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  • *Players reduce market exposure ahead of Japan's "Golden Week" Uncertainty on global economic outlook saps risk appetite. TOKYO, May 1- Japanese stocks on Friday fell to its lowest level in almost a month as traders reduced their exposure ahead of Golden Week holidays in Japan and as uncertainty around corporate earnings and global economic growth sapped...

  • Japan's inflation ticks up, bolstering BOJ stance Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 9:44 PM ET

    Japan's inflation ticked up in March in a small sign of progress in the Bank of Japan's two-year-long effort to kick start the long-moribund economy.

  • Santelli: Most popular chart on the floor   Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 1:35 PM ET
    Santelli: Most popular chart on the floor

    CNBC's Rick Santelli discusses bond prices and yields.

  • UPDATE 1-Euro zone exits deflation - just Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 6:04 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, April 30- The euro zone ended four months of deflation in April with consumer prices unchanged from year-ago levels, removing the threat of persistent price declines as energy costs pushed up in the month. Consumer prices in the 19 countries that share the euro were flat in April from a year earlier after a 0.1 percent decline in March, the European...

  • Euro zone inflation: Reaction   Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 5:00 AM ET
    Euro zone inflation: Reaction

    Goldman Sachs' Peter Oppenheimer agrees that April's euro zone inflation data is a good sign for equity investors, and expects economic activity to pick up with the impact of asset purchasing by the ECB.

  • *Governor Kuroda to brief media 0630 GMT. TOKYO, April 30- The Bank of Japan trimmed its consumer price forecasts on Thursday and pushed back the timeframe to hit its ambitious inflation target but refrained from expanding its already massive stimulus programme, predicting a recovering economy will gradually nudge prices higher. It will keep increasing base...

  • *BOJ's semi-annual report due 0600 GMT. TOKYO, April 30- The Bank of Japan maintained its massive monetary stimulus on Thursday, holding off on additional easing for now on hopes that rising wages will spur spending and eventually nudge inflation towards its 2 percent target. Markets are now focusing on the central bank's semi-annual report on the economic and...

  • BOJ keeps policy steady, eyes on new CPI forecasts Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 12:07 AM ET

    TOKYO, April 30- The Bank of Japan maintained its massive monetary stimulus on Thursday, holding off on additional easing for now on hope that rising wages and an expected rebound in private consumption will nudge inflation towards its 2 percent target. As widely expected, the BOJ left unchanged its pledge to increase base money, or cash and deposits at the...

  • BOJ need not act due to 'good deflation': Pro   Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 11:31 PM ET
    BOJ need not act due to 'good deflation': Pro

    Jesper Koll, managing director & Head of Japanese Equity Research at JPMorgan Securities Japan, explains why the Bank of Japan can hold back further easing as Japan sees a cycle of "good deflation."

  • 2016 CPI forecast holds sway over BOJ decision: Pro   Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 10:46 PM ET
    2016 CPI forecast holds sway over BOJ decision: Pro

    If the inflation forecast for fiscal 2016 is maintained around 2 percent, the Bank of Japan will likely keep rates steady at this stage, says Jonathan Cavenagh, senior FX strategist at Westpac.

  • Is there a way out for the BOJ?   Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 9:14 PM ET
    Is there a way out for the BOJ?

    Ben Collett, head of Asian Equities at Sunrise Brokers, says the Bank of Japan needs positive expectations that inflation can rise and a weaker yen, which could hit 250 per dollar in the long run.

  • *March industrial output -0.3 vs forecast -2.3 pct. TOKYO, April 30- Japanese industrial output fell for a second straight month in March, adding to mounting evidence of an economy struggling to regain momentum after last year's sizable hit to consumption from a sales tax hike. On top of this, tame private consumption- which accounts for about 60 percent of the...

  • *Fed says economy slowdown is transitory. WASHINGTON, April 29- The Federal Reserve downgraded its view of the U.S. labor market and economy on Wednesday in a policy statement that suggested the central bank may have to wait until at least the third quarter to begin raising interest rates. The Fed's statement put in place a meeting-by-meeting approach on the...

  • *Policy decision seen 0300-0500 GMT, forecasts 0600 GMT. TOKYO, April 30- The Bank of Japan is expected to hold off on expanding monetary stimulus on Thursday despite trimming its inflation and growth forecasts, clinging to hope that rising wages will spur spending and keep the economic recovery on track. Japan is emerging from recession but at a snail's pace, as...

  • *Fed says economy slowdown is transitory. WASHINGTON, April 29- The Federal Reserve downgraded its view of the U.S. labor market and economy on Wednesday in a policy statement that suggested the central bank may have to wait until at least the third quarter to begin raising interest rates. The Fed's statement put in place a meeting-by-meeting approach on the...

  • Cheaper oil should help economy? Wrong: BlackRock Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 9:09 AM ET
    BlackRock signage above building entrance in New York.

    BlackRock bond guru Jeff Rosenberg blames this year's weak economic growth on the collapse in oil.

  • KIEV, April 29- Ukraine's economy could return to growth next year and expand by 2 percent provided the separatist insurgency does not worsen and a banking crisis stabilises, the World Bank said on Wednesday. The World Bank expects Ukraine's economy to shrink 7.5 percent in 2015- in line with central bank forecasts- following a 6.8 percent contraction last year,...

  • *Longer-term outlook for Spain's economy unclear. MADRID, April 28- At Diego Manrique's second-hand car dealership on the outskirts of Madrid, business is picking up. This recovery in consumer confidence is underpinning official forecasts for a rise in Spain's growth to 2.9 percent this year from last September's 2 percent.

  • JERUSALEM, April 27- The Bank of Israel kept its benchmark interest rate at 0.1 percent for a second straight month on Monday, saying it expected prices to pick up after a recent bout of deflation. "Short-term inflation expectations from various sources are near the lower bound of the inflation target range, or slightly below it," the Bank of Israel said in a...

  • World Bank sees Belarus's 2015 GDP falling 3.5 pct Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | 5:39 AM ET

    MINSK, April 27- The World Bank said on Monday it saw Belarus's gross domestic product contracting 3.5 percent this year, sharply revising it down from an earlier forecast of 1.8 percent growth. Next year the contraction will continue, with GDP expected to decline 1 percent, Ruslan Penkevsky, the bank's senior economist for Belarus, said at a press conference.