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  • NEW YORK, Sept 17- Brent turned lower and U.S. crude extended losses on Wednesday after a government report showed crude stocks rose sharply in the United States last week and as a strong dollar continued to create headwinds for dollar-denominated commodities.

  • *Smiths Group falls after slump in operating profit. LONDON, Sept 17- European equities advanced in cautious trading on Wednesday on expectations that the U.S. Britain's blue-chip FTSE 100 index closed down 0.2 percent, against a 0.4 percent gain for the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares to 1,385.09 points.

  • European shares rise as Fed statement seen less hawkish Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 10:45 AM ET

    *Smiths Group falls after slump in operating profit. LONDON, Sept 17- European equities advanced in cautious trading on Wednesday on expectations that the U.S. Britain's blue-chip FTSE 100 index was down 0.1 percent, against a 0.5 percent gain for the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares to 1,386.31 points by 1405 GMT.

  • European shares gain on hope of less hawkish Fed Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 7:08 AM ET

    *Smiths Group falls after slump in operating profit. LONDON, Sept 17- European shares rose in cautious trading on Wednesday on expectations that the U.S. Britain's blue-chip FTSE 100 index was up 0.2 percent, against a 0.6 percent gain for the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares to 1,386.66 points by 1035 GMT.

  • LONDON, Sept 17- Global stocks and commodity prices rose on Wednesday, boosted by speculation the U.S.

  • European stocks track Wall St gains ahead of Fed Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 4:09 AM ET

    PARIS, Sept 17- European shares rose in early trade on Wednesday, mirroring a rally on Wall Street sparked by a report that shifted investor expectations for the U.S.

  • *U.S. stocks near record levels, Europe lower. *Crude oil rises on possible OPEC supply cut. "The rumor is won't change the' considerable time' language," said Quincy Krosby, market strategist at Prudential Financial in Newark, New Jersey, referring to the Fed's previously stated timeline of when it will raise rates.

  • *U.S. stocks near record levels, Europe lower. *Crude oil rises on possible OPEC supply cut. "The rumor is won't change the' considerable time' language," said Quincy Krosby, market strategist at Prudential Financial in Newark, New Jersey, referring to the Fed's previously stated timeline of when it will raise rates.

  • *Crude oil rises on possible OPEC supply cut. Wall Street stocks rose modestly on the day, while an index of European shares fell 0.4 percent as this week's referendum on independence in Scotland kept investors on edge with polls suggesting the vote remains too close to call.

  • LONDON, Sept 16- Global shares hit a one-month low on Tuesday as investors refrained from placing strong bets before a Fed meeting that could adjust expectations about how soon the U.S. central bank will hike interest rates.

  • Europe stocks slip as Fed jitters eclipse M&A fever Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 7:23 AM ET

    *Worries about U.S. rates, Scotland referendum. PARIS, Sept 16- European stocks fell on Tuesday, with one index hitting a two-week low, as this week's referendum on independence in Scotland and the Federal Reserve's policy meeting kept investors on edge.

  • The MSCI world equity index, which tracks shares in 45 countries, was down 0.2 percent after hitting its lowest level since mid-August earlier in the session. In Europe, the benchmark FTSEurofirst 300 was down 0.4 percent.

  • Stocks end higher as investors await news from Fed Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 2:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The stock market rose Tuesday as investors waited to find out when the Federal Reserve might raise interest rates. "The economy continues to improve in the U.S., and there's still an accommodative Fed," said Brad Sorensen, director of market and sector research at the Schwab Center for Financial Research.

  • Sept 15- Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp struck its biggest deal on Monday, acquiring healthcare IT services provider TriZetto Corp for $2.7 billion to beef up its slowing healthcare business. Shares of the company, which is buying TriZetto from London- based private equity firm Apax Partners LLP, rose nearly 3 percent in premarket trading.

  • Asia stocks lower on caution over Fed meeting Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 5:13 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Investors played it safe on Monday ahead of a potentially pivotal Federal Reserve meeting. While large company stocks ended the day little changed, smaller, riskier stocks slumped. "Reading the tea leaves, it seems that investors are trying to position themselves for a more aggressive Fed," said Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at BMO Private Bank.

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-China anxiety knocks shares, oil Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 4:49 AM ET

    *China slowdown worries rattle stocks, Russian sanctions eyed. LONDON, Sept 15- Stock markets fell on Monday after China's factory output grew at the weakest pace in nearly six years in August, while worries over the impact of another round of sanctions on Russian projects added to headwinds for Moscow- listed companies and the oil market.

  • *China slowdown worries rattle stocks. SYDNEY, Sept 15- Asian stocks skidded to five-week lows on Monday, giving European markets a negative lead after a batch of weak data out of China raised the spectre of a sharp slowdown in the world's second-biggest economy.

  • Asian stocks tumble on disappointing China data Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 11:30 PM ET

    KEEPING SCORE: Hong Kong's Hang Seng sank 0.8 percent to 24,392.86 and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.6 percent to 5,496.20. China's Shanghai Composite Index shed 0.3 percent to 2,326.06. Singapore, Seoul, Jakarta and Taipei also fell.

  • *China slowdown worries curb risk appetite. SYDNEY, Sept 15- Asian stocks stumbled to their lowest in five weeks on Monday after a batch of weak data out of China raised the specter of a sharp slowdown in the world's second-biggest economy. The Australian dollar, considered a liquid proxy for China plays, also took a hammering and slumped to a six-month low.

  • SYDNEY, Sept 15- Asian stocks stumbled to a five-week low on Monday after a batch of disappointing data out of China raised the spectre of a sharp slowdown in the world's second-biggest economy. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slipped 0.4 percent to its weakest level since the middle of August.