*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.» Read More
"As a result, the new more comprehensive PPI will resemble the Consumer Price Index, but at the same time it will be its own alternative measure of economy-wide inflation," said Dana Peterson, an economist at Citigroup in New York. The Labor Department will release the January producer inflation report at 08:30 a.m..
*Jan CPI of 4.2 pct highest since November 2011. MANILA, Feb 5- The sustained uptrend in the Philippines' inflation over the past five months reduces the room the central bank has to hold interest rates steady, the governor said on the eve of a policy meeting following the release of January consumer price data.
TOKYO, Jan 31- Japan's core consumer prices rose 1.3 percent in December from a year earlier, the fastest pace in more than five years, adding to evidence the economy is making steady progress towards ending 15 years of grinding deflation.
NEW DELHI, Jan 28- Global investors may well be putting their faith in postmen like Phanin Deka when they decide to buy or sell Indian assets in the future. He is one of about a thousand post workers collecting data that determines the level of India's consumer price index, which is likely to become the central bank's most important tool for setting monetary policy.
He is one of about a thousand post workers collecting data that determines the level of India's consumer price index, which is likely to become the central bank's most important tool for setting monetary policy.
US Treasurys gained after inflation data came in as expected and amid strength in German government debt and overnight demand for safe-haven US debt.
*Fed to buy $1 bln- $1.5 bln in bonds due 2036-2043. *Bernanke to speak in Washington. "CPI come in at consensus the market is being dragged up because of the strength in bunds," said Thomas di Galoma, co-head of fixed-income rates at ED&F Man Capital in New York.
U.S. stock index futures signaled a weaker open on Wall Street on Thursday, ahead of another wave of key fourth-quarter earnings.
*Nov core CPI up 1.2 pct yr/yr vs forecast 1.1 pct rise. TOKYO, Dec 27- Japan passed the halfway mark towards its inflation goal last month as prices rose the most in five years, while regular wages halted 17 months of declines, underlining progress under Abenomics on two key fronts to revitalise the economy.
TOKYO, Dec 27- Japan's core consumer prices rose 1.2 percent in November from a year earlier, accelerating to a fresh five year high, government data showed on Friday, marking a steady progress towards beating 15 years of deflation.
BRASILIA, Dec 20- Brazil's central bank expects inflation to slow only slightly in the next two years despite steep interest rate hikes, leaving the door open for additional increases before putting an end to the aggressive tightening cycle next year.
*Fed tapering may keep yen weak, support Japan CPI-analysts. TOKYO, Dec 19- The Federal Reserve's smooth start in dialing down its massive stimulus without disrupting markets removes one uncertainty for the Bank of Japan, giving it more time to decide whether further monetary expansion will be needed next year, analysts say.
WASHINGTON, Dec 17- U.S. consumer prices were flat in November, but the lack of inflation pressures in the economy will probably not stop the Federal Reserve from scaling back its bond-buying program soon. The Labor Department said on Tuesday its Consumer Price Index was restrained last month by declines in gasoline and natural gas prices.
CNBC's Rick Santelli reports there were no significant revisions in the latest indicator on inflation. CNBC's Steve Liesman and James Grant, Grant's Interest Rate Observer, weigh in on the data.
*Comcast mulls scenarios for possible Time Warner deal. NEW YORK, Dec 17- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Tuesday ahead of consumer price data and as the Federal Reserve prepared to begin its last policy-setting meeting of the year. *The U.S. Labor Department releases its November Consumer Price Index at 8:30 a.m. EST.
*CPI data due on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 1200 GMT. BANGALORE, Dec 11- Indian inflation is forecast to remain close to 9- month highs in November, a Reuters poll showed, putting further pressure on the central bank to follow up on its back-to-back interest rate hikes despite slowing economic growth.
Economists trimmed forecasts for U.S. economic growth in the final quarter of the year and the first three months of 2014 but predicted job growth.
*J.C. Penney shares jump after results. J.C. Penney shot up 7 percent to $9.32. The results indicated that a turnaround of J.C. Penney is starting to "take hold," Chief Executive Myron Ullman told analysts on a call.
CNBC's Rick Santelli reports on October's CPI and retail sales data. "We are not in crisis mode anymore," he says.
*J.C. Penney shares jump after results. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, in a speech late Tuesday that echoed dovish comments by his nominated successor, Janet Yellen, said the U.S. central bank will maintain its ultra-easy monetary policy for as long as needed. The U.S. Labor Department releases its Consumer Price Index for October at 8:30 a.m. EST.