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  • Department of Justice official on Wednesday issued a thinly veiled threat to Bank of America Corp, saying that banks under investigation for shoddy mortgage securities they sold before the financial crisis must admit to misconduct and pay substantial penalties or face lawsuits from the agency.

  • *Gold rises after biggest two-day loss since October. *Gold fix moved to electronic platform possible. NEW YORK/ LONDON, July 16- Gold rebounded on Wednesday after two consecutive days of sharp losses, but a strong U.S. economic outlook and fears that the Federal Reserve could raise U.S. interest rates limited gains for the safe haven.

  • WASHINGTON, July 16- The U.S. economy continued to expand in recent weeks, with manufacturing activity widening and employers in several parts of the country reporting difficulties finding skilled workers, the Federal Reserve said on Wednesday.

  • WASHINGTON, July 16- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen defended the central bank's independence on Wednesday at a U.S. congressional hearing, handling tough questions from Republican lawmakers who want to rein in the Fed's authority.

  • *Gold steady after biggest 2- day loss since Oct, down 3.3 pct. LONDON, July 16- Gold steadied around 1,300 an ounce on Wednesday as investors found value after two days of losses, but was still trading near a four-week low on a stronger dollar and fears the Federal Reserve could raise U.S. interest rates sooner than expected.

  • July 16- The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday said that he now recognizes a pattern of safety problems and said he will take sweeping measures to improve the culture of safety at the CDC.

  • Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's testimony as prepared for delivery to the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee on Wednesday is a repeat of the remarks she delivered before the Senate Banking Committee a day earlier.

  • Treasury yields and market speculation Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is leaning toward tightening monetary policy that has kept interest rates at record lows. "We have had some subtly hawkish messages from Janet Yellen," said Joe Manimbo, senior market analyst at Western Union Business Solutions in Washington.

  • FED CHAIR YELLEN'S PREPARED TESTIMONY TO HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PANEL IDENTICAL TO REMARKS DELIVERED ON TUESDAY TO SENATE BANKING COMMITTEE.

  • SINGAPORE, July 16- Gold retained two days of losses to trade near a four-week low on Wednesday, below $1,300 an ounce, on a stronger dollar and fears that the Federal Reserve could hike U.S. interest rates sooner than expected.

  • SYDNEY, July 16- The dollar clung to modest gains early on Wednesday after bulls latched onto a comment by the head of the Federal Reserve that rates could rise sooner if employment continued to improve, while strong inflation sent sterling to a six-year high.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to July 30 Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen delivers a second day of testimony on the U.S. central bank's semiannual monetary policy report before the House Financial Services Committee- 1400 GMT.

  • WASHINGTON, July 15- A Republican member of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission slammed the Federal Reserve and a council of financial regulators on Tuesday, accusing them of a power grab on everything from asset managers to high-speed trading.

  • *JPMorgan, Goldman shares rally after earnings. NEW YORK, July 15- U.S. stocks pulled back on Tuesday after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and her fellow Fed policymakers raised concerns about "substantially stretched valuations" in some sectors. Facebook shares tumbled 1.1 percent to $67.17.

  • NEW YORK, July 15- The dollar climbed against most other leading currencies on Tuesday after Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen championed continuing loose U.S. monetary policies to boost employment and stagnant wages.

  • NEW YORK, July 15- The bond market traded in a narrow range on Tuesday, absorbing Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's message that the U.S. economic recovery remains incomplete and early signs of a pick-up in inflation are not enough to accelerate anticipated interest rate increases.

  • WASHINGTON, July 15- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said U.S. labor markets are far from healthy and signaled the Fed will keep monetary policy loose until hiring and wage data show the effects of the financial crisis are "completely gone."

  • WASHINGTON, July 15- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday pushed back to July 18 the first deadline to submit comments on the agency's proposed new Internet traffic rules as a surge in traffic overwhelmed the agency's online filing system.

  • *JPMorgan, Goldman shares rally after earnings. NEW YORK, July 15- U.S. stocks fell on Tuesday after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and her fellow Fed policymakers raised concerns about "substantially stretched valuations" in some sectors.

  • NEW YORK, July 15- U.S. stocks slipped on Tuesday, with riskier equities hit hardest after the Federal Reserve, in an unusual statement, singled out the valuation of social media and biotechnology shares as "substantially stretched." Wall Street equities were supported by bank stocks like JPMorgan Chase& Co, which outperformed following strong results.