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  • WASHINGTON, May 6- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Wednesday said the central bank is prepared to take further action to make the financial system safer. In prepared remarks at the International Monetary Fund, Yellen outlined the contributions of the banking system to society and the economy. But Yellen quickly turned her speech to the distorted system...

  • BRUSSELS, May 6- European Union antitrust regulators opened an investigation into cross-border e-commerce on Wednesday in a move aimed at removing borders to online sales as part of a broad strategy to overhaul the bloc's digital market. European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager had announced her intention in March to open the sector inquiry. 1/...

  • *OPEC set to keep production unchanged at June 5 meeting. *Saudi Arabia keeps prices unchanged for Asian buyers. SINGAPORE, May 6- Oil prices rose more than $1 to fresh 2015 highs on Wednesday, continuing a month-long rally that has been supported by a weaker dollar and a disruption to crude exports from Libya.

  • *OPEC set to keep production unchanged at June 5 meeting. Oil bulls have pushed prices higher this week, after a rally of between 20 percent and 25 percent in April, despite a continued build in U.S. crude stockpiles and indications that the OPEC cartel will keep production at current high levels at a meeting next month. The bank raised its average 2015 Brent...

  • DIARY- Emerging Markets Economic Events to May 18 Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | 8:02 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde participate in " Finance and Society" conversation before the Institute for New Economic Thinking Conference on Finance and Society hosted by the IMF- 1315 GMT. BUDAPEST- Central bank of Hungary publishes April policy meeting- 1200 GMT.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to May 18 Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde participate in " Finance and Society" conversation before the Institute for New Economic Thinking Conference on Finance and Society hosted by the IMF- 1315 GMT. WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City President Esther George...

  • LUXEMBOURG, May 5- In a clash of corporate titans over naming rights in a fast-changing industry, Microsoft and its Skype phone service came out on the losing side of an EU court battle on Tuesday with Rupert Murdoch's television business Sky. Judges at the General Court of the European Union in Luxembourg upheld a complaint that the British broadcaster lodged a...

  • *No policy change seen at June 5 OPEC meeting- delegates. *OPEC delegates cite higher prices, stronger oil demand. LONDON/ DUBAI, May 5- OPEC countries are set to maintain current production levels at a meeting next month, three delegates said, as Gulf states continue to focus on market share and a rally in crude prices mutes calls from other members for supply cuts.

  • OPEC LIKELY TO MAINTAIN OIL OUTPUT POLICY AT JUNE 5 MEETING- THREE OPEC DELEGATES.

  • BRUSSELS, May 5- Athens will not back a multi-billion dollar trade pact between Canada and the European Union unless the deal is changed to specify that only Greece can use the term "feta" for its salty white cheese, according to a document seen by Reuters. After five years of difficult negotiations, Canada and the European Union agreed a free-trade accord last year,...

  • European shares fall as Greek stocks slide Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | 9:38 AM ET

    LONDON, May 5- European shares fell on Tuesday as renewed worries over Greece weighed on the region's stock markets. Greece stepped up diplomatic efforts with its euro zone partners on Tuesday to avoid running out of money this month, when it must make a big debt repayment to the International Monetary Fund as cash reserves dry up. Talks continued with the IMF,...

  • ADB to allocate $1 bln to Azeri energy sector Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | 8:06 AM ET

    BAKU, May 5- Azerbaijan and the Asian Development Bank signed on Tuesday a memorandum of understanding to invest $1 billion to modernize the country's energy system. Under the memorandum, signed as part of the ADP's annual board meeting in the Azeri capital Baku, the bank will allocate three tranches worth a total of $750 million while the remaining $250 million...

  • BERLIN, May 5- German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Tuesday that the International Monetary Fund had warned recently that Greek's financial situation was worsening but denied that it was insisting on further debt relief. Speaking to the foreign press association in Berlin, Schaeuble refuted reports that IMF official Poul Thomsen had told...

  • *Athens' ATG index down 3 pct as debt worries weigh. Traders cited concerns that the International Monetary Fund may cut a funding lifeline to Greece unless its European partners accept more debt writedowns as weighing on the Greek market, with Greek bond yields also rising. Nevertheless, many traders still said new economic stimulus measures from the European...

  • LONDON, May 5- Greek bond yields rose on Tuesday on reports that the International Monetary Fund may cut a funding lifeline to Greece unless its European partners accept more debt writedowns. The warning, reported in the Financial Times to have been made by the IMF's European head, Poul Thomsen, to euro zone finance ministers at their meeting in Riga last month,...

  • DUBAI, May 5- Iraq has requested financial assistance from the International Monetary Fund and agreement may be reached within weeks on a loan of about $800 million, a senior IMF official said. Aid from the IMF could ease the pressure and by increasing investor confidence, help Iraq raise money from other sources. An RFI is a facility created by the IMF to provide...

  • *U.S. weekly oil rig count decline slows- Baker Hughes. SINGAPORE, May 4- Brent crude dipped towards $66 a barrel on Monday as weak Chinese data added to demand fears, while near-record supplies from OPEC producers maintained worries about oversupply. What the market really wants to see is supply being cut to match the demand level, "said Ric Spooner, chief market...

  • *Iraq oil exports hit record 3.08 mln bpd in April. SINGAPORE, May 4- Brent crude dipped towards $66 a barrel on Monday as weak Chinese data stoked demand fears, while near-record supplies from OPEC producers reinforced worries about oversupply. Oil supplies from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, which produces about 40 percent of oil...

  • May 3- The International Monetary Fund is close to declaring China's yuan fairly valued for the first time in more than a decade, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. The IMF's reassessment of the yuan is set to be made official in its reports on China's economy due in the coming months, the Wall Street Journal reported. "On the exchange rate, last year, 2014, our...

  • May 3- The International Monetary Fund is close to declaring China's yuan fairly valued for first time in more than a decade, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.