*Consumer price index rises 0.2 percent in March. WASHINGTON, April 15- U.S. consumer prices rose slightly more than expected in March, suggesting a disinflationary trend had run its course. The Labor Department said on Tuesday its Consumer Price Index increased 0.2 percent in March, as a rise in food and shelter costs offset a decline in gasoline prices.» Read More
*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.
*China's Oct factory output, CPI rise. Adding to that concern, China's annual inflation climbed to an eight-month high in October, fuelling market worries about policy tightening as factory output and investment data pointed to signs of stabilisation in the world's second-largest economy.
*China's Oct factory output, CPI rise. Adding to the positive sentiment, China's factory output and investment data pointed to signs of stabilisation in the economy, though annual inflation climbed to an eight-month high in October, fuelling market worries about policy tightening.
*New quarterly GDP, CPI forecasts due 0600 GMT. TOKYO, Oct 31- The Bank of Japan is expected to slightly revise up its economic growth forecast to around 1.5 percent for the next fiscal year at a policy review on Thursday on hopes a government's stimulus package will offset slowing exports to Asia.
CNBC's Rick Santelli has the latest numbers on consumer prices.
TOKYO, Oct 25- Evidence is building that Japan's aggressive drive to escape deflation is starting to work, with September data showing a key measure of prices did not fall for the first time in nearly five years.
TOKYO, Oct 25- Japan's core consumer prices rose in September from a year earlier for a fourth straight month and held near the fastest pace in nearly five years, government data showed on Friday, in a sign the economy is heading towards an exit from deflation.