270.

  • TOKYO— Japan's core inflation rate edged up in March and unemployment eased slightly, according to data released Friday, offering glimmers of promise for the world's No. 3 economy as it struggles to get growth back on track after years of stagnation. However, a survey of purchasing managers by Markit for April showed declines in both production and new orders,...

  • TOKYO, May 1- Japanese government bond prices extended losses on Friday as the market continued to feel the heat from a sobering rout in German Bunds. The two-year yield climbed half a basis point to 0.005 percent, its rise slowed by the Bank of Japan's regular debt-purchasing operation centred on short-end JGBs. The Japanese financial markets will be closed...

  • *Tokyo core-core CPI flat, weakest since 2013. TOKYO, May 1- Japan's core consumer inflation edged up in March but weak demand is keeping firms from raising prices, a perennial problem in the world's third-biggest economy as it struggles to shake off years of deflation despite Tokyo's radical stimulus drive. A slowdown in China and weak first-quarter growth...

  • TOKYO/ SYDNEY, May 1- The euro stood near two-month highs against the dollar and yen on Friday, having rallied for a second session on the back of a surge in German yields as fears of deflation in Europe eased just a little. The euro last fetched $1.1210, not far from a two-month peak of $1.1267 scaled overnight, having clawed its way back from a 12- year low of $1.0457...

  • TOKYO— Japan says its core inflation rate— excluding food prices— edged higher in March to 2.2 percent. The Bank of Japan is conducting massive asset purchases to keep interest rates low and spur inflation, aiming to end years of growth-dampening deflation, or falling prices. On Thursday, the central bank governor said his target of 2 percent inflation, excluding...

  • MEMLO PARK, Calif., April 30- In the 1980 s when Sony and Toshiba were setting the agenda in the global TV and memory chip markets Japan was bristling with confidence as a hub of technological innovation. Three decades later, with Japan's electronics industry in decline, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has come to Silicon Valley- the first sitting Japanese leader to do so-...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to May 14 Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    BOSTON- Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren gives welcome and opening remarks before the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act Outreach Meeting hosted by the bank- 1300 GMT. BOSTON- Federal Reserve Board Governor Daniel Tarullo speaks at opening session before the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction...

  • RPT-Japan March core CPI rises 2.2 pct yr/yr Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 8:00 PM ET

    TOKYO, May 1- Japan's core consumer prices rose 2.2 percent in March from a year earlier, government data showed on Friday. The so-called core-core inflation index, which excludes food and energy prices and is similar to the core index used in the United States, rose 2.1 percent in the year to March. Core consumer prices in Tokyo, available a month before the...

  • Business events scheduled for the coming week Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 1:27 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases international trade data for March, 8:30 a.m.; Institute for Supply Management releases its service sector index for April, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases first-quarter productivity data, 8:30 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.; Freddie Mac, the mortgage...

  • PARIS, April 30- The French government will increase its influence at Renault after shareholders failed to block a change in voting rights which the carmaker has said could damage its alliance with Japan's Nissan. It has said it wants to safeguard French interests at Renault, which is deepening its ties with Nissan. Renault owns 43.4 percent of Nissan.

  • PARIS, April 30- Daimler, which has a 3.1 percent stake in Renault, has voiced concerns about the French government's attempts to increase its voting rights in the French carmaker, Renault said on Thursday. However, Renault has warned that the French government's increased influence could upset its alliance with Japanese carmaker Nissan.

  • Japan proposes cutting emissions by a quarter by 2030 Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 9:46 AM ET

    TOKYO— Japan is proposing to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by up to 26 percent by 2030 amid international efforts to create a new framework for addressing climate change. The final draft of the government target, released Thursday, said Japan will aim to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 26 percent by 2030 from 2013 levels, or 25.4 percent from 2005 levels.

  • Japan's prime minister visits California   Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 7:30 AM ET
    Japan's prime minister visits California

    CNBC's Morgan Brennan reports on Shinzo Abe's California agenda.

  • TOKYO, April 30- Japanese consumer electronics maker Sony Corp expects operating profit to more than quadruple this year, as strong sales of camera sensors and cost cuts anchor a long-awaited turnaround after years of losses on TVs and mobile phones. Sony said on Thursday it estimates operating profit will jump in the year ending March 2016 to 320 billion yen.