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  • *Gold up 0.3 pct on week, could end 4- week losing streak. LONDON, Feb 27- Gold edged down on Friday and was heading for its biggest monthly loss since September as European shares traded near seven-year highs and upbeat U.S. data supported expectations of a rate hike by the Federal Reserve this year. Gold has fallen more than 7 percent from a five-month high above...

  • *Dollar index eases from previous day's 1- month high. LONDON, Feb 27- The dollar index slipped on Friday, pegged back by month-end selling, but was still on track for its eighth straight month of gains on better data and comments from Federal Reserve officials that bolstered bets for a rate rise this year. The index had rallied 1.1 percent on Thursday, bringing it...

  • TOKYO/ SINGAPORE, Feb 27- The dollar took a breather after surging to a one-month high against a basket of currencies the previous day as U.S. economic data and comments from Federal Reserve officials prompted investors to raise their bets on a rate increase. The euro edged up 0.1 percent to $1.1213, but remained not far from a one-month low of $1.1184 touched on...

  • TOKYO, Feb 27- The dollar took a breather in Tokyo on Friday after surging to a one-month high against a basket of currencies overnight as U.S. economic data and comments from Federal Reserve officials prompted investors to raise their bets on a rate increase. The euro edged up about 0.1 percent in Asian trade to $1.1197, but remained not far from a one-month low of...

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to March 12 Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    NEW YORK- Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland President Loretta Mester, Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William Dudley, Federal Reserve Vice Chair Stanley Fischer, former Federal Reserve chair Ben Bernanke and Bank of Japan Deputy Governor Hiroshi Nakaso participate in the U.S. Monetary Policy Forum 2015 Annual Conference sponsored by the...

  • CPI in biggest drop since 2008; core inflation rises. NEW YORK, Feb 26- Global equities dipped on Thursday as investor enthusiasm was dampened by a pullback in oil prices related to rising inventories, while the dollar rose as economic data drove expectations that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates. The MSCI All-Country World equity index was down 0.2...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 26- The dollar rose to a one-month high against a basket of currencies on Thursday as data on U.S. inflation and business orders revived confidence in the world's biggest economy and supported bets the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates in the middle of the year. The greenback also received support from San Francisco President John Williams...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 26- Low-yielding bond markets could abruptly "wake up" and reprice for tighter U.S. monetary policy, posing problems for the Federal Reserve as it approaches an interest rate hike, a top Fed official said on Thursday. Louis Fed President James Bullard said in an interview with Reuters that the longer the U.S. central bank keeps rates near zero amid such...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 26- U.S. regulators on Thursday imposed the toughest rules yet on Internet service providers, aiming to ensure fair treatment of all web traffic through their networks. The Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines, with Democrats in favor, to approve new "net neutrality" rules that seek to restrict broadband providers' power to...

  • FOREX-Dollar jumps on U.S. data, Bullard; euro falls Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 11:10 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Feb 26- The dollar climbed to a one-month high against a basket of currencies on Thursday as data on U.S. inflation and business orders revived confidence in the world's biggest economy and supported bets the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates in the middle of the year. The dollar's jump followed back-to-back days of losses stemming from...

  • Cracks appearing in public pensions’ armor Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 10:46 AM ET
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers his budget address, Feb. 24, 2015, in Trenton, N.J.

    First in Detroit, then in Stockton, Calif., and now in New Jersey, judges and other top officials are challenging public pensions. The NYT reports.

  • Feb 26- Diagnostics company Corgenix Medical Corp said on Thursday U.S. health regulators had approved its rapid Ebola test for emergency use, in response to the world's worst outbreak of the virus that killed more than 10,000 so far. The company's ReEBOV Antigen Rapid Test, which involves putting a drop of blood on a paper strip and waiting for at least 15 minutes...

  • LONDON, Feb 26- Gold pared gains on Thursday after stronger-than-expected U.S. data lifted the dollar and impetus from Chinese buying petered out, but it remained higher after the Federal Reserve indicated this week that it was in no rush to raise interest rates. Spot gold was up 0.3 percent at $1,207.90 an ounce at 1503 GMT. "We've had good buying of physical gold...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 26- U.S. consumer prices in January posted their biggest drop since 2008 as gasoline prices continued to tumble and underlying inflation rose modestly, which could allow a cautious Federal Reserve more room to hold off on raising interest rates. "It will be some time before the Fed gets the necessary confirmation that inflation will move back to...

  • FDA approves Corgenix's Ebola test for emergency use Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 9:34 AM ET

    Feb 26- Corgenix Medical Corp said on Thursday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved its Ebola test for emergency use. The company's so-called ReEBOV Antigen Rapid Test involves putting a drop of blood on a small paper strip and waiting for 15-25 minutes for a reaction. The test is able to correctly identify about 92 percent of Ebola-infected patients...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 26- U.S. consumer prices in January posted their biggest drop since 2008 as gasoline prices continued to tumble, which could give a cautious Federal Reserve ammunition to keep interest rates low a bit longer. The Labor Department said its Consumer Price Index fell 0.7 percent last month, the largest decline since December 2008, after slipping 0.3...

  • *New Zealand shows surprise trade surplus. LONDON, Feb 26- The dollar gained almost half a percent against the euro around midday in Europe on Thursday after St Louis Federal Reserve chief James Bullard said the strong dollar was having only a marginal impact on U.S. monetary policy and economy. "Some of the euro stops have gone on this," one London- based dealer said.

  • LONDON, Feb 26- Gold rose 1 percent on Thursday after comments from the Federal Reserve pushed back expectations for the first U.S. rate hike in nearly a decade, and as Chinese buyers snapped up metal on their return from the Lunar New Year break. Fed chair Janet Yellen indicated in testimony to the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday and the House of...

  • FOREX-Aussie up, kiwi down in becalmed FX markets Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 4:05 AM ET

    *New Zealand shows surprise trade surplus. LONDON, Feb 26- The Australian and New Zealand dollars were the main movers among major currencies on Thursday, pushed in opposite directions by contrasting signals on the health of two struggling economies. Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen have done little to move on the debate over when U.S. interest rates will rise,...

  • SINGAPORE, Feb 26- Gold rose for a second session on Thursday as recent comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen pushed back expectations for the first U.S. rate hike in nearly a decade to later in the year. Spot gold was up 0.6 percent at $1,211.11 an ounce at 0654 GMT after hitting a session high of $1,213.20. Yellen told the Senate Banking Committee on...