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  • *Bundesbank chief open in principle to QE, if it is needed. *Drop in inflation sees him open up to the idea. FRANKFURT, April 17- As recently as last November, Jens Weidmann steadfastly opposed any move by the European Central Bank to print money to buy assets and buoy the euro zone economy.

  • Morgan beats; CEO vows to 'reward' shareholders Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 11:13 AM ET

    Morgan Stanley delivered quarterly earnings and revenue that surpassed analysts' expectations on Thursday.

  • Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley to surprise?     Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 5:30 AM ET

    Dick Bove, vice president of equity research for teh financial sector at Rafferty Capital, discusses the banking sector following Bank of America's "extraordinary" trading results, and says this year should be "very good" for the industry.

  • *ROE in 2013 was 6.6 percent across top European quoted banks. *Bank ROE level about 40 pct of wider market returns. LONDON, April 17- Europe's largest banks are generating a poor return on their capital, well below their post-crisis targets, as muted credit growth slows their recovery and progress on costs is swallowed by unexpectedly high loan losses.

  • LONDON, April 17- Europe's 30 largest banks boosted return on equity to 6.6 percent last year but remain well behind their medium-term targets. *Credit Suisse cost/income is for core bank only. ****Standard Chartered figures are for normalised ROE.

  • Nikkei ends flat as profit-taking tempers Fed optimism Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 2:12 AM ET

    TOKYO, April 17- Japan's Nikkei share average ended flat in choppy trade on Thursday as profit-taking from the previous day's large gains offset optimism that the U.S. Federal Reserve will keep interest rates low for an extended period.

  • April 17- The Federal Reserve indicated to Citigroup Inc that the bank would get more time to fix certain "stress test" planning problems before rejecting its capital plan last month, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people close to the company.

  • Vera Eve Lim, CFO at Bank Danamon Indonesia, explains why the lender saw a 13 percent drop in first-quarter earnings.

  • *Top U.S. central banker stresses need for stimulus. NEW YORK, April 16- Persistently low inflation poses a more immediate threat to the U.S. economy than rising prices, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said on Wednesday, stressing that the U.S. central bank would be delivering policy stimulus for some time to come.

  • NEW YORK, April 16- The dollar rose to the highest level in a week against the yen on Wednesday on signs of future buying of Tokyo stocks by Japan's state pension fund, but edged lower against the euro on traders' view that the Federal Reserve is maintaining a dovish stance.

  • WASHINGTON, April 16- Two U.S. senators on Wednesday pushed the Federal Reserve to write tough new rules to limit Wall Street's role in commodity markets, stepping up pressure for a clampdown on some of the country's largest banks.

  • NEW YORK, April 16- Bank of America's wealth management businesses slowed in the first quarter, with profit at its Merrill Lynch brokerage and U.S. Trust private banking units slipping 6.5 percent to $729 million from $777 million in the last quarter of 2013..

  • ATHENS, April 16- National Bank of Greece was set to be the fourth Greek lender to tap international markets through a share offering on Wednesday after plans were approved for it to raise up to 2.5 billion euros to boost its core capital.

  • U.S. economic activity increased in most regions -Fed Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 16- U.S. economic activity picked up in recent weeks as a weather-related drag lifted, the Federal Reserve said on Wednesday. Chicago reported that growth had picked up, while New York and Philadelphia said activity had rebounded from slowdowns related to severe weather earlier in the year.

  • NEW YORK, April 16- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said on Wednesday the U.S. economy appeared to be slowly moving toward full employment, but that it would need help from the central bank for some time to come. "I do think we are seeing very meaningful progress, although clearly... the goal has not been achieved at this point," she told the Economic Club of New York.

  • *Rates on hold at 1 percent since September 2010. OTTAWA, April 16- Canadian central bank chief Stephen Poloz said on Wednesday an interest rate cut is still a possibility even though the bank forecasts inflation will pick up speed this year and approach its 2 percent target.

  • Commercial loans key XLF growth: Analyst     Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 11:36 AM ET

    Discussing loan growth in financials and the drag of litigation on Bank of America's earnings, with Gerard Cassidy, RBC Capital Markets lead banking analyst.

  • Boutique banking with Moelis & Co.     Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 10:12 AM ET

    Ken Moelis, Moelis & Company founder and CEO, discusses the public debut of his company on the NYSE and explains his boutique investment banking model. "Clients will want the flexibility of an independent, unconflicted advisor," Moelis says.

  • Psychology of market better: Pro     Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 10:01 AM ET

    Discussing how to buy in volatile market conditions and the investment banking market, David Katz, Matrix Asset Advisors CIO, and Charles Bobrinskoy, Ariel Investments vice chairman & portfolio manager.

  • BEIJING, April 16- China's economy expanded 7.4 percent between January and March, its slowest pace in 18 months, prompting authorities to act for the second time in as many weeks to shore up growth.

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