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  • DUBLIN, March 7- Ireland's largest listed companies are confident over half a decade of weak earnings, gloomy outlooks and shrinking dividends are behind them and that the economic upturn under way is sustainable and sensible.

  • *Italy, France need policy action to fix economies. BRUSSELS, March 5- The European Commission put Italy on Wednesday on its watch list because of the country's very high public debt and weak competitiveness and warned France that will miss agreed budget deficit reduction targets unless it takes action.

  • ROME, March 5- Italy's new Prime Minister Matteo Renzi pledged on Wednesday to introduce a series of "very important reforms" next week to help create jobs, make housing more affordable and remodel crumbling school buildings.

  • *Italy, France need policy action to fix economies. BRUSSELS, March 5- The European Commission put Italy on Wednesday on its watch list because of the country's very high public debt and weak competitiveness and warned France that will miss agreed budget deficit reduction targets unless it takes action.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Mar 14 Friday, 28 Feb 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew speaks at the of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference 2014- 2200 GMT. BRUSSELS- ECB President Mario Draghi will give introductory remarks at the Quarterly Hearing before the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs of the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium- 1400 GMT.

  • *Euro zone CPI picks up in Feb, stays far below target. LONDON, Feb 28- Spanish bond yields reached new historical lows on Friday as persistent expectations the European Central Bank will loosen monetary policy further supported lower-rated debt even though inflation ticked up.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Mar 13 Thursday, 27 Feb 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    NEW YORK- Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Narayana Kocherlakota and Federal Reserve Board Governor Jeremy Stein participates in panel to discuss report on interactions between monetary policy and financial stability before the University of Chicago Booth School of Business 2014 Monetary Policy Forum- 1515 GMT.

  • Deeply scarred economy awaits Italy's fresh-faced Renzi Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 | 12:50 PM ET

    *Italy's industrial production down a quarter from pre-crisis peak. The study of the competitiveness of Italy's economy by national statistics office ISTAT showed an economy deeply damaged by two recessions since the financial crisis of 2008..

  • Foreign investors in Turkey face squeeze Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014 | 8:29 AM ET

    LONDON/ VIENNA, Feb 25- Foreign investors in Turkey are beginning to feel the effects of a sagging currency, rising inflation and a growing political power struggle, adding to fears the country may not be the source of future growth that some companies had hoped. Like other developing economies, Turkey has been battered in recent months by U.S.

  • ROME, Feb 21- With Pier Carlo Padoan, an internationally respected economist with no experience in frontline politics, Italy is continuing the recent tradition of having technocrats run the economy ministry.

  • *Process gives road signs to Portugal, Greece. DUBLIN, Feb 19- Ireland is the first euro zone country to emerge from a bailout brought on by unsustainable debt, but the long slog of cutting back what it owes is only just starting for its 4.6 million austerity-hit people.

  • CORRECTED-DIARY - Top economic Events to Mar 04 Tuesday, 18 Feb 2014 | 2:03 PM ET

    BRUSSELS- Meeting of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council. CASCAIS, Portugal- ECB Executive Board member Peter Praet participates in a panel discussion on "Fixing finance" in Cascais- 1020 GMT. TOKYO- Bundesbank board member Andreas Dombret speaks in Tokyo on "The German economy and the euro zone"- 0300 GMT.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Mar 04 Monday, 17 Feb 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    BRUSSELS- Meeting of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council. CASCAIS, Portugal- ECB Executive Board member Peter Praet participates in a panel discussion on "Fixing finance" in Cascais- 1020 GMT. TOKYO- Bundesbank board member Andreas Dombret speaks in Tokyo on "The German economy and the euro zone"- 0300 GMT.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 12- The International Monetary Fund's board on Wednesday said Portugal was on track with the conditions of its bailout program, and gave the euro zone country about 910 million euros. Portugal has so far gotten about 25 billion euros of the 26.9 billion euros the Fund pledged over three years to help Lisbon deal with a debt crisis, the IMF said.

  • *Lisbon raises 3 bln euros in tap of 2024 bond. LONDON, Feb 11- Portuguese government debt yields edged up on Tuesday as investors made room for fresh paper from a chunky bond sale that took Lisbon closer to exiting its international bailout later this year.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Feb 25 Monday, 10 Feb 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    LONDON- Fathom Consulting Monetary Policy Forum with Bank of England Former Monetary Policy Members DeAnne Julius, John Gieve and Andrew Sentance- 0900 GMT. FRANKFURT- Eurogroup Working Group head Thomas Wieser gives speech on " Europe's financial architecture: delivering on stability" at Goethe University- 1130 GMT.

  • German Bund yields rise as ECB holds fire on rates Thursday, 6 Feb 2014 | 8:18 AM ET

    *Spain beats target at debt sale, yields fall. *Spain completes a fifth of 2014 funding target. LONDON, Feb 6- Benchmark German Bund yields rose on Thursday after the European Central Bank left interest rates unchanged, disappointing some in the market who had expected a cut.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Feb 17 Monday, 3 Feb 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    WINCHESTER, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond President Jeffrey Lacker speaks on "Economic Outlook, February 2014" economy before Shenandoah University students, faculty and staff and community leaders- 1330 GMT.

  • *Germany, Spain, Italy indexes have big cyclical exposure. *UK's FTSE laden with defensives, low beta energy stocks. LONDON, Jan 31- The global economy is on the mend, and for equity investors betting on a recovery through Europe's share indexes, Germany, Spain and Italy are good plays, while Britain is best avoided in spite of its rude economic health.

  • Ireland puts first bankers on trial since crisis Friday, 31 Jan 2014 | 8:31 AM ET

    *Bank rescue forced Ireland into bailout. DUBLIN, Jan 31- Ireland put three former bankers on trial on Friday in its first such case since the financial crisis that forced it to accept an 85 billion euro international bailout.

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