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  • SINGAPORE, May 25- Gold was trading close to its lowest in over a week on Monday after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the U.S. central bank was poised to hike interest rates this year and as the dollar strengthened to its highest in a month. *Spot gold had slipped 0.2 percent to $1,203 an ounce by 0032 GMT, close to $1,201.20, the metal's lowest since May 13...

  • SHANGHAI/ HONG KONG, May 25- When Chinese flight booking operator Baitour needed cash to grow its business last year, it opted against using Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, its long-term lender and the world's largest bank, turning instead to Internet finance startup Jimu Box. For Baitour, getting funds via Jimu Box, a peer-to-peer online platform that...

  • What will get Europe's economy rolling again? Saturday, 23 May 2015 | 9:42 AM ET

    SINTRA, Portugal— What's behind Europe's sluggish recovery and high jobless rate? The European Central Bank convened some of the world's most prominent economists Thursday through Saturday to probe those questions at the Penha Longa golf resort set amid steep, densely forested hills near the town of Sintra, Portugal, near the Atlantic Ocean.

  • LONDON, May 23- The Bank of England plans to assess the implications of a possible British exit from the European Union, it said in a statement, confirming an email it inadvertently sent to a newspaper about the supposedly confidential research project. British Prime Minister David Cameron, who was re-elected on May 7, has pledged to reshape Britain's ties with...

  • LONDON, May 23- The Bank of England plans to assess the implications of a possible British exit from the European Union, it said in a statement, confirming an email it inadvertently sent to a newspaper about the supposedly confidential research project. British Prime Minister David Cameron, who was re-elected on May 7, has pledged to reshape Britain's ties with...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to June 4 Friday, 22 May 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    SINTRA, Portugal- European Central Bank board member Vitor Constancio chairs session 2 on "Structural Perspectives on European Employment, Productivity, and Growth in a Global Context" at an ECB forum on Central Banking "Inflation and Unemployment in Europe"- 0800 GMT. SINTRA, Portugal- Federal Reserve Vice Chair Stanley Fischer participates in a panel...

  • *Core inflation highest since January 2013. *Microsoft down after report of Salesforce deal talks. May 22- U.S. stocks ended weaker on Friday after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen indicated that the central bank was poised to raise interest rates this year, in line with Wall Street's expectations.

  • NEW YORK, May 22- U.S. stock investors have been enjoying an extended period of low volatility and steady gains, but with the Federal Reserve on track to raise interest rates this year and major indexes near records, the market could get a bit choppier in coming weeks. Fed Chair Janet Yellen on Friday said she expected the U.S. central bank to raise rates in 2015,...

  • WASHINGTON, May 22- Rising shelter and medical care costs boosted underlying U.S. inflation pressures in April, a welcome sign for the Federal Reserve as it contemplates raising interest rates this year. "It will give the Fed greater confidence that inflation will indeed make it to its target in the next couple of years, it increases the odds of faster Fed action,"...

  • HAMPTON, N.H./ WASHINGTON, May 22- Hillary Clinton on Friday voiced strong support for keeping the U.S. Export-Import Bank open and accused Republican opponents who want to close the export-promoting lender of putting American jobs at risk. Some of the bank's biggest beneficiaries, including General Electric Co and Boeing Co, say closing Ex-Im will lead to the...

  • WASHINGTON/ PROVIDENCE, May 22- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Friday said she expected the central bank to raise interest rates this year, as the U.S. economy was on course to bounce back from a sluggish first quarter and headwinds at home and abroad waned. In a speech to a business group in Providence, Rhode Island, Yellen said she expected economic data to...

  • WASHINGTON— Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday she expects to begin raising interest rates later this year— if the job market improves and the Fed is confident inflation will climb closer toward its target rate. The Fed has kept its key benchmark rate at a record low near zero since December 2008. "I think it will be appropriate at some point this year to...

  • WASHINGTON/ PROVIDENCE, May 22- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Friday said she expected the central bank to raise rates this year as the U.S. economy was on course to bounce back from a sluggish first quarter and as headwinds at home and abroad begin to wane. Yellen, in prepared remarks for a speech in Rhode Island, said she expected economic data to strengthen,...

  • MANCHESTER, N.H./ WASHINGTON, May 22- Hillary Clinton on Friday will voice strong support for keeping the U.S. Export-Import Bank open and accuse conservative Republicans who want to close the export-promoting lender of destroying jobs, her campaign said. The government export credit agency, which helps finance foreign purchases of U.S.-made products, has...

  • WASHINGTON, May 22- Rising shelter and medical care costs boosted underlying U.S. inflation pressures in April, a welcome sign for the Federal Reserve as it contemplates raising interest rates this year. The Labor Department said on Friday its Consumer Price Index, excluding food and energy, increased 0.3 percent last month. "It will give the Fed greater...

  • AXA axes 500 mln euros of coal investments Friday, 22 May 2015 | 11:43 AM ET

    PARIS, May 22- French insurer AXA said on Friday it was cutting its exposure to the coal industry, pulling out of investments worth 500 million euros. Bank of America said earlier this month it was cutting back its lending to the coal industry, while French bank Societe Generale said it was restricting its exposure to the sector. However oil major Royal Dutch...

  • LONDON, May 22- French bank BNP Paribas is reviewing its global markets business in London in an attempt to cut costs and improve its profitability, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday. BNP Paribas has about 4,100 staff in its corporate and institutional banking business in Britain. Efinancial News earlier reported BNP Paribas' rates and fixed...

  • NEW YORK, May 22- Global equity markets dipped modestly Friday but remained near record highs, while the yield on U.S. government debt rose as a gain in core consumer prices in April should keep the Federal Reserve on course to raise interest rates later this year. Fed Chair Janet Yellen is expected to acknowledge recent sluggishness in the U.S. economy, including a...

  • *Core inflation at highest since January 2013. May 22- Wall Street was mixed in early trading on Friday as investors digested data that showed rising inflation pressure, casting fresh doubt on when the Federal Reserve would ultimately raise interest rates this year. "September is still the most likely lift-off date, but July is not out of the question,...

  • LONDON, May 22- "Don't Fight the Fed" has long been a central tenet of financial markets and one of the most profitable trading strategies around. A speech in London on Monday from European Central Bank Executive Board member Benoit Coeure about tweaks to the bank's bond-buying program, or quantitative easing caught the market on the hop and triggered one of the...

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