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  • *Fed Chair Janet Yellen speech pressures gold slightly. NEW YORK/ LONDON, May 22- Gold eased on Friday, on course for its first weekly decline in four weeks, after U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said she expected an interest rate hike this year.

  • 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,"...

  • 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...

  • *Yellen comments leave rate expectations unchanged on Wall Street. *Microsoft down after report of Salesforce deal talk. May 22- U.S. stocks were flat on Friday after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said it would be appropriate to raise interest rates this year if the economy continues on its current path, in line with broad expectations on Wall Street.

  • Nevertheless, total egg production rose slightly in April, supported by a greater output of eggs for hatching into meat-producing birds and more egg-laying hens, the USDA reported. The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has since confirmed cases in 54 Iowa flocks containing more than 26 million birds, most of them egg-laying hens.

  • 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,...

  • *Ctrip, Expedia hit record highs on stake sale deal. May 22- The S&P 500 and Dow fell in early afternoon trading on Friday, retreating from recent record highs, as investors await Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's economic outlook for clues on the timing of a rate hike after new data showed a rise in inflation. "It will give the Fed greater confidence that inflation...

  • Boston, several suburbs see major population growth Friday, 22 May 2015 | 12:34 PM ET

    The U.S. Census Bureau in estimates released this week said Boston and four of its immediate suburbs added the most new residents from July 1, 2013 to July 1, 2014. Boston gained nearly 6,000 new residents, with Cambridge, Everett, Watertown and Chelsea closing out the top five. The greater Boston population has been growing in the past five years, said Susan Strate,...

  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has promised to unveil its proposal for how much biofuel must be blended into the nation's fuel supply for the years 2015 and 2016, and to revise previously proposed volumes for 2014 by June 1. Though the law laid out volumetric standards, the EPA is tasked with specific volumetric biofuel blending goals each year, a...

  • 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...

  • *Core inflation at highest since January 2013. May 22- U.S. stocks fell in late morning trading on Friday, retreating from recent record highs, as investors await Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's economic outlook for clues on the timing of a rate hike after new data showed a rise in inflation. "September is the most likely scenario and Yellen has been very keen on...

  • DENVER— Construction crews are returning to work at the veterans hospital outside Denver after a last-minute deal with congressional leaders avoided a shutdown of the half-finished project. Congress and the Veterans Affairs Department still must find up to $830 million to finish the vastly over-budget hospital without taking services away from...

  • 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,...

  • US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-WALL ST OPENS LOWER AFTER APRIL CPI DATA@. May 22- U.S. stocks opened lower on Friday after data showed a stronger-than-expected rise in core inflation in April, suggesting the Federal Reserve would remain on course to hike interest rates later this year. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 14.69 points, or 0.08 percent, to 18,271.05, the S&P...

  • WASHINGTON, May 22- U.S. consumer prices moderated in April on weak gasoline prices, but rising shelter and medical care costs boosted underlying inflation pressures, which should keep the Federal Reserve on course to raise interest rates later this year. The Labor Department said on Friday its Consumer Price Index gained 0.1 percent last month after...

  • WASHINGTON, May 22- U.S. consumer prices moderated in April on weak gasoline prices, but rising shelter and medical care costs boosted underlying inflation pressures, which should keep the Federal Reserve on course to raise interest rates later this year. The Labor Department said on Friday its Consumer Price Index slipped 0.1 percent last month after...

  • US STOCKS-Futures rise ahead of Yellen's speech, Friday, 22 May 2015 | 7:30 AM ET

    May 22- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Friday, a day after the S&P 500 ended at an all-time high and ahead of Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's take on the economy that investors will peruse for clues on the timing of a rate hike. *Aeropostale slumped 22.8 percent to $2 in premarket trading after the teen apparel retailer estimated a...

  • *Vodafone shares gain, Richemont slips. European Central Bank President Mario Draghi and Bank of England Governor Mark Carney, along with other central bankers, will be addressing an ECB Forum in Portugal later in the day. Attention will also fall on Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, who is due to speak on the U.S. economic outlook before the Greater Providence...