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U.S. jobs to add heat to Fed lift-off debate

BRUSSELS - The state of the U.S. labour market in March will consume economists and investors in the week leading up to Easter, adding to the seesaw debate over when the Federal Reserve will spring its first interest rate hike.

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Denmark applies to join China-backed AIIB investment bank

BEIJING - Denmark has applied to join the Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure Bank (AIIB), China's Ministry of Finance said on Sunday, becoming the latest European power to join the institution despite misgivings of the United States.

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Fed's Yellen sees gradual rate hikes starting this year

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signaled that the U.S. central bank will likely start raising borrowing costs later this year, even before inflation and wages have returned to health, but emphasized the return to normal interest rates will be gradual.

27 Mar 2015

Intel in talks to buy Altera, shares of firms surge

- Intel Corp is in talks to buy fellow chipmaker Altera Corp in a deal likely to top $10 billion, according to a source familiar with the matter, making it Intel's biggest purchase ever and the latest merger in the quickly consolidating semiconductor sector.

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Chevron exits Caltex Australia stake for $3.7 billion

PERTH - U.S. energy giant Chevron sold its entire stake in refiner Caltex Australia Ltd for A$4.7 billion ($3.7 billion) in Asia’s biggest block deal this year, as falling oil prices and high costs hurt margins.

27 Mar 2015

Oil dives 5 percent as worries about Iran talks trump Yemen

NEW YORK - Oil tumbled 5 percent on Friday, erasing the previous session's gains, as Yemen's conflict looked less likely to disrupt Middle East crude shipments and investors turned their focus to talks for a potential Iran nuclear deal that could put more supply on the market.

27 Mar 2015

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