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Fed can afford to sit tight

With the latest batch of economic data showing a light wind beginning to fill the US economy's sails, Federal Reserve policy-makers have the luxury of sitting tight at their meeting today, analysts say.


US productivity up sharply in Q2

American worker productivity surged in the second quarter at more than twice the first-quarter clip, the government said, boosting hopes for stronger economic growth to generate more jobs.


Greenspan vows to keep rates low

US Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan has vowed to keep interest rates low for a long time even as he predicted a hearty economic recovery.


Earnings may add to US stock market fizz

This week's rush of quarterly earnings announcements from icons like chip leader Intel Corp and banking titan Citigroup Inc may give the US stock market another jolt higher as Corporate America hints at an improving economy.


HP, Home Depot lift Dow

US stocks ended higher on Friday as a bullish call on computer and printer maker Hewlett-Packard Co and a brokerage firm#8217;s upgrade of retailer Home Depot lifted the blue-chip Dow.


Global interest rate easing may be near end

The cost of money has fallen further around the world this week with the Bank of England and a trio of Asian central banks trimming interest rates to jump start a hesitant global economic recovery.


China bouncing back from SARS impact

China's economy is bouncing back strongly from the impact of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak, with exports and factory output surging in June from a year ago, as production of passenger cars jumped almost 83%.


Stocks, bonds slip, oil prices up

US stocks fell on Friday after dour earnings news, while bonds declined for the third straight day on lingering disappointment over the Federal Reserve#8217;s quarter-point interest-rate cut this week.


US rates cut to 1958 lows

The Federal Reserve has trimmed US interest rates a quarter percentage point to 45-year lows, citing recent hopeful economic signs as it offered a less potent growth tonic than markets had hoped for.


Govt plans US$500m, 600mil euro bonds

THE government will be making two large bond issues to raise foreign currency for benchmarking purposes and to refinance existing debt of one of its agencies, Second Finance Minister Datuk Dr Jamaludin Mohd Jarjis said.