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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Schacknow & Belvedere AM Squawk - CNBC

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Matthew J. Belvedere and Peter Schacknow

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U.S. stock futures were lower in early trading, after Monday's powerful rally erased all of last week's declines ahead of this morning's start of the Fed's two-day meeting. (CNBC)
When central bank policymakers wrap things up tomorrowit's widely expected they'll signal an end to the era of near zero interest rates, for the first time in more than six years. (CNBC)

The 38 respondents in the CNBC Fed Survey-including economists, analysts, and money managers-see the first rate hike coming in August, a month earlier than the prior survey indicated. (CNBC)

The dollar was generally lower this morning, as investors wondered whether the greenback's rapid rise could prompt the Fed to be a little more cautiousabout raising rates this year. (Reuters)

Oil prices continued to tumble this morning-under pressure on speculation there could be a nuclear deal with Iran, but also from high levels of U.S. supply. (CNBC)

Concerns a nuclear deal with Iran could end sanctions on that country and flood an oversupplied market with oil are "unduly bearish," the managing director at Clearview Energy Partners told CNBC.

Apple (AAPL) is said to be in talks to launch an online TV service-working with programmers to offer this fall a bundled service of about 25 channels on devices such as Apple TV. (WSJ)

Less than a year after being valued at $5 billion, Pinterest has raised another $367 million in a new round of financing-putting the online scrapbooking startup's valuation at $11 billion. (NY Times)

Uber CFO Brent Callinicos is stepping down to spend more time with his family, the online taxi service's CEO said in an e-mail to investors. The company has not named a replacement. (Reuters)

House Republicans plan to unveil today a proposed budget for 2016, including partly privatizing Medicare and repealing Obamacare. (NY Times)

Purdue University President Mitch Daniels, the former governor of Indiana and one-time GOP star, joins CNBC's "Squawk Box" at 8 a.m. ET to talk about the budget fight on Capitol Hill and the need for education reform.

Israelis were voting in parliamentary elections today, after a heated campaign ended with a last-minute pledge by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state. (CNBC)

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