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  • LONDON, March 27- The dollar rose across the board on Friday, extending a rebound begun the previous day after Federal Reserve officials signalled they were still on track to raise interest rates this year. Traders are now awaiting a speech by Fed Chair Janet Yellen at 1945 GMT to see whether she strikes a similarly hawkish tone to that of her colleagues, as well as...

  • *Middle East tensions eyed for cues. LONDON, March 27- Gold fell on Friday, snapping a seven-day rally as the dollar rebounded after Federal Reserve officials signalled they remained on track to raise rates this year, but the metal still looked set to post its second straight weekly gain. The metal jumped 2 percent on Thursday to its highest since March 2 at...

  • LONDON, March 27- The dollar climbed broadly on Friday, extending a rebound begun the previous day after Federal Reserve officials signaled they were still on track to raise interest rates this year. "It's pretty clear that the market psychology is still to buy the dollar on dips, and hence we had this huge reversal in the dollar," said Alvin Tan, a currency strategist...

  • MADRID, March 27- Andorra will create a' bad bank' to group the assets of Banca Privada d' Andorra linked to illicit activity, it said late on Thursday, as the principality battles to rebuild the reputation of its banking system. Andorra, a small mountainous state whose economy relies heavily on financial services, took control of BPA this month after the U.S....

  • LJUBLJANA, March 27- Slovenia has sold its second largest bank Nova KBM to investment fund Apollo for about 200 million euros, daily newspaper Delo said on Friday, citing unofficial sources close to the bank. The bank received a state capital injection of 870 million euros in 2013 as a part of a broader rescue package to prevent Slovenia's banks from collapsing...

  • March 27- Hong Kong stocks ended flat on Friday, with banking heavyweights down but property stocks firmer after news of government measures to support the real estate sector. Bank of Communications Co Ltd said on Thursday its bad loan ratio rose to 1.25 percent, the highest level since 2010.. Among the most actively traded stocks on Hong Kong's main board were...

  • LONDON, March 27- The Bank of England is warning about potential irregularities in financial markets on a regular basis as it tries to address the problems that dragged it into recent market scandals, a senior BoE official said. Chris Salmon, executive director of markets at the BoE, also told Reuters that more rigid rules of engagement for the central bank's...

  • Attorney Melinda Haag said Thursday a federal jury in Oakland found 66- year-old Ebrahim Shabudin guilty of conspiring with others within the bank to falsify key bank records as part of a scheme to conceal millions of dollars in losses and falsely inflate the bank's financial statements. Shabudin was Chief Operating Officer for United Commercial Bank...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to April 9 Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 8:02 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, United States- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks on "Monetary Policy" before the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Conference: The New Normal for Monetary Policy- 1945 GMT. PRISHTINA- European Central Bank's Deputy Director General International& European Relations, Gilles Noblet, speaks at an event to celebrate the conclusion of a...

  • NEW YORK, March 26- The New York Federal Reserve officials tasked with prying interest rates off the floor have been meeting with bankers and traders to plot how best to do it, amid deep uncertainty over how much control they will really have over short-term lending markets. With the U.S. central bank expected to raise rates later this year, Simon Potter and his team...

  • BRASILIA, March 26- Brazil's central bank signaled on Thursday it will continue to raise interest rates as it expects inflation to remain too high next year despite a contracting economy. "Although we have seen some progress in the stabilization of inflation expectations for 2016, we still don't consider that to be enough," central bank director Luiz Awazu...

  • MADRID/ MILAN March 26- The euro zone credit cycle is a whisker away from turning positive but don't expect a rapid recovery. Bank lending to the private sector fell 0.1 percent in February, data from the European Central Bank showed on Thursday, dashing expectations for an increase but inching ever closer to positive growth after nearly three years of...

  • GENEVA, March 26- The United States is concerned about China's restrictions on the use of foreign information technology equipment by the banking sector, the United States said in a filing published by the World Trade Organization on Thursday. U.S. business groups have already complained about the regulations, and senior officials, including Secretary of...

  • DETROIT, March 26- The Federal Reserve should remain on track to raise interest rates later this year despite the U.S. economy's weak start to the year and a stock market sell-off this week, two Fed officials said on Thursday. In separate events in Frankfurt and Detroit, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard and Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart said U.S....

  • ROME, March 26- Bond-buying by the European Central Bank will reinforce the euro zone's economic recovery, its president, Mario Draghi, said on Thursday, adding that there was already evidence that the scheme was taking effect. Draghi told lawmakers in Italy's parliament that recent data releases "are comforting about the contribution that monetary policy is...

  • Pressure rises on Greece as savers drain bank deposits Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 11:25 AM ET

    The central bank of Greece said Thursday that private and business deposits dropped to 140.5 billion euros by the end of February. Some feared the clash could push Greece to bankruptcy and even cause it to fall out of the euro, a move that would devastate the country's financial system in the short term. Greece has its back against a wall as it badly needs money— it...

  • March 26- The chief financial officer of Russia's Sberbank told a conference call:. *Doesn't promise record dividends on 2014 and 2015 results. *Bank has option to convert sub debt from c.bank to Tier 1 capital, boosting T1 capital ratio by around 1.2 percent.

  • DUBAI, March 26- Saudi Arabia has begun drawing down its foreign currency reserves for the first time since 2009 to cover a record state budget deficit caused by the plunge in oil prices, data from the Saudi central bank indicated on Thursday. It was the first year-on-year drop since February 2010, when Saudi Arabia was affected by the global financial crisis.

  • VIENNA, March 26- The European Central Bank has asked euro zone lenders to detail their exposure to Austria and provisions they plan to make after the country halted debt repayments by a "bad bank" winding down defunct lender Hypo Alpe Adria, financial sources told Reuters. Austria- which like Germany and Britain has already adopted ahead of schedule the new...

  • EU signals further divergence from global banking rules Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 8:23 AM ET

    LONDON, March 26- The European Union will continue to diverge from global banking regulations where necessary to avoid overburdening smaller lenders, the bloc's financial services chief said on Thursday. Hill said he would "differentiate" from other Basel rules, too, in an effort to ensure that EU legislation is proportionate and takes into account different...

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