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  • 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...

  • 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 Fed has been speaking about its plans for the first interest rate increase since 2006.. In prepared remarks to the Senate Banking Committee...

  • *Greece relief hurts safe-haven debt. Treasuries prices edged lower on Tuesday, giving back some of Monday's gains on uncertainty ahead of Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's testimony before the Senate and reduced appetite for safe-haven assets on greater relief over Greece. Yellen will give the central bank's semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the...

  • US STOCKS-Futures flat with Yellen on tap Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 7:51 AM ET

    *Yellen's two-day testimony before Congress to start at 10 a.m.. NEW YORK, Feb 24- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Tuesday, with the Dow and S&P 500 holding near record levels ahead of testimony by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and a flurry of economic data. *Yellen will give the central bank's semi-annual Monetary Policy Report to the Senate...

  • LONDON, Feb 24- The dollar rose to a two-week high against the yen on Tuesday ahead of testimony by Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen, which should show whether the U.S. central bank is on track to raise interest rates later this year. A more subdued performance against the euro, where investors were awaiting the reaction of Germany and other euro zone leaders to...

  • LONDON, Feb 24- Copper rose on Tuesday as panic over Greece abated while the market waited to see if Chinese buyers would return in force after a holiday and for clues from the U.S. central bank about the timing of rate rises. Greek shares outperformed flat European indexes after Athens sent a list of economic reforms to international partners that was a "a valid...

  • JGBs edge higher, bolstered by solid 40-year sale Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 1:25 AM ET

    TOKYO, Feb 24- Japanese government bonds firmed on Tuesday, bolstered by solid demand at a 40- year auction. The Ministry of Finance sold 399.5 billion yen worth of 40- year JGBs with a 1.7 percent coupon at a highest accepted yield of 1.550 percent. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen later in the day, which could offer clues on the timing of a U.S. interest rate hike as...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 24- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is expected to face pointed questions this week from U.S. lawmakers aimed at revealing details about the Fed's timing on interest rate hikes, as well as fresh scrutiny about transparency at the central bank. Yellen will likely give away little in her prepared testimony for the Senate Banking Committee on...

  • MELBOURNE, Feb 24- London copper edged lower on Tuesday as traders turned defensive ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen later in the session, with volumes expected to improve as China returns from a week-long break on Wednesday. *Volumes are expected to pick up when China reopens on Wednesday, although traders in Asia don't expect huge...

  • SINGAPORE, Feb 24- Gold steadied near its lowest level in seven weeks on Tuesday as investors looked to Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's Senate testimony for signs of when the U.S. central bank will raise interest rates. *Spot gold was little changed at $1,203.52 an ounce by 0041 GMT. *Yellen will discuss the outlook for the U.S. economy and monetary policy in her...