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  • April 4- More Wall Street economists now believe the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates in the first half of 2015, as evidence builds that the U.S. economy has regained some momentum lost during an unusually rough winter, a survey showed on Friday.

  • WASHINGTON, April 4- The U.S. labor market emerged surprisingly strong from the severe winter, with employers hiring at a brisk pace and the jobless rate holding near a five-year low. Nonfarm payrolls increased by 192,000 jobs last month after rising by 197,000 in February, the Labor Department said on Friday.

  • The market has always been rigged: Ron Insana Friday, 4 Apr 2014 | 10:21 AM ET
    Claude Rains in Casablanca

    The high-frequency trading debate is giving Ron Insana "Casablanca" flashbacks: "I'm shocked, SHOCKED to find that gambling is going on in here!"

  • Santelli: Yields lower after jobs number     Friday, 4 Apr 2014 | 9:44 AM ET

    CNBC's Rick Santelli discusses the latest action in the bond market, and the U.S. dollar.

  • WASHINGTON, April 4- U.S. employers maintained a solid pace of hiring for a second straight month in March, further evidence of resilience in an economy that had been held back by a brutally cold winter. Nonfarm payrolls increased by 192,000 jobs last month after rising 197,000 in February, the Labor Department said on Friday.

  • LONDON, April 4- A solid pace of U.S. jobs growth pushed up Wall Street stocks futures and the dollar on Friday, adding to pressure on the euro from signs that the European Central Bank is warming to the once-taboo idea of aggressive asset buying. Futures prices extended gains, pointing to a rise of around 0.4 percent for Wall Street.

  • WASHINGTON, April 4- U.S. employers maintained a solid pace of hiring for a second straight month in March, further evidence the economy was shifting into higher gear after being held back by a brutally cold winter. Nonfarm payrolls increased by 192,000 new jobs last month after rising 197,000 in February, the Labor Department said on Friday.

  • Fed's Fisher: Forward guidance shouldn't be binding Friday, 4 Apr 2014 | 5:44 AM ET
    Richard Fisher, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

    The Fed must ensure its forward guidance is flexible enough to allow it to respond to changing conditions, a top Fed official said.

  • HONG KONG, April 4- Political gridlock is slowing U.S. economic growth, impacting the confidence and budgets of businesses across the country, a top Fed official said here on Friday. Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Richard Fisher took a swipe at U.S. politicians and their inability to cooperate, and accused them of impeding jobs growth.

  • LONDON, April 4- European shares looked set to rise for a ninth consecutive session and record their third straight weekly gain on Friday as traders bet on further support from U.S. jobs data due later in the day. Budget airline Easyjet rose 1.3 percent as it reported a 4.8 percent increase in passengers in March, in what traders describe as a positive update.

  • WASHINGTON, April 4- The U.S. economy likely created jobs at the fastest pace in four months in March as it shifted into a higher gear after being held back by a brutally cold winter. "It's looking like the economy is in the process of reaccelerating after a very severe winter," said Robert Dye, chief economist at Comerica in Dallas.

  • Fed's Fisher: forward guidance should not be binding Friday, 4 Apr 2014 | 12:30 AM ET

    Federal Reserve must avoid being locked into calendar-based policy commitments and instead ensure its forward guidance is flexible enough to allow it to respond to changing conditions, a top Fed official said in Hong Kong on Friday.

  • UPDATE 3-Stein to step down from depleted Fed board Thursday, 3 Apr 2014 | 5:22 PM ET

    NEW YORK, April 3- Federal Reserve Governor Jeremy Stein, who has spearheaded the debate over whether monetary policy should be used to combat asset bubbles, will step down next month, leaving another big hole in the ranks of the U.S. central bank. Stein will leave on May 28 to return to his teaching post at Harvard University.

  • NEW YORK, April 3- Longer-dated U.S. The Labor Department said initial claims for unemployment benefits increased 16,000 to a seasonally adjusted 326,000 in the week ended March 29, exceeding economists' expectations of a rise to 317,000..

  • NEW YORK, April 3- The euro dropped on Thursday after the European Central Bank kept interest rates on hold and pledged to use unconventional monetary measures if needed to battle low inflation in the euro zone.

  • LONDON, April 3- Gold fell on Thursday as the dollar firmed after the European Central Bank kept rates on hold and pledged to use unconventional measures to combat low inflation, while an expected improvement in U.S. jobs data remained the main focus. Gold futures for April delivery fell $7.70 to $1,283.10 an ounce.

  • The Labor Department said initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 16,000 to a seasonally adjusted 326,000 in the week ended March 29, exceeding economists' expectations of a rise to 317,000..

  • NEW YORK, April 3- The euro dropped on Thursday after the European Central Bank kept interest rates on hold and pledged to use unconventional measures if needed to battle low inflation in the euro zone. The currency shared by 18 nations dipped as low as $1.3736 during a news conference by ECB President Mario Draghi and later declined as low as $1.3711.

  • Santelli surfs the curves with charts     Thursday, 3 Apr 2014 | 9:44 AM ET

    CNBC's Rick Santelli discusses the latest action in Treasury yields, and euro reaction to the ECB's interest rate decision.

  • LONDON, April 3- Gold fell on Thursday as the dollar firmed after the European Central Bank left rates on hold as expected, and investors shifted their focus to the central bank's press conference and expectations that U.S. data will show an improvement. Gold futures for April delivery fell $7.40 to $1,283.20 an ounce.

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