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  • *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.

  • Key points will likely suggest the Fed stays on hold until the middle of next year and that is already baked in, "said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Rockwell Global Capital in New York.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 16- U.S. stocks were set to open lower on Tuesday with traders positioning for a Federal Reserve meeting expected to provide clues on the short term direction of U.S. interest rates.

  • Alibaba's could be the largest initial public offering in history and has seen "overwhelming" interest, meaning Yahoo's 23 percent stake could be worth more next week than it is now. Yahoo stock pulled back from a 14- year high and fell 0.8 percent to 42.55 with 71.7 million shares traded, more than double its 10- day average of 34.2 million.

  • NEW YORK- COLOMBIA FINANCE MINISTER MAURICIO CARDENAS SAYS GOVERNMENT COULD COME TO INTERNATIONAL BOND MARKETS EARLY TO PRE-FINANCE SOME OF THE $3 BILLION NEEDED IN 2015.

  • US STOCKS-Nasdaq loses ground as tech sector weighs Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 12:42 PM ET

    "There is some nervousness out there so some money is coming out of the high flyers and some of it is people getting ready to raise some cash to put to work to Alibaba," said Ken Polcari, Director of the NYSE floor division at O'Neil Securities in New York.

  • Brent crude oil fell to its lowest in more than two years, below $97 per barrel, weighed by a strong U.S. dollar and data showing China's factory output grew at the weakest pace in nearly six years in August.

  • 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.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 12- U.S. stocks fell on Friday as energy shares extended their recent slide, while rising bond yields drove down high-dividend paying shares. Shares of Exxon Mobil Corp retreated 1.3 percent on the day, while ConocoPhillips fell 1.2 percent.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 12- U.S. stocks fell on Friday, with major indexes on track to snap five-week winning streaks, as energy shares again led the market down. Exxon Mobil fell 1.2 percent to $95.85 while Chevron Corp was down 0.9 percent at $122.67.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 12- U.S. stocks were lower in afternoon trading on Friday, with energy shares extending recent losses after the Treasury department announced new sanctions against Russia. Exxon Mobil Corp was down 1.1 percent and ConocoPhillips was down 1.2 percent.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St slips at midday; energy a drag Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 12:37 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Sept 12- U.S. stocks were lower at midday on Friday, with energy shares extending recent losses after the Treasury department announced new sanctions against Russia. Exxon Mobil Corp and ConocoPhillips each lost 1 percent.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 12- U.S. stocks were lower on Friday, with energy again leading the market down after the Treasury department announced new sanctions against Russia. Exxon Mobil Corp fell 0.9 percent to $96.12 on Friday while ConocoPhillips was down 0.9 percent to $78.67.

  • *Scots vote, Ukraine tension bog down global stock prices. Nervousness about a Scottish vote next week on a split from the United Kingdom and tension between Russia and the West over Ukraine also weighed on stocks and other riskier investments, analysts said.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 12- U.S. The Commerce Department said retail sales increased 0.6 percent last month after an upwardly revised 0.3 percent gain in July.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 12- U.S. stocks were slightly lower on Friday as the latest economic data gave investors few reasons to buy with indexes still hovering near record levels. The day's losses continued a recent trend of being shallow but broad, with nine of the ten primary S&P 500 sectors down on the day.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 11- U.S. stocks closed little changed on Thursday and the dollar dipped slightly against the euro, as data showing more Americans tapping unemployment benefits muddied views on when U.S. policymakers might first raise interest rates. The timing of an expected rate hike in the United States has become a central question for global markets.

  • US STOCKS-S&P 500 rebounds with energy shares; Dow dips Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 4:49 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Sept 11- U.S. stocks recovered from early losses on Thursday, with the S&P 500 managing a slight gain as energy prices and oil stocks turned higher and financials lent support.

  • Treasury sold $13 billion in 30- year bonds to solid demand. "If it comes in stronger, the market will continue to ignore weak payrolls and focus on all the positive data we've seen," said Richard Gilhooly, an interest rate strategist at TD Securities in New York.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 11- U.S. stocks were down slightly in late afternoon trading on Thursday following a decline in biotechnology shares, but gains in financials helped to limit the day's losses. Shares of JPMorgan Chase were up 0.8 percent, while shares of Bank of America were up 1.1 percent, the two biggest positives on the S&P 500..