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  • NEW YORK, Dec 17- U.S. stock prices jumped and the dollar strengthened on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve signaled America's economy was strong enough to handle interest rate hikes at some point in 2015, but emphasized that shifts in policy would be gradual. Wall Street, coming off three days of declines, had risen with steep gains in energy stocks even before...

  • You're going to see volatility here, "said Daniel Flynn, energy analyst at Chicago's Price Futures Group. Brent for February delivery was up $1.05 at $61.06 a barrel by 2:37 p.m. EST, after hitting a session high of $63.40. The biggest slide in oil prices since the 2008 financial crisis had accelerated after OPEC met in November, when Gulf producers resisted calls...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St adds to gains as Fed upbeat on economy Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 2:26 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 17- U.S. stocks extended gains on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve gave a strong signal that it was on track to raise interest rates sometime next year, suggesting confidence in the U.S. economy. "It's pretty upbeat on the economy, and that's what the stock market is reacting to," said John Canally, investment strategist and economist at LPL Financial...

  • Fed to be 'patient' about a rate hike; stocks soar Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 2:07 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Federal Reserve is edging closer to raising interest rates from record lows given a strengthening U.S. economy. At a news conference afterward, Chair Janet Yellen said she foresaw no rate hike in the first quarter of 2015.. "The Fed is sending the message that the broader U.S. economy is on the path toward healing," said Steven Ricchiuto, chief...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 17- A tiny mutual fund based in Miami, a clutch of cruise line operators and a Canadian natural resources company are the early winners in the Obama administration's surprise move on Wednesday to thaw relations with Cuba. While the Cuban economy is small, with gross domestic product of roughly $70 billion, according to the World Bank, comparable to...

  • *FedEx shares fall after earnings. NEW YORK, Dec 17- U.S. stocks climbed in early afternoon trading on Wednesday as energy sector shares surged more than 4 percent, though investors were preparing for a Federal Reserve statement that may set the stage for interest rate hikes in 2015.. "Volatility should be expected after the statement because so much is riding on...

  • Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 1:17 PM ET

    American Realty Capital Properties Inc. rose 9.2 percent to $8.41 with 23,528,100 shares traded. Apple Inc. rose 2.5 percent to $109.41 with 52,068,400 shares traded. Cisco Systems Inc. rose. 8 percent to $26.81 with 35,803,200 shares traded.

  • Most active New York Stock Exchange-traded stocks Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 1:17 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A look at New York Stock Exchange 10 most-active stocks at the close of trading:. AT&T Inc. rose 1.6 percent to $32.67 with 28,143,000 shares traded. Bank of America Corp. rose 3.2 percent to $17.26 with 89,206,900 shares traded.

  • IPOs deliver mixed results in trading Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:25 PM ET

    The stock was the biggest gainer on the New York Stock Exchange. The stock is trading under the ticker symbol "ONDK" on the New York Stock Exchange. Meanwhile, shares of Rice Midstream Partners LP, a natural gas gathering spinoff of Rice Energy Inc., fell below their IPO price.

  • *Wall Street rises after string of losses. *Brent inches over $60 a barrel. The yield on U.S. five-year Treasuries climbed to session highs as the gains on Wall Street and domestic oil futures pared safe-haven buying that has been fueled by the deepening economic crisis in Russia.

  • US stocks move higher; Traders watch Fed meeting Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 11:53 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The U.S. stock market is moving higher ahead of a policy announcement from the Federal Reserve. Energy stocks rose sharply after the price of crude oil turned higher. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 152 points, or 0.9 percent, to 17,221 as of 11:45 a.m. Eastern time Wednesday.

  • *FedEx shares fall after earnings, drags transports. NEW YORK, Dec 17- U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday on the heels of a three-session losing streak and ahead of the U.S. "I don't know that it really makes a huge difference because ultimately they will hedge anything they do in that regard by simply saying it is all data-dependent," said Randy Frederick, managing director...

  • TREASURIES-U.S. bond yields flat ahead of Fed statement Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 10:31 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 17- U.S. Fed Chair Janet Yellen will hold a press conference half hour later. "They have set up the path for a rate hike unless something really goes awry," said Robert Tipp, chief investment strategist at Prudential Fixed Income in Newark, New Jersey.

  • US stocks open higher; Traders watch Fed meeting Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 9:41 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The U.S. stock market is opening modestly higher ahead of a key policy announcement from the Federal Reserve. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 70 points, or 0.4 percent, to 17,140 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time Wednesday. The price of oil fell 89 cents to $55.04 a barrel in New York.

  • Dec 17- U.S. stocks are expected to climb in 2015 as concerns about the prospect of a Federal Reserve interest-rate hike are being offset by hopes for strong consumer spending as oil prices fall, according to a Reuters poll. That would represent a near 12 percent rise for 2015 from a Dec. 16 close of 1,972.74. "The market's ability to withstand higher rates is the big...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St to open higher ahead of Fed decision Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 9:11 AM ET

    *FedEx shares fall after earnings. NEW YORK, Dec 17- U.S. stocks were set to rise at the open on Wednesday, following three days of losses for major Wall Street indexes, ahead of the year's final statement from the U.S. "I do think they will take in consideration slow global economic activity and perhaps mention the threat of deflation in Europe," said Peter Cardillo,...

  • Fed rate wording boosts Asian stock markets Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 4:44 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The U.S. stock market had its best day in more than a year after the Federal Reserve said it would to remain "patient" in its approach to raising interest rates. "The Fed is going to be our friend for a very long time," said Burt White, chief investment officer for LPL Financial. That was the biggest gain for the index since October 2013.

  • *Moscow stocks plunge; crude trades below $60 a barrel. Three retail trading platforms halted trading in rubles, citing growing signs of stress among the banks that underpin that trade, as speculation mounted that Moscow will impose capital controls within the next few days. "If you have a deeply mono-export culture which is linked to oil, then the consequences of...

  • *Moscow stocks plunge, crude trades below $60 a barrel. Three retail trading platforms halted trading in rubles, citing growing signs of stress among the banks that underpin that trade, as speculation mounted that Moscow will impose capital controls within the next few days. "If you have a deeply mono-export culture which is linked to oil, then the consequences of...

  • *Indexes: Dow down 0.7 pct, S&P down 0.9 pct, Nasdaq down 1.2 pct. NEW YORK, Dec 16- U.S. stocks fell for a third day in a volatile session Tuesday, led by declines in consumer discretionary and technology shares, while another drop in the Russian rouble added to worries about the global economy. People buy stocks that have done well so you get this bump up, "said Daniel Morgan,...