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  • Consumer confidence at highest level since January 2008. WASHINGTON, June 24- U.S. consumer confidence jumped to its highest level in nearly 6-1/ 2 years in June and sales of new homes surged in May, the latest signs that the economy has regained momentum.

  • GENEVA, June 24- Global foreign direct investment will rise 12.5 percent to $1.62 trillion this year as the economic recovery tempts China, private equity and big companies to spend their warchests, a U.N. survey said on Tuesday.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to July 7 Monday, 23 Jun 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    NEW YORK- Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia President Charles Plosser speaks on the economic outlook and monetary policy before the Economic Club of New York- 1205 GMT.

  • *Sterling firm on more signs of UK economic strength. LONDON, June 20- The dollar inched up on Friday, helped by gains against the safe-haven yen, but it was still headed for its worst week since early May against a basket of currencies after the Federal Reserve's surprisingly dovish policy outlook.

  • *Sterling firmer on more signs of UK economic strength. LONDON, June 20- The dollar was under pressure on Friday, heading for its biggest weekly loss in over two months against a basket of currencies following the Federal Reserve's surprisingly dovish policy outlook.

  • Top EU official warns of markets 'backlash' Thursday, 19 Jun 2014 | 11:29 AM ET

    LUXEMBOURG, June 19- Investor enthusiasm for euro zone debt could be abruptly reversed and governments should not bank on borrowing costs remaining super-low, one of the bloc's senior economic officials warned on Thursday.

  • STAVROPOL, Russia, June 19- Russia's gross domestic product growth forecast of 0.5 percent for 2014 may be revised upwards in September due to the slowing pace of a decline in investment, Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said on Thursday.

  • SINGAPORE, June 19- Gold held on to modest overnight gains on Thursday after the Federal Reserve cut its outlook for U.S. economic growth, while platinum group metals rose as new hurdles emerged in settling South Africa's mining strike.

  • FOREX-Dollar slips as Fed cuts U.S. growth forecast Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 | 3:42 PM ET

    NEW YORK, June 18- The dollar retreated against the euro and the yen on Wednesday as the Federal Reserve struck a dovish tone in its post-meeting statement, slashing its forecast for economic growth and suggesting long-term rates could be lower than previously indicated. said Mark McCormick, currency strategist at Credit Agricole in New York. "

  • WASHINGTON, June 18- The Federal Reserve on Wednesday slashed its forecast for U.S. economic growth this year but expressed confidence the recovery was largely on track and would allow it to begin raising interest rates in 2015..

  • BANGKOK, June 18- Thailand's central bank cut this year's growth forecast nearly by half to 1.5 percent but sees a much brighter 2015 as the new military government tries to reinvigorate the economy after prolonged political turmoil.

  • *Sterling trades just below $1.70 before BoE minutes. LONDON, June 18- The dollar held firm on Wednesday after a surprisingly high reading for U.S. inflation raised expectations that Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen could strike a more hawkish tone on the monetary policy outlook.

  • BANGKOK, June 18- Thailand's central bank left its key interest rate unchanged on Wednesday, as expected, and cut its economic growth forecast for 2014 nearly by half to 1.5 percent.

  • European shares inch up early; all eyes on Fed Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 | 3:08 AM ET

    PARIS, June 18- European shares edged up in early trading on Wednesday, with gains capped as investors waited on the sidelines for the U.S. The Fed is widely expected to cut another $10 billion from its monthly bond purchases, while investors will be watching for any comments on when the Fed would begin to raise interest rates and its outlook for the economy.

  • SYDNEY, June 18- The dollar held firm with higher Treasury yields on Wednesday after a surprisingly high reading for U.S. inflation threatened to give a hawkish tilt to the Federal Reserve's policy outlook later in the session.

  • SINGAPORE, June 18- Asia's top companies reported a bullish outlook in the second quarter of 2014 compared to the first three months despite worries over the global economy and rising costs, the latest ThomsonReuters/INSEAD Asia Business Sentiment Survey showed.

  • SYDNEY, June 18- The dollar held firm with higher Treasury yields on Wednesday after a surprisingly high reading for U.S. inflation threatened to give a hawkish tilt to the Federal Reserve's policy outlook later in the session.

  • NEW DELHI, June 18- Asia's top companies reported a bullish outlook in the second quarter of 2014 compared to the first three months despite worries over the global economy and rising costs, the latest ThomsonReuters/INSEAD Asia Business Sentiment Survey showed.

  • TOKYO, June 18- Japan's exports suffered their first annual decline in 15 months in May as external demand remained soft despite a recovery in advanced economies, suggesting a bumpy ride for the world's third-largest economy.

  • TOKYO, June 18- Japan's exports suffered their first annual decline in 15 months in May as external demand remained soft despite a recovery in advance economies, suggesting a bumpy ride for the world's third-largest economy.