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  • NEW YORK, March 27- U.S. Treasury yields fell and held near session lows on Friday after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen gave mildly hawkish comments on a potential interest rate increase this year and as investors bought bonds ahead of month-end rebalancing. "Month-end is on Tuesday and there's a fairly large index extension," said Daniel Mulholland, head of...

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ WASHINGTON, March 27- An interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve may be warranted later this year, with a gradual path expected to follow, although a downturn in core inflation or wage growth could force it to hold off, the central bank's chief said on Friday. Fed Chair Janet Yellen said that after the first rate increase a further, gradual tightening...

  • Yellen sounds hawkish tone on first rate hike Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 4:04 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Board Chairman Janet Yellen.

    Yellen said the return to a normal Fed funds rate was 'likely to be gradual.'

  • The Week That Was: Tasty merger Heinz, KRaft   Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 4:01 PM ET
    The Week That Was: Tasty merger Heinz, KRaft

    CNBC's Mandy Drury looks back at the week's top business and financial stories including oil prices and the merger between Heinz and Kraft Foods.

  • WASHINGTON— Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that continued improvement in the U.S. economy means an increase in the Fed's key interest rate could come later this year. Yellen said in a speech in San Francisco that the time to start raising the rate could occur "sometime this year," though she said the time hasn't yet arrived. Yellen said Japan's...

  • Want to know where the dollar's headed? Watch this Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 12:01 PM ET
    Dollars

    Next week's March employment data could be crucial to setting the course of the dollar for months to come.

  • Where to invest amid a volatile market?   Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 10:24 AM ET
    Where to invest amid a volatile market?

    Calamos Asset Management CEO John Calamos discusses equity funds and managing market volatility with the potential of rates on the rise.

  • Santelli: Rates slip post supply   Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 9:44 AM ET
    Santelli: Rates slip post supply

    CNBC's Rick Santelli discusses the latest action in the bond market, and the U.S. dollar.

  • Need a small-biz loan? Rush before the rate hike Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 9:30 AM ET
    Small business loans

    Good news: A Fed hike spurs bank lending. Bad news: It can take months to get loan approval, so start the process before costs go up.

  • Dow's bumpy ride to 20,000: Jeremy Siegel   Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 8:06 AM ET
    Dow's bumpy ride to 20,000: Jeremy Siegel

    We're in a range and choppy market, says Jeremy Siegel, University of Pennsylvania, sharing perspective on the markets and Fed policy. We need to see the dollar stabilize, says Siegel.

  • LONDON, March 27- The dollar rose across the board on Friday, extending a rebound begun the previous day after Federal Reserve officials signalled they were still on track to raise interest rates this year. Traders are now awaiting a speech by Fed Chair Janet Yellen at 1945 GMT to see whether she strikes a similarly hawkish tone to that of her colleagues, as well as...

  • Bulls need increased productivity to continue: Expert

    Jim Paulsen, Wells Capital Management, and Jason Trennert, Strategas Research Partners share their outlook on the markets and interest rates.

  • LONDON, March 27- The dollar climbed broadly on Friday, extending a rebound begun the previous day after Federal Reserve officials signaled they were still on track to raise interest rates this year. "It's pretty clear that the market psychology is still to buy the dollar on dips, and hence we had this huge reversal in the dollar," said Alvin Tan, a currency strategist...

  • *Gold eases as dollar supported by strong US data. SINGAPORE, March 27- Gold eased on Friday as traders booked profits after a seven-day rally and as the dollar rebounded on strong U.S. data, but the metal looked set to post its second straight weekly gain on expectations U.S. interest rates will stay low for longer. Tensions in the Middle East after Saudi Arabia and...

  • SINGAPORE, March 27- Gold held on to gains from a seven-day rally on Friday and looked set to post its second straight weekly gain on expectations U.S. interest rates will stay low for longer and as escalating tensions in the Middle East boosted safe-haven bids. The metal rose to a three-week high of $1,219.40 on Thursday on knee-jerk reaction to Saudi air strikes...

  • This is the cure for financial stocks, expert says Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 4:22 PM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Improvement in the economy and more lending will provide a noticeable boost for financials, a fund manager said.

  • Trading long term: Which sectors to watch   Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 2:56 PM ET
    Trading long term: Which sectors to watch

    Scott Wren of Wells Fargo and Steve Massoca of Wedbush Equity, discuss which sectors show opportunity for trading.

  • Best bets: Financials?   Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 2:44 PM ET
    Best bets: Financials?

    4-star rated Hennessy Large Cap Financial manager Dave Ellison gives an outlook into financials and rates in the U.S. economy.

  • NEW YORK, March 26- The New York Federal Reserve officials tasked with prying interest rates off the floor have been meeting with bankers and traders to plot how best to do it, amid deep uncertainty over how much control they will really have over short-term lending markets. With the U.S. central bank expected to raise rates later this year, Simon Potter and his team...

  • BRASILIA, March 26- Brazil's central bank signaled on Thursday it will continue to raise interest rates as it expects inflation to remain too high next year despite a contracting economy. "Although we have seen some progress in the stabilization of inflation expectations for 2016, we still don't consider that to be enough," central bank director Luiz Awazu...