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  • *Fitch and S&P have Russia one notch above junk. *Russia seeks to avert downgrade, says dangers exaggerated. The Fitch agency cut its rating on Russia to' BBB minus' from' BBB' on Friday, citing a significant deterioration in the country's economic outlook due to the slump in oil prices and falling value of the rouble.

  • DETROIT, Jan 8- General Motors Co Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra said she expected the U.S. auto market to flatten out this year, although growth is possible because of the strong economy and falling gasoline prices. The United States' importance has increased as demand has weakened in China, the world's largest auto market, and slumped in other key European,...

  • DETROIT, Jan 5- Automakers reported strong December U.S. sales on Monday, boosted by falling gasoline prices, but industry executives and analysts cautioned that growth would slow in 2015 after five years of rapid recovery from the recession. "U.S. auto sales are dancing to a very different beat," Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas said in a research note.

  • DETROIT, Jan 5- Automakers reported strong December U.S. sales Monday, boosted by falling gas prices, but industry executives and analysts cautioned that growth would slow this year after five years of rapid recovery from the recession. General Motors Co easily beat analyst expectations, logging a 19 percent gain to 274,483 vehicles, the best December for the No....

  • MOSCOW, Dec 26- Slumping oil prices have put Russia's economy on course for a sharp recession next year, its finance minister said on Friday, as authorities scaled up their bailout for the first bank to succumb to the recent rouble crisis. The economy is slowing sharply as Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis deter foreign investment and spur capital flight,...

  • According to the median of 11 economists' predictions, gross domestic product will fall 3.6 percent in 2015. After growth of just 0.5 percent this year, the recession will challenge President Vladimir Putin's promise last week that Russia can eventually recover from what he called "tough times". At the start of this year analysts forecast the economy would...

  • TOKYO, Dec 19- Japan's government raised its view of business investment and factory output, but stuck to its overall economic assessment of moderate recovery despite some weakness as the economy struggles to recover from recession. The government's monthly economic report comes days after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition won snap elections,...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 17- The Federal Reserve on Wednesday offered a strong signal that it was on track to raise interest rates sometime next year, dropping a pledge to keep them near zero for a "considerable time" in a show of confidence in the U.S. economy. In doing so, it looked beyond economic difficulties in the euro zone, Japan and Russia and offered a mostly upbeat...

  • MOSCOW, Dec 15- Russia's central bank said on Monday it was likely the economy would contract in the first quarter of next year and that it perhaps by around 4.5 percent in 2015 as a whole if oil prices average $60 a barrel. The outlook for Russia's economy has darkened considerably since the summer, as falling oil prices, Western sanctions over Ukraine and a...

  • Cramer: Worldwide recession, except in US  Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 9:00 AM ET

    CNBC's Jim Cramer breaks down the health of the U.S. stock market and weighs in on the "stunning" move in utilities. David Faber discusses Russia and oil.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 9- U.S. states' revenues are growing at a faster clip than last year, mostly due to the brightening national economic picture, and are stabilizing the governments' budgets, according to a nationwide survey released on Tuesday. "Economic growth and declines in the unemployment rate have led to an improved outlook for state revenues in fiscal 2015,...

  • *Austria's Nowotny distances himself from hard-line Germany. FRANKFURT, Dec 8- The euro zone's economy is weakening' massively', one of the European Central Bank's policymakers warned on Monday, saying that printing fresh money to buy state bonds could help to stop the slide. Speaking in Germany, the head of neighbouring Austria's central bank advocated a more...

  • TOKYO, Dec 8- The Bank of Japan looks increasingly likely to cut its inflation forecasts next month, sources say, making its target of 2 percent in the year from April look ever more ambitious, just three months after it eased monetary policy to keep the goal in sight. The BOJ surprised markets on Oct. 31 with its decision to flood the market with cash to counter the...

  • Birth rate hits record low  Friday, 5 Dec 2014 | 2:51 PM ET

    U.S. birth rates have fallen for the 6th consecutive year. Joe LaVorgna, Deutsche Bank, chief U.S. economist, discusses whether this trend hurts the U.S. economy.

  • BERLIN, Dec 5- German industry orders rose far more than forecast in October and though the Bundesbank dampened the mood by slashing its growth forecasts for Europe's largest economy, its president said there were signs current weakness would soon be overcome. Industrial orders surged by 2.5 percent on the month in October thanks to strong domestic demand...

  • Kremlin aide plays down recession forecast for 2015 Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 3:46 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Dec 4- Kremlin economic adviser Andrei Belousov said on Thursday a forecast that the Russian economy will plunge into recession next year was a "technical mistake".

  • KREMLIN TOP ECONOMIC AIDE BELOUSOV SAYS RECENT RECESSION FORECAST FOR 2015 IS "TECHNICAL MISTAKE".

  • By Vladimir Abramov and Lidia Kelly. MOSCOW, Dec 2- The Russian rouble gave up early gains on Tuesday after the Economy Ministry said it expects a recession next year and sees the currency remaining weak. But the Economy Ministry said that lower oil prices and sanctions imposed on Moscow over its role in the Ukraine conflict will cause gross domestic product to...

  • NICOSIA, Dec 1- Bailed-out Cyprus is expected to return to growth in 2015, while capital controls imposed during a chaotic bailout in 2013 could be completely dismantled soon, its central bank governor said on Monday. Cyprus slipped into recession in 2011. Data in November showed the economy shrinking by an annual 2.2 percent in the third quarter, from 2 percent...

  • NICOSIA, Dec 1- Cyprus is expected to return to growth in 2015 and this year's slowdown should be shallower than expected, its central bank governor said on Monday. "I'm optimistic 2015 will be a year where Cyprus will return to growth, the signs of recovery are faster," Georghadji, who also represents Cyprus on the Governing Council of the European Central Bank, told...