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  • JOHANNESBURG, Jan 29- South Africa's Reserve Bank left interest rates on hold on Thursday and dampened chances for a rate cut in coming months due to lower oil prices, saying this would require a sustained decline in inflation. "The MPC is of the view that the bar for further accommodation remains high and would require a sustained decline in the inflation rate and...

  • Denmark cuts key interest rate to -0.5 percent Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 10:50 AM ET

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark— Denmark's central bank has decided to cut its interest rate on certificates of deposit by 0.15 percentage points to -0.5 percent to keep the krone currency stable against the euro. Danmarks Nationalbank says Thursday that the rate reduction will take effect Friday and follows interventions it made in the currency market to keep the...

  • Average US rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 3.66 pct. Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 10:18 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose slightly this week after four straight weeks of declines, while remaining near historically low levels. Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday the nationwide average for a 30- year mortgage edged up to 3.66 percent from 3.63 percent last week. On Tuesday, the Commerce Department reported that sales...

  • Santelli: Watch two-day charts  Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 9:41 AM ET

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

  • *Greece concerns weigh on Europe, Athens stocks up. LONDON, Jan 29- European stocks slipped and the dollar strengthened on Thursday after the Federal Reserve took an upbeat view of the world's largest economy and signalled it was on track to raise interest rates this year. Greece, where an anti-austerity prime minister took over on Monday, also kept investors...

  • UPDATE 3-Deutsche Bank's legal headaches drag into 2015 Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 7:03 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Jan 29- Legal costs will weigh down Deutsche Bank's results well into 2015, Germany's biggest bank said on Thursday, as global investigations into cases such as the alleged manipulation of interest rate and currency benchmarks drag on. Deutsche Bank, which had originally hoped to clear its decks of legal problems in 2014, postponed a big litigation...

  • LONDON, Jan 29- Gold prices dropped for the fourth session in five on Thursday, losing as much as 1 percent as the dollar firmed after the Federal Reserve signalled it was on track to lift interest rates this year. Gold had been boosted by increased central bank liquidity and low interest rates in the years after the 2008 credit crisis. Gold had hit a five-month high...

  • Fed 'sends chills down Wall Street'  Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 5:55 AM ET

    Discussing U.S. markets, Todd Horwitz, author & founder at Averagejoeoptions.com says he expects the U.S. Federal Reserve to hike rates sooner than expected.

  • *Greece concerns weigh on Europe, Athens stocks up. LONDON, Jan 29- Stocks fell in Europe and Asia and the dollar strengthened on Thursday after the Federal Reserve took an upbeat view of the world's largest economy and signaled it was on track to raise interest rates this year. Greece, where a radical leftist prime minister took over on Monday, also kept investors...

  • FOREX-Dollar firm post-Fed, franc eyed for intervention Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 4:12 AM ET

    LONDON, Jan 29- The U.S. dollar inched higher against the yen and was steady to the euro on Thursday after a Federal Reserve statement which, with some caveats, was read as keeping the bank on track to raise interest rates later this year. That prodded U.S. bond yields lower, but the overall picture, of a steadily improving U.S. economy while Europe and Japan remain mired...

  • JGBs mostly flat, superlong zone underperforms Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 3:04 AM ET

    TOKYO, Jan 29- Benchmark Japanese government bonds were mostly flat on Thursday, while the superlong tenor was slightly weaker even as plunging stocks put a floor under bond prices. Japan's Nikkei stock average shed 1.1 percent after the Federal Reserve took an upbeat view on the U.S. economy and signalled that it remains firmly on track to raise interest rates...

  • Nineteen of 20 analysts polled by Reuters expect the Banco de Mexico to hold its benchmark rate at 3 percent in its first policy decision statement at 1 p.m. local time on Thursday instead of the previous release time on Friday morning. "It is worth noting that previous rate cuts in Mexico have come as a surprise and that could be the case again this month," economist...

  • Time for gold to regain its shine?  Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 1:00 AM ET

    Frank Holmes, CEO and chief investment officer at U.S. Global Investors, discusses why gold could get a boost this year.

  • What's holding back the Fed's rate hike?  Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 12:33 AM ET

    David Carbon, Managing Director for Economics & Currencies at DBS, discusses his estimates for an interest rate hike in the U.S. and concerns over falling oil prices.

  • Why US equities are the place to be  Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 12:08 AM ET

    With the Fed indicating that a rate hike may come later, the strength of U.S. stocks will be prolonged, says Mikio Kumada, Executive Director & Global Strategist at LGT Capital Partners.

  • WASHINGTON— The Federal Reserve's outlook for the U.S. economy is steadily brightening. Yet the Fed will be "patient" in raising interest rates from record lows. Paul Ashworth, an economist at Capital Economics, said the statement suggested that the Fed "is still taking the view that the collapse in oil prices is a net positive for the economy."

  • TOKYO, Jan 29- Asian shares extended losses on Thursday after the Federal Reserve took an upbeat view on the U.S. economy and signalled that it remains firmly on track to raise interest rates this year despite an uncertain global outlook. Japan's Nikkei slipped 0.4 percent, while MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan extended its drop and...

  • SINGAPORE, Jan 29- Gold dropped for the fourth session in five on Thursday after the Federal Reserve painted a bullish picture of the U.S. economy, signalling it was on course to lift interest rates this year. "People are already adjusted to the new policy stance and there's no further reason to push up gold to a much higher level," said Mark To, head of research at Hong...

  • Here's why UBS likes US, Europe stocks  Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 10:13 PM ET

    Hartmut Issel, Head of Equity and Macro APAC at UBS Wealth Management, is overweight on stocks, particularly in the U.S. and Europe following the launch of quantitative easing.

  • Is the Fed 'getting further behind the curve'?  Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 9:16 PM ET

    Robert Heller, Former Federal Reserve Governor, questions the Fed's decision to stand pat on low interest rates despite acknowledging a solid recovery in the U.S.