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  • SEOUL, May 27- Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said on Wednesday there were no signs of extreme movements in the U.S. real estate and financial markets, but criticised the U.S. Congress for failing to approve the IMF reform measures. Bernanke also said during an open interview at a private-sector forum in Seoul that if the Fed lifts interest rates, it...

  • TOKYO, May 27- Japan's Nikkei share average was marginally higher on Wednesday morning, extending its gains into a ninth day, but gains were limited as U.S. shares languished after upbeat U.S. data fed fears that a rate hike may come earlier than expected. The buoyant data follows Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen saying on Friday that the central bank could raise...

  • SINGAPORE, May 27- Gold held near a two-week trough early on Wednesday after sliding almost 2 percent in the previous session as strong U.S. data suggested the Federal Reserve may be on course to raise interest rates this year. *Spot gold was little changed at $1,188.20 an ounce by 0040 GMT. It dropped to $1,185.35 on Tuesday, its weakest since May 12.

  • *Signs of Greek woes spreading to Spain dent risk appetite. TOKYO, May 27- Asian stocks sagged and the dollar stood tall on Wednesday on growing prospects the Federal Reserve was on track to raise interest rates later this year and concerns that financial woes could engulf Spain in addition to Greece. Taking a lead from Wall Street's slide, MSCI's broadest index of...

  • The Bank of Japan's decision makers remained concerned their 2 percent inflation goal would be difficult to keep, meeting minutes show.

  • Rates mixed at weekly auction of US Treasury bills Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 7:23 PM ET

    The Treasury Department auctioned $24 billion in three-month bills at a discount rate of 0.015 percent, unchanged from last week. Another $24 billion in six-month bills was auctioned at a discount rate of 0.085 percent, up from 0.080 percent last week. For a $10,000 bill, the three-month price was $9,999.62, while a six-month bill sold for $9,995.68.

  • With US economy on track, when will Fed hike rates?

    Gerard Fitzpatrick, chief investment officer for Fixed Income at Russell Investments, says Tuesday's strong housing data show that the economy is improving, paving the way for a September rate hike.

  • *Dollar jumps above 123.00 yen, euro slides below $1.09. SYDNEY, May 27- The dollar held on to broad gains early on Wednesday, having rallied to an eight-year high against the yen after a batch of upbeat data bolstered the case for a U.S. interest rate hike this year. It also rose against the euro, which slid to its lowest since April 28 at $1.0864.

  • TEL AVIV, May 26- When the Federal Reserve raises U.S. interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade, it should weigh the effects on global economies and can expect some bouts of financial market volatility, a top Fed official said on Tuesday. Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer said in Israel. Fed Chair Janet Yellen last week signaled the U.S....

  • May 26- Four regional Federal Reserve banks continued their unsuccessful efforts to convince the central bank to raise the rate it charges commercial banks for emergency loans, meeting minutes released on Tuesday showed. Ahead of the Fed's April 28-29 policy-setting meeting, directors of the Philadelphia, Kansas City, Cleveland and Dallas Fed banks asked...

  • Good news = bad news ... really   Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 2:04 PM ET
    Good news = bad news ... really

    CNBC's Steve Liesman reports on stronger economic data and explains why good data may be bad news.

  • Spring thaw and market indigestion is happening: Pro

    Jim Paulsen, Wells Fargo Capital Management, Art Hogan, Wunderlich Securities, give a market outlook and forecast what will happen short and long term.

  • Insana: Don't panic, watch headlines   Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 1:33 PM ET
    Insana: Don't panic, watch headlines

    Greece is likely to miss its June IMF payment, according to the Financial Times. CNBC contributor Ron Insana weighs in and gives perspective to investment strategy.

  • TEL AVIV, May 26- As the Federal Reserve lays the ground to raise U.S. interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade, it should weigh the effects of its decisions on global economies and expect some bouts of volatility in financial markets, a top Fed official said on Tuesday. Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer said in Israel. Fed Chair Janet Yellen...

  • New home sales & prices rise   Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 1:07 PM ET
    New home sales & prices rise

    CNBC's Diana Olick reports the latest data from home sales.

  • Should be no surprise in timing of hikes: Fischer   Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 12:30 PM ET
    Should be no surprise in timing of hikes: Fischer

    CNBC's Steve Liesman reports on statements made by Stanley Fischer, vice chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve System.

  • Bullish herd on homebuilders   Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 12:14 PM ET
    Bullish herd on homebuilders

    The FMHR traders discuss why they are bullish on homebuilders and the housing sector.

  • *Time Warner Cable up on Charter deal. "A strong dollar is going to hurt exports and the revenue line of companies, which wasn't strong to begin with," said Rick Fier, director of trading at Conifer Securities in New York. The buoyant data comes after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said on Friday that the central bank could raise interest rates this year if the...

  • *Greece concerns push long-dated yields lower. Treasury yields hit two-week highs on Tuesday on continued expectations that the Federal Reserve would hike rates this year, while yields on longer-dated Treasuries slid on concerns over Greece and global economic growth. "I viewed it as a fairly economy-friendly report," said Justin Hoogendoorn, fixed income...

  • El-Erian: Correction in stocks could happen if Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 10:33 AM ET
    Mohamed El-Erian

    There could be a "big air pocket" in stocks if fundamentals, at some point, don't validate valuations, former Pimco co-CEO Mohamed El-Erian tells CNBC.