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  • MOSCOW, May 26- Russia is increasing its gold holdings because gold is a reserve asset that is free from legal and political risks, a senior central banker said on Tuesday. Russia increased its gold holdings for many months in a row last year, as shown by central bank and International Monetary Fund figures. Western sanctions imposed because of Russia's actions in...

  • *OPEC meets next week; Iran sees no output change. Friday's weekly data showed U.S. drillers cut the number of rigs by just one last week and Goldman Sachs said prices were at a level that would spur activity, adding to a growing list of headwinds crude faces that include rising OPEC supply. On Sunday, Iran said the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries...

  • ATHENS/ BRUSSELS, May 26- Greece and its Europeans creditors on Tuesday sought to play down fears that Athens would default on a payment to the International Monetary Fund next week. Running short of cash to pay public sector salaries, pensions and debt obligations, senior members of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's government have said openly that Greece does...

  • BRUSSELS, May 26- Cash-strapped Greece could avoid paying back the IMF on June 5 without defaulting if it lumps together all IMF repayments due in June and pays them at the end of the month, officials said on Tuesday. Greece has to repay the International Monetary Fund 300 million euros on June 5, the first of four installments due in June that total 1.6 billion euros.

  • Greece might sidestep June 5 IMF payment deadline Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 9:18 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, May 26- Cash-strapped Greece could avoid paying back the IMF on June 5 and win more time to negotiate a funding deal without defaulting if it lumps together all IMF repayments due in June and pays them at the end of the month, officials said on Tuesday. Greece has to repay the International Monetary Fund 300 million euros on June 5, the first of four...

  • GREECE COULD AVOID HAVING TO PAY IMF ON JUNE 5 IF IT LUMPS TOGETHER ALL JUNE IMF BILLS AND PAYS AT END OF MONTH- OFFICIALS.

  • *IMF expects China growth of 6.8 pct this year. BEIJING, May 26- China's yuan currency is no longer undervalued after its recent gains, but the government should quicken reforms to get to having "a floating exchange rate", the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday. In a reference to how China still has a large trade surplus, despite a stronger yuan, the IMF said...

  • *IMF expects China growth of 6.8 pct this year. BEIJING, May 26- China's yuan currency is no longer undervalued after its recent substantial appreciation, but the government should quicken reforms to get to having "a floating exchange rate", the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday. In a reference to how China still has a large trade surplus, despite yuan...

  • *Dollar rally weighing on oil could run further- Morgan Stanley. *OPEC meets next week; Iran sees no output change. The dollar could rally further, Morgan Stanley said, adding to a growing list of headwinds crude faces that include rising OPEC supply.

  • BEIJING, May 26- China should step up fiscal support for its economy if growth dips below 6.5 percent this year, or prepare to take steps to rein in credit and investment if growth surprises on the upper side, the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday. The IMF said China still faced risks form unsustainable credit and investment growth and urged the...

  • TOKYO, May 26- China's drive to create a Beijing- led Asian development bank seen as a threat to U.S. and Japanese regional clout is adding to a sense of urgency among Japanese officials keen to get a 12- nation pan-Pacific trade pact off the ground. Japan hopes the Trans-Pacific Partnership will help anchor ally Washington in Asia and create a rule-based regime...

  • May 26- A once-popular pair trade pitting the U.S. dollar against oil prices has re-emerged in recent weeks, injecting a new wildcard into the market just as the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries prepares to meet. About two weeks ago, Morgan Stanley analysts said an "uncanny" relationship has developed between the dollar index and benchmark...

  • SINGAPORE, May 26- U.S. crude was steady early on Tuesday as firm demand supported prices and ample supply dragged. Robust demand in Asia as well as from the driving season in the United States is being met by near record output, especially from the Organization Of Petroleum Exporting Countries, although U.S. production seems to have been peaked, at least...

  • PARIS, May 25- Greece's budget proposals are insufficient to ensure a surplus this year, International Monetary Fund chief economist Olivier Blanchard was quoted as saying on Monday. Blanchard told French financial daily Les Echos in an interview that Greece was supposed to have a 3 percent 2015 budget surplus, but that this goal was probably not realistic at...

  • *Markets in U.S., much of Europe closed on Monday. LONDON, May 25- European shares fell in thin trade on Monday while the dollar held firm after U.S. A warning on Sunday by Greece's interior minister that the country will not be able to meet a June 5 repayment to the International Monetary Fund, and political concerns in Spain after the ruling People's Party took a...

  • ATHENS/ LONDON, May 24- Greece cannot make debt repayments to the International Monetary Fund next month unless it achieves a deal with creditors, its interior minister said on Sunday, the most explicit remarks yet from Athens about the likelihood of default if talks fail. Shut out of bond markets and with bailout aid locked, cash-strapped Athens has been...

  • ATHENS/ LONDON, May 24- Greece cannot make debt repayments to the International Monetary Fund next month unless it achieves a deal with creditors, its interior minister said on Sunday, the most explicit remarks yet from Athens about the likelihood of default if talks fail. Shut out of bond markets and with bailout aid locked, cash-strapped Athens has been...

  • ATHENS, May 24- Greece will not make a debt repayment to the International Monetary Fund due next month as it does not have the money, the country's interior minister said on Sunday. "The four installments for the IMF in June are 1.6 billion euros, this money will not be given and is not there to be given," Nikos Voutsis told Greek Mega TV's weekend show.

  • "With the negotiations between Greece and the rest of the euro area at an impasse, an impatient German Chancellor Merkel has warned that an agreement must be reached before the end of the month," said Thomas Costerg, senior economist at Standard Chartered. Greece cannot make a payment to the International Monetary Fund due on June 5 unless foreign lenders...

  • DUBAI, May 24- OPEC is unlikely to change its production ceiling when the group meets in June, Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said on Sunday, according to the semi-official Mehr news agency. "Lowering OPEC's production ceiling requires consensus between all members... under current conditions it seems unlikely that the OPEC production ceiling will change,"...