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Asia stocks climb after upbeat U.S. jobs, euro near nine-year low

Asian stocks rose on Thursday after upbeat U.S. employment data and a halt to a slide in oil tempered investor risk aversion, while the euro held near a nine-year low.

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Wall Street up more than 1 percent, boosted by jobs data, Fed

U.S. stocks rebounded on Wednesday from five straight sessions of losses after strong private sector jobs data and as minutes from the most recent Federal Reserve meeting reassured investors the bank was in no hurry to start raising interest rates.

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Euro hits nine-year low as Brent oil goes below $50

The euro hit a nine-year trough on Wednesday as collapsing oil prices and worries about the world economy drove skittish investors into the arms of safe-haven sovereign debt.

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US dollar

Dollar hits multi-year highs on extended Fed rally, year-end bets

The U.S. dollar hit its highest level against major currencies in over 8-1/2 years on Friday on diverging monetary policy between the Federal Reserve and other major central banks, and bullish dollar positions heading into the end of the year.

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The U.S. Federal Reserve

Fed confident on U.S. growth, opens door wider to rate hike

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday offered a strong signal that it was on track to raise interest rates sometime next year, altering a pledge to keep rates near zero for a "considerable time" in a show of confidence in the U.S. economy.

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Wall Street rallies after Fed statement; S&P has best day this year

The S&P 500 scored its best day since October 2013 on Wednesday as the Federal Reserve gave an upbeat assessment of the economy and said it would take a patient approach toward lifting interest rates.

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U.S. factory production accelerates in sign of economy's strength

U.S. manufacturing output recorded its largest increase in nine months in November as production expanded across the board, pointing to underlying strength in the economy.

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Janet Yellen

Fed faces big decision over a few choice words

Federal Reserve officials will decide this week whether to make a critical change to their policy statement that would widen the door for interest rate hikes next year and effectively bet the United States will continue to shine in a gloomy global economy.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

U.S. Senate aims to vote Monday on $1.1 trillion spending bill

The U.S. Senate on Friday struggled to pass a $1.1 trillion spending bill that would avert a looming federal government shutdown, postponing a vote until Monday when procedural hurdles begin to evaporate.

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Mitch McConnell

Congress reaches deal for $1.1 trillion U.S. spending bill

Congressional negotiators unveiled a $1.1 trillion U.S. spending bill that aims to avoid a government shutdown at midnight on Thursday and punts an immigration showdown between Republicans and President Barack Obama until February.

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Bank for International Settlements

Sudden market swings, dollar rise expose emerging market vulnerability: BIS

Sudden swings in financial markets recently suggest they are becoming more fragile and sensitive to unexpected events, the global organization of central banks said on Sunday, warning that a rising U.S. dollar could have a "profound impact" on emerging markets in particular.

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Gold lending rates roar back after jobs data

The cost of lending gold returned to positive territory on Friday for the first time in over a month, capping a dramatic week-long recovery, as robust U.S. jobless data reinforced expectations of higher interest rates next year.

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Bullish U.S. jobs report keeps Fed on track for mid-2015 rate hike

U.S. employers added the largest number of workers in nearly three years in November and wage gains picked up, a sign of economic strength that could draw the Federal Reserve closer to raising interest rates.

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U.S. Federal Reserve Vice Chair Stanley Fischer

Fed welcomes energy drop, shrugs off disinflation threat

The Federal Reserve is welcoming the sharp drop in global energy prices, with two influential policymakers on Monday cheering the boost it should provide American pocketbooks and shrugging off any pressure on already low inflation.

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Global 'QE glut' to brim through 2015 as funds swim with the tide

If the world's biggest central banks were actually coordinating a global monetary policy, they could scarcely do a better job of convincing financial markets right now.

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