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  • TOKYO/ SINGAPORE, Feb 27- The dollar took a breather after surging to a one-month high against a basket of currencies the previous day as U.S. economic data and comments from Federal Reserve officials prompted investors to raise their bets on a rate increase. The euro edged up 0.1 percent to $1.1213, but remained not far from a one-month low of $1.1184 touched on...

  • Why Japan's consumer demand will pick up  Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 8:12 PM ET

    Xavier Denis, investment strategist at SG Securities, expects an improvement in Japan's consumer confidence soon, with the government keen to push for wage increases.

  • Greenspan: Effective demand weak as Depression-era Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 6:03 PM ET
    Alan Greenspan

    Effective demand is extraordinarily weak, probably tantamount to the later stages of the Great Depression, Alan Greenspan said.

  • Santelli: Sloppy 7-Year auction  Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 1:30 PM ET

    CNBC's Rick Santelli discusses bond prices and yields.

  • *Salesforce.com climbs after results, outlook. NEW YORK, Feb 26- U.S. stocks held near the unchanged mark on Thursday in the wake of a mixed bag of economic data, with the Dow and S&P 500 holding just off record highs while the Nasdaq advanced modestly. The market is "just digesting what we have already received and waiting for what is coming next week to find a better...

  • Fed's Bullard: Stop whining about the dollar Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 9:15 AM ET
    James Bullard, president of the Federal Reserve St. Louis

    St. Louis Fed President James Bullard tells CNBC the word "patient" should come out of the next Fed policy statement to give options for raising rates this summer.

  • US STOCKS-Futures flat ahead of data flurry Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 7:52 AM ET

    *Salesforce.com climbs after results, outlook. NEW YORK, Feb 26- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Thursday ahead of a flurry of economic data, after the Dow edged up to a new record a day earlier while the Nasdaq snapped a 10- session winning streak. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen to a House of Representatives committee that yielded little insight...

  • Fed: The talk of inflation  Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 5:20 AM ET

    Will the Fed still raise rates, with today's CPI number inflation expected to decline? Boris Schlossberg, managing director at BK Asset Management, and Kathy Bostjancic, director of U.S. macro investor services at Oxford Economics, weigh in.

  • German consumers most confident since dot-com boom Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 3:35 AM ET

    BERLIN— Consumer confidence in Germany has hit its highest level in 13 years, leading an increase across Europe, as low energy costs and interest rates helped offset any concerns about the crises in Ukraine and Greece. The region's economic outlook has brightened also thanks to a weaker euro, which helps exporters, and the European Central Bank's decision to...

  • VIENNA, Feb 26- The euro zone must follow less restrictive economic policies if it wants desired levels of growth and inflation, French Finance Minister Michel Sapin told an Austrian paper, adding talks with the EU on cutting France's budget deficit were "optimal". Asked about the EU giving France more time to meet its deficit target, he said: "I for my part had...

  • Combative lawmakers won't sway Yellen: Senator Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 9:48 AM ET
    Janet Yellen

    Senate Banking Committee member Heidi Heitkamp tells CNBC that arguing interest rates with Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is a futile effort.

  • China c.bank newspaper warns of rising deflation risk Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 12:45 AM ET

    SHANGHAI, Feb 25- China is dangerously close to slipping into deflation, the central bank's newspaper warned on Wednesday, highlighting increasing nervousness in policymaking circles as a sputtering economy struggles to pick up speed despite a raft of stimulus steps. As a slowdown in China's economy over the past year was accompanied by a chill in global...

  • What to expect after Yellen's statement: Analyst Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 11:19 AM ET
    Janet Yellen

    Fed Chair Janet Yellen's prepared statement shows the central bank will not raise rates in June as expected, Diane Swonk told CNBC.

  • Asian stocks mostly up, cheered by US Fed chair remarks Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 10:18 AM ET

    The latest milestones came as investors liked what they heard from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, who told Congress the central bank would be patient about raising interest rates as the economy improves. "Markets had been very focused on the Yellen testimony and wanted to see if there was going to be any change in the outlook for the first Fed rate hike," said...

  • SINGAPORE, Feb 24- Gold steadied near its lowest level in seven weeks on Tuesday as investors looked to Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's Senate testimony for signs of when the U.S. central bank will raise interest rates. *Spot gold was little changed at $1,203.52 an ounce by 0041 GMT. *Yellen will discuss the outlook for the U.S. economy and monetary policy in her...

  • Decoding Yellen's testimony  Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 2:15 PM ET

    CNBC's Steve Liesman looks ahead to Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's testimony on Tuesday.

  • But anyone who expects Fed Chair Janet Yellen to clarify the timetable for a rate hike when she speaks to Congress this week could be disappointed. Yellen's testimony Tuesday to a Senate committee and Wednesday to a House committee— her semiannual report to Congress on the economy and interest rates— could produce a battle of wills: Lawmakers will likely push...

  • Why pay hikes show jobs market can decide wages Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 7:14 AM ET
    A Walmart employee pushes grocery carts at a Walmart store in Miami, Feb. 19, 2015.

    Wal-Mart and Aetna's decision to raise pay shows businesses are responsive to the labor market, Business Roundtable president John Engler tells CNBC.

  • TOKYO, Feb 23- Japanese companies see no need for an aggressive pursuit of a 2 percent inflation goal or additional easing in monetary policy, a Reuters poll showed- a stance that supports the central bank's recent rowing back on its consumer price targets. Below are the questions and answers to a poll conducted Feb. 2-17 for Reuters by Nikkei Research.

  • TOKYO, Feb 23- Japan Inc sees no need for an aggressive pursuit of a 2 percent inflation goal or additional monetary easing, a Reuters poll showed- a stance that supports the central bank's recent softer tone on achieving its consumer price target in the near future. Analysts, however, expect the Bank of Japan to embark on more stimulus later this year, topping up its...