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  • SHANGHAI, Jan 29- Chinese banks seeking to profit from the country's stock market frenzy have bought into the recent surge in margin finance, foiling regulatory efforts to reduce debt-fueled speculation and amplifying the risk if the rally turns into a rout. That exposes China's banking system to greater risks, even as lenders struggle with an economic...

  • *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...

  • Global stocks hit by oil plunge, Fed mention of rate hike Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 12:45 AM ET

    TOKYO— Global shares fell Thursday after oil prices plunged and the Federal Reserve issued a reminder it is still on track to raise interest rates this year. KEEPING SCORE: Germany's DAX fell 0.4 percent to 10,663.54 and France's CAC-40 lost 0.7 percent to 4,576.85. Britain's FTSE 100 fell 0.8 percent to 6,771.95.

  • *Stock regulator to inspect 46 firms on margin trading-Xinhua. SHANGHAI, Jan 29- China's stock regulator has launched a fresh probe into brokerages which are lending money to investors to speculate on stocks, amid concerns that the country's share markets are becoming over-leveraged and vulnerable to a crash which could strain the banking system.

  • 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...

  • SHANGHAI, Jan 29- China's stock regulator has launched a fresh probe into brokerages which are lending money to investors to speculate on stocks, amid concerns that the country's share markets are becoming over-leveraged and vulnerable to a crash which could strain the banking system. "The inspection belongs to normal regular supervision and should not be...

  • 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...

  • MELBOURNE, Jan 29- London Metal Exchange metals contracts soured on Thursday after the Federal Reserve signaled it would stick to plans for a rate hike this year, drawing back liquidity that has underpinned metals. *Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange slid 1.1 percent to $5,425.50 a tonne by 0108 GMT, quashing an advance from the previous session and...

  • TOKYO, Jan 29- Asian shares retreated on Thursday after the Federal Reserve unexpectedly lifted its view on the economy, signalling that the U.S. central bank remains firmly on track with plans to raise interest rates this year. "The markets were a bit surprised that the Fed was more hawkish than expected, especially considering that many people had thought that...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Feb 11 Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    FAIRFAX, United States- Federal Reserve Board Governor Daniel Tarullo speaks on "Advancing Macroprudential Policy Objectives" before the Office of Financial Research and Financial Stability Oversight Council 4th Annual Conference: Evaluating Macroprudential Tools: Complementarities and Conflicts "- 1745 GMT. SARASOTA, United States- Federal Reserve...

  • Fed nods to global troubles, while keeping faith in U.S. Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 4:58 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Jan 28- For months now Federal Reserve policymakers have watched the economic turmoil overseas, from Ebola to Russia to the ongoing travails of the euro, and largely held their tongue. That's the first time since January 2013 that an overt reference to overseas economic events has warranted a nod from the Federal Open Market Committee, and some...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 28- The Federal Reserve on Wednesday said the U.S. economy was expanding "at a solid pace" with strong job gains in a signal that the central bank remains on track with its plans to raise interest rates this year. "The committee, in fact, was downright bullish on current economic conditions and the outlook," said Paul Edelstein, director of financial...

  • *Fed says to keep "patient" approach on rates. NEW YORK, Jan 28- U.S. stocks closed down on Wednesday, driven by a sharp decline in the S&P 500 energy sector, after the Federal Reserve said the domestic economy was growing at a solid pace, signaling it remains on track to raise interest rates later this year. While many market participants said they were unsurprised by the...

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-U.S. bonds rally after Fed; stocks retreat Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 4:40 PM ET

    *U.S. stocks end lower after Fed statement. NEW YORK, Jan 28- U.S. bond prices rallied, with the 30- year yield hitting a record low on Wednesday as investors bet U.S. rate hikes were less likely to start soon after the Federal Reserve said inflation was running below forecasts. Thirty-year bonds were last up 2-18/ 32 in price to yield 2.29 percent after setting a record...

  • CHICAGO, Jan 28- U.S. grain farmers are boosting demand for loans from farm banks as five-year lows in crop prices squeeze operating budgets ahead of spring planting, according to a national survey of farm bankers issued by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City on Wednesday. Corn prices set record highs during the summer of 2012 amid the biofuels boom and...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 28- U.S. stocks fell sharply on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve said the domestic economy was growing at a solid pace, signaling it remains on track to raise interest rates later this year. Both the Dow and S&P 500 fell more than 1 percent, while Apple limited the Nasdaq's decline. The tech giant jumped 6.1 percent a day after its results.

  • US STOCKS-U.S. stocks fall after Fed statement, oil drop Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 3:26 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Jan 28- U.S. stocks fell on Wednesday, driven by extended losses in the S&P 500 energy sector, after the Federal Reserve said it will remain "patient" in deciding when to raise interest rates. Concluding their first policy-setting meeting of the year, Fed officials looked past the urgent moves made by other central banks this month to boost their struggling...

  • *China's gold imports from Hong Kong fell in 2014. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Jan 28- Gold extended losses on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve said it will remain "patient" with regard to any interest rate increase decisions. "The removal of' considerable time' was balanced by the acknowledgement of the international situation and reiteration of patience," said Tai Wong,...

  • Greece seeks to reassure bank investors, meet Eurobank Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 3:01 PM ET

    ATHENS, Jan 28- Greece's new government will meet shareholders from Eurobank, the country's second-biggest lender, on Friday to discuss the bank's future, Deputy Prime Minister Yannis Dragasakis said on Wednesday, after a dramatic fall in banking stocks. Greek financial shares plunged by more than 26 percent on Wednesday as investors took fright at prospects...

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