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Sturdy U.S. jobs report seen, could keep June rate hike on table

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WASHINGTON - U.S. employment likely rose strongly in February with the jobless rate slipping, signs that could encourage the Federal Reserve to consider hiking interest rates in June.

Dollar revved up for jobs data, Nikkei hits a high

SYDNEY - The dollar held pole position in Asia on Friday as bulls wagered a looming U.S. jobs report would add to the chance of rate hikes there, even as the European Central Bank embarks on a trillion euro campaign of bond-buying.

5:12am GMT

Fed should not be too patient on rate hikes, Williams says

HONOLULU - Federal Reserve policymakers should not wait too long to raise interest rates, a top U.S. central banker said on Thursday, because doing so could mean "drastically" overshooting on inflation and forcing the Fed to hike rates dramatically.

6:44am GMT

Hungary will not back any EU-U.S. trade deal that impairs court authority: PM

BUDAPEST - Hungary will not support any trade agreement between the United States and the European Union that impairs the jurisdiction of Hungarian courts in trade disputes, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Friday.

7:50am GMT

Revised Japan fourth-quarter GDP to show better capex, no change in overall growth

TOKYO - Revised fourth-quarter Japanese data on Monday is likely to show capital spending was slightly stronger than expected, but overall economic growth was little changed from initial estimates, confirming the economy only managed to limp out of recession.

8:09am GMT

U.S. banks pass Fed capital test, trading books hurt

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK - All 31 U.S. banks passed a test of how they would do in a next economic crisis, the Federal Reserve said on Thursday, but those with large trading books came out weak because of new elements in the check-up. | Video

12:17am GMT
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European shares steady in early trading, focus on U.S. jobs

LONDON, March 6 - European equities steadied in early trading on Friday after recent sharp gains, with investors seen reluctant to place strong bets before a U.S. jobs report that could provide hints about the timing of a U.S. rate hike.

US STOCKS-Wall St closes up slightly ahead of jobs report

* Indexes up: Dow 0.21 pct, S&P 0.12 pct, Nasdaq 0.32 pct (Updates to afternoon, adds commentary)

European shares steady in early trading, focus on U.S. jobs

LONDON, March 6 - European equities steadied in early trading on Friday after recent sharp gains, with investors seen reluctant to place strong bets before a U.S. jobs report that could provide hints about the timing of a U.S. rate hike.

Nikkei rises to fresh 15-year high on ECB; gains for 4th week

TOKYO, March 6 - Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a fresh 15-year high on Friday as encouraging comments from the European Central Bank lifted sentiment, but FamilyMart Co fell on news that it was in merger talks with UNY Group Holdings Co. The Nikkei ended 1.2 percent higher at 18,971.00 points, its best closing level since April 2000. For the week, it rose 0.9 percent and posted a fourth consecutive week of gains. The broader Topix rose 1.1 percent to 1,540.84 and the JP

Hong Kong shares lower as mainland leaders signal slower growth

March 6 - Hong Kong shares edged lower on Friday in the wake of sobering comments top officials made to the National People's Congress on the economic outlook.

8:19am GMT
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