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*Board meets Apr 7-8, decision seen Apr 8 0330-0500 GMT. TOKYO, April 3- The Bank of Japan is expected to stand pat on monetary policy and maintain an upbeat view of the economy next week, unfazed by corporate-sector concerns a sales tax hike may dent growth and delay a sustainable exit from deflation.
Investors will scour economic data from China and the United States to be released on Thursday and Friday to assess the fuel demand outlook at the world's two largest oil consumers. *May Brent crude edged down 19 cents to $104.60 a barrel after falling by nearly $1 on Wednesday to close at the lowest since early November.
"Given the economic outlook, and given also my view that we need accommodative policy relative to historical norms, we need to have relatively low levels of interest rates for quite some time," San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank President John Williams told Reuters.
*Athens sees full market return in 2016. *Athens could tap markets a second time this year. The Eurogroup of finance ministers met in Athens this week, attracting about 5,000 protesters who denounced the latest measures agreed with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund to try to make the economy more competitive.
MOSCOW, April 2- Russian lender VTB forecast lower loan growth across the country's banking sector this year due to a sluggish economy, and said the Ukraine crisis could affect its ability to pay dividends.
MOSCOW, April 2- Russia's central bank said on Wednesday economic growth would "most probably" fall below 1 percent in 2014 and it was also concerned about above-target inflation that constrains its ability to cut interest rates.
MOSCOW, April 2- Russia's central bank said on Wednesday economic growth would "most probably" fall below 1 percent in 2014 and that net capital outflows would be significantly higher than was previously expected.
April 1- A remarkable rise in U.S. bank lending may hold the key to the outlook for the U.S. economy, but it could be either very good or very bad news.
*India keeps policy repo rate at 8 percent. MUMBAI, April 1- With elections looming and an uncertain economic growth outlook, India's central bank left interest rates on hold on Tuesday, as expected, and indicated it will keep rates steady in the near term if inflation eases towards the bank's targeted level.
*China, Indonesia manufacturing PMIs hit multi-month lows. *Japan business outlook weaker as sales tax rises. BEIJING/ TOKYO, April 1- Asia's major economies finished the first quarter on a weak note with manufacturing surveys in China and Japan fuelling expectations that policymakers will be forced to act in coming months to prop up faltering growth.
*Big manufacturers' DI +17 vs f'cast +18- tankan. *Big non-manufacturers' DI +24, matches f'cast.
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*C/A surplus $5.07 bln in Feb vs $0.22 bln surplus in Jan. BANGKOK, March 31- Thailand's economy will likely post its first contraction in a year as consumption and investment fall, the central bank said on Monday, reflecting how prolonged political unrest is deepening the toll on Southeast Asia's second-largest economy.
TOKYO, March 31- Japan's factory output unexpectedly fell in February at the fastest pace in eight months, leaving the economy in a precarious position as an impending sales tax hike threatens to choke consumption and undermine the government's revival plan.
March 28- Moody's Investors Service on Friday placed Russia's government bond rating of' Baa1' on review for a downgrade as the conflict with Ukraine weighs on the country's economic outlook.
Ukraine is currently reeling from political unrest, shaky public finances and a confrontation with its powerful Russian neighbor, which annexed Crimea, part of Ukraine, earlier this month.
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*Gold marks 3 pct weekly decline. NEW YORK/ LONDON, March 28- Gold turned higher after touching six-week lows under $1,300 an ounce on Friday, but marked its second straight weekly decline as an improving U.S. economic outlook lifted the dollar and bolstered appetite for risk.
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