*China in focus after alarming markets with bond default. *Sanctions on Russia could hurt the West as well. Federal Reserve meeting and Western sanctions on Russia will give financial markets plenty of pause for thought in the week to come but it could be China that sets the economic weather.» Read More
MOSCOW, March 14- Hackers brought down the Russian central bank's website on Friday before a meeting on interest rates, the bank said. "The site of the central bank is experiencing problems due to a hacker attack," the Bank of Russia said in a statement.
SYDNEY, March 14- Safe haven currencies like the Swiss franc and yen got off to a flying start on Friday, having surged overnight as tensions in Ukraine flared up and worries about the health of the Chinese economy continued to fester.
*Latest China data points to slowing economy. *Ukraine tensions continue, Merkel warns Russia. NEW YORK, March 13- U.S. stocks edged lower on Thursday as earlier gains spurred by better-than-expected data on retail sales and the labor market were offset by worries over Ukraine and the health of China's economy.
*Latest China data points to slowing economy. *Ukraine tensions continue, Merkel warns Russia. NEW YORK, March 13- U.S. stocks edged higher on Thursday, putting the S&P 500 on track for a second day of gains, following better-than-expected data on retail sales and the labor market, though worries about Ukraine and the health of China's economy curbed the advance.
*Li hints Beijing will tolerate economic slowdown. Li, speaking at a news conference on the final day of China's yearly parliament, hinted Beijing would tolerate slower economic expansion this year while it pushes through reforms aimed at providing longer-term and more sustainable growth.
BEIJING, March 13- China's economy slowed markedly in the first two months of the year, with growth in investment, retail sales and factory output all falling to multi-year lows, a surprisingly weak performance that raises the spectre of a sharper cooldown.
*Chilean peso rebounds after near 5- year lows on China concerns. NEW YORK, March 12- Emerging market currencies rose moderately on Wednesday, rebounding from earlier losses as investors remained nervous over China's economy and Ukraine's future, supporting safe-haven demand for the yen and the Swiss franc.
*Chilean peso hits near five-year lows on China concerns. NEW YORK, March 12- Emerging market currencies fell on Wednesday as investor nervousness over China's economy and Ukraine's future intensified, rekindling safe-haven bids for the yen and the Swiss franc.
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MOSCOW, March 12- Russia's central bank will probably keep key policy rates on hold at its regular meeting on Friday, economists say, but any escalation of tensions over Ukraine could prompt a further tightening in monetary policy.
*PBOC may cut bank reserves if GDP growth below 7.5 pct- sources. BEIJING, March 12- China's central bank is prepared to take its strongest action since 2012 to loosen monetary policy if economic growth slows further, by cutting the amount of cash that banks must keep as reserves, sources involved in internal policy discussions say.
*Unexpected fall in China's exports has increased worries on economy. SINGAPORE/ BEIJING, March 11- China's biggest-listed steel maker Baosteel said a slump in iron ore was' inevitable' and prices had further to fall, as traders said some buyers in the world's top consumer of the raw material were trying to delay shipments after panic selling.
BEIJING, March 11- China's central bank governor said on Tuesday that the country's deposit rates are likely to liberalised in one to two years- the most explicit timeframe to date for what would be the final step in freeing up banks to set their own interest rates.
China's exports unexpectedly tumbled in February, falling 18.1 percent from a year earlier and swinging the trade balance into deficit. The data underscored recent concerns about the outlook for China's economy, even though the Lunar New Year holidays were blamed for the slide.
BRUSSELS, March 10- In its effort to show Russia it means business over Ukraine, the European Union may have created extra problems for itself in committing to a quick political deal with Kiev while leaving closer economic ties for later.
RIO DE JANEIRO/ LONDON, March 10- Emerging stocks fell over 1 percent on Monday after poor Chinese export data re-ignited global concerns of a slowdown in the world's No. 2 economy and pushed Chinese shares to a five-year closing low.
*Iron ore stocks in China swell to record 105 mln tonnes. SINGAPORE, March 10- Chinese steel and iron ore futures fell to their lowest levels ever on Monday after a surprise drop in exports swung China's trade balance into deficit last month and amplified fears of a slowdown in the world's No. 2 economy.
LONDON, March 10- Gold fell on Monday, under pressure from last week's strong U.S. payrolls data, and after a sharp drop in Chinese exports fuelled heavy selling of commodities by prompting concerns of a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy.
LONDON, March 10- Oil slipped below $108 a barrel on Monday as an unexpected fall in China's exports stoked fears of a slowdown in the world's No. 2 economy, though geopolitical tensions in Ukraine and Libya limited the decline.
*Shanghai copper down 5 pct, Dalian iron ore off nearly 6 pct. SINGAPORE, March 10- Copper sank to 8-1/ 2 month lows on Monday, dropping steeply for a second session, while oil lost more than a dollar and Shanghai- traded commodities slumped after a surprise fall in China's exports heightened fears of an economic slowdown.