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  • *Cautious trade ahead of USDA sowings, stocks reports. "I think the markets are drifting down in advance of the USDA spring planting and stocks estimates on Monday," said Ole Hansen, head of commodity strategy at Saxo Bank. "The spring USDA forecasts are traditionally among those which can cause heavy market volatility, so we are seeing positioning ahead of them."

  • HONG KONG, March 26- The U.S. unemployment rate will fall below 6 percent by the end of this year, a Federal Reserve official said on Wednesday, offering a bullish view on the country's economy after central bank comments sent shock waves through financial markets last week.

  • WASHINGTON, March 26- Market operators' failure to cooperate to provide the Commodity Futures Trading Commission with adequate data is preventing the regulator from effectively monitoring the global swaps market, according to sources familiar with the matter.

  • NEW YORK/ SAN FRANCISCO, March 25- Top Federal Reserve officials rushed on Tuesday to clarify just when the U.S. central bank would finally tighten monetary policy after comments last week from Fed Chair Janet Yellen intensified a guessing game among investors.

  • ATLANTA, March 25- The U.S. "think that it's going to be longer than that," Dennis Lockhart, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, told an investment conference. Lockhart was commenting on a statement by Fed Chair Janet Yellen last week that a considerable time meant around six months.

  • ATLANTA, March 25- A strengthening economy could push the U.S. Federal Reserve to raise interest rates by the second half of next year, a top Fed official said on Tuesday. "That still is my view," Dennis Lockhart, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, told an investment conference.

  • NEW YORK, March 25- A landmark study by Federal Reserve economists found that large U.S. banks enjoy a "too-big-to-fail" advantage in financial markets, joining a heated debate that could influence regulators that are implementing tough new rules for Wall Street.

  • The FAA's so-called airworthiness directive covers Boeing's 747-8 and 747-8 F planes with certain General Electric Co engines. Boeing's website said it had delivered 66 of the four-engine jets, the company's largest, to customers worldwide since the model was introduced in October 2011. The problem never caused a problem in flight, Boeing said.

  • Janet Yellen, in her first Federal Open Market Committee press conference since taking over as chair, surprised investors last week by suggesting that rates can be expected to rise six months after the taper is completed and QE is done.

  • U.S. banks enjoy "too-big-to-fail" advantage -Fed study Tuesday, 25 Mar 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    NEW YORK, March 25- A landmark study by Federal Reserve economists found that large U.S. banks enjoy a "too-big-to-fail" advantage in financial markets, confirming the suspicions of many Wall Street critics more than five years after the financial crisis.

  • ESTIMATED FUNDING ADVANTAGE FOR THE FIVE LARGEST BANKS OVER SMALLER PEERS IS ABOUT 0.31 PERCENT- NEW YORK FED RESEARCH.

  • WASHINGTON, March 24- The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission may have broken the law when it suspended its outside academic research program in response to a 2012 complaint filed by the CME Group futures exchange, the agency's internal watchdog determined.

  • LONDON, March 25- Gold fell to its lowest in more than five weeks on Tuesday, as the dollar edged higher on after a top Federal Reserve official reinforced the likelihood of higher U.S. interest rates in the first half of 2015..

  • SINGAPORE, March 25- Rising U.S. interest rates and the Federal Reserve winding down economic stimulus mean investors in Southeast Asian bonds must anticipate near-term jitters and increased yields, said the Asia-Pacific head of fixed income at State Street Global Advisors.

  • WASHINGTON, March 24- The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission may have broken the law when it suspended its outside academic research program in response to a 2012 complaint filed by the CME Group futures exchange, the agency's internal watchdog determined.

  • Why Kocherlakota won't become Fed's chief dissenter Monday, 24 Mar 2014 | 11:16 AM ET
    Narayana Kocherlakota, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, speaks in St. Paul, Minnesota, Feb. 16, 2010.

    Minneapolis Fed Bank President Narayana Kocherlakota has no plans to make a habit of saying "no," people familiar with his thinking say.

  • Jimmy Carter says NSA might be spying on him, too Monday, 24 Mar 2014 | 10:44 AM ET
    Former President Jimmy Carter

    Does the National Security Agency's Internet snooping reach into the email inboxes of former occupants of the White House?

  • March 24- Herbalife Ltd, a nutritional products maker, said it would nominate three additional Carl Icahn designees to its board. Herbalife, which is being investigated by the Federal Trade Commission, earlier this month postponed its annual shareholders' meeting to April 29 to continue discussions with Icahn about new board nominees.

  • March 23- The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission has stepped up a probe into more than a million energy, metals, foreign exchange and other swap transactions, the Financial Times reported on its website on Sunday, citing anonymous sources.

  • March 23- The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission has stepped up a probe into more than a million energy, metals, foreign exchange and other swap transactions, the Financial Times reported on its website on Sunday, citing anonymous sources.