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  • German business confidence drops for 3rd month Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 4:23 AM ET

    BERLIN— German business confidence fell for a third consecutive month amid ongoing concerns about the economic impact of the crises in Ukraine and the Middle East, though consumer confidence in Europe's largest economy remained robust, surveys showed Friday.

  • *Lafarge confirms 2014 targets, says forex hit to lessen. PARIS, July 25- Cement maker Lafarge, which is preparing to merge with Swiss peer Holcim, stuck to its full-year targets on Friday and said it was seeing the first signs of recovery in Europe.

  • FOREX-Dollar, euro propped up by better economic data Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 10:42 PM ET

    *Japan CPI as expected, muted reaction from dollar/yen. TOKYO, July 25- The dollar held gains versus the yen on Friday and the euro stood steady after rebounding from an eight-month low against the greenback as data painted a brighter picture of the U.S. and eurozone economies.

  • TOKYO, July 25- The dollar held gains versus the yen on Friday and the euro stood steady after rebounding from an eight-month low against the greenback as data painted a brighter picture of the U.S. and eurozone economies.

  • *U.S. stocks edge up along with MSCI world index. "The lower-than-expected U.S. initial jobless claims has made people focus on the improving labor market situation," said Ian Lyngen, senior government bond strategist, at CRT Capital in Stamford, Connecticut.

  • *U.S. stocks edge up along with MSCI world index. "The lower-than-expected U.S. initial jobless claims has made people focus on the improving labor market situation," said Ian Lyngen, senior government bond strategist, at CRT Capital in Stamford, Connecticut.

  • EU sanctions on Russian banks would hit economy, business Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 12:50 PM ET

    MOSCOW, July 24- Russia's state-controlled banks would have to turn to the state, domestic borrowers or new regions such as Asia if EU sanctions shut off investment, hurting their ability to lend to local businesses and further damaging the country's fragile economy.

  • IMF cuts US and global growth forecasts for 2014 Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The International Monetary Fund foresees the global economy expanding less than it had previously forecast, slowed by weaker growth in the United States, Russia and developing economies. The lending organization predicted Thursday that global growth will be 3.4 percent in 2014, below its April forecast of 3.7 percent.

  • *China manufacturing PMI hits 18- month high; new orders surge. While China is relying on increased government stimulus to steer its economy away from reliance on exports and towards consumer spending, Europe has taken the opposite approach, combining fiscal austerity with near-zero interest rates.

  • Ukraine worries 'set to weigh' on eurozone economy Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 6:26 AM ET

    That's the verdict of financial information company Markit even as it noted Thursday a growth pick-up during July despite ongoing stagnation in France, Europe's second-largest economy.

  • *Physical premiums in China increase, but imports down. LONDON, July 24- Gold broke below the psychological level of $1,300 an ounce for the first time in a week on Thursday as robust economic data from China and the euro zone deterred investors from buying into safe haven assets like the metal.

  • LONDON, July 24- The euro climbed from an eight-month low on Thursday after German and French business activity beat expectations, although fears that possible tougher sanctions on Russia would hurt the euro zone were seen limiting gains.

  • Spanish jobless falls as recovery gains traction Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 3:50 AM ET

    MADRID— Official figures show that Spain's unemployment rate edged down to 24.5 percent in the second quarter from 25.9 percent in the previous three-month period, a further sign that the economy's recovery is gaining traction and making solid inroads into the labor market.

  • Bundesbank chief urges Britain not to quit European Union Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 3:30 PM ET

    *Weidmann says Britain gets economic lift from EU membership. LONDON, July 23- The head of the Bundesbank appealed to Britain on Wednesday to stay in the European Union, saying membership of the bloc had given the country an economic lift and posed little threat to London.

  • Bank of England: rates to rise only gradually Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 7:13 AM ET

    LONDON— Bank of England policymakers are signaling that interest rates are likely to go up only gradually— though debate on the matter seems to be getting hotter. Minutes released Wednesday from their July meeting show the members disagree on whether rates should stay low to support the recovery or edge higher as economic growth gathers pace.

  • Spanish economic growth seen gathering pace in Q2 Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 5:06 AM ET

    MADRID— The Bank of Spain says the country's economy continues to show signs of recovery, growing by 0.5 percent in the second quarter compared with the previous three months. If the April-June growth figures are confirmed by the National Statistics Institute's official report later this month, the economy will have grown over four consecutive quarters.

  • FOREX-Dollar firms, euro cracks under rates pressure Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 1:53 AM ET

    TOKYO/ SYDNEY, July 23- The dollar held close to a six-week peak against a basket of currencies in Asian trade on Wednesday, as the euro edged down to touch a fresh 2014 low on the diverging interest rate outlook for the U.S. and euro zone.

  • DIARY - Emerging Markets Economic Events to Aug 5 Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 8:02 PM ET

    July 23- For other related diaries, please. WARSAW- Central Bank of Poland Marek Governor Belka speaks in parliament. MEXICO CITY- IMF presents its latest World Economic Outlook report- 1400 GMT.

  • There was also some safe-haven buying in the afternoon, boosting bond prices, in connection with tensions in the Middle East after the Federal Aviation Administration advised U.S. airlines not to fly to Tel Aviv in Israel.

  • Contrarian's case: Why US could dip into recession Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 1:02 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Just as the U.S. economy is strengthening, other countries are threatening to drag it down. But sluggish growth in France, Italy, Russia, Brazil and China suggests that the old truism, "When the U.S. sneezes, the rest of the world catches a cold," may need to be flipped.

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