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  • DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 23- Germany will use all the wiggle room it has in its budget to boost public investment, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Friday. Other euro zone countries like France and Italy, as well as the International Monetary Fund, have repeatedly urged Germany to use its fiscal space to boost spending on infrastructure.

  • BRUSSELS, Jan 23- Greece will have to ask for a new extension to its euro zone bailout programme before 1.8 billion euros in pending aid can be paid, a senior euro zone official said on Friday, stressing that a new government must first be in place to do so. Although the International Monetary Fund will continue to back Athens, the country needs to be under an European...

  • CARACAS, Jan 21- President Nicolas Maduro was set to make announcements on Venezuela's economy in his annual speech to parliament on Wednesday, after several delays to promised measures to shore up the recession-hit OPEC country. Economists guess Venezuela may devalue its bolivar currency, since Maduro has spoken about making unspecified changes to the...

  • DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 21- Ukraine has requested a longer term funding programme from the International Monetary Fund and also plans to talk with holders of its sovereign debt with a view to improving debt sustainability, Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko said. "In view of our overall economic and financial situation, Ukraine is requesting an Extended Fund...

  • DAVOS, Switzerland— The head of the International Monetary Fund says Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has asked for a new program of financial rescue loans. Christine Lagarde met Poroshenko on Wednesday on the sidelines of an economic forum in Davos, Switzerland, and said in a statement that the Ukrainian leader had sought to replace the country's...

  • DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 21- The International Monetary Fund will support a bigger, longer-term funding plan for Ukraine than its current programme in return for agreed structural economic and fiscal reforms, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said on Wednesday. Speaking after talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who made the request,...

  • Oil export losses to reach $300 billion in Middle East Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 9:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Jan 21- Losses from lower oil exports should sap up to $300 billion from economies in the Middle East and Central Asia this year, as countries in the region adjust to falling crude prices, the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday. Economies that are particularly dependent on oil exports, including Qatar, Iraq, Libya and Saudi Arabia, will be hit...

  • CARACAS, Jan 21- President Nicolas Maduro was set to make announcements on Venezuela's economy in his annual speech to parliament later on Wednesday, after several delays to promised measures to shore up the recession-hit OPEC country. Economists guess Venezuela may devalue its bolivar currency. From early December, Maduro has said various times he was...

  • SINGAPORE, Jan 21- Oil prices edged up on Wednesday in a further sign of support around current levels, but analysts said the outlook for the next six months remained bleak due to oversupply. Oil fell as much as 5 percent on Tuesday after the International Monetary Fund cut its 2015 global economic forecast and key producer Iran hinted prices could drop to $25 a...

  • SINGAPORE, Jan 21- Oil prices edged up on Wednesday in a further sign of support around current levels, but analysts said the outlook for the next six months remained bleak due to oversupply. Oil fell as much as 5 percent on Tuesday after the International Monetary Fund cut its 2015 global economic forecast and key producer Iran hinted prices could drop to $25 a...

  • Japan central bank sees growth rebounding in coming year Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 12:00 AM ET

    TOKYO— Japan's central bank said Wednesday it expects the world's third largest economy to rebound in the coming fiscal year after contracting 0.5 percent this fiscal year, in an upbeat assessment that scuttled hopes for fresh stimulus. Japan's economy is in recession after a sales tax hike in April 2014 stifled demand. The International Monetary Fund...

  • SINGAPORE, Jan 21- Oil prices edged up on Wednesday in a further sign of support around current levels, but analysts fretted that the outlook for the next six months remained bleak due to oversupply. Oil fell as much as 5 percent on Tuesday after the International Monetary Fund cut its 2015 global economic forecast and key producer Iran hinted prices could drop to...

  • SINGAPORE, Jan 21- Oil prices edged up in early Asian trading on Wednesday in a further sign that prices are receiving support around current levels, but analysts said the outlook for the next six months remained weak due to oversupply. Oil fell as much as 5 percent on Tuesday after the International Monetary Fund cut its 2015 global economic forecast and key...

  • NYMEX-Crude remains below $47/bbl on demand worries Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 6:57 PM ET

    TOKYO, Jan 21- U.S. crude futures edged up on Wednesday following steep losses a day earlier but remained below $47 a barrel amid worries over ample supplies and sluggish demand after the International Monetary Fund cut its 2015 global economic forecast. *NYMEX crude for new front-month March delivery was up 23 cents at $46.70 a barrel by 2345 GMT.

  • DUBLIN, Jan 20- An exit by Greece from the euro area would be devastating for the country, the head of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde said on Tuesday. Financial markets are nervous a Syriza victory could trigger a standoff with EU/IMF lenders that results in Greece leaving the euro zone. "First of all it is not allowed under the rules of the euro...

  • *FXCM plummets, details loan agreement. NEW YORK, Jan 20- U.S. stocks closed little changed on Tuesday after the International Monetary Fund reduced its growth forecasts for 2015 and 2016, increasing speculation central banks would take more aggressive policy moves to spark economic improvement. "Any sense at all that the ECB disappoints, you will see the...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 20- U.S. stocks were little changed on Tuesday after the International Monetary Fund reduced its growth forecasts for 2015 and 2016, increasing speculation central banks would take more aggressive policy moves to spark economic improvement.

  • *FXCM plummets, details loan agreement. NEW YORK, Jan 20- U.S. stocks dipped on Tuesday after the International Monetary Fund reduced its growth forecasts for 2015 and 2016, but the outlook also boosted hopes central banks would take more aggressive policy moves to spark economic improvement. "It looks like the Fed is super happy to pass that torch to the next...

  • *China data, QE prospects lift European shares. *China slows less than expected, IMF cuts global outlook. Crude oil prices fell after the International Monetary Fund cut its 2015 global economic forecast on lower fuel demand and key producer Iran hinted that prices could drop to $25 a barrel without supportive OPEC action.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St falls after IMF cuts growth outlook Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 12:48 PM ET

    *FXCM plummets 90 percent, details loan agreement. NEW YORK, Jan 20- U.S. stocks fell on Tuesday after the International Monetary Fund lowered its growth forecasts for 2015 and 2016, though the move spurred hopes that central banks would take more aggressive policy stances to accelerate economic improvement. The upside to seeing less international growth is...