MEXICO CITY, May 24- Latin American countries have little room to boost growth with fiscal or monetary stimulus as their economies slow and a slump in commodities prices undercuts a pillar of recent strength, top officials told Reuters this week.» Read More
*Sweden, Turkey, Hungary cut rates on same day. STOCKHOLM/ ISTANBUL, Dec 18- Central banks are ending the year by loosening monetary policy further to try and foster a durable recovery in 2013, denoting a measure of alarm about the health of the world economy.
MUMBAI, Dec 18- India's central bank left its key interest rates unchanged as expected on Tuesday but said policy focus was shifting towards growth, reiterating its October guidance of further easing in the first quarter of 2013 as inflation was seen cooling.
*China bankers see policy easing ahead in PBOC survey. BEIJING, Dec 18- China's burgeoning economic recovery may need central bank easing to spur it along next year, as foreign investors scale back spending commitments in the face of a gloomy external outlook that clouds prospects for the world's biggest exporter.
NEW YORK, Dec 18- Oil prices rose on Tuesday as signs of progress in talks to resolve the U.S. budget crisis eased concerns the world's top economy could slip into recession. "Everything is keying on the' cliff' hopes, because people are assessing if we're closer to a deal," said Mark Waggoner, president at Excel Futures Inc..
TOKYO, Dec 18- The Bank of Japan will ease monetary policy this week and consider adopting a 2 percent inflation target no later than in January, sources say, responding to pressure from next Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for stronger efforts to beat deflation.
MUMBAI, Dec 18- India's central bank is expected to keep interest rates on hold on Tuesday despite government pressure for a cut, sticking to its guidance that it will not ease monetary policy before early next year as cooling inflation is still too high for comfort.
MEXICO CITY, Dec 17- Currency market intervention has cost South America's central banks more than $13 billion in the last 2-1/ 2 years but they are likely to maintain their defenses against hot money inflows if a fresh rush of cheap money sparks another round of currency wars.
SHANGHAI, Dec 17- China's yuan closed stronger against the dollar on Monday as the central bank appeared to wind down intervention to stem its rise, traders said.
SHANGHAI, Dec 17- China's yuan strengthened against the dollar on Monday as the central bank appeared to wind down intervention to stem its rise, traders said. Trading volumes were moderate at $3.8 billion by early afternoon, signalling a likely slowdown from Friday, which clocked in an unusually strong $17 billion yuan for the day.
SINGAPORE, Dec 17- Gold was little changed on Monday after posting the third straight week of losses, as investors await progress on the negotiations in Washington to avert a fiscal disaster that could push the world's top economy into a recession.
China will maintain a "prudent" monetary policy and a pro-active fiscal policy in 2013, leaving room for manoeuvre in the face of global uncertainties, the official Xinhua news agency said after the country's annual policy-setting conference on Sunday.
NEW YORK, Dec 13- Gold held below $1,700 an ounce on Friday, finishing steady on the day but down for a third week, hampered by thin holiday season trading and uncertainties over stalled U.S. budget negotiations.
Solid growth from the United States and China will be crucial to reviving the world economy in 2013, particularly with the euro zone likely sliding deeper into recession. A possible budget crisis in the United States at year-end tempered investor optimism, however, and added a big dose of uncertainty to the economic outlook for the year ahead.
*MSCI global stock index down 0.1 percent. NEW YORK, Dec 14- U.S. and European shares edged lower Friday as investors fretted about a lack of progress in U.S. fiscal negotiations and amid signs of deepening recession in the euro zone, while strong Chinese manufacturing data lifted oil prices.
NEW YORK, Dec 14- Global shares edged lower on Friday as investors fretted about a lack of progress in Washington to resolve the U.S. fiscal crisis and signs of deepening recession in the euro zone.
NEW YORK/ LONDON, Dec 14- China's vast manufacturing sector grew in December and U.S. factories had their best month since April, surveys showed on Friday, adding to hopes that the world's top two economies were on the mend.
LONDON, Dec 14- Signs recession is deepening in the euro zone and an impasse in U.S. budget talks subdued global shares and Europe's bond markets on Friday, taking some of the shine off a week of mainly steady gains in risk assets.
LONDON, Dec 14- Gold held steady below $1,700 an ounce on Friday, with prices heading for their third straight weekly fall, as uncertainty over stalled U.S. budget negotiations to avert a fiscal crisis kept investors on the sidelines.
NEW DELHI, Dec 14- India's wholesale inflation cooled to its weakest pace in 10 months in November, a sign the economy may finally be escaping a long period of price pressure and raising the chances of a rate cut in January.
LONDON, Dec 14- Copper was steady on Friday, with a brightening outlook for big metal consumer China's economy offsetting concerns about the euro zone's deteriorating economy and a potential fiscal crisis in the United States.