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European stocks hit fresh record high as miners rally

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FILE PHOTO: The German share price index DAX graph is pictured at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, May 7, 2021. REUTERS/Staff (Reuters) – European stocks extended a record-setting rally on Monday as optimism about the reopening of economies and easy monetary policy lifted cyclical sectors, including mining and financials.......

Bank of Israel keeps benchmark interest rate at 0.1%

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JERUSALEM, April 19 (Reuters) – The Bank of Israel held its benchmark interest rate at 0.1% for an eighth straight meeting on Monday amid optimism over an economic recovery due to a rapid COVID-19 vaccine rollout and inflation turning positive. All 16 economists polled by Reuters had said they expected......

China’s new home prices quicken in March

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BEIJING, April 16 (Reuters) – New home prices in China rose at a faster pace in March, data showed on Friday, even as authorities have taken measures to further clamp down on property speculation. Average new home prices in 70 major cities grew 0.5% in March from a month earlier,......

Economy far from central bank’s goals but outlook brightening, Fed’s Mester says

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FILE PHOTO: Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank President Loretta Mester speaks in London, Britain, July 2, 2019. REUTERS/Marc Jones/File Photo (Reuters) -The U.S. economy still has a long way to go to fully recover from the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which hit minorities and people with lower levels of......

Turkish cenbank holds rates at 19%, drops tightening pledge

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By Ali Kucukgocmen, Jonathan Spicer ISTANBUL (Reuters) -Turkey’s central bank held rates steady at 19% as expected on Thursday and dropped a pledge to tighten policy further if needed, in its first decision since President Tayyip Erdogan fired the hawkish former governor and set off a market selloff. FILE PHOTO:......

BOJ’s Kuroda warns of lingering COVID pain on economy

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FILE PHOTO: Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda speaks at a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, January 21, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s economy was picking up but any recovery was likely to be modest due to lingering caution over the coronavirus pandemic, Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko......

IMF says Japan’s economy can weather change of plan in Olympics

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TOKYO (Reuters) -Cancelling or postponing the Tokyo Olympics Games probably will not hurt Japan’s economy much, but may require the government to offer targeted support for hard-hit small firms, a senior International Monetary Fund official said. FILE PHOTO: The giant Olympic rings are silhouetted in the sunset, amid the coronavirus......

Fed’s Harker says central bank will ‘hold steady’ for now

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FILE PHOTO: The Federal Reserve building is pictured in Washington, DC, U.S., August 22, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Wattie/File Photo (Reuters) – The U.S. economy could grow by around 5% to 6% this year, buoyed by increased vaccinations and strong fiscal aid, but the Federal Reserve is not going to pull back......

BOJ’s Kuroda says weak yen promises to benefit Japan’s economy

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FILE PHOTO: Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda wearing a protective face mask attends a news conference as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Tokyo, Japan, April 27, 2020, in this photo released by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS TOKYO (Reuters) -Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda......

UK economy to return to pre-COVID-19 level around mid-2022: Reuters poll

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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s economy will be back to its pre-COVID-19 level around the middle of next year, according to economists in a Reuters poll who said unemployment would peak at 6.2% as 2021 draws to a close and the pandemic job support scheme ends. FILE PHOTO: The City of......

Business sentiment improves as firms look past pandemic, Bank of Canada says

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OTTAWA (Reuters) – Business sentiment in Canada continues to improve and many firms consider the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic behind them, though the outlook remains challenging for high-contact services, a Bank of Canada survey showed on Monday. FILE PHOTO: A sign is pictured outside the Bank of Canada building......

Instant View: India’s retail inflation rises to 5.52% in March

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(Reuters) – India’s retail inflation rose to 5.52% in March from a year earlier, government data released on Monday showed. A vendor waits for customers at his shop inside a vegetable market in Kolkata, India, February 12, 2020. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri/Files Analysts in a Reuters poll had predicted annual inflation......

China’s Ant Group to become financial holding company: central bank

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FILE PHOTO: A thermal imaging camera is seen in front of a logo of Ant Group at the headquarters of Ant Group, an affiliate of Alibaba, in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China October 29, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo BEIJING (Reuters) – Ant Financial, the fintech affiliate of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd,......

Exclusive: China’s antitrust regulator bulking up as crackdown on behemoths widens

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BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) – China’s competition watchdog is adding staff and other resources as it ramps up efforts to crack down on anti-competitive behaviour, especially among the country’s powerful companies, people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Alibaba Group is seen at its office......

Italy’s economy seen growing 4.1% this year, business lobby says

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ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s virus-hit economy is expected to grow 4.1% this year and 4.2% in 2022 in an “uncertain ascent from the abyss”, the country’s business lobby Confindustria said on Saturday. FILE PHOTO: People walk past closed bars and restaurants as Rome becomes a ‘red zone’, going into lockdown,......

Spain cuts 2021 growth forecast to 6.5% after first-quarter contraction

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By Belén Carreño, Nathan Allen MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s government slashed its forecast for this year’s economic recovery on Friday to reflect a COVID-induced contraction in the first quarter and expected delays to the arrival of EU rescue funds. FILE PHOTO: Spanish Economy Minister Nadia Calvino is welcomed by German......

China repeats call to resist ‘vaccine nationalism’, pledges to keep monetary support

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TOKYO (Reuters) – China urged the international community to resist “vaccine nationalism” and to coordinate policy to make vaccines accessible for developing countries in order to contain the pandemic and for the sake of the global economy. FILE PHOTO: A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a “Coronavirus COVID-19......

NY Fed may make technical adjustment due to asset purchases, official says

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FILE PHOTO: The cornerstone for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York is pictured in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., October 4, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve’s ongoing asset purchases are lifting bank reserves to new highs and contributing to a new......

Dollar stuck near two-week lows amid lower U.S. yields

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TOKYO (Reuters) – The U.S. dollar traded near more than two-week troughs versus major peers on Thursday, tracking Treasury yields lower, after minutes of the Federal Reserve’s March policy meeting offered no new catalysts to dictate market direction. FILE PHOTO: U.S. one dollar banknotes are seen in front of displayed......

CORRECTED-Brazilians withdraw record $5 bln from bank savings in first quarter

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(In first paragraph corrects dollar amount to $629 million not billion) BRASILIA, April 7 (Reuters) – Brazilian savings accounts shrank by 3.5 billion reais ($629 million) in March, figures showed on Wednesday, bringing net withdrawals in the first three months of the year to a quarterly record of 27.5 billion......

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