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  • NEW YORK, March 6- The euro jumped against the dollar on Thursday to its highest since December and to a peak against the yen not seen since Jan. 23 after the European Central Bank signalled no need for new economic stimulus.

  • *FTSEurofirst 300 flat, Euro STOXX 50 up 0.3 pct. LONDON, March 6- A rebound on European equity markets fizzled out on Thursday after the European Central Bank chose not take fresh action to inject liquidity into the region's financial system, disappointing some investors.

  • *ECB keeps main refinancing rate at record low of 0.25 pct. FRANKFURT, March 6- The European Central Bank left interest rates on hold and unveiled no other measures to bolster a fragile euro zone recovery on Thursday despite forecasting low inflation for years to come.

  • FRANKFURT, March 6- The European Central Bank decided not to take any action at its meeting on Thursday because economic and monetary conditions had not changed enough to warrant it, ECB President Mario Draghi said.

  • NEW YORK, March 6- Shopping for employee health insurance on private marketplaces might be the way of the future for tens of millions. However, expert opinions about growth have been based on projections, not actual consumer behavior in the exchanges that only really got going last year.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO/ BRASILIA, March 6- Brazil's central bank said on Thursday it will remain vigilant to minimize the risk of high inflation despite some moderation in price increases, signaling it may not be done raising interest rates just yet.

  • LONDON, March 6- The euro inched higher on Thursday as the European Central Bank kept interest rates on hold, shaking out some bets of a cut in base rates to support euro zone growth and weaken returns on the single currency versus its peers. That puts the onus on a news conference by President Mario Draghi starting at 1330 GMT.

  • *Focus shifts to Draghi's 1330 GMT news conference. FRANKFURT, March 6- The European Central Bank left interest rates unchanged on Thursday, holding its nerve in the face of uncomfortably low inflation though it may unleash other measures to pep up a fragile euro zone recovery. "This is no surprise," RBS economist Richard Barwell said.

  • ECB holds rates, and nerve, in face of deflation risk Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 7:47 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, March 6- The European Central Bank left its main interest rate unchanged at a record low of 0.25 percent on Thursday, holding course despite fears inflation could get stuck in a "danger zone" below 1 percent. The decision to leave rates unchanged was expected, though a minority of economists polled by Reuters had expected a cut.

  • LONDON, March 6- The Bank of England kept interest rates unchanged on Thursday, seeking to give the economy more time to build before removing its stimulus. The BoE left its Bank rate at 0.5 percent, where it has stood since March 2009, during the depths of the financial crisis from which Britain's economy has not yet fully recovered.

  • State giants China National Petroleum Corporation, Sinopec Corp and China Railway Corporation have said they were seeking investments from private capital and also social capital, or funds sourced from pension funds and insurance companies.

  • LONDON, March 6- The world's top banks have already added most of the capital they need to meet new solvency rules in full, five years ahead of a 2019 deadline set by regulators, global banking supervisors said on Thursday.

  • RUSSIAN CENTRAL BANK SAYS IMPOSES TEMPORARY ADMINISTRATION ON MOSCOW SUBSIDIARY OF UKRAINE'S PRIVATBANK, LICENCE NOT SUSPENDED.

  • TOKYO, March 6- Japan's $1.26- trillion public pension fund need not cling to the safety and paltry yields of government bonds, advisers to the fund said on Thursday, in another sign that it will shift more money into stocks and other risky assets.

  • Italy, Spain lead stock rally on ECB stimulus bet Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 4:31 AM ET

    *Italy, Spain lead rally as investor bet on ECB stimulus. LONDON, March 6- Italian and Spanish shares led European bourses higher on Thursday as investors bet the European Central Bank would act to stimulate the region's economy and diplomatic efforts would moderate the Ukraine crisis.

  • *Stocks rise on efforts to resolve Ukraine crisis, ECB. LONDON, March 6- World shares rose on Thursday, supported by diplomatic efforts to cool the crisis in Ukraine, while the euro held steady on speculation the European Central Bank would ease monetary policy later in the day.

  • FOREX-Euro on tenterhooks over ECB; Aussie jumps Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 3:50 AM ET

    LONDON, March 6- The euro traded flat on Thursday with players split down the middle on the chances of the European Central Bank taking more steps to support euro zone growth and weaken base returns on the single currency versus its peers.

  • European shares rise early; eyes on ECB Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 3:10 AM ET

    PARIS, March 6- European shares rose early on Thursday, supported by diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis in Ukraine and by speculation that the European Central Bank could unveil further action to support the euro zone's economic recovery. At 0808 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was up 0.4 percent at 1,349.24 points.

  • SHANGHAI, March 6- China's yuan strengthened for a third straight session on Thursday as corporate dollar sales dominated amid signs that the central bank was staying on the sidelines, allowing the Chinese currency to recover from its recent weakness.

  • IMF unveils investors behind emerging market debt boom Wednesday, 5 Mar 2014 | 11:00 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, March 5- Big institutional investors account for 80 percent of the half a trillion dollars foreigners have plowed into emerging market sovereign debt in the last few years, according to an analysis by International Monetary Fund economists.

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