*Gold at 1- month low as Fed pressured to end US stimulus. Gold fell, touching a 1- month low and closing down for a seventh straight session as the dollar hit its highest levels since 2008 after some Federal Reserve officials said the central bank should end its stimulus for the U.S. economy. Gold was the CRB's biggest loser, falling almost 2 percent.» Read More
*China must focus on inflation- central bank head. LONDON, March 14- Oil stayed below $109 a barrel on Thursday, weighed by a subdued outlook for demand growth in top consumers the United States and China, while a firm dollar added pressure on prices.
TOKYO, March 14- Asian shares extended losses on Thursday as regional factors outweighed the positive tone from another record Wall Street close, while the dollar index held near seven-month highs after strong retail sales bolstered the U.S. economic outlook.
SINGAPORE, March 14- The Philippine central bank has cleaned out its coffers over the past year, spending billions of pesos to shield its currency and economy from the impact of large inflows of foreign money.
SINGAPORE, March 14- London copper slipped on Thursday, under pressure from a stronger dollar after U.S. retail sales data underlined a recovery in the world's top economy, while Chinese consumers stay on the sidelines given ample domestic supply.
SINGAPORE, March 14- Gold steadied just below $1,590 an ounce early on Thursday after slipping in the previous session when upbeat U.S. retail sales strengthened the outlook for the world's top economy and dampened bullion's safe-haven appeal.
BEIJING, March 13- China must stabilise inflation expectations, the head of the People's Bank of China said on Wednesday, vowing to vigilantly manage the risks of rising prices as the central bank's first priority while also pledging further capital market reforms.
*China c.bank chief: monetary policy now neutral, no longer loose. *China banks and other beta plays lead losses. HONG KONG, March 13- Hong Kong shares erased 2013 gains on Wednesday, with losses accelerating in the late afternoon after the Chinese central bank governor said monetary policy in the world's second-largest economy was no longer loose.
BEIJING, March 13- China must stabilise inflation expectations, the head of the People's Bank of China said on Wednesday, vowing to vigilantly manage the risks of rising prices as the central bank's first priority.
Vladimir Putin on Tuesday chose his chief economic adviser to head Russia's central bank. She will join a small female contingent at the top table of global finance.
NEW YORK, March 13- The dollar rallied to a seven-month high against a basket of currencies on Wednesday after U.S. retail sales data beat expectations, stoking hopes that the U.S. economy is outperforming other advanced markets.
MOSCOW, March 13- Elvira Nabiullina has the confidence and credentials as an economist to resist Kremlin appeals for looser monetary policy once she moves from Vladimir Putin's office to head the Russian central bank.
NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia, March 12- President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday chose his chief economic adviser to head Russia's central bank, backing a loyal technocrat seen as more likely to bow to political pressures to ease monetary policy than other potential candidates. Putin blessed Nabiullina's candidacy in a meeting at his residence outside Moscow.
LONDON, March 12- Gold rose more than 1 percent to above $1,590 an ounce as traders interpreted comments by an ECB official that euro zone inflation pressures were abating as an indicator of continued monetary easing and covered their short positions. Spot gold rose as much as 1.1 percent to its highest level since Feb. 28 at $1,598.20 an ounce.
*Belarus relies on Russia for funding, seeks fresh loan. MINSK, March 12- Belarus' central bank cut its main interest rate to below 30 percent on Tuesday and promised further easing this year, despite a warning from the IMF that such moves would destabilise the fragile economy.
LONDON, March 12- Gold rose above $1,590 an ounce on Tuesday, gaining nearly one percent following comments by an ECB official that eurozone inflation pressures are abating, which was viewed as an indication of continued monetary easing.
*MSCI Asia ex- Japan down 0.3 pct despite more U.S. gains. TOKYO, March 12- Asian shares eased on Tuesday but growing confidence in the U.S. economy underpinned risk sentiment, while the yen touched fresh lows on speculation over imminent monetary easing.
By Lesley Wroughton and David Lawder. WASHINGTON, March 12- U.S. lawmakers late on Monday rebuffed a request by the Obama administration to approve a permanent increase in U.S. funding to the International Monetary Fund in a setback for IMF reforms to boost the voting power of emerging economies.
NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia, March 12- President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday tapped his chief economic adviser, Elvira Nabiullina, to head Russia's central bank, backing a loyal technocrat likely to bow to political pressures to ease monetary policy.
WASHINGTON, March 11- The Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday rebuffed a request by the Obama administration to approve a permanent increase in U.S. funding to the International Monetary Fund, part of a broader deal that would increase the voting power of emerging market economies in the global lender.
*Stronger U.S. jobs market underpins recovery hopes. NEW YORK, March 11- A number of commodities were higher for a second straight session on Monday on hopes that a recovering U.S. economy will lead to better demand, while coffee, sugar and corn rallied on worries about harsh weather and supply tightness.