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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • USDA says a quarter of farmers yet to select subsidies Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 1:45 PM ET

    Responding to a Reuters inquiry, the USDA said in a statement that 94 percent of grain farmers had updated their crop history as of March 19, but only 77 percent had elected either ARC or PLC to complete their five-year eligibility for payments. "We do not yet have a breakdown of how many have chosen ARC and how many PLC," USDA spokesman Cullen Schwarz added.

  • The investigation led by the Federal Trade Commission and law enforcement resulted in 252 enforcement actions and $2.6 million in consumer refunds and fees. Officials say the more recent investigation in U.S. and Canada involved the Justice Department and state prosecutors. "The clear message is that across this country, and indeed internationally, law...

  • DENVER— Congress should cancel all VA employee bonuses and use the money to finish the budget-busting Denver veterans hospital, Colorado Rep. Coffman and other lawmakers are angry that the Department of Veterans Affairs awarded thousands of dollars in bonuses to its top construction official, Glenn Haggstrom, even though hospitals in Denver, Las Vegas, New...

  • 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....

  • FDA to scrutinize unproven alternative remedies Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 10:23 AM ET

    The Food and Drug Administration says that it will hold a two-day meeting next month on regulations for homeopathic medicines, which have long occupied a place on the fringes of U.S. health care. According to a federal notice published online Thursday, the FDA will ask attendees whether there is data to "better assess the risks and benefits" of homeopathic...

  • FRANKFURT, March 26- Now may be a good time to start normalising U.S. monetary policy, Federal Reserve policymaker James Bullard said on Thursday. In the text of comments delivered to an audience in Frankfurt, St. Louis Fed President Bullard said doing that would direct policy "so that it is set appropriately for an improving economy over the next two years."

  • FRANKFURT, March 26- Now may be a good time to start normalizing U.S. monetary policy, Federal Reserve policymaker James Bullard said on Thursday. In the text of comments delivered to an audience in Frankfurt, Bullard said: "Now may be a good time to begin normalizing U.S. monetary policy so that it is set appropriately for an improving economy over the next two years."

  • FED' S BULLARD SAYS BY REMOVING WORD "PATIENT", FOMC CAN RETURN TO MORE STANDARD POLICY DECISION-MAKING, WHERE APPROPRIATE POLICY RATE SET AT EACH MEETING.

  • SINGAPORE, March 26- Gold extended gains to a seventh session on Thursday in its longest winning streak since 2012 as soft U.S. data boosted expectations the Federal Reserve would keep interest rates low for the time being. Spot gold rose 0.8 percent to $1,204.20 an ounce by 0739 GMT, after earlier hitting $1,204.60, its highest since March 5.

  • Hobbs sees growth, but exodus from New Mexico continues Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 2:01 AM ET

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— A portion of southeastern New Mexico's oil patch is again among the top 10 fastest growing areas in the nation, according to new data released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. Lea County, where Hobbs is located, was one of six counties in New Mexico to see a population gain between 2013 and 2014 thanks to shifting migration patterns.

  • Census: Florida city tops list of fastest-growing areas Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 12:08 AM ET

    New figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau showed Florida was home to six of the nation's 20 fastest-growing metro areas from July 1, 2013, to July 1, 2014. The Villages retirement community located northwest of Orlando was the nation's fastest-growing metro area last year with a 5.4 percent increase that raised the population to 114,000...

  • *Gold briefly touches $1,200- an-ounce level. SINGAPORE, March 26- Gold extended gains to a seventh session on Thursday in its longest winning streak since 2012 as soft U.S. data boosted expectations the Federal Reserve would keep interest rates low for the time being. Spot gold rose 0.3 percent to $1,199.30 an ounce by 0306 GMT.

  • SINGAPORE, March 26- Gold stood firm near a 2-1/ 2 week high on Thursday, holding gains from its longest winning streak since 2012 as soft U.S. data boosted expectations the Federal Reserve would keep interest rates low for the time being. *Spot gold was little changed at $1,194.92 an ounce by 0038 GMT, near a 2-1/ 2 week peak of $1,199.70 hit in the previous session.

  • WASHINGTON, March 25- The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives spent about $600,000 on six drones that had so many defects they were never used for video surveillance as planned, and were eventually ditched, the Justice Department's internal watchdog reported on Wednesday. The Office of the Inspector General said it was "troubled" that the ATF, a...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to April 8 Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    ROME- European Central Bank president Mario Draghi addresses the Italian parliament's finance and EU policy committees- 1200 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England to publish Financial Policy Committee statement- 0930 GMT. FRANKFURT- Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard gives OMFIF Public Lecture on the economy and monetary policy- 0835 GMT.

  • US: Thailand must end slavery in its fishing fleets Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 7:09 PM ET

    The State Department, the U.S. seafood and retail industries and a member of Congress reacted swiftly Wednesday to an Associated Press investigation published this week that found slave-caught fish clouds the supply networks of major supermarkets, restaurants and even pet stores in the United States. The State Department blacklisted Thailand last year...

  • March 25- Last year's unusually harsh U.S. winter probably had some transitory effects on economic activity, but the "folk wisdom" that it was primarily to blame for the slump in early 2014 is suspect, a pair of researchers at the Chicago Federal Reserve said on Wednesday. The theme of harsh weather holding back economic growth is back again this year, with many...