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  • WASHINGTON, March 13- U.S. producer prices unexpectedly fell in February on weak profit margins for trade services, pointing to tame inflation that could argue against an anticipated June interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve. The Labor Department said on Friday its producer price index for final demand fell 0.5 percent after dropping 0.8 percent in...

  • March 13- Billionaire investor William Ackman said he had not been contacted by federal agencies investigating possible manipulation of Herbalife Inc's stock. Federal prosecutors and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have interviewed people hired by Ackman for an investigation on whether they made false statements about Herbalife's business model...

  • U.S. producer prices fall on weak trade margins Friday, 13 Mar 2015 | 8:30 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, March 13- U.S. producer prices unexpectedly fell in February on weak trade margins, pointing to muted inflation pressures that could argue against an anticipated June interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve. The Labor Department said on Friday its producer price index for final demand fell 0.5 percent after dropping 0.8 percent in January.

  • WASHINGTON, March 12- The U.S. Justice Department has come out broadly against a series of proposals from a federal panel that would cut prison time for white-collar criminals. Attorney for the Eastern District of California, said at the hearing. The Justice Department also objected to a proposal to shift the emphasis in calculating sentences for stock fraud...

  • OTTAWA, March 12- Do not count on the Bank of Canada to match possible interest rate hikes by the U.S. Economist Rhys Mendes told the House of Commons finance committee the Bank of Canada would view a Fed rate hike as a sign the U.S. economy is strengthening, which would be good for Canada. The bank targets inflation in Canada and decisions regarding monetary policy in...

  • FEDERAL RESERVE TO RAISE FED FUNDS RATE IN JUNE, BUT ECONOMISTS NEARLY EVENLY SPLIT IN CLOSE CALL.

  • FRANKFURT/ MADRID, March 12- European banks operating in the United States face an expensive challenge to meet tough standards set by regulators after both Santander and Deutsche Bank flunked a healthcheck and were told to improve systems and controls. Spain's Santander failed the Federal Reserve's "stress test" for the second consecutive year and Deutsche...

  • UPDATE 1-FDA says panel to discuss "superbug" spread Thursday, 12 Mar 2015 | 10:46 AM ET

    The gastroenterology and urology devices panel would meet on May 14-15, FDA said on Thursday. A top FDA official said earlier this month that manufacturers' tests of procedures to clean medical scopes linked with "superbug" outbreaks contained flaws that render their cleaning instructions unreliable. Olympus Corp, Fujifilm Holdings Corp and Pentax Medical...

  • FDA says panel to discuss "superbug" spread Thursday, 12 Mar 2015 | 10:07 AM ET

    March 12- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said an advisory panel will discuss the transmission of "superbug" infections through certain procedures in U.S. hospitals. The regulator said the gastroenterology and urology devices panel would meet on May 14-15. The planned meeting comes after reports that manufacturers' tests of procedures to clean medical...

  • Federal Reserve raises interest rates the Bank of Canada would not necessarily be pressured to follow suit, one of the Canadian central bank's economists said on Thursday. Economist Rhys Mendes told the House of Commons finance committee that the Bank of Canada would view a Fed rate hike as a sign the U.S. economy is strengthening, which would be good for Canada.

  • *Wall St coming off extended decline. *Citigroup up in premarket after Fed review. NEW YORK, March 12- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a modestly higher open on Thursday as a surprise drop in retail sales pointed to a consumer that continued to struggle, but also eased some concern about how soon the Federal Reserve may raise interest rates.

  • *Wall St comes off extended decline. *Citigroup up in premarket after Fed review. NEW YORK, March 12- U.S. stock index futures edged higher on Thursday, suggesting a partial rebound following a string of declines, as investors looked ahead to data for indications of how soon the Federal Reserve is likely to raise interest rates.

  • SINGAPORE, March 12- Gold traded near a three-month low on Thursday, struggling to get past losses from the last eight sessions, as the metal continued to be hammered by a strong dollar amid increasing expectations of a rate hike in the United States. *Spot gold was firm at $1,154.76 an ounce by 0036 GMT. Richard Fisher, president of the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank,...

  • *European stocks rally, but Wall Street closes lower. NEW YORK, March 11- The euro slumped to a 12- year low against the dollar on Wednesday, driving European stocks higher as shares of big exporters gained, while U.S. stocks slipped on concern over when the Federal Reserve would begin to raise U.S. interest rates. The drop in euro zone yields helped lift Germany's DAX...

  • NEW YORK, March 11- U.S. stocks ended lower for a second session on Wednesday as worries increased about the timing of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike and dollar strength further dampened the outlook for U.S. earnings. The S&P 500 is now off 3.6 percent from its March 2 record closing high and is down 0.9 percent for the year so far. I think many are holding onto the...

  • WASHINGTON, March 11- Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and Morgan Stanley were forced to cut planned shareholder returns in order to pass the U.S. The regulator also criticized Bank of America for poor risk controls. But Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley would all have fallen below at least one benchmarks for top-tier capital if they had executed their...

  • In a letter released on Wednesday, the organization urged Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell to withdraw the proposal, saying pharmaceutical companies could "sell more drugs by making them seem safer than FDA has judged them to be." The FDA said it would allow distribution of new information in medical journals showing that the severity or...

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Euro sinks to 12-year lows, equities gain Wednesday, 11 Mar 2015 | 11:51 AM ET

    *Stocks on Wall Street edge higher. NEW YORK, March 11- The euro dived to a 12- year low against the dollar on Wednesday, helping lift European stocks on gains by regional exporters, while U.S. equity markets edged higher despite concerns about when the Federal Reserve would begin to raise interest rates. The decline in euro zone yields lifted Germany's DAX stock...

  • *SanDisk rallies, Goldman adds to Conviction Buy list. NEW YORK, March 11- U.S. stocks were little changed on Wednesday, off their highs of the session, as investors continued to focus on when the Federal Reserve would adjust its rate policies. Wall Street fell sharply on Tuesday, with the S&P 500 suffering its biggest one-day decline in two months, surpassing a...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St modestly higher in rebound from selloff Wednesday, 11 Mar 2015 | 10:05 AM ET

    *SanDisk rallies after Goldman adds to Conviction Buy list. NEW YORK, March 11- U.S. stocks rose modestly on Wednesday in a partial rebound from the previous session's sharp decline, though investors continued to focus on when the Federal Reserve would adjust its rate policies. Wall Street fell sharply on Tuesday, with the S&P 500 suffering its biggest one-day...