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TOKYO, April 17- The Bank of Japan maintained its upbeat view on most of the country's regional economies, adding to reassurances from its governor that the world's third-largest economy can ride out the pain from a sales tax hike without additional stimulus.
US stock indexes rise in pre-market trading on positive earnings from Pepsi, others Americans seeking weekly unemployment benefits rose to 304,000; still at pre-recession levels GE earnings lower because of NBC sale last year, outlook for economy positive PepsiCo quarterly profit beats expectations on stronger snack sales, cost cuts Goldman Sachs says first-quarter earnings fall 11 percent as fixed income trading slumps Mattel reports 1st quarter loss on weak sales of Barbie, weakness internationally Chipotle sales surge as more customers take a taste, but higher costs limit profit gains Target expands subscription service as it fends off Amazon.com in fight for online shoppers EU warns Russia of using gas supplies to Ukraine for political ends, urges stable supplies UnitedHealth's 1st- quarter profit tumbles 8 percent, insurer cites overhaul costs
*Rates on hold at 1 percent since September 2010.
*Data due at 10 a.m. local time/ 0200 GMT. BEIJING, April 16- China is expected to report its slowest growth in five years on Wednesday, a Reuters poll shows, with signs of waning strength in the first quarter of 2014 already prompting government action to steady the world's second-largest economy.
CNBC's Steve Liesman reports on current GDP standing forecasts, and what economic data investors should listen for this week.
*Analyst sentiment drops on Ukraine worries. BERLIN, April 15- German economic growth will accelerate this year to 1.8 percent and pick up again next year, the economy ministry said on Tuesday, although a closely watched survey showed Ukraine is weighing on the outlook for Europe's largest economy.
*Some wariness about tensions in Ukraine. LONDON, April 15- The dollar climbed against a basket of major currencies on Tuesday, staying on firm footing after U.S. retail sales data the previous day signalled a brighter outlook for the U.S. economy.
*Retail sales jump 1.1 percent in March. WASHINGTON, April 14- U.S. retail sales recorded their largest gain in 1-1/ 2 years in March, in the latest sign the economy was emerging from its weather-induced slumber and on track to accelerate in the second quarter.
WTO SAYS MAIN VARIABLE IN WORLD TRADE FORECASTS IS SPEED OF EU ECONOMIC RECOVERY.
WASHINGTON— The world's top financial officials say they believe the global economy is strengthening but that growth remains fragile and open to risks of new geopolitical strife, as in Ukraine. Rich countries have been helping power the recovery led by the United States and Britain, and the eurozone and Japan are doing better.
*Poloz says watching deflation risk but encouraged by improving outlook. WASHINGTON, April 11- Policymakers are closely watching the risk of deflation in several advanced economies but they are encouraged by signs of a continuing improvements in the economic outlook, Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz said on Friday.
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*OPEC cautious on economy, sees lower demand for its oil. SINGAPORE, April 11- Brent futures eased towards $107 a barrel on Friday as the global supply outlook improved with more Libyan supplies expected to reach the market, although growing tension between the West and Russia over Ukraine put a floor under prices.
Carl Icahn of Icahn Enterprises provides perspective on the "loved market" right now, and why investors should remain cautious. "A lot of the earnings are sort of artificial," he says.
WASHINGTON, April 10- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell sharply last week to the lowest level in almost seven years, which could bolster views of an acceleration in job growth after a cold winter dampened hiring.
BERLIN— The introduction of Germany's first-ever national minimum wage will only have a modest negative impact on growth, according to a group of four leading economic think tanks in the country. Next year will see the introduction of Germany's first mandatory national minimum wage, set at 8.50 euros per hour.
TOKYO, April 10- Japan's economy took another knock as a gauge of business investment weakened, but the Bank of Japan remained unperturbed and is expected to release optimistic inflation projections as a swing voter on its board turned more confident about the growth outlook.
*Alcoa's results boost sentiment, shares rise 3.5 percent. U.S. stocks rose for a second session, buoyed after Alcoa late Tuesday reported quarterly results that topped analysts' expectations, even though the company's adjusted profit fell due to declining aluminum prices.
BERLIN, April 9- German exports fell more than expected in February while imports rose, narrowing the trade surplus in Europe's largest economy, data showed on Wednesday. Figures from the Federal Statistics Office showed seasonally-adjusted exports down 1.3 percent on the month and imports up 0.4 percent.