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  • Market participants in Asia remained focused on China, where a recent spate of soft data has raised concerns about the outlook for growth, in addition to lingering fears about the impact of the government's efforts to cool the property market.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 20- The dollar gained against the euro for a second straight day on Thursday after euro zone business surveys pointed to a sluggish recovery and a fragile outlook for the region, while the greenback also drew support from strong U.S. economic data.

  • FOREX-Dollar gains against euro after weak euro zone data Thursday, 20 Feb 2014 | 12:11 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Feb 20- The dollar gained against the euro for a second straight day on Thursday after euro zone business surveys pointed to a sluggish recovery and a fragile outlook for the region, while the greenback also drew support from strong U.S. economic data.

  • LONDON, Feb 20- The euro fell for a second straight day against the dollar on Thursday, pulling away from 7- week highs, after euro zone business surveys pointed to a sluggish recovery and underlined a fragile outlook for the currency bloc.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 19- Stock markets around the world mostly dipped on Wednesday as investors held off from making big bets ahead of the release of minutes from the U.S. Gold prices were also near breakeven levels.

  • Deflation a 'real challenge & concern': Pro     Tuesday, 18 Feb 2014 | 6:36 AM ET

    Discussing fears of deflation globally, with Michelle Meyer, BofA Merrill Lynch global research, and Dan Veru, Palisade Capital Management CIO.

  • *Maintains view Japan's economy recovering moderately. TOKYO, Feb 18- The Bank of Japan maintained its expansionary monetary policy on Tuesday and reiterated its upbeat view on the economy, unfazed by recent signs of slower growth and suggesting that any additional stimulus will be some time away.

  • *Weak spending raises questions about economic outlook. TOKYO, Feb 18- Japanese consumers ended last year with a whimper instead of the bang many had expected, reinforcing a nagging worry that the prime minister's aggressive policies are struggling to find support among those key to its success.

  • *Jan trade deficit f'cast record 2.5 trillion yen. TOKYO, Feb 14- Japan is expected to post a record trade deficit in January as a weak yen pushes up the cost of imports and as export demand slows in a cautionary note about the economic outlook, a Reuters poll showed.

  • Europe is like Japan in the mid-'90s: Pro     Thursday, 13 Feb 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    Jim McCormick, head of asset allocation at Barclays, says Europe is showing similarities to Japan of two decades ago, with deflation and tight fiscal policy.

  • *Japan Q4 GDP f'cast +0.7 pct vs +0.3 pct in Q3. TOKYO, Feb 12- Japan's economic growth is expected to have quickened at the end of last year as consumers ramped up spending ahead of a planned sales tax hike, but analysts say that Tokyo may have to inject fresh stimulus to brighten the outlook.

  • *EU Treaty change on Berlin's agenda despite pushback. BERLIN, Feb 11- Recent turmoil in emerging markets will hit export-oriented European economies but there are no signs the bloc that shares the single currency is headed towards deflation, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 6- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, in a boost to the labor market outlook and the broader economy.

  • Draghi: 'There is no deflation'     Thursday, 6 Feb 2014 | 8:47 AM ET

    Inflation in the euro zone will be "subdued" for a prolonged period, says ECB president Mario Draghi, refuting concerns that the region could fall in deflation territory.

  • Should Draghi address deflation fears?     Thursday, 6 Feb 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    Stephane Deo, global head of asset allocation at UBS, says the ECB is unlikely to take a "big decision" on Thursday and that there are "no signs of broad deflation" in Europe.

  • TOKYO, Feb 6- Asian shares took a tentative step forward on Thursday as investors remained wary after the recent selloff in emerging markets raised concerns about the global economic outlook. That will be a catalyst for markets to stabilise, "said Tohru Yamamoto, chief fixed income strategist at Daiwa Securities.

  • Japan's 'tricky transition' out of deflation     Tuesday, 4 Feb 2014 | 7:30 AM ET

    Patrick Chovanec, Silvercrest Asset Management, and Jeff Bahrenburg, Gardenia Global Advisors, discuss what's driving the emerging market turmoil and the outlook for the Japanese economy.

  • *Mattel shares plunge after fourth-quarter results. *Wal-Mart cuts outlook; shares off in premarket trade. NEW YORK, Jan 31- Wall Street was poised to tumble at the open on Friday and was set for its first monthly decline since August, hurt by weaker-than-expected inflation data in the euro zone and ongoing concerns about turbulence in emerging markets.

  • DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 25- Euro zone inflation is "way below target" and deflation is a potential risk for the bloc, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde told the World Economic Forum in Davos on Saturday.

  • ECB's Draghi cautions against undue optimism Thursday, 23 Jan 2014 | 1:14 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Jan 23- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi cautioned Wednesday against undue optimism for the euro zone economy, saying there still were significant risks of setbacks to the recovery. Draghi said in an interview with the Swiss daily Neue Zuercher Zeitung that he is not too concerned about either inflation or deflation.

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