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ATHENS, Feb 14- Greece's economy shrank by a smaller-than-expected 3.7 percent last year, marking the first time it has outperformed expectations since a debt crisis took hold and boosting hopes for a recovery this year.
*Shanghai warehouse copper stocks up 20.4 pct. LONDON, Feb 14- Copper rose on Friday, helped by a weak dollar and limited short-term availability of the metal in the physical market, but gains were contained by uncertainty about the outlook for demand following soft economic data from the U.S. and China.
BERLIN/ PARIS, Feb 14- Economic growth in Germany and France, the euro zone's two largest economies, marginally exceeded expectations in the fourth quarter and offered hope of a more robust 2014.. That meant France grew 0.3 percent over the course of last year, more than the government's estimate of 0.1 percent.
NEW DELHI, Feb 14- India's finance minister will be walking a tightrope when he presents an interim budget for the coming fiscal year on Monday, doling out more funds to woo voters and tax cuts to support industry while projecting a lower fiscal deficit before elections.
*Jan trade deficit f'cast record 2.5 trillion yen. TOKYO, Feb 14- Japan is expected to post a record trade deficit in January as a weak yen pushes up the cost of imports and as export demand slows in a cautionary note about the economic outlook, a Reuters poll showed.
*Yahoo Japan jumps on inclusion in Goldman's conviction buy list. TOKYO, Feb 14- Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Friday morning, tracking gains on Wall Street as investors shrugged off weak U.S. data and stayed optimistic over the long-term economic outlook.
LONDON, Feb 13- The Bank of England's new guidance plan has shifted the focus of monetary policy away from one indicator which was hard to predict to another which is almost impossible to gauge.
*Treasury to sell $16 billion in U.S. 30- year bonds. "Essentially, it's a story of renewed concern that the recovery in the U.S. may be headed for a speed bump which may be more than weather-related," said Millan Mulraine, deputy head of research and strategy at TD Securities in New York.
LONDON, Feb 13- Ukraine's hryvnia fell towards last week's 4- year low versus the dollar and its sovereign bonds tumbled on Thursday as concerns intensified about the economic outlook, while higher U.S.
*Japan Q4 GDP f'cast +0.7 pct vs +0.3 pct in Q3. TOKYO, Feb 12- Japan's economic growth is expected to have quickened at the end of last year as consumers ramped up spending ahead of a planned sales tax hike, but analysts say that Tokyo may have to inject fresh stimulus to brighten the outlook.
SYDNEY, Feb 13- The euro nursed losses early on Thursday, having suffered a setback on dovish comments from a top European Central Bank official, while a surprisingly upbeat economic outlook from the Bank of England gave sterling a shot in the arm. The euro slipped to $1.3595 and 139.35 yen, pulling further away from highs of $1.3684 and 140.31.
*Cites improving economies in Europe, United States. *OPEC pumps more crude in January on partial Libya recovery. LONDON, Feb 12- World oil demand will rise slightly more than expected in 2014, OPEC said on Wednesday, becoming the second major forecaster this week to predict higher fuel use as economic growth picks up in Europe and the United States.
*Gold eases from 3- month highs. LONDON, Feb 12- Gold edged lower on Wednesday as equity markets rallied after the new Federal Reserve chief painted an optimistic economic outlook that whetted investor risk appetite.
*China import growth hits 6- month high, beats forecasts. SYDNEY, Feb 12- London copper climbed on Wednesday as the appetite for risk picked up following comments by new Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on the world's top economy, while stronger-than-expected Chinese trade data was also being digested.
BEIJING, Feb 12- China's trade performance zoomed past forecasts in January as import growth hit a six-month high, confounding market expectations that the world's second-largest economy is mired in a deepening slowdown.
TOKYO/ SYDNEY, Feb 12- Asian shares rallied for a fourth straight session on Wednesday, as upbeat trade data from China and an optimistic economic outlook from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen whetted investors' appetite for risk.
*China trade data a hurdle, downside risk given base effect. SYDNEY, Feb 12- Asian shares rallied for a fourth straight session on Wednesday as risk appetites were whetted by an optimistic economic outlook from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, which diminished the need for safe havens such as the yen and bonds.
NEW YORK, Feb 11- The dollar rose and global equity markets rallied on Tuesday after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said she expects the U.S. central bank to continue trimming its bond purchases, a sign the Fed believes the economy is on track to grow further.
NEW YORK, Feb 11- The dollar and global equity markets rallied on Tuesday after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said she expects the U.S. central bank to continue trimming its bond purchases, a sign the Fed believes the economy is on track for further growth.
*Gold rises to three-month high, U.S. government debt sells off. NEW YORK, Feb 11- The dollar and global equity markets rose on Tuesday after new Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said on Wednesday she expects the U.S. central bank to continue trimming its bond purchases, a sign the U.S. economy is on track for further growth.