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  • *Home Depot lifts the Dow; rival Lowe's rebounds. *Target bounces back; American Eagle rallies. NEW YORK, Aug 20- U.S. stocks ended mostly higher on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 just missing a record close, after minutes from the Federal Reserve's July meeting gave investors reason to believe that the central bank is in no rush to raise interest rates.

  • *Wall Street rebounds on Fed minutes, dollar rallies. NEW YORK, Aug 20- Global equity markets rose on Wednesday after minutes from the Federal Reserve indicated there is no rush to bring forward plans to raise interest rates in the future, reversing earlier declines that were driven by hints from the Bank of England of an early rate hike.

  • *Eyes on Jackson Hole summit starting Thursday. NEW YORK, Aug 20- The U.S. dollar hit fresh multi-month highs against a basket of major currencies on Wednesday after minutes from the Federal Reserve's July policy meeting signaled the potential for an earlier-than-expected hike in interest rates.

  • TREASURIES-Yields climb to one-week peaks on Fed minutes Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 3:17 PM ET

    *Fed minutes say surprised about quick progress in U.S. job market. NEW YORK, Aug 20- U.S. "The Fed came out with a hawkish tone in its minutes and people's perception is that the Fed will move soon on rates," said Tom di Galoma, head of fixed income rates and credit trading at ED&F Man in New York.

  • PRECIOUS-Gold falls as dollar jumps after Fed minutes Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 3:09 PM ET

    *Two Bank of England policymakers voted to raise rates. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Aug 20- Gold prices fell on Wednesday as the dollar rallied on economic optimism after the minutes of the Federal Reserve's latest meeting showed the U.S. central bank has seen progress in the U.S. labor market.

  • US STOCKS-Wall Street pares gains after Fed minutes Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 2:50 PM ET

    *Lowe's, Target shares rebound; American Eagle rallies. *Hertz tumbles after withdrawing forecast. "I don't think there were really any surprises in the minutes, or that the markets are reacting meaningfully to them," said Carin Pai, executive vice president and director of equity management at Fiduciary Trust in New York.

  • Some Fed officials want to slow economic help soon Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 2:05 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Some Federal Reserve officials think the U.S. economy is improving fast enough that the Fed will need to act sooner than previously thought to slow the extraordinary support it's been providing through ultra-low interest rates.

  • Yellen to give her outlook as Fed honeymoon fades Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 12:23 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Janet Yellen has won credit for guiding the Federal Reserve's first six months of transition from the Ben Bernanke era. Bernanke's Fed had steered the economy through a deep crisis by slashing interest rates and restoring confidence in banks.

  • *Lowe's pares losses, Target rebounds, after dim forecasts. NEW YORK, Aug 20- U.S. stocks inched higher Wednesday after two days of gains, ahead of the release of minutes from the most recent Federal Reserve meeting, as investors brushed off bleak earnings forecasts from some retailers like Lowe's and Target.

  • Reward offered for former billionaire's assets Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 11:44 AM ET

    HELENA, Mont.— The trustee representing Yellowstone Club creditors offered a reward Wednesday to anyone who can help uncover property or bank accounts the luxury resort's co-founder might have hidden from bankruptcy proceedings.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 20- U.S. Looks like we are continuing that move ahead of the Fed minutes today, "said Ellis Phifer, market strategist at Raymond James in Memphis, Tennessee. Some of the Fed's counterparts at the Bank of England voted unexpectedly to raise interest rates this month, according to minutes of the BOE's policy meeting of Aug. 6-7.

  • *Lowe's pares losses, Target rebounds, after dim forecasts. NEW YORK, Aug 20- U.S. stocks were little changed Wednesday after two days of gains, ahead of the release of minutes from the most recent Federal Reserve meeting, as investors shrugged off bleak earnings forecasts from some retailers like Lowe's and Target.

  • LONDON, Aug 20- Gold prices steadied after a two-day losing streak on Wednesday, as equity markets dropped but remained well below the $1,300 mark as the dollar hit its highest in nearly a year against a currency basket on growing optimism over the U.S. economy.

  • *Lowe's, Target fall in premarket after results, forecasts. *Hertz tumbles after withdrawing forecast. NEW YORK, Aug 20- U.S. stocks were set for a slight dip at the open on Wednesday after weak earnings forecasts from retailers Lowe's and Target, ahead of the release of minutes from the most recent meeting of the Federal Reserve.

  • LONDON, Aug 20- World stocks fell on Wednesday as investors braced for the possibility that a major central bank could raise interest rates this year after Bank of England minutes showed two of the bank's nine rate-setters voted for a hike earlier this month.

  • LONDON, Aug 20- China's economy is slowing. Japan's sank in the second quarter. In a world preoccupied by geopolitical crises- from Ukraine, Iraq and Gaza to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa- the global economy has taken something of a back seat.

  • US STOCKS-Futures little changed with Fed minutes on tap Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 7:47 AM ET

    *Lowe's Cos falls in premarket after cutting outlook. *Hertz tumbles after withdrawing forecast. *Lowe's Companies lost 3.1 percent to $49.91 before the opening bell after the world's No. 2 home improvement products retailer posted better-than-expected second quarter results but cut its full-year sales forecast.

  • PRECIOUS-Gold retreats as upbeat U.S. data lifts dollar Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 6:09 AM ET

    LONDON, Aug 20- Gold prices extended a three-day losing streak on Wednesday, as demand stagnated and the dollar hit its highest in nearly a year against a currency basket on growing optimism over the U.S. economy.

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks halt rally, BoE jolts UK markets Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 5:06 AM ET

    *Attention shifts from Ukraine- Russia conflict. LONDON, Aug 20- World stocks mostly halted their recent rally on Wednesday before the latest policy signal from the U.S. central bank, while UK stocks and bonds fell after Bank of England minutes showed two rate-setters voted to raise interest rates earlier this month.

  • LONDON, Aug 20- Brent crude oil edged higher towards $102 a barrel on Wednesday, after slumping to a 14- month low in the previous session, as growing output from Iraq and Libya despite violence in those countries has kept the market well supplied.