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  • NEW YORK, March 6- U.S. stock investors may be bracing for further signs next week that the Federal Reserve could increase interest rates sooner rather than later, with retail sales expected to rebound after two straight months of declines. The S&P 500 ended the week more than 2 percent off its March 2 closing record high, while the Nasdaq was more than 70 points off...

  • NEW YORK, March 6- Many of Wall Street's biggest banks are more convinced the Federal Reserve will interest raise rates in June after a strong February jobs report on Friday pointed to sustained economic growth and as the jobless rate hit a more than 6-1/ 2 year-low. Fed Chair Janet Yellen has reiterated that policymakers will remain "patient" in deciding when to...

  • NEW YORK, March 6- America's tumbling unemployment rate and better-than-expected job gains in February should give Federal Reserve officials confidence this month to pave the way, though not commit, to an interest rate hike in June. While wage gains were only slight, analysts said the Fed was now likely to drop a reference to patience on the timing of a rate hike...

  • NEW YORK, March 6- America's tumbling unemployment rate and better-than-expected job gains in February should give Federal Reserve officials confidence to pave the way this month, though not commit, to an interest rate hike in June. Given today's employment report, right now, June would strike me as the leading candidate for lift off, " Richmond Federal Reserve...

  • Banking on African growth Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 11:50 AM ET
    Banking on African growth

    Albert Essien, CEO of Ecobank, talks about the biggest challenges the bank faces, and investment opportunities in Africa.

  • *Average hourly earnings rise three cents. WASHINGTON, March 6- U.S. employment growth accelerated in February and the jobless rate fell to a more than 6-1/ 2 year low of 5.5 percent, signs that could encourage the Federal Reserve to consider hiking interest rates in June. We think it is on the path to make a rate change in June, "said Sam Bullard, a senior economist at...

  • *Former stock exchange boss seen playing new role. ANKARA/ ISTANBUL, March 6- President Tayyip Erdogan blamed an "interest rate lobby" of speculators for the Turkish lira's slide and said he would discuss its decline with the country's embattled central bank and the government's economy czar. The lira briefly recovered from record lows following his comments,...

  • US banks pass stress tests: Reaction Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 5:30 AM ET
    US banks pass stress tests: Reaction

    The first round of U.S. banks stress tests show that all 31 banks have passed. John Blank, chief equity strategist at Zacks Investment Research, weighs in with his reaction.

  • Should we get bullish on US banks? Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 5:30 AM ET
    Should we get bullish on US banks?

    All 31 banks have passed the first round of the Federal Reserve's stress tests. Cole Smead, managing director & portfolio manager at Smead Capital Management, discusses whether its time to get bullish on banks.

  • *Japan Display confirms new plant, source says for Apple. TOKYO, March 6- Loss-making Sharp Corp has asked a domestic corporate turnaround fund to invest up to $250 million in capital- aid which would come on top of plans to tap its two main lenders for a second major bailout, a source said on Friday. Weak sales of smartphone screens in China, aggravated by an unexpected...

  • LONDON, March 6- The dollar hit a new 11- year high against major currencies on Friday as investors bet the monthly U.S. jobs report would add to the chance of rate hikes, even as the European Central Bank embarks on a 1 trillion euro campaign of bond-buying. The euro broke below $1.0980 for the first time since September 2003 as it continued its steady march lower.

  • *U.S. nonfarm payrolls forecast rising 240,000 in February. WASHINGTON, March 6- U.S. employment likely rose strongly in February with the jobless rate slipping, signs that could encourage the Federal Reserve to consider hiking interest rates in June. "The jobs picture remains extraordinary healthy," said Jacob Oubina, an economist at RBC Capital Markets in New...

  • HONOLULU, March 5- Federal Reserve policymakers should not wait too long to raise interest rates, a top U.S. central banker said on Thursday, because doing so could mean "drastically" overshooting on inflation and forcing the Fed to hike rates dramatically. "I think that by mid-year it will be the time to have a serious discussion about starting to raise rates," San...

  • TOKYO, March 6- Loss-making Sharp Corp has asked a domestic corporate turnaround fund to invest up to $250 million in capital- aid which would come on top of plans to tap its two main lenders for a second major bailout, the Nikkei business daily reported. Hit by a supply glut of smartphone screens in China and fierce competition from rival Japan Display Inc that...

  • Time for independent financial firms to shine? Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 6:38 PM ET
    Time for independent financial firms to shine?

    Ralph Schlosstein, president and CEO of Evercore, says big lenders are trimming staffing levels because independent firms are gaining market share. He also discusses the firm's ambitions in Asia.

  • 5 big bank trades on strong stress test marks Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 7:03 PM ET
    Bank of America

    All 31 tested banks got good marks in the Fed's annual test, but some stocks will pop more than others, "Fast Money" traders said.

  • TOKYO, March 6- Sharp Corp has asked a corporate turnaround fund, Japan Industrial Solutions, to take stake of up to around 30 billion yen to help with the loss-making electronics maker's restructuring, the Nikkei business daily reported. The request for aid would come in addition to tapping its its main banks Mizuho Bank and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ for a...

  • WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, March 5- All 31 U.S. banks passed a test of how they would do in a next economic crisis, the Federal Reserve said on Thursday, but those with large trading books came out weak because of new elements in the check-up. But Wall Street banks such as Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan Chase& Co were among the five banks with the lowest readings.

  • Banks capital plans to be released March 11th Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 4:42 PM ET
    Banks capital plans to be released March 11

    Dissecting the bank's stress test results, with Marty Mosby, Vining Sparks and CNBC's Kayla Tausche.

  • Fed: Banks have capital to withstand a depression Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 5:48 PM ET

    Investors had been closely watching the results, particularly for Citigroup, whose CEO had said his job should be on the line if they failed.

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