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  • WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK/ LONDON, March 6- The U.S. economic outlook would have to change dramatically for the Federal Reserve to alter the pace at which it is winding down its massive bond-buying program, three top U.S. central bankers said on Thursday.

  • NEW YORK, March 6- World share markets rose on Thursday, supported by hopes that diplomatic efforts would cool the crisis in Ukraine, while the euro advanced to its highest level of the year after the European Central Bank signaled the euro zone needs no additional stimulus.

  • WASHINGTON, March 6- Monetary policy is too "crude" of a tool to address possible asset-price bubbles in particular financial markets or corners of the economy, a top Federal Reserve official said on Thursday.

  • The European Central Bank left interest rates unchanged on Thursday and ECB President Mario Draghi told a news conference that economic conditions in the region did not require shifts in monetary policy, including some that may have driven currency trading away from the euro.

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  • NEW YORK, March 6- World share markets rose on Thursday, supported by hopes that diplomatic efforts would cool the crisis in Ukraine, while the euro advanced to its highest level of the year after the European Central Bank signaled the euro zone needs no additional stimulus.

  • *FTSEurofirst 300 flat, Euro STOXX 50 up 0.3 pct. LONDON, March 6- European stock markets gave up their gains on Thursday after the European Central Bank chose not to take action to inject more liquidity into the region's financial system, disappointing some investors.

  • Founders Fund raises $1 billion for fifth venture fund Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 1:30 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, March 6- Founders Fund, the venture-capital firm behind startups like space exploration company SpaceX and data-mining company Palantir Technologies, said it had raised $1 billion for its latest fund. In addition to Nosek, Founders Fund V will be led by partners Ken Howery, Brian Singerman, Peter Thiel, Lauren Gross, Geoff Lewis and Scott Nolan.

  • German Bund yields rise, euro jumps as ECB holds fire Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 11:39 AM ET

    *Diplomatic talks on Ukraine also weigh on Bunds. LONDON, March 6- German government bond yields rose and the euro hit a 10- week high against the dollar on Thursday after the European Central Bank took no fresh steps to ease monetary policy in the face of persistently low inflation.

  • *Stocks rise on efforts to resolve Ukraine crisis. NEW YORK, March 6- World share markets rose on Thursday, supported by hopes diplomatic efforts would cool the crisis in Ukraine, while the euro advanced to its highest level of the year after the European Central Bank signaled its economy needs no additional stimulus.

  • 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.

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