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  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Feb 12 Friday, 30 Jan 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    SARASOTA, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Executive Vice President David Altig and Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Senior Vice President Mine Yucel participate in "The Economic Outlook, Monetary Policy and Energy: Thoughts from Federal Reserve Research Directors" event hosted by the New College of Florida and the Global Interdependence...

  • *Copper upside limited without physical Chinese buying-analyst. LONDON, Jan 30- Copper and aluminum gained on Friday after upbeat European retail sales data and as some investors bought back short positions ahead of the weekend. While the smattering of upbeat data in Europe gave metals markets a lift, Citi analyst David Wilson said the market was not out of the...

  • China's new tech rules play to local firms' strengths Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 11:59 PM ET

    BEIJING/ SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 30- Draft Chinese government regulation would force technology vendors to meet stringent security tests before they can sell to China's banks, an acceleration of efforts to curb the country's reliance on foreign technology that has drawn a sharp response from U.S. business groups. Western companies say the rules have not yet been...

  • *China funds committed to short view, continue selling- trader. Copper's price weakness has been wrapped up in broader macroeconomic uncertainty, exacerbated by the slide in oil, rather than because of copper's own fundamentals, said Joel Crane, of Morgan Stanley in Melbourne. "Copper failed to break the double bottom at $5,350 last night so that spurred a bit of...

  • MELBOURNE/ NEW YORK, Jan 29- Macquarie Group Ltd is in talks to buy Jefferies Group LLC's commodities and financial derivatives brokerage, three sources said, as the Australian bank continues to expand its commodities business while rivals retreat. News of the talks come just a month after the U.S. investment bank, owned by Leucadia National Corp, said it was...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 29- The Swiss franc dominated trade on major currency markets again on Thursday, weakening against both the euro and U.S. dollar on renewed speculation of intervention by the Swiss National Bank, while commodity-based currencies fell against the greenback. The euro gained broadly, even in the face of Greek political ructions with the European...

  • FOREX-Swiss franc under pressure, euro broadly stronger Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 11:38 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Jan 29- The Swiss franc dominated trade on major currency markets again on Thursday, weakening against the euro and the U.S. dollar on renewed speculation of intervention by the Swiss National Bank, while commodity-based currencies fell against the greenback. "Despite all the uncertainties related to Greece, the euro is trading resiliently off the...

  • LONDON, Jan 29- Copper, nickel and other metals prices fell on Thursday on worries about excess supplies and after U.S. central bank authorities gave more signals of a looming rate hike which could tighten market liquidity. "Macro forces are largely dominating the market today, and over the near term, market attention will remain fixated on Greece and the Fed," said...

  • B/E Aerospace reports 4Q loss Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 5:09 AM ET

    WELLINGTON, Fla. _ B/E Aerospace Inc. on Thursday reported a fourth-quarter loss of $36 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 77 cents per share. B/E Aerospace shares have climbed nearly 3 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • FOREX-Dollar firm post-Fed, franc eyed for intervention Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 4:12 AM ET

    LONDON, Jan 29- The U.S. dollar inched higher against the yen and was steady to the euro on Thursday after a Federal Reserve statement which, with some caveats, was read as keeping the bank on track to raise interest rates later this year. That prodded U.S. bond yields lower, but the overall picture, of a steadily improving U.S. economy while Europe and Japan remain mired...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Feb 11 Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    FAIRFAX, United States- Federal Reserve Board Governor Daniel Tarullo speaks on "Advancing Macroprudential Policy Objectives" before the Office of Financial Research and Financial Stability Oversight Council 4th Annual Conference: Evaluating Macroprudential Tools: Complementarities and Conflicts "- 1745 GMT. SARASOTA, United States- Federal Reserve...

  • FOREX-Dollar holds gains, Fed remains patient on policy Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 3:59 PM ET

    *Fed holds rates unchanged, repeats it is patient on policy. *New Zealand dollar drops to near four-year low. NEW YORK, Jan 28- The U.S. dollar strengthened on Wednesday in a broad advance that included gains against the euro and the Swiss franc, taking in stride the Federal Reserve's repeated message it remains "patient" in deciding when to raise interest rates.

  • METALS-Copper edges higher ahead of Fed meeting Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 6:12 AM ET

    *Copper down 13 percent in the year-to-date. LONDON, Jan 28- Copper rose on Wednesday, rebounding further from 5-1/ 2- year lows as the dollar eased off highs and traders took the opportunity to buy at still low prices ahead of the conclusion of a Federal Reserve meeting. Copper is still down 13 percent so far this month, extending a 20 percent loss registered over 2013...

  • Wanted: Asia-focused banker for StanChart's top spot Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 5:34 AM ET

    HONG KONG, Jan 28- Standard Chartered Plc is seeking a leader with a tough-to-find mix of Asian experience and regulatory clout as it kicks off the search for a successor to CEO Peter Sands, investors, bankers and headhunters told Reuters. The list of potential candidates is wide and includes Piyush Gupta, CEO of Singapore- based DBS, outgoing Westpac CEO Gail Kelly,...

  • LONDON, Jan 28- Oil slipped to $49 a barrel on Wednesday as the dollar strengthened, while an industry report showing a larger-than-expected rise in U.S. crude inventories also pressured prices. "The key driver for oil prices in the last few days has been currency fluctuations... we had seen some weakness in the U.S. dollar which helped support prices overnight," Ric...

  • *Citigroup says spot price could drop to $53 later in year. *China steel output seen slipping in 2015. SINGAPORE, Jan 28- A deepening iron ore glut and worries over a sharper economic slowdown in top buyer China will drive the average 2015 price for the steelmaking ingredient to a record low, a Reuters poll showed.

  • BANGKOK, Jan 28- Thailand's central bank on Wednesday left its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 2.0 percent, a level that still "supports" a struggling economy that it asserted is improving. But a recent wave of monetary easing in the face of disinflation, including an unexpected move by Singapore early on Wednesday, created some uncertainty about the Thai...

  • "The key driver for oil prices in the last few days has been currency fluctuations... we had seen some weakness in the U.S. dollar which helped support prices overnight," Ric Spooner, chief analyst at CMC Markets in Sydney said. Brent crude hit a low of $48.79 a barrel and was down 45 cents at $49.15 by 0717 GMT. U.S. crude was at $45.68 a barrel, down 55 cents, after earlier...

  • "The key driver for oil prices in the last few days has been currency fluctuations... we had seen some weakness in the U.S. dollar which help support prices overnight," Ric Spooner, chief analyst at CMC Markets in Sydney said. Brent crude hit a low of $48.79 a barrel and was down 68 cents at $48.92 by 0255 GMT. U.S. crude was at $45.41 a barrel, down 82 cents, after earlier...

  • SYDNEY, Jan 28- An Australian state government on Wednesday suspended AGL Energy Ltd's licence to operate a pilot coal seam gas field after banned chemicals were found in water supplies. The New South Wales state government has launched an investigation into the energy company's operations after it announced on Tuesday it would voluntarily suspend work at...