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.» Read More
LONDON, Nov 17- Janet Yellen is expected to get the final political nod in the next couple of weeks to chair the U.S.
*Core machinery orders -2.1 pct m/m vs f'cast -1.4 pct. TOKYO/ MATSUMOTO, Japan, Nov 13- Japan's core machinery orders fell more than expected and a central bank policymaker warned of headwinds from soft overseas growth, underscoring the challenges of sustaining an economic recovery generated by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's stimulus policies.
LONDON, Nov 11- The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development cut its growth forecasts for central and eastern Europe and North Africa on Monday, citing weak demand for their exports and unfinished reforms. "Inflation has slowed, particularly in central and southeastern Europe.
FRANKFURT, Nov 7- The European Central Bank cut interest rates to a new record low on Thursday and said it would prime banks with liquidity into 2015 to prevent the euro zone's recovery from stalling as inflation tumbles.
Alberto Gallo, Head of European Macro Credit Research at RBS, says the ECB needs to cut rates to avoid the risk of deflation, but it may not happen this week.
NEW YORK, Oct 31- The dollar on Thursday rose for a fifth straight session against a basket of major world currencies to hit a two-week high, buoyed by the Federal Reserve's latest outlook which was perceived as less dovish than expected.
TOKYO, Oct 31- Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda faced the biggest rift since embarking on his aggressive stimulus campaign in April, with three members of the board dissenting against the bank's rosy outlook for achieving its 2 percent inflation target.
*BOJ revises up FY2014 GDP forecast on stimulus effect. *Holds FY2105 inflation forecast just under 2 pct target. TOKYO, Oct 31- The Bank of Japan stopped short of officially forecasting it could raise inflation to 2 percent in two years after a review on Thursday, but said it was on track to reach its target and would maintain its massive stimulus as long as needed.
*Japan manufacturing activity surges but wage growth slow. TOKYO, Oct 31- The Bank of Japan maintained its massive stimulus programme at a policy review on Thursday, and later in the day is expected to slightly revise up its economic growth forecast to around 1.5 percent for the next fiscal year.
*Policy seen on hold, Kuroda to meet press 3:30 pm ( 0630 GMT. TOKYO, Oct 25 (Reuters)- A sluggish U.S. economy and tepid exports to emerging markets are sapping the Bank of Japan's confidence that a recovery in overseas markets will take up the economic slack in Japan when consumers are hit with a higher sales tax next year.
*BOJ deputy governor upbeat on Japan's economy. MATSUE, Japan, Oct 9- Global stocks could plunge and long-term interest rates rise, dealing a severe blow to the global economy, if U.S. politicians do not reach a deal to raise their debt ceiling by mid-month, Bank of Japan Deputy Governor Hiroshi Nakaso said on Wednesday.
SINGAPORE, Oct 7- The World Bank lowered its 2013 and 2014 economic growth forecasts for China and most of developing East Asia on Monday, citing slower growth in the world's most populous nation as well as weaker commodity prices that have hurt exports and investments in countries such as Indonesia.
TOKYO, Oct 4- A prolonged U.S. budget standoff would hit global markets very hard, the Bank of Japan warned on Friday as it said it was ready to top up its existing massive stimulus if the recovery underway in the world's third-largest economy was threatened.
CNBC's Kaori Enjoji reviews Abe's latest stimulus package for Japan which includes a sales tax hike and explains why some investors might be "a little bit disappointed".
Kenji Abe, equity strategist at Citigroup Global Markets Japan, discusses the Japanese economy following the rise in sales tax and explains how he expects it to slow down.
The U.S. government braced for a possible partial shutdown of operations on Oct. 1 as Congress struggled to pass an emergency spending bill that Republicans want to use to achieve Tea Party- backed goals, such as defunding the new healthcare reform law. Congress also faces the hard task of raising the limit on federal borrowing authority.
NEW YORK, Sept 20- The U.S. Louis Fed President James Bullard said on Friday. "October is a live meeting," he told Bloomberg television.
*Says risks to Japan economy titled toward downside. *Warns of signs of slowdown in Japan consumption, exports. KUSHIRO, Japan, Sept 19- The Bank of Japan should not increase its stimulus further and needs to learn from the experience of the U.S.
KUSHIRO, Japan, Sept 19- Risks to Japan's recovery are growing because the United States and other major economies may not be able to grow fast enough to pick up the slack from a slowdown in emerging markets, Bank of Japan board member Takahide Kiuchi said on Thursday.
NEW YORK, Sept 13- The dollar fell on Friday against the euro and yen, reversing earlier gains, after U.S. retail sales rose less than expected in August in the latest sign that economic growth slowed in the third quarter. The White House said U.S.