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FILE - In this Wednesday, March 16, 2016, file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks during a news conference after the Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington. Despite a healthy U.S. job market, with the global economy struggling and U.S. inflation still subpar, many economists see little likelihood of a rate hike even before the second half of the year. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
FILE - In this Wednesday, March 16, 2016, file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks during a news conference after the Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
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Fed will likely keep rates unchanged in face of global slump

The U.S. job market is healthy. The stock market is up. Home prices are rising. Yet as the Federal Reserve prepares to meet this week, it seems in no mood to resume raising interest rates from ultra-lows.

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 16: Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen speaks during a news conference March 16, 2016 in Washington, DC. Yellen conducted a news conference and answered questions from members of the media after a Federal Open Market Committee meeting. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Fed survey finds US economy still expanding

The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that the economy kept expanding in late February and March, despite weakness in the energy sector and a slowdown in exports of some factory and farm products because of global weakness and the strong dollar.

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FILE - In this Wednesday, March 16, 2016, file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks during a news conference after the Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington. On Tuesday, March 29, 2016, Yellen is scheduled to give a speech and discuss the Fed's economic outlook and monetary policy at the Economic Club of New York with Alan Blinder, a former Fed vice chair, and Glenn Hubbard, dean of Columbia Business School. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
FILE - In this Wednesday, March 16, 2016, file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks during a news conference in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
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Yellen stresses that Fed foresees gradual pace of rate hikes

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that the Fed still envisions a gradual pace of interest rate increases in light of global pressures that could weigh on the U.S. economy.

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Survey: Economists more pessimistic on growth this year

Most of the 48 economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics, 79 percent, have lowered their outlooks for economic growth in 2016, and now expect that the U.S. will grow 2.2 percent, down from a December prediction of 2.6 percent.

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Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks during a news conference after the Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington, Wednesday, March 16, 2016. The Federal Reserve is keeping a key interest rate unchanged in light of global pressures that risk slowing the U.S. economy. As a result, Fed officials are forecasting that they will raise rates more gradually this year than they had envisioned in December. The officials now foresee two, rather than four, modest increases in the Fed's benchmark short-term rate during 2016. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks during a news conference in Washington, Wednesday, March 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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Fed keeps key rates unchanged; foresees fewer hikes in 2016

The Federal Reserve is keeping a key interest rate unchanged in light of global pressures that risk slowing the U.S. economy.

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In this Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, file photo, Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the House Financial Services Committee hearing on monetary policy and the state of the economy. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
In this Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, file photo, Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the House Financial Services Committee hearing on monetary policy and the state of the economy. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
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With no rate hike seen, Fed’s outlook on economy is awaited

The financial world is awaiting the Federal Reserve's response to a critical question: How stable are the world's economies and financial markets?

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WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 16: Flags fly over the Federal Reserve Building on December 16, 2008 in Washington, D.C. The Fed began its last meeting of 2008 today, where it is expected to announced another reduction in the key interest rate, amongst other measures meant to stimulate the economy. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Flags fly over the Federal Reserve Building on December 16, 2008 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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Fed Vice Chair sees hints of too-low inflation moving up

Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer said Monday that inflation in the U.S. may be starting to tick up from too-low levels, a key condition for further interest rate hikes.

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Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, before the Senate Banking Committee hearing on: 'The Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress.' (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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Yellen: Too early to determine impact of global developments

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen cautioned Thursday that global economic pressures pose risks to the U.S. economy but said it's too soon to know whether those risks are severe enough to alter the Fed's interest-rate policies.

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Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, before the House Financial Services Committee hearing on monetary policy and the state of the economy. Yellen said the U.S. economy faces a number of global threats that could hamper growth and compel the Fed to slow the pace of future interest rate hikes. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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Yellen: Persistent economic weakness could slow rate hikes

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen cautioned Wednesday that global weakness and falling financial markets could depress the U.S. economy's growth and slow the pace of Fed interest rate hikes.

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WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 16: Federal Reserve Bank Chair Janet Yellen holds a news conference where she announced that the Fed will raise its benchmark interest rate for the first time since 2008 at the bank's Wilson Conference Center December 16, 2015 in Washington, DC. With unemployment at 5-percent and the economy showing signs of strength, the Fed raised the interest rate a quarter of a percentage point and many experts believe the interest rate on short-term loans could go as high as one percent by the end of 2016. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Federal Reserve Bank Chair Janet Yellen (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Fed voices concern about global economic pressures

The Federal Reserve sounded a note of concern Wednesday about how global pressures could affect the U.S. economy, while keeping a key interest rate unchanged.

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