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Fed's solo act gets tougher with ECB, others in stimulus mode

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WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve policymakers, already struggling to assure investors that they remain on track for a mid-year interest rate rise, will find the task has just become harder with their peers in Europe and elsewhere headed in the opposite direction.

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Canada surprise rate cut keeps housing party going

TORONTO - A surprise move by the Bank of Canada to cut interest rates on Wednesday could reignite Canada's housing market and renew fears of a bubble, just as the market had finally begun to cool after a five-year run to record prices.

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Central bankers lurch from "whatever it takes" to "whatever next"

LONDON - The Swiss currency shock has raised an awkward question many investors have been fearful of asking - what if central banks become as unpredictable and fallible as they are powerful?

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In Greece, new crisis stunts green shoots of hope

ATHENS - Timos Tzannes, owner of high-end watch and accessories stores in Greece, had last year pencilled in a 25 percent rise in sales for the upcoming fiscal year. He had planned to distribute bonuses to staff for the first time since 2008.

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ECB faces crucial test of "whatever it takes"

LONDON - The European Central Bank faces a crucial test of its resolve to do "whatever it takes" to preserve the euro when it decides this week on buying government bonds to combat deflation and revive the economy.

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First BoE hike pushed back to Q4, but close call

LONDON - The Bank of England will still raise interest rates from a record low this year but whether it does so in the third or fourth quarter may be too close to call, according to a Reuters poll.

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Investors brace for sterling election risk, mindful of Scotland vote

LONDON - Currency investors have begun to protect themselves against the risks to sterling posed by the most uncertain British election for decades, having learnt a tough lesson in the run-up to Scotland's independence referendum.

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U.S. crude to regain Brent premium, briefly, on storage bid

NEW YORK - For only the third time since 2010, U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude traded at a premium to global marker Brent on Monday, restoring for a few brief moments what was once the normal hierarchy of the world oil market.

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Copper price slump may not yet be deep enough to cut much output

NEW YORK/LONDON - A slump in copper prices to their lowest in five years has pushed as much as a tenth of the world's miners into the red, but the market may not yet feel enough pain to trigger deep production cuts this time round.

Markets

 

36.20
6,832.83
+0.53%
-141.38
17,672.60
-0.79%
182.73
17,511.75
+1.05%

Currencies

1.4987
1.3369
1.1206

Other Indices

24,850.45
10,649.58
4,640.69
2,051.82
131.74
159.28

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