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  • March non-farm payrolls seen up 244,000. BRUSSELS, March 29- The state of the U.S. labor market in March will consume economists and investors in the week leading up to Easter, adding to the seesaw debate over when the Federal Reserve will spring its first interest rate hike. Fed Chair Janet Yellen made it clear on Friday that the U.S. central bank is likely to start...

  • ATHENS, March 28- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Saturday that he sought no rift with Europe after his cash-strapped country submitted a list of reforms to its lenders in a bid to secure much-needed funds. After answering a question regarding government attempts to deal with corruption, Tsipras was asked whether he wanted a rift or a solution with...

  • ATHENS, March 28- Greece's Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis will meet his Russian counterpart and the CEO of energy giant Gazprom in Moscow on Monday, as he hit out at the EU and Germany for tightening a' noose' around the Greek economy. Outspoken Lafazanis, on the left wing of Greece's co-ruling Syriza party, will meet Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak...

  • BERLIN, March 28- The three institutions or troika representing Greece's official creditors expect Athens could miss its goal of a primary budget surplus this year, German magazine Der Spiegel reported on Saturday citing a source within the group of lenders. It added Greece's financial situation had worsened since January due to a lack of reforms under...

  • ATHENS, March 28- Greek Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis will meet his Russian counterpart and the chief executive of energy giant Gazprom in Moscow on Monday, just over a week before Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras visits the Russian capital. Lafazanis will meet Russian energy minister Alexander Novak to discuss relations between the two...

  • ATHENS, March 27- Ratings agency Fitch on Friday cut Greece's credit rating to' CCC' from' B' saying lack of market access, tight liquidity and uncertainty over the timely release of aid from its official creditors are exerting pressure on government funding. Fitch, Standard& Poor's and Moody's had all lifted Greece's rating last year as the economy showed...

  • ATHENS, March 27- Greece has sent its creditors a long-awaited list of reforms with a pledge to produce a small budget surplus this year in the hope that it will unlock badly needed cash, Greek government officials said on Friday. Their approval, followed by the blessing of euro zone finance ministers, will be needed for Athens to unfreeze further aid and stave off...

  • Greek reforms: What should we expect?   Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 12:00 PM ET
    Greek reforms: What should we expect?

    Holger Schmieding, chief economist at Berenberg, discusses what he expects Greece to say and do in terms of reforms in the coming weeks.

  • *Greece could issue IOUs if no deal with creditors- sources. *Greece won't discuss parallel currency, says expects deal. BRUSSELS, March 27- Greece is unlikely to exit the euro, either intentionally or accidentally.

  • ATHENS, March 27- Greece is submitting a long-awaited list of reforms to euro zone and International Monetary Fund lenders on Friday in the hope it will unlock badly needed cash, a Greek government official said. The European Union and IMF lenders, informally called the Brussels Group, will meet in Brussels later on Friday to start discussing it, the official said.

  • Fitch downgrades Greece amid bailout uncertainty Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 9:29 AM ET

    ATHENS, Greece— The ratings agency Fitch has downgraded Greece's sovereign rating amid growing uncertainty over the new government's pledge to overhaul reforms needed to restart bailout loan payments and avoid default. The government has promised to ax austerity measures that cut chronic deficits but kept Greece in a punishing recession for six years.

  • Why export-oriented Greek firms are attractive   Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 6:44 PM ET
    Why export-oriented Greek firms are attractive

    Anastasios Economou, Founder of investment holding firm Igroup, explains how he's hedging for the possibility of Greece leaving the euro zone and returning to its own currency.

  • ATHENS, March 26- Greece will present measures to boost tax revenues and encourage investors as part of a reforms list aimed at reaching a deal with lenders early next week to unlock aid, the government said on Thursday. After talks with EU leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the past week, Athens said it would present a package of reforms to its...

  • Pressure rises on Greece as savers drain bank deposits Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 11:25 AM ET

    The central bank of Greece said Thursday that private and business deposits dropped to 140.5 billion euros by the end of February. Some feared the clash could push Greece to bankruptcy and even cause it to fall out of the euro, a move that would devastate the country's financial system in the short term. Greece has its back against a wall as it badly needs money— it...

  • LONDON, March 26- Investors took refuge in German bonds on Thursday after Saudi Arabia launched air strikes in Yemen but analysts said a further fall in yields was capped by the prospect of an inflation-boosting oil price rise. Saudi Arabia and Gulf region allies launched military operations in Yemen on Thursday, officials said, to counter Iran- allied forces...

  • ATHENS, March 26- Greece is optimistic about reaching a deal on economic reforms with its euro zone peers early next week, unblocking urgently needed funding, its economy minister said on Thursday. After talks with EU leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the past week, Athens said it would present a package of reforms to its euro zone partners by...

  • BRUSSELS/ ATHENS, March 25- Greece failed in a bid on Wednesday to secure a quick cash payment from the euro zone rescue fund to help stave off potential bankruptcy next month, raising pressure on Athens to deliver a convincing reform program within days. Athens had appealed for the European Financial Stability Facility to return 1.2 billion euros it said it had...

  • Warren Buffett uses 'Civil War' analogy on the euro Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 11:21 AM ET
    Warren Buffett

    Billionaire investor Warren Buffett tells CNBC the "odds are good" the euro will continue to exist, but it may need modifications.

  • ATHENS, March 25- The European Central Bank raised the cap on emergency liquidity assistance that Greek banks can draw from the country's central bank to above 71 billion euros from 69.8 billion previously, a banking source told Reuters on Wednesday. "The ELA ceiling was increased to slightly above 71 billion euros," the source said. The ECB has raised the cap in...

  • Ukraine bondholders face haircuts and extensions Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 9:50 AM ET

    But Ukraine, as the country's finance minister points out, lacks the wealthy, albeit grudging euro zone backers that Athens has, and its $40 billion bailout is modest compared with the 240 billion euro Greek rescue. Creditors are preparing for battle, not least Russia, which is locked in conflict with Ukraine and holds $3 billion worth of the bonds.