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  • MELBOURNE, Feb 25- London copper slipped on Wednesday from a six-week highs hit in the prior session, as China returned from a week long holiday and resumed selling on the prospect of ample local supply. Copper prices climbed on renewed expectations U.S. monetary policy would stay loose for longer after comments by Fed Chair Janet Yellen. *The Federal Reserve is...

  • TOKYO, Feb 25- The dollar edged down against the yen and euro early on Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen held back from giving a clear view on when the Fed may begin raising interest rates. In closely watched remarks before the U.S. Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday, Yellen avoided the word "patient" in describing the Fed's approach to raising...

  • TOKYO, Feb 25- Asian stocks rose on Wednesday thanks to gains on Wall Street after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen suggested the Fed would not rush into raising interest rates, a reassuring signal for investors worried about a deteriorating global outlook. In remarks to the Senate Banking Committee, Yellen said the U.S. central bank was preparing to consider...

  • SINGAPORE, Feb 25- Gold edged higher on Wednesday after dropping to a seven-week low the session before, with Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen indicating flexibility in raising U.S. interest rates. *Spot gold was up half a percent at $1,206 an ounce by 0021 GMT, after hitting its weakest since Jan. 5 on Tuesday at $1,190.91. Silver, both spot and futures, rose more...

  • Last week the FDA warned that the complex design of the reusable duodenoscopes, which are threaded through the mouth, throat and stomach and used in a variety of gastrointestinal procedures, makes them difficult to disinfect properly, even when instructions provided by the manufacturers are followed. The urgency comes as the FDA faces some criticism for...

  • The U.S. stock market is back at a record high as traders are encouraged by the latest news on interest rates, Greece and corporate earnings. Investors liked what they heard from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, who told Congress the Fed would be patient about raising interest rates as the economy improves. Strong earnings from Home Depot and progress in...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 24- U.S. Treasuries prices rallied on Tuesday, erasing early losses after testimony from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen kept the door open for a later than midyear interest rate hike and a two-year note auction met with strong demand. In remarks to the Senate Banking Committee, Yellen described how the Fed's rate-setting policy committee would...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 24- Tough questions aimed at Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen from a rising force in the Democratic Party on Tuesday showed how the U.S. central bank is facing increasing pressure from both sides of the political aisle. "I urge you... to assess whether the leadership of the Fed's staff is on the same page as the Federal Reserve Board," Senator...

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, Feb 24- Gold fell to a seven-week low on Tuesday then pared losses after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the central bank is preparing to consider interest rate hikes on a "meeting-by-meeting basis." Spot gold initially fell about 0.8 percent to a seven-week low of $1,190.91 per ounce as the U.S. dollar rose, then eased, down 0.2 percent at...

  • *Toll Brothers rises after results. NEW YORK, Feb 24- U.S. stocks advanced in choppy trading on Tuesday, with the Dow and S&P 500 touching intraday records, as investors attempted to interpret testimony by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. Equity investors did not react dramatically because they are likely waiting instead for jobs data due out in a week and its...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 24- Three regional Federal Reserve banks in January repeated an unsuccessful push to have the U.S. central bank increase the interest rate charged to commercial banks for emergency loans, according to minutes from Fed board meetings released on Tuesday. Ahead of the Fed's Jan. 27-28 policy-setting meeting, directors of the Philadelphia, Kansas...

  • Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen warned Congress on Tuesday against a bid to crack down on currency cheats and said adding currency rules to trade deals could hobble monetary policy. "I would really be concerned by a regime that would introduce sanctions for currency manipulation into trade agreements when it could be the case that it would hamper or even...

  • *European shares supported by Greek deal. NEW YORK, Feb 24- The dollar edged lower and bond yields fell after U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said on Tuesday it would be several months before the Fed expects to raise interest rates, while European equity markets gained after Greece produced a list of proposed economic reforms.

  • LONDON, Feb 24- Copper surged to a six-week high on Tuesday after the U.S. central bank chief said it was preparing to consider rate rises on a meeting-by-meeting basis, Greece secured a bailout extension and oil prices rebounded. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange jumped to a session peak of $5,846 a tonne, the strongest since Jan. 13, and closed 2...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 24- The dollar was up slightly against a basket of currencies on Tuesday, almost erasing earlier gains as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen offered no commitment as to when the U.S. central bank might raise interest rates. It's very cautious and very couched, "said Boris Schlossberg, managing director of FX strategy at BK Asset Management in New York.

  • *Toll Brothers rises after results. NEW YORK, Feb 24- U.S. stocks advanced modestly on Tuesday, with the Dow and S&P 500 at intraday records, as investors attempted to interpret testimony by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. "You see so much conflicting data coming about, between the minutes and public statements that have been made," said Dan Farley, regional...

  • LONDON/ NEW YORK, Feb 24- The dollar edged lower and bond yields fell after U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said on Tuesday it would be several months before the Fed expects to raise interest rates, while European equity markets gained after Greece produced a list of proposed economic reforms. "It's pretty evenhanded," said Thomas Simons, money market...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 24- The Federal Reserve is preparing to consider interest rate hikes "on a meeting-by-meeting basis," Fed Chair Janet Yellen told a congressional committee on Tuesday in a subtle change of emphasis in how the U.S. central bank has spoken about its plans for its first rate hike since 2006.. In prepared remarks to the Senate Banking Committee, Yellen...

  • Asian stocks mostly up, cheered by US Fed chair remarks Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 10:18 AM ET

    The latest milestones came as investors liked what they heard from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, who told Congress the central bank would be patient about raising interest rates as the economy improves. "Markets had been very focused on the Yellen testimony and wanted to see if there was going to be any change in the outlook for the first Fed rate hike," said...

  • Watchdog group seeks FDA ban of antifungal tablets Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 10:08 AM ET

    Public Citizen filed a petition Tuesday asking the FDA to ban ketoconazole tablets, which are used against hard-to-treat fungal infections. In July 2013 the FDA restricted ketoconazole's use to infections that do not respond to other drugs. Those findings were delivered at an agency workshop in January 2013, six months before the FDA decided to restrict the...