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  • NEW YORK, March 6- A robust U.S. jobs report raised concern in markets that the Federal Reserve may raise interest rates sooner than previously thought, knocking U.S. stock and bond prices lower on Friday. "Any sign of undue strength will raise the specter of rates climbing sooner than expected, and we were already expecting rates to rise this year," said Bruce McCain,...

  • *Japan Display confirms new plant, source says for Apple. TOKYO, March 6- Loss-making Sharp Corp has asked a domestic corporate turnaround fund to invest up to $250 million in capital- aid which would come on top of plans to tap its two main lenders for a second major bailout, a source said on Friday. Weak sales of smartphone screens in China, aggravated by an unexpected...

  • TOKYO, March 6- Japanese government bond yields declined mildly on Friday as the investors took heart after seeing strong results at the Bank of Japan's regular debt purchasing operation. A decline by Tokyo's Nikkei also helped JGBs, although caution ahead of the U.S. non-farm payrolls data due later limited the decline in yields. Details of the European...

  • TOKYO, March 6- Loss-making Sharp Corp has asked a domestic corporate turnaround fund to invest up to $250 million in capital- aid which would come on top of plans to tap its two main lenders for a second major bailout, the Nikkei business daily reported. Hit by a supply glut of smartphone screens in China and fierce competition from rival Japan Display Inc that...

  • *Brent oil ends weaker amid lack of Iran nuclear deal. NEW YORK, March 5- The euro fell to an 11-1/ 2- year low against the dollar on Thursday as U.S. and euro zone bond prices rose, after the European Central Bank spelled out its 1 trillion-euro stimulus plan that begins next Monday. We'll see a lot of benefits on the cost side for producers, " Xavier Smith, portfolio manager...

  • Robot vs robot: But will a US team win? Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 4:05 PM ET
    Team NimbRo Rescue from Germany will participate in the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals.

    Robots will face off in a competition hosted by DARPA, a U.S. agency, but the government directly benefits only if a U.S. team wins.

  • *Global stock gains capped by U.S. data, China outlook. *Lack of Iran nuclear deal keeps Brent oil near $61 a bbl. NEW YORK, March 5- The euro fell to an 11 1/ 2- year low against the dollar as U.S. and euro zone bond prices rose on Thursday, after the European Central Bank spelled out its 1 trillion-euro stimulus plan that begins next Monday.

  • *Lack of deal in Iran nuclear talks support crude oil. LONDON, March 5- The euro hit an 11 1/ 2- year low against the dollar and European stocks nudged higher on Thursday, as the European Central Bank prepared to lay out the details of its impending 1 trillion-euro stimulus plan. The common currency fell as low as $1.1026, its lowest since September 2003, and the region's...

  • *Lack of deal in Iran nuclear talks support crude oil. LONDON, March 5- The euro hit an 11- year low against the dollar and the region's stocks nudged higher on Thursday, as the European Central Bank prepared to provide the finer details of its soon-to-be-launched 1 trillion euro stimulus plan. The common currency fell to as low as $1.1026, its lowest level since...

  • *Trade flows in Asia changing due to stronger greenback. *Japan reducing corn purchases from US, taking more S.America. Japan, the world's top corn importer, has seen the yen drop around 14 percent against the greenback since September, while the rupiah in Indonesia, Asia's biggest wheat buyer, has lost about 11 percent.

  • TOKYO/ SYDNEY, March 5- The euro slid to its weakest level in more than 11 years against the dollar on Thursday, as investors waited for the European Central Bank to announce more details of its massive bond-buying program. The common currency fell to as low as $1.1026 as of 0653 GMT, its lowest level since September 2003. It last traded at $1.1039, down 0.4 percent on...

  • TOKYO, March 5- Loss-making Japanese electronics firm Sharp Corp meets its main banks on Thursday in an effort to secure its second major bailout since 2012, betting they will have little choice but to pay up despite their call for more drastic overhauls. Sharp Chief Executive Kozo Takahashi will meet officials from Mizuho Bank and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi...

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to March 18 Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    TEXAS- Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher speaks on "Reflections on 10 Years at the Fed& Farewell, El Paso" before a community forum hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas El Paso Branch- 0000 GMT. SYDNEY- Reserve Bank of Australia Deputy Governor Philip Lowe speaks at the Goldman Sachs 10th Annual Global Macroeconomics Conference- 0130...

  • Gloom and gallows humor in Fed's 2009 transcripts Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 5:01 PM ET

    Federal Reserve officials faced the worst of the Great Recession in early 2009: a collapsing economy hemorrhaging jobs, a plunging stock market, and banks saddled with bad debts, refusing to lend. Yet the transcripts also show that then-Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and other Fed policymakers were quicker to grasp the magnitude of the downturn than in previous...

  • *Bank of Japan board member Ryuzo Miyao steps down March 25. TOKYO, March 5- Markets believe the Bank of Japan's reflationary credentials will be burnished by new board member Yutaka Harada this month, but a closer look at his views suggests he is unlikely to back an early expansion in the bank's massive monetary stimulus. The 64- year-old Waseda University...

  • The oldest woman in the world  Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 1:24 PM ET

    Japanese woman Misao Okawa is celebrating her 117th birthday today, and is the oldest person alive, reports CNBC's Tyler Mathisen.

  • *China is world's second-biggest defence spender. *Aircraft carriers, submarines seen among China's priorities. BEIJING, March 4- China's defence budget this year will rise about 10 percent compared with 2014, a top government official said on Wednesday, outpacing the slowing economy as the country ramps up investment in high-tech equipment such as...

  • *Saudi Arabia raises monthly prices for crude sales. LONDON, March 4- Brent crude oil extended losses to fall below $60 a barrel on Wednesday after a much larger-than-expected build in U.S. crude stocks, while Saudi Arabia's oil minister said he expected the market to balance itself and prices to recover. April Brent fell $1.46 to $59.56 by 1538 GMT, dropping below...

  • *Europe equities fall after regional PMI data. NEW YORK, March 4- Stock prices around the world fell on Wednesday on profit-taking, while the euro dropped to an 11-1/ 2 year low ahead of a European Central Bank meeting where policymakers are expected to offer details on their bond purchase stimulus plan. Brent crude was just below $60 a barrel after Saudi Arabia's...

  • LONDON, March 4- Brent crude oil slipped towards $60 a barrel on Wednesday as a stronger dollar pressured commodity prices, while Saudi Arabia's oil minister said he expected the market to balance itself and for prices to recover. Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi said he expected supply and demand would soon match and oil prices, which hit a near six-year low of $45 in...