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  • Discover Financial to increase dividend     Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Kayla Tausche reports Discover Financial proposed to increase its next quarterly dividend to $0.24 from $0.20.

  • TABLE-U.S. banks' capital ratios under Fed stress tests Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    Only Zions Bancorporation, a Salt Lake City, Utah- based lender with $56.0 billion in assets, would be left with a regulatory capital ratio beneath the Fed's 5.0 percent minimum under the exercise. M&T Bank Corp 5.9 Bank of America Corp 6.0. Morgan Stanley 6.1 Ally Financial Inc 6.3.

  • WASHINGTON, March 20- U.S. big banks have enough capital buffers to withstand a drastic economic downturn, the Federal Reserve said on Thursday, announcing that 29 out of 30 major banks met the minimum hurdle in its annual health check.

  • COLUMN-After the Fed: What investors should do now Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 3:59 PM ET

    CHICAGO, March 20- For active income investors, the next year or so will be a trying time of tough love. On Wednesday, Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen signaled that interest rates may rise as early as next spring, and the market reacted with force, continuing a pullback that began nearly a year ago.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, March 20- Gold prices were little changed on Thursday, helped by bargain hunting after the metal's sharp drop the previous day on comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen that suggested U.S. interest rates could rise sooner than expected.

  • Viktor Ozerov, chairman of the Security and Defense Committee of the Federation Council. Vladimir Dzhabarov, first deputy chairman of the International Affairs Committee of the Federation Council, Russia's upper house of parliament. Nikolai Ryzhkov, senator in Russia's Federation Council.

  • European shares trim losses on Philly Fed data Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 12:27 PM ET

    *Pan-European index trims losses after Philadelphia data. It later trimmed losses to trade 0.3 percent lower at 1,301.34 points by 1559 GMT, after the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank said its business activity index rose to 9.0 in March from -6.3 in February.

  • Dow climbs 100 points     Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 12:25 PM ET

    The "Fast Money" traders weigh in on what's driving the turnaround in the markets. I think it's financials, says Josh Brown. Don't forget about big tech, says Jon Najarian, with a look at Hewlett-Packard, Intel and Microsoft, to name a few.

  • Draghi hails 'great progress' on banking union     Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 12:13 PM ET

    The ECB welcomes the EU banking union deal, says the central bank's President Mario Draghi, adding that the region needs a mechanism that "is properly funded."

  • DUBAI, March 20- Saudi Arabia's National Commercial Bank has invited banks to pitch for the adviser role on its highly-anticipated flotation on the kingdom's bourse, it said on Thursday.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St edges higher after Philly Fed data Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 10:48 AM ET

    Wall Street opened lower but reversed course after the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank said its business activity index rose far more than expected in March, rebounding after a contraction in February.

  • HOLLYWOOD, Fla., March 20- U.S. blacklistings over Russia's annexation of Crimea may spark a sanctions exchange that would leave banks scrambling to assess their exposure to targeted parties and to uncover murky financial linkages, according to industry officials.

  • FACTBOX-Key facts about Europe's banking union Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 10:09 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, March 20- Europe struck a deal on Thursday to complete a banking union with an agency to shut failing euro zone banks, but there will be no joint backstop for a fund to pay the costs of closures. *Banking union was shaped in part by Mario Draghi, the president of the European Central Bank, but it falls short of his vision.

  • Philly Fed factory activity index jumps in March Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 10:09 AM ET

    NEW YORK, March 20- Factory activity in the U.S. mid-Atlantic region expanded far more than expected in March, a survey showed on Thursday. The Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank said its business activity index rose to 9.0 in March from -6.3 in February, topping economists' expectations for 3.8, according to a Reuters poll.

  • UPDATE 5-Brent crude eases on U.S. rate rise expectations Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 10:04 AM ET

    *U.S. stockpiles rise more than expected; fall at Cushing hub. LONDON, March 20- Brent crude oil eased on Thursday after the Federal Reserve indicated the U.S. central bank could end its stimulus programme and raise interest rates sooner than expected. Brent was down 11 cents at $105.74 a barrel by 1357 GMT, after settling 94 cents lower on Wednesday.

  • Banking in the cloud with Q2     Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 10:02 AM ET

    Matt Flake, Q2 Holdings CEO, explains how his cloud-based banking platform allows community banks to compete with the big banks online.

  • Cramer: Bar reset for China     Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 9:02 AM ET

    Goldman Sachs is the latest bank to go bearish on China as the bank revisits its 2014 growth forecast. CNBC's Jim Cramer is looking for more realistic expectations from China.

  • New round of bank stress tests: What to watch for Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 9:03 AM ET

    Some interesting developments could crop up in the new round of stress tests applied by the Fed on banks.

  • UPDATE 2-Europe strikes deal to complete banking union Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 8:44 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, March 20- European policymakers agreed on Thursday to complete a banking union with an agency to shut failing euro zone banks, but there will be no joint backstop for a fund to pay the costs of closures. It completes the second pillar of banking union, starting at the end of the year when the European Central Bank takes over as watchdog.

  • Fed shift threatens its credibility: Farr Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 8:34 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen speaks during a news conference March 19, 2014 at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, DC.

    The Fed's shift to new metrics when old metric falls short is confusing and threatens its credibility, says Michael Farr.

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