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  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Feb 11 Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    FAIRFAX, United States- Federal Reserve Board Governor Daniel Tarullo speaks on "Advancing Macroprudential Policy Objectives" before the Office of Financial Research and Financial Stability Oversight Council 4th Annual Conference: Evaluating Macroprudential Tools: Complementarities and Conflicts "- 1745 GMT. SARASOTA, United States- Federal Reserve...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 26- The $3.7 trillion U.S. municipal bond market will benefit from a recent delay in implementing part of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law known as the Volcker Rule, Moody's Investors Service said on Monday. Last month Congress passed legislation giving banks extra time to comply with the rule. The implementation delay until July 2017 will "...

  • Tumbling oil prices and Western sanctions over Russia's role in Ukraine have pushed the rouble to record lows and fuelled price rises. "Unlike during the 2008-2009 crisis, now there is a significant decline of real disposable incomes in Russia so food budgets will most likely fall," said Ekaterina Lipatova, an analyst at Moody's Investors Service.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Feb 10 Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 PM ET

    DAVOS, Switzerland- Bank of England Governor Mark Carney to take part in panel discussion on "The Global Economic Outlook"- 1500 GMT. **DUSSELDORF, Germany- Deutsche Bundesbank board member Joachim Nagel speaks at the annual conference of the German-Chinese Economy, organized by Handelsblatt and HSBC- 1400 GMT. LUXEMBOURG- Central Bank of Luxembourg Governor and...

  • Jan 23- Moody's Investors Service slashed Atlantic City's credit rating six notches deeper into junk territory on Friday, a day after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie appointed an emergency manager with a mandate to consider a debt restructuring. Atlantic City has about $344 million of long-term debt outstanding. The order from Christie to consider a...

  • *Copper falls 3.5 percent this week. *China's factory growth stalls in January. LONDON, Jan 23- Copper fell on Friday, posting its sixth straight weekly loss as it moved back towards a recent 5-1/ 2- year low, weighed down by a stronger dollar and concerns about the outlook for demand from top consumer China.

  • *Copper on track for 2 percent fall this week. *Premiums for bonded nickel in China surge. LONDON, Jan 23- Copper fell on Friday, and was on track for its sixth week of falls after failing to post a convincing rebound from last week's 5-1/ 2 year low, weighed by concerns about the outlook for demand from top consumer China.

  • Jan 22- Regulatory measures to curb China's shadow banking growth appear to be having an effect and have prompted a shift in credit activity back to the formal banking system, Moody's Investors Service said on Thursday. "Although shadow banking has continued to grow, it has done so more slowly in recent quarters as regulatory measures to rein in the sector's...

  • An SEC official said he expected more enforcement activity in the future. In Wednesday's settlement, the SEC said S&P agreed to pay $58 million to settle three matters with the agency plus $19 million to settle parallel cases with the attorneys general of New York and Massachusetts. Unlike the Justice Department case, the charges brought by the SEC involve...

  • Oil settles 5% lower after IMF cuts growth outlook Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 2:34 PM ET

    Brent crude prices steadied below $49 a barrel after the IMF cut its forecast for global economic growth in 2015 implying lower demand for fuel.

  • Should you try to catch the falling Swiss knife? Monday, 19 Jan 2015 | 8:38 PM ET
    People queue outside a currency exchange office in Geneva, January 16, 2015.

    Switzerland's stock market dived after its central bank de-pegged its currency from the euro, but it's not time to bargain hunt yet, analysts said.

  • *Qatar could invest in energy, tourism, property sectors. DOHA, Jan 15- Qatar is considering funding projects in Venezuela, industry and diplomatic sources said, as the Latin American state lobbies fellow crude producers to help repair the damage done to its economy by plummeting oil revenues. Industry sources in Qatar said on Thursday the country was still...

  • Rural India slowdown threatens hopes for better days Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 | 6:37 PM ET
    A supporter takes a picture of a map of India made of flowers with a picture of BJP leader Narendra Modi on it at the party's headquarters.

    Slowdown in rural India goes against Indian PM Narendra Modi's promise of "better days" - new jobs and development to lift Indians out of poverty.

  • Venezuelan and Algerian officials have this year initiated talks over production levels between Russia and producers group OPEC, but officials in Moscow have said the country, in which around 40 percent of output is in private hands, would find it technically tough to cut. Yet Maduro's move is supported by some in OPEC such as Iran and Venezuela, who want output...

  • Maduro's call is supported by OPEC price bulls, such as Iran and Venezuela, who want output cuts from OPEC but can contribute little themselves. Gulf OPEC sources have said Saudi might consider cutting production if non- OPEC members, such as Russia, joined. Russia agreed to symbolic output cuts in tandem with OPEC during the 2001 price collapse, but never followed...

  • Jan 13- Moody's Investors Service cut its rating on Venezuela by two notches to the agency's third lowest on Tuesday, citing a high risk of the country defaulting on its debt due to lower oil prices. The rating agency also forecast that Venezuela's estimated current account surplus of more than 2 percent of gross domestic product in 2014 would likely shift to a...

  • Default risk leads to Moody's Venezuela downgrade Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 | 9:35 AM ET
    People line up to pay inside a Makro supermarket in Caracas, Venezuela, Jan. 9, 2015.

    Moody's lowered Venezuela's rating from Caa3 to Caa1 on Monday as the country's default risk rises on plummeting oil prices.

  • Jan 13- Moody's Investors Service cut its rating on Venezuela to Caa3 from Caa1, saying there was high risk of the country defaulting on its debt due to lower oil prices. The rating agency raised the outlook to "stable" from "negative", with the view that even if the oil prices drop further, the losses to bondholders would be consistent with the current Caa3 rating.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 12- The economies of almost all U.S. counties grew by leaps and bounds last year, yet few returned to the health they reached before the 2007-09 recession, a report released on Monday shows. Unemployment declined in nearly all of the country's 3,069 counties in 2014, according to the National Association of Counties, but not enough to hit the lows...

  • JAKARTA, Jan 9- Indonesia has raised $4 billion in a U.S. dollar bond issue, taking advantage of the current low-yield environment and improving sentiment about the country and policies its new president is pursuing. With the improved terms on the new bonds, " Indonesia has to fork out a lower percentage than in a tough market," said Wellian Wiranto, an economist at...