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  • SYDNEY, Feb 23- The world's top economies have embraced a goal of generating more than $2 trillion in additional output over five years while creating tens of million of new jobs, signalling optimism that the worst of crisis-era austerity was behind them.

  • Asian equities were mostly lower on Thursday after preliminary data showed that Chinese manufacturing activity slowed to a 7-month low in February.

  • MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan edged 0.1 percent lower, though Australia's main index pushed 0.3 percent higher.

  • Currency from Australia and New Zealand is arranged for a photograph.

    The New Zealand dollar is set to move past parity against the Australian dollar in 2014 for the first time in 40 years, according to HSBC.

  • Japan's growth disappoints in fourth quarter Sunday, 16 Feb 2014 | 6:54 PM ET
    Pedestrians cross a road while carrying umbrellas as snow falls in Tokyo, Japan.

    Japan's economy grew 0.3 percent in the fourth quarter from the previous one, below expectations for a 0.7 percent gain, data on Monday showed.

  • *22 of 46 economists say threat of deflation in euro zone "somewhat serious". BANGALORE, Feb 13- The threat of deflation across the euro zone is more serious than the European Central Bank claims, as austerity imposed on peripheral economies is already pushing prices lower, a Reuters poll of forecasters found on Thursday.

  • Dollar at two-week low against the euro Thursday, 13 Feb 2014 | 9:13 AM ET

    Recent announcements from the Fed have not pushed the dollar up as much as hoped, while the Aussie and the Swedish crown dived as well.

  • *Shares drop after 5- day rally, Italy politics weigh in Europe. *Gold back on front foot after hitting 3- month high. In Europe, the fading momentum was compounded by political uncertainty in Italy, where Prime Minister Enrico Letta defied pressure to make way for the centre-left leader Matteo Renzi.

  • *Shares dip after 5- day rally, Italy politics weigh in Europe. In Europe, the fading momentum was compounded by fresh political uncertainty in Italy where Prime Minister Enrico Letta defied pressure to make way for the centre-left leader Matteo Renzi. Some people are booking profits and Italy also has bond auctions today. "

  • TOKYO, Feb 13- Asian shares stepped back from three-week highs on Thursday, snapping a five-session winning streak that was underpinned by receding concerns about global growth prospects and reassurance over U.S. monetary policy. European shares are seen slipping, with both Germany's DAX and Britain's FTSE expected to fall as much as 0.3 percent.

  • TOKYO, Feb 13- Investors' profit-taking on Thursday brought Asian markets off three-week highs notched a day earlier on the back of reassuring comments from the Federal Reserve's new chairwoman, Janet Yellen, over the prospects for U.S. growth.

  • FOREX -Aussie sinks on poor jobs data, Euro nurses losses Wednesday, 12 Feb 2014 | 9:55 PM ET

    SYDNEY/ TOKYO, Feb 13- The Australian dollar fell sharply on Thursday after an unexpectedly weak employment report revived speculation that a rate cut may yet be put back on the table. The euro meanwhile continued to nurse losses after suffering a setback on dovish comments from a top European Central Bank official.

  • TOKYO, Feb 13- Asian markets held steady near three-week highs on Thursday, as investors were cautiously optimistic after upbeat trade data from China eased concerns over the global economy and helped take some of the sting off the recent emerging markets turmoil.

  • SYDNEY, Feb 13- The euro nursed losses early on Thursday, having suffered a setback on dovish comments from a top European Central Bank official, while a surprisingly upbeat economic outlook from the Bank of England gave sterling a shot in the arm. The euro slipped to $1.3595 and 139.35 yen, pulling further away from highs of $1.3684 and 140.31.

  • Pound hammers dollar, sets two-week highs Wednesday, 12 Feb 2014 | 1:19 PM ET
    Janet Yellen, Chair of the Federal Reserve.

    It was a Sterling day for the British pound, while the euro suffered on news of a possible negative deposit rate.

  • SYDNEY/ SINGAPORE, Feb 12- The Australian dollar hit a one-month high as upbeat Chinese trade data eased concern about China's economy, while the U.S. dollar held above a two-week low after Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen offered no surprises in her first congressional testimony.

  • *Aussie outperforms, China trade data next risk event. SYDNEY, Feb 12- The dollar held off a two-week low against a basket of major currencies early on Wednesday, having rebounded after Federal Reserve Chief Janet Yellen offered no surprises on policy in her inaugural Congressional testimony.

  • Japanese equities led the gains in Asia on the final trading day of the week on optimism ahead of January's U.S. jobs report.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 5- The yen rose on Wednesday towards recent two-month highs against the dollar and euro as stock markets struggled on nagging worries about emerging markets and global economic growth, forcing investors to seek safe-haven currencies.

  • LONDON/ NEW YORK, Feb 5- The yen rose on Wednesday towards recent two-month highs against the dollar and euro as stock markets struggled on nagging worries about emerging markets and global economic growth, forcing investors to seek safe-haven currencies.