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  • POLL-Oil forecasts dive after OPEC keeps output target Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 6:00 AM ET

    *Brent seen averaging $82.50, U.S. crude $78.00 in 2015. Dec 4- Oil price forecasts have collapsed in the wake of OPEC's decision not to cut output despite a global glut, Reuters monthly poll showed on Thursday. The survey of 31 economists and analysts, conducted after the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries meeting on Nov. 27, forecast North Sea Brent...

  • LONDON, Dec 3- With an economy in meltdown, a currency that has tanked 45 percent and a possible sovereign default ahead, more and more of Ukraine's companies are finding themselves unable to repay overseas debt. While a relatively modest $12.4 billion in private sector debt falls due in 2015, according to International Monetary Fund estimates, it still exceeds...

  • ATHENS, Dec 2- Greece has rejected its international lenders' demands for tax rises and income cuts next year, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said on Tuesday, arguing such measures would be disastrous for the country which has emerged from a deep economic recession. "Greece has done a lot already," Samaras said during an economic conference. The finance ministry...

  • *OPEC decision not to cut output weighs on Nigeria unit. LAGOS, Nov 28- Nigeria's naira fell 2.5 percent on Friday, despite central bank intervention, and it briefly touched a record low on concerns OPEC's decision not to cut oil output would put further pressure on Nigeria's shaky finances. The central bank has struggled to keep the naira within its preferred band...

  • WARSAW, Nov 28- Poland's embassy in Algiers is not the grandest posting- the diplomats share the building with their Swedish colleagues to keep costs down- but last year it oversaw the fastest growth in trade of any Polish mission. When Poland joined the European Union a decade ago, it believed it had found its path to prosperity. That Poland and its peers in eastern...

  • CARACAS, Nov 27- Venezuela will keep campaigning until oil prices rebound to $100 per barrel, president Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday night after OPEC refused to cut output as the cash-strapped South American country had aggressively pushed for. The decision is a blow to Venezuela's flailing economy, widely believed to be in recession, and also highlights...

  • *Norwegian crown hit as OPEC keeps oil output unchanged. LONDON, Nov 27- The euro fell against the dollar on Thursday after data showed German inflation sinking to its lowest since February 2010 in November, reinforcing bets the European Central Bank will ease monetary policy more aggressively. Oil-rich Norway's crown slid crown slid 1 percent to 8.6190 per...

  • LONDON, Nov 27- The euro fell against the dollar on Thursday as German inflation appeared to have softened more in November, reinforcing expectations that the European Central Bank will ease monetary policy more aggressively. Oil-rich Norway's crown hit a three-week low of 8.6350 per euro as OPEC looked unlikely to cut oil output despite a huge oversupply,...

  • Europe shares end higher; banks rally on stimulus hopes Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 12:48 PM ET

    PARIS, Nov 25- European stocks ended slightly higher on Tuesday as euro zone banking shares climbed on mounting expectation of more stimulus from the European Central Bank. Crude prices fell again on Tuesday, down by more than $1 a barrel to near four-year lows, after a meeting between Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and major non- OPEC oil exporters ended with no deal on...

  • OECD sees gradual world recovery, urges ECB to do more Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 5:30 AM ET

    PARIS, Nov 25- The global economy will gradually improve over the next two years but Japan will grow less than previously expected while the euro zone struggles with stagnation and an increased deflation risk, the OECD said on Tuesday. The United States and Britain will grow more strongly then the euro zone and Japan and, among emerging countries, India, Indonesia...

  • TOKYO, Nov 25- Japan needs a credible plan to reduce its debt to contain the risk that the Bank of Japan's quantitative easing could cause inflation expectations to spike, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development said on Tuesday. Delaying the second increase has eased concerns about the economic outlook, but it has also raised worries Japan is...

  • SINGAPORE, Nov 24- U.S. crude futures steadied above $76 a barrel on Monday, clinging to gains from the previous session after a rally spurred by China's first interest rate cut in more than two years. *Friday's surprise cut in China's interest rates reflects a change of course by Beijing and the central bank, which had persisted with modest stimulus measures...

  • ATHENS, Nov 21- Greece's government on Friday pushed ahead with plans for a near-balanced budget next year, ignoring objections from its international lenders who say Athens is set to miss its deficit forecast. The government and the European Union and International Monetary Fund have been at loggerheads over the projected 2015 deficit, with the lenders...

  • BRUSSELS, Nov 21- Europe's proposed free trade agreement with the United States would collapse if European leaders bowed to pressure to remove investment protection from any deal, the chairman of EU trade ministers said on Friday. The United States and the European Union are trying to seal a free trade deal which could bring economic gains of around $100...

  • Libyan OPEC official indicates output cut on Nov 27. NEW YORK, Nov 19- Oil prices fell for a third straight day on Wednesday, as early gains on talk of a possible OPEC output cut vanished after the Federal Reserve released minutes of last month's policy meeting revealing worries that U.S. inflation could remain below target for "quite some time."

  • Ireland cleared to pay IMF loans early after Swedish vote Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 10:41 AM ET

    STOCKHOLM, Nov 19- The Swedish parliament on Wednesday said Ireland may pay back part of its bailout loans early to the International Monetary Fund, giving the final EU approval needed for Dublin to begin repayment. Ireland won agreement from Europe to pay the IMF before it repays aid from the European bailout funds and just needed the new Swedish government to...

  • ACCRA, Nov 19- Ghana hopes to seal a provisional agreement with the IMF on financial assistance this week and aims to cut its budget deficit to 6.6 percent of GDP in 2015 from more than 9.6 percent in 2014, a senior official told Reuters ahead of Wednesday's budget. In a measure of the fiscal problems, the government has overshot initial 2014 budget deficit and...

  • *Athens wants to exit bailout one year ahead of time. ATHENS, Nov 18- Greece is locked in tough negotiations with its foreign lenders, with "nerves stretched" on both sides, the finance minister warned on Tuesday, raising the temperature as Athens tries to exit an unpopular bailout programme. Inspectors from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund...

  • *Traders watching for signs of an OPEC agreement to cut output. NEW YORK, Nov 17- Oil prices fell on Monday after a one-day rally as fourth-largest crude importer Japan fell into recession and an OPEC meeting neared without an agreement to cut production. But the oil market has another and bigger problem: that the OPEC meeting will come and go without any change in...

  • *Iran attacks OPEC members for refusing to stabilize oil prices. LONDON, Nov 17- Brent crude fell below $79 a barrel on Monday after Japan, the world's fourth-biggest crude importer, slipped into recession and as Saudi Arabia reiterated the oil price should be left to supply and demand. Brent crude was down 73 cents to $78.68 a barrel at 1455 GMT, after dipping as low...