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Wall Street ends higher, notches weekly gains as Fed meeting looms

PCE: inflation cools along with consumer spending American Express, Visa climb higher on solid demand Chevron falls after missing profit estimates Indexes up: Dow 0.08%, S&P 0.25%, Nasdaq 0.95% NEW YORK, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Wall Street advanced on Friday, marking the end of an rocky week in which economic data and corporate earnings guidance …

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Wall Street closes green as GDP data eases recession worries

Microsoft, Tesla lead S&P, Nasdaq higher IBM announces job cuts, asset divestment Bed Bath & Beyond sinks on default notice Intel slides after the bell following results Indexes up: Dow 0.61%, S&P 1.10%, Nasdaq 1.76% NEW YORK, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Wall Street ended a choppy session higher on Thursday as investors grappled with an …

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Strong US economic growth expected in fourth quarter, outlook darkening

Fourth-quarter GDP forecast to increase at a 2.6% rate Strong consumer spending seen; other sectors to contribute Weekly jobless claims expected to rise moderately WASHINGTON, Jan 26 (Reuters) – The US economy likely maintained a strong pace of growth in the fourth quarter as consumers boosted spending on goods, but momentum appears to have slowed …

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Bank of Canada hikes rates, becomes first major central bank to signal pause

OTTAWA, Jan 25 (Reuters) – The Bank of Canada on Wednesday hiked its key interest rate to 4.5%, the highest level in 15 years, and became the first major central bank fighting global inflation to say it would likely hold off on further increases for now. The 25-base-point rise matched analysts’ expectations. The bank has …

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Wall Street totters after mixed earnings, trade heck glitch

SEC investigating NYSE opening bell glitch 3M slides on downbeat Q1 forecast J&J falls on sales warning; GE down on weak profit view Microsoft to report quarterly earnings after market close Indexes: Dow up 0.18%, S&P 500 off 0.13%, Nasdaq down 0.25% NEW YORK, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Wall Street was mixed on Tuesday as …

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Japan warns of dire finances as BOJ struggles to contain yields

Japan’s finances intensified severity to unprecedented point Rounds of extra budget, stimulus measures aggravate finances Public finance is the cornerstone of a country’s trust – finmin Economic revival comes first before fiscal reform in long run Parliament debate begins, all eyes on new BOJ governor nominee TOKYO, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Japan’s finances are becoming …

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Bank of Japan’s policy tweak drew rare request from government for a break

TOKYO, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Government officials who attended the Bank of Japan’s December policy meeting were given a half-hour adjournment to contact their ministries, minutes showed, underscoring the significance of the central bank’s decision to tweak its bond-market peg. At the Dec. 19-20 meeting, the BOJ kept its ultra-easy monetary policy but shocked markets …

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Fed to deliver two 25-basis-point hikes in Q1, followed by long pause

BENGALURU, Jan 20 (Reuters) – The US Federal Reserve will end its tightening cycle after a 25-basis-point hike at each of its next two policy meetings and then likely hold interest rates steady for at least the rest of the year, according to most economists in a Reuters poll. Fed officials broadly agree the US …

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Fed policymakers call for further rate hikes to beat inflation

Jan 18 (Reuters) – Federal Reserve policymakers on Wednesday signaled they will push on with more interest rate hikes, with several supporting a top policy rate of at least 5% even as inflation shows signs of having peaked and economic activity is slowing. “I just think we need to keep going, and we’ll discuss at …

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