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  • *Gold steady, not far above 3- month low. *Platinum- gold spread at nearly $53/ oz. LONDON, March 17- Gold steadied above $1,150 an ounce on Tuesday, as the dollar fell against the euro ahead of a Federal Reserve policy meeting that may offer further clues to support expectations of a mid-2015 rise in U.S. interest rates.

  • *World shares hit one-week high; Asia gain from dollar pause. *Bank of Japan maintains policy, economic assessment. Solid gains for Asian markets overnight gave way to up and down trading in Europe.

  • JAKARTA, March 17- Indonesia's central bank, which surprised markets last month by cutting its benchmark rate, acted as expected on Tuesday and kept it unchanged on the eve of a key Federal Reserve meeting. Bank Indonesia said the current rate of 7.50 percent is consistent with efforts to contain inflation and the current account deficit. Tuesday's meeting...

  • LONDON, March 17- The euro rose for a second day against the dollar on Tuesday as investors awaited the start of a two-day U.S. The single currency had come under pressure after the European Central Bank began a bond-buying program last week that will pump more than one trillion euros of newly created money into the euro zone economy. Derek Halpenny, European head...

  • SHANGHAI, March 17- China's yuan is set for its biggest rise against the dollar in six weeks after the central bank fixed a firmer midpoint on Tuesday. The People's Bank of China set the midpoint rate at 6.1585 per dollar prior to market open on Tuesday, firmer than the previous fix at 6.1615. The currency has been under heavy downward pressure since late 2014, hit by...

  • TOKYO, March 17- The euro held firm on Tuesday after soft U.S. data and nerves ahead of this week's Federal Reserve policy meeting braked the dollar's rally and helped the common currency pull out from 12- year lows. The euro was steady at $1.0568, having rebounded overnight from $1.0457, its lowest since 2003.. The euro has been under pressure since the European...

  • BOJ maintains stimulus, keeps upbeat economic view Monday, 16 Mar 2015 | 11:08 PM ET

    TOKYO, March 17- The Bank of Japan maintained its massive stimulus and its optimistic assessment of the economy on Tuesday, signalling that the country is on course to emerge from recession without additional monetary loosening. As widely expected, the BOJ left unchanged its pledge to increase base money, or cash and deposits at the central bank, at an annual pace...

  • TOKYO, March 17- The euro stood firm on Tuesday after soft U.S. data and edginess ahead of this week's Federal Reserve policy meeting dented the dollar's rally and helped the common currency pull out from 12- year lows. The euro was steady at $1.0570, having rebounded overnight from $1.0457, its lowest since 2003.. The euro has been under pressure since the European...

  • SINGAPORE, March 17- Gold prices hovered close to their lowest in over three months on Tuesday as traders waited for this week's Federal Reserve policy meeting to gauge the timing of an U.S. rate hike, while platinum stood near its lowest in 5-1/ 2 years. Spot gold had edged up 0.1 percent to $1,154.96 an ounce by 0043 GMT, close to last week's levels of $1,147.10, the...

  • *Bank of Japan expected to maintain policy, economic assessment. TOKYO, March 17- Asian shares got a boost on Tuesday from Wall Street's rise, as investors positioned for the possibility that weaker-than-expected U.S. data will prompt the Federal Reserve to adopt a cautious stance this week. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.8...

  • *Andorra says banking system under stress. MADRID, March 16- State-appointed managers at Andorra's Banca Privada d' Andorra have capped cash withdrawals in an attempt to contain the damage from U.S. allegations the bank laundered money for international criminal gangs. Andorra took control of the bank after the U.S. Department of the Treasury described it last...

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, March 16- Gold fell on Monday, trading just above its lowest level in more than three months, due to stronger European shares and expectations that this week's Federal Reserve meeting could hint at the timing of any hike in U.S. interest rates. Spot gold was down 0.5 percent at $1,153.26 an ounce by 12:29 p.m. EDT, just above last week's three-month...

  • What risk? Subprime auto bond sees big demand Monday, 16 Mar 2015 | 10:08 AM ET
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    Despite industry problems, Santander Consumer USA had little trouble finding buyers for its subprime auto loan bond deal, the NYT reports.

  • *Euro helped by comments from Italy's Visco. The greenback was also pressured against the euro after Italy's central bank governor expressed concerns about the pace of its fall to 12- year lows as the European Central Bank launched quantitative easing. Ignazio Visco, also a member of the ECB Governing Council, told a conference on Saturday that the euro had...

  • *Andorra says banking system under stress. *Andorra moves to halt withdrawals from tarnished bank, BPA. MADRID, March 16- Andorran authorities have given government-appointed managers at Banca Privada d' Andorra the authority to stop fund withdrawals as the lender battles U.S. allegations it laundered money for international criminal gangs.

  • MOSCOW, March 16- The Russian central bank's First Deputy Governor Dmitry Tulin said on Monday that the bank's key rate, now at 14 percent, is still "very high." The central bank cut this rate by 100 basis points from 15 percent on Friday. "We understand that the reduction in the key rate of the central bank is directed as a whole at increasing the availability of banking...

  • FOREX-ECB's Visco helps euro recover, eyes on Fed Monday, 16 Mar 2015 | 5:06 AM ET

    LONDON, March 16- The euro found a foothold in early European deals on Monday, bolstered by concerns expressed by Italy's central bank governor about the pace of its fall as the European Central Bank launched quantitative easing. Ignazio Visco, also a member of the ECB Governing Council, told a conference on Saturday that the euro had weakened faster than...

  • TOKYO, March 16- Japanese government bonds dipped on Monday after a rally by euro zone debt stalled, with the market in a wait-and-see mode ahead of a closely-watched Federal Reserve policy meeting later in the week that could set the near-term tone for debt markets. An advance by Tokyo's Nikkei to a new 15- year high also dulled the appeal of JGBs.

  • SINGAPORE, March 16- Gold was stuck near its lowest in over three months on Monday, pressured by a stronger dollar, ahead of a key Federal Reserve policy meet this week that could hint at the timing of any hike in U.S. interest rates. *Spot gold slipped 0.3 percent to $1,155.36 an ounce by 0026 GMT, after posting its sixth weekly decline in seven on Friday.

  • Chinese trust firms shift shadow banking risk Sunday, 15 Mar 2015 | 7:30 PM ET

    China's trust firms are shifting more cash into frothy capital markets and over-the-counter (OTC) instruments instead of loans.

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