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  • LONDON, Feb 19- Gold rose on Thursday after minutes from January's Federal Reserve policy meeting showed concern about raising interest rates too soon, while investors assessed the latest standoff over Greece's bailout. Spot prices had fallen to a six-week low of $1,197.56 on Wednesday, when hopes for a successful resolution to Greece's debt talks boosted...

  • FOREX-Dollar recoups lost ground on talk of SNB buying Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 7:11 AM ET

    *Greece requests extension of loan agreement. LONDON, Feb 19- The dollar recovered on Thursday, on talk the Swiss National Bank was buying the greenback, helping it recoup losses made after minutes from the Federal Reserve policy meeting showed an interest rate hike was some distance away. It got little support from news that Greece had formally requested a...

  • US STOCKS-Futures flat, but crude oil sharply lower Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 7:02 AM ET

    *Crude oil slumps, but above $50 per barrel. *Greece aims to finish euro zone deal "soon". NEW YORK, Feb 19- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Thursday as investors looked ahead to data on the labor market and continued to digest recent comments by Federal Reserve officials.

  • PRECIOUS-Gold gains as Fed's softer stance hurts dollar Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 5:45 AM ET

    LONDON, Feb 19- Gold rose on Thursday on a weaker dollar after minutes from January's Federal Reserve policy meeting showed officials expressed concern that raising interest rates too soon could damage the U.S. economic recovery. Spot prices had fallen to a six-week low of $1,197.56 on Wednesday, when hopes for a successful resolution to Greece's debt talks...

  • FOREX-Cautious Fed pours cold water on dollar Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 4:19 AM ET

    *Greece expected to ask for extension of loan agreement. LONDON, Feb 19- The dollar slipped on Thursday after minutes from January's Federal Reserve policy meeting showed officials were concerned that hiking interest rates too soon could damage the U.S. economic recovery. "The minutes were a bit on the dovish side compared to what the market was looking for so we...

  • SYDNEY, Feb 19- The U.S. dollar was nursing losses in Asia on Thursday while bonds held hefty gains as investors scaled back expectations on how fast, and how far, the Federal Reserve might raise interest rates in coming months and years. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was near flat with much of the region on holiday.

  • SINGAPORE, Feb 19- Gold clung to small overnight gains on Thursday as minutes of the Federal Reserve's meeting showed U.S. central bank officials were cautious about raising interest rates too soon, hurting the dollar. *Traders were also keeping an eye on developments in Europe, where Greece is negotiating with its creditors to resolve a debt crisis.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 18- A Federal Reserve official, asked how the central bank plans to manage market expectations when it eventually drops the key "patient" word from its policy statement, said the Fed aims not to surprise investors. "Our agenda is not to surprise markets," Fed Governor Jerome Powell said on Wednesday at New York University. Investors have zeroed in on the...

  • SYDNEY, Feb 19- The U.S. dollar was nursing losses in Asia on Thursday while bonds held hefty gains as investors scaled back expectations on how fast, and how far, the Federal Reserve might raise interest rates in coming months and years. Equities were relatively calm with much of Asia on holiday, and MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St ends nearly flat; Fed minutes support Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 4:31 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Feb 18- The Dow and S&P 500 ended barely lower on Wednesday after a drop in energy shares but declines were limited by minutes from the latest Federal Reserve meeting, which showed policymakers are concerned about raising interest rates too soon. Exxon Mobil, which fell 2.2 percent to $91.01, was the biggest drag on both the S&P 500 and Dow following an...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 18- The Dow and S&P 500 edged down on Wednesday following losses in energy shares, but minutes from the latest Federal Reserve meeting that showed concern from policymakers about raising interest rates too soon limited the decline.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 18- Federal Reserve policymakers expressed concern last month that raising interest rates too soon could pour cold water on the U.S. economic recovery, and fretted over the impact of dropping "patient" from the central bank's rate guidance. The minutes from the Fed's Jan. 27-28 policy-setting meeting, released on Wednesday, show officials...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 18- U.S. stocks were down slightly on Wednesday, briefly trimming losses after minutes from the latest Federal Reserve meeting showed concern from policymakers about raising interest rates too soon. I think June is going to be hard for them to move, but that's not to say they won't, "said Greg Peters, senior investment officer at Prudential Fixed Income...

  • US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall St trims losses after Fed minutes Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 2:12 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Feb 18- The Dow and S&P 500 trimmed losses and the Nasdaq was barely higher on Wednesday as minutes from the latest Federal Reserve meeting showed concern from policymakers about raising interest rates too soon.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 18- Federal Reserve policymakers expressed concern last month that raising interest rates too soon could pour cold water on the U.S. economic recovery, and fretted over the impact of dropping "patient" from the central bank's interest rate guidance. At the central bank's last policy-setting meeting in January, Fed officials debated the impact...

  • *Optimism for Greece deal cushions euro. NEW YORK, Feb 18- The U.S. dollar rose against a basket of major currencies on Wednesday on expectations that Federal Reserve policy meeting minutes will support a trend of higher U.S. yields, while the euro held within recent ranges on optimism over Greece. "There's a little bit more confidence with being long dollars...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 18- More U.S. students continued to borrow larger sums for their college education last year, according to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, while total student loan balances tripled over the last decade. The average balance was some $27,000. While the 2007-2009 recession depressed other forms of household debt, Americans continued to...

  • JPMorgan reviewing size of trading units - Bloomberg Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 5:41 AM ET

    Feb 18- JPMorgan Chase& Co is considering shrinking some of its trading businesses as it expects a new federal reserve proposal to make these businesses less profitable, Bloomberg reported. JPMorgan is reviewing the size of some of its capital-intensive units such as interest-rates trading, prime brokerage and delta-one equities desk, Daniel Pinto, chief...

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to March 3 Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- Federal Open Market Committee will release the minutes from its January policy meeting- 1900 GMT. NEW YORK- Federal Reserve Board Governor Jerome Powell gives a lecture, Financial Institutions, Financial Markets and Financial Stability, before the New York University Stern School of Business, Center for Global Economy and Business Lecture event-...

  • Feb 17- A Russian accused of helping mastermind the largest international data breach ever prosecuted in the United States pleaded not guilty on Tuesday, following his extradition from the Netherlands, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Sixteen companies' networks were infiltrated, including those of Nasdaq OMX Group Inc, 7- Eleven, France's Carrefour SA, JC...