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  • TOKYO, April 1- Weakening demand at home and abroad weighed on Japanese manufacturers' confidence in the first quarter, prompting them to cut spending plans, clouding the outlook for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's drive to reflate the economy. But the latest central bank survey showed service-sector firms saw business conditions improve to a nearly one-year...

  • TOKYO, April 1- Japanese business confidence among manufacturers stalled in the first quarter, a central bank survey showed, underscoring the fragile economic recovery and clouding the outlook for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's drive to reflate the country out of deflation. Big companies also expect to cut capital expenditure in the fiscal year that began on...

  • *Confident of recovery this year- Industry Ministry official. BANGKOK, March 30- Thai factory output unexpectedly rose in February from a year earlier, ending a 22- month streak of falls and giving some hope of improvement in the beleaguered economy. The Industry Ministry said output in Southeast Asia's second-largest economy in February rose 3.55 percent...

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ WASHINGTON, March 27- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signaled that the U.S. central bank will likely start raising borrowing costs later this year, even before inflation and wages have returned to health, but emphasized the return to normal interest rates will be gradual. The Fed has held short-term borrowing costs near zero since December...

  • SAO PAULO/ BRASILIA, March 27- Brazil's economy grew a slightly better-than-expected 0.1 percent in 2014, but sliding investment and government spending set the stage for what most observers expect will be a painful recession this year. Last year's modest expansion, as published by the government statistics agency on Friday, was still the worst performance...

  • MOSCOW, March 23- Lower oil prices will have a long-lasting impact on Russia, Central Bank First Deputy Governor Ksenia Yudayeva said on Monday. The Russian economy is forecast this year to slip into recession for the first time since the aftermath of the global financial crisis in 2009, hit by declining crude prices and sanctions imposed on Moscow over its role...

  • Understanding what informs Fed policy decisions Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 9:21 AM ET
    The Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve Building in Washington.

    Most people have no idea how the Fed works, what it actually does and why its decisions have so much impact. Here's a brief history.

  • March 18- Business sentiment at Asia's top companies remained upbeat at the start of 2015 with Indian companies turning in the region's most positive outlook for the fourth straight quarter, buoyed by confidence in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's economic reform agenda. Optimism was tempered by firms in China, where the government expects economic growth to...

  • TOKYO, March 17- The Bank of Japan maintained its massive stimulus programme on Tuesday and signaled its conviction that a steady economic recovery will help achieve its ambitious price target without immediate, additional monetary easing. As widely expected, the BOJ maintained its stimulus programme that pledges to print money at an annual pace of 80...

  • BRASILIA, March 12- Brazil's inflation will rise more than expected this year, but tighter monetary and fiscal policies and a slowdown in activity will ease price pressures in 2016, the central bank said on Thursday, leaving the door open for more interest rate increases. The bank continues to leave the door open for more increases, "said Thais Marzola Zara, chief...

  • *Jan machinery orders -1.7 pct vs f'cast -4.1 pct. TOKYO, March 11- Japan's core machinery orders fell 1.7 percent in January, suggesting that companies remain reluctant to increase capital expenditure given the uncertain economic outlook. The data underscores the challenges Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the Bank of Japan face as they attempt to nudge firms...

  • March 9- Standard& Poor's cut its outlook on Connecticut's general obligation and appropriation-secured debt to "negative" from "stable," citing higher budget pressure due to weak revenue growth. Connecticut's "relatively weak" post-recession economic growth has increased budget pressure despite a substantial tax hike in fiscal 2012, S&P said on Monday.

  • Most Americans still struggling to save Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 4:00 PM ET

    More than a third of Americans have no savings, a new study finds, and many are living paycheck to paycheck.

  • Japan exits recession: Reaction Monday, 16 Feb 2015 | 4:30 AM ET
    Japan exits recession: Reaction

    As Japan exits technical recession, Tapan Datta, head of global asset allocation at Aon Hewitt, says the "picture is far from benign" as there's very little growth in the Japanese economy.

  • Despite woes, Russia optimistic on economic outlook Saturday, 31 Jan 2015 | 11:29 PM ET

    Russia's economy ministry said on Saturday it expected gross domestic product to fall 3 percent this year, more optimistic than many analysts' forecasts of a 4-5 percent drop.

  • Recession? 0% GDP growth? Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 | 5:01 PM ET
    Recession? 0% GDP growth?

    Raoul Pal, The Global Macro Investor newsletter, thinks the S&P 500 could reach 1,800 this year, and shares his global outlook.

  • Cramer: Worldwide recession, except in US Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 9:00 AM ET
    Cramer: Worldwide recession, except in US

    CNBC's Jim Cramer breaks down the health of the U.S. stock market and weighs in on the "stunning" move in utilities. David Faber discusses Russia and oil.

  • Birth rate hits record low Friday, 5 Dec 2014 | 2:51 PM ET
    Birth rate hits record low

    U.S. birth rates have fallen for the 6th consecutive year. Joe LaVorgna, Deutsche Bank, chief U.S. economist, discusses whether this trend hurts the U.S. economy.

  • Why Japan's inflation goal is now within reach Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 7:02 PM ET
    Why Japan's inflation goal is now within reach

    The delay in sales tax hike, along with the BOJ's surprise stimulus, will help Japan to meet its 2 percent inflation goal, says Takuji Okubo, Principal & Chief Economist at Japan Macro Advisors.

  • What a fresh mandate means for Japan's Abe Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 6:46 PM ET
    What a fresh mandate means for Japan's Abe

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called a snap election late Tuesday. Scott Seaman, Senior Analyst, Asia at Eurasia, discusses the rationale behind the move.