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  • WASHINGTON, April 16- The head of the International Monetary Fund on Thursday signaled she would not grant a payment delay to Greece, as it had never been done for an advanced economy and the Fund should protect its safe reputation. Greece is fast running out of cash and its euro zone and IMF lenders have frozen bailout aid until the new leftist-led government in...

  • *China's March exports fell 15 pct, Q1 GDP growth slowing. GUANGZHOU, China, April 16- More than half of China's exporters expect a trade slowdown to last at least six months as production costs climb and European demand weakens, according to a Reuters survey at the country's biggest trade fair. The fair is taking place just after economic data showed China's...

  • FRANKFURT, April 15- The European Central Bank has no plans to curb or curtail its money-printing program although it expects euro zone economic recovery to broaden and strengthen. Last month the ECB embarked on an asset-buying program with 60 billion euros a month of news money, which it has said will last until at least September 2016. "Purchases are intended to...

  • *Wrangling with Athens casts cloud over brightening euro zone. FRANKFURT, April 15- The European Central Bank left interest rates unchanged on Wednesday, holding them at record lows as its money-printing scheme shows early signs of perking up the region's economy. In a news conference at 1230 GMT, the focus will widen as journalists probe Draghi on ECB support...

  • LONDON, April 15- European shares hit a 14- year high on Wednesday before a meeting at which the European Central Bank is expected to affirm its loose policy stance, as weak data from China raised prospects of monetary easing there too. A banking source told Reuters on Tuesday the ECB raised the cap on emergency liquidity assistance that Greek banks can draw from...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to April 23 Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    STOCKHOLM- Sweden's Riksbank Deputy Governor Cecilia Skingsley will participate in a seminar on pay formation that promotes the competitiveness of the manufacturing industry- 1135 GMT. WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve issues the Beige Book of economic condition- 1800 GMT. WASHINGTON- Levy Economics Institute of Bard College holds 24th Annual Hyman P. Minsky...

  • FOREX-Yen broadly higher in Asia, sterling off lows Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | 7:46 PM ET

    *Antipodeans still struggling after disappointing China data. SYDNEY, April 14- The yen hovered just below a two-year peak against the euro early on Tuesday and was broadly firmer versus other major currencies as investors shed bearish positions overnight. Analysts said the move was triggered by comments from Koichi Hamada, an economic adviser to Japan's...

  • *China trade data shock hits Australian dollar. *Asia shares shrug off surprise fall in China exports. LONDON, April 13- A shock fall in Chinese exports hammered the Australian and New Zealand dollars on Monday, and hit European mining companies exposed to the world's second-largest economy.

  • *Australian dollar hit by shock fall in China exports. SINGAPORE/ TOKYO, April 13- The Australian dollar tumbled on Monday after a shock contraction in China's exports added to worries about slowing growth in the world's second-largest economy, while sterling extended its losses to fresh five-year lows. The poor China trade numbers knocked the Australian...

  • LONDON, April 10- Yields on top-rated euro zone bonds fell towards record lows on Friday on central bank buying and after data suggested there was enough downward pressure on U.S. inflation to keep the Federal Reserve from raising rates in June. "We've had buying activity this week from the central banks and that has driven bond prices up," said Christop Kutt, head of...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to April 21 Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    SARASOTA, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond President Jeffrey Lacker speaks on the economic outlook before an event co-sponsored by the Global Interdependence Center and the Financial Planning Association of the Suncoast- 1245 GMT. BLOOMINGTON, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Narayana Kocherlakota speaks...

  • *Creditors want Greece to make economic reforms before funds. BRUSSELS/ ATHENS, April 9- Greece made a crucial payment to the International Monetary Fund and won extra emergency lending for its banks on Thursday but it remained unclear whether Athens can satisfy sceptical creditors on economic reforms before it runs out of money. Euro zone partners gave Greece...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to April 20 Monday, 6 Apr 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    BISMARCH, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Narayana Kocherlakota speaks before a breakfast meeting of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce- 1250 GMT. TOKYO- Bank of Japan monetary policy meeting. WASHINGTON- Federal Open Market Committee to publish the minutes of March policy meeting- 1800 GMT.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to April 19 Thursday, 2 Apr 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Narayana Kocherlakota gives welcome remarks before the Federal Reserve "Economic Mobility: Research& Ideas on Strengthening Families, Communities& the Economy" conference- 1230 GMT. WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard speaks at luncheon before the Federal Reserve "...

  • *Athens prefers joint venture for biggest port. Last week Athens presented a list of reforms to its official creditors in a bid to show it is committed to living up to pledges of financial discipline and is worthy of aid as it scrambles to meet loan payments amid a cash crunch. The list of proposed reforms Athens has presented to the Brussels Group includes...

  • *Shanghai, Hong Kong stocks lead on stimulus hopes. LONDON, March 30- Shares rose on Monday with Asian stocks buoyed by hopes for stimulus to boost China's economy, but the euro slipped on renewed concern about Greece's finances. Earlier, Chinese stocks surged to seven-year highs, helped by Beijing's unveiling of an ambitious plan to build a modern Silk Road to...

  • MSCI's emerging equity index rose 0.8 percent, lifted by China stocks jumping almost 3 percent on hopes that more infrastructure spending and policy stimulus will re-energise a cooling economy and boost profits. "China' stocks surged to yet another year-to-date high on the back of market expectations that the PBoC might provide even more monetary policy...

  • *Shanghai, Hong Kong stocks lead on stimulus hopes. Chinese stocks surged to seven-year highs, helped by Beijing's unveiling of an ambitious plan to build a modern Silk Road to Europe and Africa and signs from People's Bank of China Governor Zhou Xiaochuan that added to expectations of more monetary policy easing. "China's economy is under relatively big...

  • ATHENS, March 30- Greece has not given up on its aim to renegotiate its debt to render it manageable, the country's deputy finance minister said on Monday as talks between Athens and its lenders on reforms to unlock aid continue. He reiterated a plan to link the repayment of Greece's 318 billion euros of debt with economic growth or exports, along the lines of a deal...

  • March non-farm payrolls seen up 244,000. BRUSSELS, March 29- The state of the U.S. labor market in March will consume economists and investors in the week leading up to Easter, adding to the seesaw debate over when the Federal Reserve will spring its first interest rate hike. Fed Chair Janet Yellen made it clear on Friday that the U.S. central bank is likely to start...