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  • WASHINGTON, Aug 22- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday sent its final targets for 2014 biofuel use to the White House, as the long-delayed rule enters its final round of review before public release.

  • *Gold steady after 5- day losing streak. *Coming up: Fed Chair Yellen speaks at Jackson Hole at 1400 GMT. LONDON, Aug 22- Gold steadied above a two-month low on Friday after a five-day losing streak and was headed for its biggest weekly loss in five, hurt by strong U.S. economic data and speculation the Federal Reserve could raise interest rates sooner than expected.

  • James Bullard, the president of the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank, said that central banks operate in a global environment, and that he's worried about inflation expectations slipping in Europe.

  • *Gold steady after 5- day losing streak. *Coming up: Fed Chair Yellen speaks at Jackson Hole at 1400 GMT. LONDON, Aug 22- Gold steadied above a two-month low on Friday after a five-day losing streak and was headed for its biggest weekly loss in five, hurt by strong U.S. economic data and speculation the Federal Reserve could hike interest rates sooner than expected.

  • Iraq involvement not over: Defense Secretary Hagel Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 6:14 AM ET
    U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks with reporters after reading a statement on chemical weapon use in Syria.

    U.S. military involvement in Iraq will continue as the threat from ISIS is more dangerous than that from al-Qaeda, said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. NBCNews reports.

  • *Gold steady after five-day losing streak. SINGAPORE, Aug 22- Gold held near a two-month low on Friday and was headed for its worst week in five, hurt by strong U.S. economic data and fears that the Federal Reserve could hike interest rates sooner than expected.

  • JGBs bounce but gains limited before Jackson Hole Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 9:46 PM ET

    TOKYO, Aug 22- Japanese government bonds rose on Friday as overnight U.S. In particular focus was a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen at Jackson Hole later in the session, which will be studied for any fresh signals about the timing of U.S. monetary policy measures.

  • SINGAPORE, Aug 22- Gold held near a two-month low on Friday and was headed for its sharpest weekly drop in nearly three months, hurt by strong U.S. economic data and fears that the Federal Reserve could hike interest rates sooner than expected.

  • Federal Reserve should avoid waiting too long to raise interest rates, a top policymaker said on Thursday, arguing that there was no longer a lot of slack in the labor market.

  • FOREX-Dollar softens on wariness ahead of Yellen speech Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 4:17 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Aug 21- The dollar surrendered some recent gains on Thursday as central bankers gathered for a three-day meeting in Wyoming that will feature a potentially market-rattling speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 21- U.S. The highlight of the meeting, starting later Thursday and sponsored by the Kansas City Federal Reserve, is the speech on Friday by Fed Chair Janet Yellen at 10 a.m. EDT, where she is expected talk about labor markets.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 21- U.S. The highlight of the meeting, starting later Thursday and sponsored by the Kansas City Federal Reserve, is the speech on Friday by Fed Chair Janet Yellen at 10 a.m. EDT, where she is expected talk about labor markets.

  • LONDON, Aug 21- Any speculation about the timing of a Federal Reserve rate hike at this week's central bank forum at Jackson Hole could raise fears of a fall in demand for bonds in the euro zone periphery, but holders should be reassured by the weak correlation between Spanish and Italian bond yields and their U.S. counterparts.

  • *Gold drops for a fifth straight session. SINGAPORE, Aug 21- Gold extended losses to a fifth session on Thursday, sliding 1 percent to its lowest in two months, after the U.S. dollar strengthened on indications from the Federal Reserve that it could raise interest rates sooner than expected. "Gold had already been under pressure from the dollar.

  • JGBs slip, tracking U.S. Treasuries after Fed minutes Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 12:18 AM ET

    TOKYO, Aug 21- Japanese government bond prices slipped on Thursday, tracking U.S. The Bank of Japan refrained from making any purchases under its massive asset-buying programme, as it typically does on days when the Ministry of Finance conducts a sale. A stronger U.S. dollar and rising Tokyo stocks also had some negative impact on JGBs.

  • *Home Depot lifts the Dow; rival Lowe's rebounds. *Target bounces back; American Eagle rallies. NEW YORK, Aug 20- U.S. stocks ended mostly higher on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 just missing a record close, after minutes from the Federal Reserve's July meeting gave investors reason to believe that the central bank is in no rush to raise interest rates.

  • *Wall Street rebounds on Fed minutes, dollar rallies. NEW YORK, Aug 20- Global equity markets rose on Wednesday after minutes from the Federal Reserve indicated there is no rush to bring forward plans to raise interest rates in the future, reversing earlier declines that were driven by hints from the Bank of England of an early rate hike.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 20- The Dow and the S&P 500 rose for a third straight session on Wednesday, with the S&P ending a hair under a record reached in late July as minutes from the Federal Reserve's July meeting showed the central bank remains accommodative. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 59.54 points or 0.35 percent, to end unofficially at 16,979.13.

  • PRECIOUS-Gold falls as dollar jumps after Fed minutes Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 3:09 PM ET

    *Two Bank of England policymakers voted to raise rates. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Aug 20- Gold prices fell on Wednesday as the dollar rallied on economic optimism after the minutes of the Federal Reserve's latest meeting showed the U.S. central bank has seen progress in the U.S. labor market.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 20- The Federal Reserve has been surprised by how quickly the U.S. labor market is healing but doesn't want to bring forward a planned rate hike until the recovery looks more convincing, according to minutes of its last policy meeting.