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  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to May 18 Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde participate in " Finance and Society" conversation before the Institute for New Economic Thinking Conference on Finance and Society hosted by the IMF- 1315 GMT. WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City President Esther George...

  • European shares drop as Athens bourse slides Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | 12:57 PM ET

    Athens' benchmark ATG equity index fell 3.9 percent on worries over a deadlock in Greece's attempts to strike a deal with its international creditors. Greece stepped up diplomatic efforts with its euro zone partners on Tuesday to avoid running out of money this month, when it must make a big debt repayment to the International Monetary Fund as cash reserves dry...

  • European shares fall as Greek stocks slide Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | 9:38 AM ET

    LONDON, May 5- European shares fell on Tuesday as renewed worries over Greece weighed on the region's stock markets. Greece stepped up diplomatic efforts with its euro zone partners on Tuesday to avoid running out of money this month, when it must make a big debt repayment to the International Monetary Fund as cash reserves dry up. Talks continued with the IMF,...

  • LONDON, May 5- European markets were firmer on Tuesday after an extended weekend break, bucking fears of slowing demand from China and despite debt stand-off fears depressing Greek stocks. The European Commission sent positive signals on the economy, saying euro zone economic growth would be stronger than previously expected this year thanks to cheaper oil, a...

  • *Athens' ATG index down 3 pct as debt worries weigh. Traders cited concerns that the International Monetary Fund may cut a funding lifeline to Greece unless its European partners accept more debt writedowns as weighing on the Greek market, with Greek bond yields also rising. Nevertheless, many traders still said new economic stimulus measures from the European...

  • LONDON, May 5- Greek bond yields rose on Tuesday on reports that the International Monetary Fund may cut a funding lifeline to Greece unless its European partners accept more debt writedowns. The warning, reported in the Financial Times to have been made by the IMF's European head, Poul Thomsen, to euro zone finance ministers at their meeting in Riga last month,...

  • LONDON, May 3- Always top of the data pile, this week will be no exception for the U.S. jobs report with a first interest rate rise likely this year despite a dramatic slowdown in the first quarter. "They will need better data to justify a rate hike, and that need is pushing the timing of a policy change ever-deeper into 2015," said Tim Duy, a professor at the University of...

  • LONDON, April 30- Gold steadied on Thursday, as the dollar dropped after the Federal Reserve confirmed a recent slowdown in the U.S. economy could hold off any interest rate hike for the time being. Gold, however, failed to entirely capitalise on the weaker dollar, which fell 0.4 percent versus a basket of leading currencies, on prospects the U.S. economy will...

  • SINGAPORE, April 30- Gold retained losses from overnight on Thursday, as the Federal Reserve characterised the recent slowdown in the U.S. economy as only transitory, not ruling out an interest rate hike this year. *Spot gold was trading flat at $1,204.51 an ounce by 0047 GMT, after losing 0.6 percent on Wednesday. *Gold had hit a three-week high this week in the run up...

  • *Greece will not survive without a 3rd bailout. BRUSSELS, April 29- Greece has only days left to reach a cash-for-reforms deal with creditors because it needs to start negotiating a third bailout that would save it from bankruptcy after the current programme ends in June, euro zone officials said on Wednesday. The 240 billion euro bailout from euro zone...

  • *Longer-term outlook for Spain's economy unclear. MADRID, April 28- At Diego Manrique's second-hand car dealership on the outskirts of Madrid, business is picking up. This recovery in consumer confidence is underpinning official forecasts for a rise in Spain's growth to 2.9 percent this year from last September's 2 percent.

  • *Euro pressured as Greece, creditors negotiate debt deal. TOKYO, April 27- The dollar started the week on the defensive on Monday after more disappointing U.S. economic data reinforced expectations the U.S. Federal Reserve will not hike interest rates any time soon, while concerns about Greece's ongoing debt talks pressured the euro.

  • *Eurogroup urges Greece to speed up reform deal for cash. RIGA, April 24- Euro zone finance ministers delivered a stark warning to Greece on Friday that its leftist government will get no more aid until it agrees a complete economic reform plan, as Athens lurches closer to bankruptcy. He also said a remaining 7.2 billion euros in frozen bailout funds would no longer...

  • BRUSSELS/ BERLIN, April 23- German Chancellor Angela Merkel was expected to press Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Thursday to move faster to agree detailed economic reforms crucial to unlock international bailout funds before Athens runs out of cash. The conservative German leader was due to meet the leftist Greek premier just before an emergency...

  • LONDON, April 22- Greek debt markets are close to fully pricing in another default and fears that Athens might leave the euro zone have reached new heights, but there is no obvious sign that investors expect a spillover to the rest of the region. The head of Eurogroup finance ministers, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the International Monetary Fund's European head, Poul...

  • But Reuters polls of more than 250 economists across Europe and North America show only modest upgrades to growth forecasts and a reluctance to relinquish a depressed inflation view, despite the rush of rate cuts and central bank cash that most respondents believe is far from over. Germany's DAX index has rallied more than 20 percent since the start of the year...

  • Euro slips against dollar on Greece default worries. NEW YORK, April 20- Equity markets snapped back on Monday after China took steps to stimulate its economy, while the euro weakened amid worries about Greece and oil rose on Middle East tension. The dollar rose as the euro slid against the greenback amid gathering concerns Greece could default on its debt or...

  • *China move boost Aussie, euro down on Greece worries. LONDON, April 20- Global stock markets had a mixed start to the week on Monday and core bond yields fell as investors juggled Chinese steps to stimulate its slowing economy and a proposed telecoms deal in Europe with growing worries Greece may default. This, in turn, contributed to an early rise in European shares,...

  • LONDON, April 20- German 10- year borrowing costs resumed a descent towards zero on Monday, with worries about Greece falling out of the euro zone increasing demand for top-rated assets even as the ECB's bond-buying programme quashes yields. Athens has been stuck in negotiations with its euro zone partners and the International Monetary Fund over economic...

  • *Aussie& kiwi outperform after latest stimulus by China. SINGAPORE/ SYDNEY, April 20- The Australian dollar rose on Monday after China boosted banks' lending power to support an economy that is Australia's largest export market, while the euro was weighed down by concerns over Greece's struggle to agree terms with creditors. China is the biggest export market for...