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  • TOKYO, Sept 19- Japan's government cut its overall economic assessment for the first time in five months as private consumption is struggling to recover from the slump caused by April's sales tax hike, clouding the outlook for a sustained recovery.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 18- The dollar rose to a more than six-year peak against the yen on Thursday, after data showed U.S. jobless claims fell more than expected last week, reinforcing the market's view that U.S. interest rates will rise sooner rather than later.

  • IMF warns of risks from "excessive" financial market bets Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Sept 17- The global economy faces a growing risk from big financial market bets that could quickly unravel if investors get spooked by geopolitical tensions or a shift in U.S. interest rate policy, the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday.

  • Optimism in home builder sentiment     Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 1:11 PM ET

    Home builder sentiment jumped 4 points and is the highest since 2005, reports CNBC's Diana Olick.

  • Catalyst for market rally     Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 1:02 PM ET

    Anticipating the Fed's move on interest rates, with Tom Digenan, UBS U.S. Intrinsic Value Equity, and Wasif Latif, USAA Investments.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 17- The largest-ever outbreak of Ebola could drain billions of dollars from economies in West Africa by the end of next year if the epidemic is not contained, the World Bank said in an analysis on Wednesday.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 10:26 a.m. EDT Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 10:26 AM ET

    US stocks move higher in morning trading ahead of Fed statement on rates; DuPont, FedEx surge Confidence among US homebuilders surges to nearly 9- year high on stronger sales outlook Stocks open slightly higher ahead of Fed announcement on the economy and interest rates US consumer prices fall 0.2 percent in August, first drop in 16 months, as energy costs dip Financial markets watching for 2 words as clues to Fed's intentions on rates FedEx 1 Q profit, sales top expectations; company will hire 50,000 seasonal workers US current account trade deficit narrows to $98.5 billion in second quarter, down 3.5 percent Alibaba post-IPO' partnership' structure helps founder, insiders retain control Sony forecasts loss of $2.1 billion, cancels dividend after cutting value of mobile business Family Dollar board recommends shareholders reject Dollar General's tender offer

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 10:15 a.m. EDT Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 10:15 AM ET

    Confidence among US homebuilders surges to nearly 9- year high on stronger sales outlook Stocks open slightly higher ahead of Fed announcement on the economy and interest rates US consumer prices fall 0.2 percent in August, first drop in 16 months, as energy costs dip Financial markets watching for 2 words as clues to Fed's intentions on rates FedEx 1 Q profit, sales top expectations; company will hire 50,000 seasonal workers US current account trade deficit narrows to $98.5 billion in second quarter, down 3.5 percent Alibaba post-IPO' partnership' structure helps founder, insiders retain control Sony forecasts loss of $2.1 billion, cancels dividend after cutting value of mobile business Family Dollar board recommends shareholders reject Dollar General's tender offer Trian wans DuPont to separate its business into 2 cos. to help increase shareholder value

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 10 a.m. EDT Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 10:01 AM ET

    Confidence among US homebuilders surges to nearly 9- year high on stronger sales outlook Stocks open slightly higher ahead of Fed announcement on the economy and interest rates US consumer prices fall 0.2 percent in August, first drop in 16 months, as energy costs dip Financial markets watching for 2 words as clues to Fed's intentions on rates FedEx 1 Q profit, sales top expectations; company will hire 50,000 seasonal workers US current account trade deficit narrows to $98.5 billion in second quarter, down 3.5 percent Alibaba post-IPO' partnership' structure helps founder, insiders retain control Sony forecasts loss of $2.1 billion, cancels dividend after cutting value of mobile business Family Dollar board recommends shareholders reject Dollar General's tender offer Trian wans DuPont to separate its business into 2 cos. to help increase shareholder value

  • BRUSSELS, Sept 17- An increase in rents and car-repair prices lifted euro zone inflation in August slightly higher than a first estimate, a small piece of good news for the European Central Bank but not one that radically changes the economic outlook.

  • Ukraine central bank sees economy growing 1 pct in 2015 Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 5:19 AM ET

    KIEV, Sept 17- Ukraine's economy should pick up next year and grow 1.0 percent, the central bank said on Wednesday, after a sharp contraction this year due mainly to the impact of the crisis in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine has already received two disbursements under a $17 billion International Monetary Fund bailout this year.

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 17- Asia's top companies reported a much more downbeat outlook in the third quarter of 2014 with worries over the global economy and rising costs cited as the biggest risks, the latest ThomsonReuters/INSEAD Asia Business Sentiment Survey showed.

  • Sept 17- Business sentiment among Asia's top companies fell sharply in the third quarter as last quarter's positive signs from China and Singapore slipped on an uncertain global economic outlook and rising costs, outweighing continued optimism in India, a ThomsonReuters/INSEAD survey showed.

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 17- Business sentiment among Asia's top companies fell sharply in the third quarter, weighed down by worries about China's slowing economy, a possible end to the U.S. Federal Reserve's stimulus policy and a decline in the outlook for regional economic hubs like Singapore, a ThomsonReuters/INSEAD survey showed.

  • DRUMMONDVILLE, Quebec, Sept 16- Recent Canadian economic data has been encouraging, particularly on exports, Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz said on Tuesday, but he pointed to a substantial amount of slack in the job market.

  • LONDON, Sept 16- German 10- year yields fell back below 1 percent on Tuesday as data showed investor morale hit its lowest in nearly two years in September, suggesting tensions between Russia and the West had hit Europe's largest economy.

  • UPDATE 1-Brent holds below $98, capped by weak demand Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 2:13 AM ET

    SINGAPORE, Sept 16- Brent crude was little changed at just below $98 a barrel on Tuesday, holding gains after recovering from its lowest price in more than two years but capped by a soft global economic outlook.

  • Brent steady below $98, capped by weak demand Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 11:17 PM ET

    SINGAPORE, Sept 16- Brent crude was little changed just below $98 a barrel on Tuesday, holding gains after recovering from its lowest price in more than two years but capped by a soft global economic outlook.

  • PARIS, Sept 15- The OECD slashed its growth forecasts for major developed economies on Monday, urging much more aggressive ECB stimulus to ward off the risk of deflation in a subdued euro zone.

  • Eurozone economic growth forecast cut Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 6:37 AM ET

    The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a think tank dealing with the world's developed countries, cut its forecasts for the eurozone this year to 0.8 percent from 1.2 percent in its May assessment. Italy, one of the more troubled economies in Europe, was downgraded from 0.5 percent to minus 0.4 percent.