US Fed may leave interest rate unchanged for now

A two-day policy meeting of US Federal Reserve will conclude on Wednesday. US Fed Chair Janet Yellen is expected to keep short-term interest rate unchanged for now and may go for a hike in June.

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Japan's factory output up while retail sales shrink

Beating market predictions, industrial production in Japan rose during January 2016. On the other side, retail sales eased 1.1 percent. The mixed situation in the world's third largest economy is signaling ongoing uncertainty about GDP growth rate.

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Wall Street strategists lower S&P 500 estimates

Contrary to earlier bullish predictions for 2016, several Wall Street strategists have started lowering their forecasts on S&P 500 stocks. The Chinese economy slowdown, volatile oil prices and interest rates are the major reasons for drop in forecast. The gap between highest and lowest forecast has been widening.

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Average US rate drops to 3.81%

The major factors such as oil price fall, economy growth concerns and uncertainty in stock markets are keeping more pressure on mortgage rates in the US market. The average US rate on long-term mortgage dropped for three weeks in a row to 3.81 percent. The average rate on 15-year mortgages dropped to 3.10 percent from 3.19 percent.

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