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  • CANBERRA, May 1- There is no risk of Australia being stripped of its coveted triple-A credit rating, Treasurer Joe Hockey said on Friday, slapping down speculation the country might be downgraded for the first time in 26 years. Australia's net debt is forecast to rise to A $245 billion by the end of the fiscal year in June, but at 15 percent of gross domestic product it...

  • Biotech bust may be sending message about stocks Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 5:03 PM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Traders are watching the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF for clues on whether a deeper stock market decline is on the horizon.

  • Why the dollar could reverse course fast Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 1:39 PM ET
    An employee counts euros and U.S. dollar notes in a currency exchange store in Lisbon, Portugal.

    Dollar bulls are not ready to throw in the towel and are betting diverging central bank policy will send the greenback higher.

  • I expect 2015 GDP below trend rate of 2.3%: Pro   Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 10:02 AM ET
    I expect 2015 GDP below trend rate of 2.3%: Pro

    Lindsey Piegza, Sterne Agee chief economist, weighs in on whether the Fed will accept some responsibility for what it calls nine years of growth below the historic norm of 3 percent; consumer spending; and a market outlook.

  • *Honda, NTT Docomo, Oriental Land hit by earning disappointment. TOKYO, April 30- Japanese shares suffered their biggest loss in four months on Thursday on weak U.S. growth figures and lacklustre earnings from Japanese companies including Honda Motor. Their selling should be considered in this context, "said Norihiro Fujito, senior investment strategist at...

  • Nikkei tumbles on weak U.S. GDP, earnings disappointment Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 10:36 PM ET

    *Honda, NTT Docomo, Oriental Land hit by earning disappointment. TOKYO, April 30- Japanese shares tumbled on Thursday as traders locked in profits from recent gains, discouraged by weak U.S. growth figures, a retreat in overseas shares and disappointing earnings from Honda Motor and a few other companies. Their selling should be considered in this context, "said...

  • Fed rate hike not 'on the immediate horizon': Pro   Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 10:31 PM ET
    Fed rate hike not 'on the immediate horizon': Pro

    Even if there are weather distortions, weak growth in the first quarter suggests that a rate hike needs to be later this year or early 2016, says John Buckingham, CIO of Al Frank Asset Management.

  • Forget soft GDP, it's time for Fed to move: Pro   Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 10:14 PM ET
    Forget soft GDP, it's time for Fed to move: Pro

    Robert Heller, former Federal Reserve governor, attributes the soft U.S. growth for the first quarter to "transitory" factors and says it's time for the Fed to get its monetary policy back to normal.

  • TOKYO, April 30- Asian stocks slipped and the euro stood tall against the dollar early on Thursday after U.S. data overnight showed the economy grew much more slowly than expected in the first quarter. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.5 percent. The euro was steady at $1.1118 after surging to a near two-month high of $1.1188 in...

  • Ex-Fed governor: Fed 'left every option open'   Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 7:31 PM ET
    Ex-Fed governor: Fed 'left every option open'

    Randy Kroszner, former Fed Governor and professor Of Economics at University of Chicago Booth School of Business, explains why the Fed described the weak U.S. first-quarter GDP as "transitory."

  • Meet the man who could be next ruler of oil markets Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 7:23 PM ET
    Khalid Al-Falih

    There's no one individual whose comments carry more weight in the global oil market than the Saudi oil minister.

  • Don't worry, US economy will get better: Pro   Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 7:13 PM ET
    Don't worry, US economy will get better: Pro

    Bob Doll, chief equity strategist of Nuveen Asset Management, explains why the disappointing first-quarter GDP print from the U.S. won't thwart the chances of a rate hike this year.

  • June rate hike? Barclays says 'very unlikely' now   Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 6:19 PM ET
    June rate hike? Barclays says 'very unlikely' now

    Larry Kantor, managing director and head of Research at Barclays, says it is tough for the Federal Reserve to hike interest rates after a quarter of "basically no growth" and amid low inflation.

  • Burbank: Tech is growing out of infancy phase Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 4:52 PM ET
    John Burbank, Passport Capital

    John Burbank, Passport Capital founder, said there will be deflationary outcomes in the tech industry over the next 10 years.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St ends down after Fed statement, GDP data Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 4:32 PM ET

    "We all know the Fed would love to start normalizing rates, but the simple fact is, the data does not warrant that action right now," said Wayne Kaufman, chief market analyst at Phoenix Financial Services in New York. Insurer Humana's shares fell 7.2 percent to $168.05, the second-biggest loser on the S&P 500, after results missed forecasts. Shares of rivals also fell,...

  • Gold falls after Fed statement release Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 4:07 PM ET

    Gold fell on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve released a statement in which it removed all calendar references to an rate increase.

  • FOREX-Dollar drops to nine-week low as U.S. GDP weighs Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 3:49 PM ET

    Q1 GDP growth much lower than expected. NEW YORK, April 29- The dollar sank to a nine-week low on Wednesday after data showed the U.S. economy grew much more slowly than expected in the first quarter, reinforcing expectations for a gradual pace of interest rate rises by the Federal Reserve. "The fact that policymakers continue to view the key drivers of the slower...

  • Commerce Department data showed U.S. gross domestic product expanded at an only 0.2 percent annual rate, marking the weakest reading in a year, leading to a lower open on Wall Street. The data hit European shares, which also suffered from weak corporate results from companies such as Delhaize and Norsk Hydro. "People are speculating that we are in a low patch after...

  • Fed confident inflation will move back to 2% objective

    Hampton Pearson delivers the Federal Reserve's latest policy statement.

  • WASHINGTON, April 29- U.S. economic growth nearly stalled in the first quarter as harsh weather dampened consumer spending and energy companies struggling with low prices slashed spending. Gross domestic product expanded at an only 0.2 percent annual rate, the Commerce Department said on Wednesday. A strong dollar and a now-resolved labor dispute at...