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  • SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 30- Sharp gains in the U.S. dollar that have spurred grumbling from some big U.S. companies about the impact on profits are actually a positive sign for U.S. job creation, a top Federal Reserve official said on Friday. "CEOs that have international operations complain about it," Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher told Reuters in an interview.

  • LONDON, Jan 30- Mark Carney watches over the world's sixth-biggest economy as governor of the Bank of England and heads a global banking watchdog, but somehow still finds time to train for a marathon. Carney, 49, will participate in the London Marathon in April to raise money for a cancer research charity, a BoE spokesman said on Friday, confirming a media report.

  • ZURICH, Jan 30- Switzerland's central bank said on Friday it will pay out 2 billion Swiss francs to shareholders for last year but did not know yet whether it will pay out profits for 2015 after abandoning a cap on the franc against the euro. The dividend is double what the Swiss National Bank had earlier this month told shareholders, which include the federal...

  • ISTANBUL, Jan 30- The Turkish lira tumbled to a fresh record low against the dollar on Friday after a surprise Russian interest rate cut reinforced expectations that Turkey will ease monetary policy next week. Central bank governor Erdem Basci indicated on Tuesday that the bank could hold an extraordinary meeting as early as next Wednesday to discuss cutting...

  • LAGOS, Jan 30- Nigeria's central bank intervened on Friday, selling an undisclosed amount of dollars to prop up the naira currency, which has been hit hard by falling global oil prices, dealers said. The bank has been intervening this week to lift the naira, which is trading outside its target band of 160-176 and has hit record lows this year as the price of oil,...

  • BOGOTA, Jan 30- Colombia's central bank will likely keep its key lending rate unchanged for a fifth straight month on Friday, in an effort to bolster slowing economic growth amid plunging oil revenue and a mounting crisis in Europe. The vote comes as world economies grapple with a slump in prices for crude, Colombia's biggest export and source of foreign exchange,...

  • MOSCOW, Jan 30- Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov backed the central bank's decision to cut its main interest rate on Friday and said the bank had grounds to say it had the situation on the foreign exchange market under control. The central bank cut its main interest rate by 200 basis points to 15 percent as fears of recession mount following the fall in oil...

  • MOSCOW— In a surprise decision, Russia's central bank on Friday cut its key interest rate, which it had raised sharply last month to support the collapsing ruble, in order to help the fading economy. The move triggered a drop in the ruble, which was down more than 3 percent at 71 rubles against the dollar in early afternoon trading in Moscow. The central bank explained...

  • Russian central bank governor defends rate cut Friday, 30 Jan 2015 | 6:47 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Jan 30- Russian Central Bank Governor Elvira Nabiullina defended the bank's decision to cut rates on Friday, saying that the monetary loosening would stop an excessive slowdown in the economy. Nabiullina said in an emailed statement that the rate also remained high enough to allow the central bank to reach its inflation target in the medium term.

  • RUSSIAN CENTRAL BANK GOVERNOR NABIULLINA SAYS 15 PCT KEY RATE HIGH ENOUGH BUT WILL ALLOW TO TARGET INFLATION IN MEDIUM TERM- RIA NEWS AGENCY.

  • MOSCOW, Jan 30- Russia's central bank cut its key interest rate on Friday, defying expectations of a hold, as the economy slides towards recession because of a collapse in global oil prices and Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis. Following the decision, the rouble fell, and was down over 3 percent on the day against the dollar and euro at 1045 GMT.

  • MOSCOW, Jan 30- Russia's central bank cut its key interest rate by two points to 15 percent on Friday, as the economy slides towards recession because of a collapse in global oil prices and Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis. The central bank said in a statement it was reducing its one-week minimum auction repo rate, which had been 17 percent, seeing...

  • MOSCOW— Russian central bank cuts key interest rate by 2 percentage points to 15 percent; ruble drops.

  • FRANKFURT, Germany— Falling prices sent another worrying signal about the eurozone economy just before the European Central Bank starts at 1 trillion euro stimulus effort. Japan fell into deflation in the 1990 s and is still trying to get out. The European Central Bank is readying a massive 1 trillion euro stimulus program to try to raise inflation close to its...

  • MUMBAI, Jan 30- Only three of India's 45 commercial banks have cut base lending rates since the Reserve Bank of India's surprise easing this month, hurting the government's drive to lift business investment. Bankers say the average funds the RBI provides the market has been steady at around 1 trillion rupees a day since the repurchase rate was cut by 25 basis...

  • MOSCOW, Jan 30- Russia's rouble extended losses on Friday ahead of a central bank monetary policy meeting at which the bank is expected to leave it key interest rate on hold. Russia's central bank will announce its decision on its key rate at around 1030 GMT. "There is tentative evidence that depositor behaviour is gradually normalising amid moderating FX...

  • TBILISI, Jan 30- Georgia's central bank plans to tighten monetary policy from next week, the bank's chief said on Friday, in an effort to maintain financial stability after a sharp fall in the value of the country's lari currency. "We've decided to tighten monetary policy from next week by using all the mechanisms that we have," Georgy Kadagidze, the governor of the...

  • TBILISI, Jan 30- Georgia's central bank plans to tighten monetary policy from next week, the bank's chief said on Friday, in an effort to maintain financial stability after a sharp fall in the value of the country's lari currency. "We've decided to tighten monetary policy from next week by using all the mechanisms that we have," Georgy Kadagidze, the governor of the...

  • MOLDOVA CENTRAL BANK HIKES ITS KEY RATE BY 200 BASIS POINTS TO 8.5 PCT- INTERFAX.

  • MOSCOW, Jan 30- The Russian government will help the central bank to pressure state-supported banks to increase lending in order to give a boost to economic growth, First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said on Friday.

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