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  • SINGAPORE, April 17- Gold firmed around $1,200 an ounce on Friday but the metal was headed for its second straight weekly drop, weighed down by speculation over the timing of an interest rate hike by the U.S. *Spot gold edged up 0.3 percent to $1,200.10 an ounce by 0040 GMT, after dropping 0.3 percent on Thursday. *Physical demand for gold has also been subdued with...

  • Does South Korea's economy need more stimulus?   Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 6:19 PM ET
    Does South Korea's economy need more stimulus?

    Choi Kyung Hwan, finance minister of South Korea, says the country's economy is starting to recover after last year's expansionary policies, noting the government will inject stimulus later this year if necessary.

  • NEW YORK— Are real-estate mutual funds going to see a price drop? Real-estate investment trusts have been on a tremendous run since the financial crisis. Their returns have surpassed the broader market since early 2009, in part because the relatively big dividends they pay looked increasingly attractive as interest rates fell year after year.

  • Fed's Fischer sees first U.S. rate hike this year Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 4:28 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 16- The U.S. economy will probably strengthen enough for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates this year, Fed Vice Chair Stanley Fischer said on Thursday.

  • Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank President Dennis Lockhart, whose comments were closely-watched since he is a voting member of the Fed's rate-setting committee this year, said the Fed's interest rate plans were being complicated by factors including a "murky" run of first-quarter data. Comments from Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester and Boston Fed...

  • West Palm Beach, Fla., April 16- Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank president Dennis Lockhart said on Thursday the recent "murky" run of U.S. data has him leaning against a June interest rate hike, but added he is confident the economy will remain on track. "I would lean to a little later versus a little earlier," said Lockhart, saying that a below-par March U.S. employment report...

  • NEW YORK, April 16- Most U.S. Treasury yields fell modestly on Thursday after a choppy trading day as investors grappled with mixed data on the U.S. economy and concerns about Greece's standoff with its creditors. "Everyone has gotten so bearish on the economy, the risk is now to the upside," said Gennadiy Goldberg, an interest rate strategist at TD Securities in New...

  • LONDON, April 16- The U.S. Federal Reserve should wait longer before it starts to raise interest rates and then be ready to increase them more quickly than if it started to tighten policy soon, a top Fed official said on Thursday. "I have some sympathy for waiting longer and then tightening more quickly if that becomes necessary," Eric Rosengren, president of the...

  • WEST PALM BEACH, April 16- Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank President Dennis Lockhart said on Thursday that he favored a rate hike later in the year rather than in June, given the cloudy data from the first few months of 2015.. "I would lean to a little later versus a little earlier," Lockhart said, referring to the weak U.S. employment report for March and other factors that...

  • WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., April 16- Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank President Dennis Lockhart said on Thursday he does not think the U.S. central bank needs to wait until all aspects of labor market slack are absorbed before beginning to raise interest rates. "There are people who have dropped out. I would like to see that absorbed, "Lockhart said following a speech to a...

  • Murky economic picture not ideal: Lockhart   Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 1:00 PM ET
    Murky economic picture not ideal: Lockhart

    CNBC's Steve Liesman reports on statements made by Dennis P. Lockhart , President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

  • West Palm Beach, Fla., April 16- A "murky" run of first-quarter data highlighted by a weak March employment report and an oil-driven downturn in investment is masking the U.S. economy's underlying strength and complicating the Fed's interest rate plans, Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank President Dennis Lockhart said on Thursday. The Fed's decision on when to raise...

  • West Palm Beach, Fla., April 16- A "murky" run of first-quarter data highlighted by a weak March employment report and an oil-driven downturn in investment is masking the U.S. economy's underlying strength and complicating the Fed's interest rate plans, Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank President Dennis Lockhart said on Thursday. The Fed's decision on when to raise...

  • Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates rose slightly this week but remained close to historically low levels.

  • NEW YORK, April 16- U.S. Treasury yields rose on Thursday, reversing earlier bond strength, after a manufacturing survey showed economic improvement and as Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer cited rising inflation and wage pressures. "The minute bond prices moved up, people started selling again," said interest rate strategist Jim Vogel of FTN...

  • Fed's Fischer: Here comes the rebound Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 11:28 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Vice Chair Stanley Fischer.

    Bond prices fell as Fed Vice Chair Stanley Fischer told CNBC he saw a US economic rebound, reigniting fears of a looming rate hike.

  • Three signs the equity-bubble grenade will pop Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 11:15 AM ET
    Closeup of hand grenade

    Here are three signs the pin has been pulled on the equity-bubble grenade, says Michael Pento.

  • Jack Welch: How strong dollar could 'crater us' Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 11:06 AM ET
    Jack Welch speaking on CNBC's "Squawk Box," April 16, 2015.

    The Fed should not hike interest rates given current circumstances for the dollar and U.S. economic growth, ex-GE boss Jack Welch tells CNBC.

  • 2 big risks for emerging world: World Bank president Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 10:33 AM ET
    Jim Yong Kim, president of World Bank Group.

    Lower commodity prices and an expected interest rate hike in the U.S. present major risks to the developing world, Jim Yong Kim tells CNBC.

  • WASHINGTON— Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose slightly this week but remained close to historically low levels with the spring home-buying season underway. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the national average for a 30- year fixed-rate mortgage edged up to 3.67 percent from 3.66 percent last week. Construction firms broke ground at a...