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  • ATHENS, May 27- Greece's government on Wednesday said it is starting to draft an agreement with creditors that would pave the way for aid, but European officials quickly dismissed that as wishful thinking. Greece and its European and International Monetary Fund lenders have been locked in tortuous negotiations on a reforms agreement for four months without a...

  • UPDATE 2-U.S. urges EU, IMF to be flexible with Greece Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 12:27 PM ET

    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew issued the warning on Wednesday in a stopover in London on his way to a meeting of Group of Seven finance ministers in Dresden, Germany. Finance ministers from the United States, Japan, Germany, France, Italy, Britain and Canada are meeting in Dresden on Thursday and Friday, and although Greece is not formally on the agenda, it will be...

  • The Treasury will sell $35 billion in five-year notes at 1 p.m. ET, the second round of this week's hefty $90 billion in new supply of U.S. government debt. Greece has to repay the International Monetary Fund 300 million euros on June 5, the first of four installments due in June that total 1.6 billion euros. "You're probably seeing both a reaction to the supply and a...

  • Greece says deal with creditors is close; markets rally Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 10:21 AM ET

    Alexis Tsipras spoke shortly before Greek negotiators were due to meet in Brussels with representatives of the bailout creditors— whose cash has kept Greece from bankruptcy for the past five years. But he warned stumbling blocks remain, as Greece is dealing with three different creditor institutions— the International Monetary Fund, European Commission...

  • ATHENS, Greece— A big taboo has been broken in Athens. Instead, it insisted on calling the International Monetary Fund, European Commission and European Central Bank the "institutions. The troika and its austerity inspections, Athens said, were finished.

  • US STOCKS-Futures edge higher after dollar rally subsides Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 7:41 AM ET

    May 27- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Wednesday as the dollar retreated from its largest gain in two years and as worries about Greece receded. *Greece and its European creditors have also played down fears that Athens would default on a payment to the International Monetary Fund next week. *Michael Kors Holdings fell 11 percent to $53.92 after the...

  • "The dollar had a strong rebound on the back of slightly better than expected U.S. durable goods and consumer confidence data, but that rebound has been short-lived," said Angus Campbell, senior analyst at FXpro in London. Greece and its European creditors have played down fears that Athens would default on a payment to the International Monetary Fund next week.

  • MOSCOW, May 26- Russia is increasing its gold holdings because gold is a reserve asset that is free from legal and political risks, a senior central banker said on Tuesday. Russia increased its gold holdings for many months in a row last year, as shown by central bank and International Monetary Fund figures. Western sanctions imposed because of Russia's actions in...

  • ATHENS/ BRUSSELS, May 26- Greece and its Europeans creditors on Tuesday sought to play down fears that Athens would default on a payment to the International Monetary Fund next week. Running short of cash to pay public sector salaries, pensions and debt obligations, senior members of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's government have said openly that Greece does...

  • BRUSSELS, May 26- Cash-strapped Greece could avoid paying back the IMF on June 5 without defaulting if it lumps together all IMF repayments due in June and pays them at the end of the month, officials said on Tuesday. Greece has to repay the International Monetary Fund 300 million euros on June 5, the first of four installments due in June that total 1.6 billion euros.

  • Greece might sidestep June 5 IMF payment deadline Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 9:18 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, May 26- Cash-strapped Greece could avoid paying back the IMF on June 5 and win more time to negotiate a funding deal without defaulting if it lumps together all IMF repayments due in June and pays them at the end of the month, officials said on Tuesday. Greece has to repay the International Monetary Fund 300 million euros on June 5, the first of four...

  • GREECE COULD AVOID HAVING TO PAY IMF ON JUNE 5 IF IT LUMPS TOGETHER ALL JUNE IMF BILLS AND PAYS AT END OF MONTH- OFFICIALS.

  • Greece mulls levy on undeclared deposits to raise cash Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 8:33 AM ET

    ATHENS, Greece— Greece is proposing to legalize tax-dodgers' undeclared money for a fee, a way to raise money as the country tries to reach a deal with creditors to get more bailout money and avoid default. The new, radical left-led government in Athens says that without the money it can't make a debt payment to the International Monetary Fund on June 5.

  • *IMF expects China growth of 6.8 pct this year. BEIJING, May 26- China's yuan currency is no longer undervalued after its recent gains, but the government should quicken reforms to get to having "a floating exchange rate", the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday. In a reference to how China still has a large trade surplus, despite a stronger yuan, the IMF said...

  • IMF official says China's yuan no longer undervalued Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 6:37 AM ET

    BEIJING— The International Monetary Fund no longer believes China's tightly controlled currency is undervalued, an IMF official said Tuesday, a stance that might help Beijing in its wrangling with Washington over exchange rate controls. The IMF's first deputy managing director, David Lipton, also said Beijing should work toward having a floating exchange...

  • *IMF expects China growth of 6.8 pct this year. BEIJING, May 26- China's yuan currency is no longer undervalued after its recent substantial appreciation, but the government should quicken reforms to get to having "a floating exchange rate", the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday. In a reference to how China still has a large trade surplus, despite yuan...

  • BEIJING, May 26- China should step up fiscal support for its economy if growth dips below 6.5 percent this year, or prepare to take steps to rein in credit and investment if growth surprises on the upper side, the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday. The IMF said China still faced risks form unsustainable credit and investment growth and urged the...

  • PARIS, May 25- Greece's budget proposals are insufficient to ensure a surplus this year, International Monetary Fund chief economist Olivier Blanchard was quoted as saying on Monday. Blanchard told French financial daily Les Echos in an interview that Greece was supposed to have a 3 percent 2015 budget surplus, but that this goal was probably not realistic at...

  • *Markets in U.S., much of Europe closed on Monday. LONDON, May 25- European shares fell in thin trade on Monday while the dollar held firm after U.S. A warning on Sunday by Greece's interior minister that the country will not be able to meet a June 5 repayment to the International Monetary Fund, and political concerns in Spain after the ruling People's Party took a...

  • Asian stock markets mostly higher in quiet trading day Sunday, 24 May 2015 | 11:29 PM ET

    BEIJING— Asian stocks were mostly higher Monday on a quiet trading day with Hong Kong, Wall Street and London closed for holidays. Singapore, Manila and New Zealand also rose. GREECE DEBT: Greece's ruling Radical Left Coalition rejected a call by party hardliners to skip its next payment to the International Monetary Fund.