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  • NEW YORK, Sept 18- The dollar scaled more than six-year peaks against the yen on Thursday after data showed a drop in U.S. claims for jobless benefits last week, reinforcing the market's view that U.S. interest rates will rise earlier than expected.

  • It's like Alibaba cures cancer or something Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 2:35 PM ET
    Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.

    No, Alibaba doesn't actually cure cancer; however, you would think so as some traders say it's lifting stocks ahead of its IPO tomorrow.

  • Alibaba's first day at school: What to expect Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 1:49 PM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    There are several reasons I am optimistic that Alibaba—at whatever price—will open to the upside and stay there.

  • ZURICH, Sept 18- Switzerland's central bank vowed to vigorously defend a three-year-old cap on the Swiss franc which has come under pressure from a recent appreciation of the currency, but it stopped short of announcing concrete new measures for now.

  • Dollar strong vs yen on jobless data, outlook Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 12:32 PM ET

    The dollar rose after data showed U.S. jobless claims fell more than expected, reinforcing the view that U.S. interest rates will rise sooner.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 18- The dollar hit a more than six-year peak against the yen on Thursday on data showing U.S. jobless claims fell more than expected last week, while global equity markets rallied after the Federal Reserve again pledged to keep interest rates low.

  • European markets closes higher     Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 11:26 AM ET

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on Thursday's trading session as exchanges close higher on Fed relief, and the Swiss National Bank declares it is "determined" to cap the rise in the Swiss franc.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 18- The dollar rose to a more than six-year peak against the yen on Thursday, after data showed U.S. jobless claims fell more than expected last week, reinforcing the market's view that U.S. interest rates will rise sooner rather than later.

  • Sterling hits 2-yr high versus euro as Scotland votes Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 9:44 AM ET

    LONDON, Sept 18- Sterling rose on Thursday, hitting a two-year peak against the euro and a near two-week high against the dollar on growing expectations that Scotland will vote to stay within the United Kingdom. Thursday's vote on whether Scotland will opt for independence or not closes at 10 p.m. and the first trends are likely to come out a few hours after that.

  • FOREX-Central banks drive Norwegian crown, franc higher Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 8:17 AM ET

    LONDON, Sept 18- The Swiss franc and Norwegian crowns both gained after central bank meetings on Thursday, their moves a reflection of the greater volatility and activity that has begun to return to currency markets after a slack year.

  • *Gold, oil prices pressured by rising dollar. LONDON, Sept 18- Lacklustre demand for the ECB's new ultra-cheap loans on Thursday boosted bets it will have to overcome reservations about sovereign bond buying, and left markets eyeing the widening policy divergence from the United States.

  • LONDON, Sept 18- The dollar vaulted to a six-year peak against the yen on Friday as the Federal Reserve's outlook for rising interest rates underlined the diverging path between the United States and the rest of the rich world.

  • *Scotland's independence vote next focus, sterling volatility jumps. LONDON, Sept 18- The dollar began European trading on Thursday almost 1.5 percent higher against the yen than 24 hours earlier, after the Federal Reserve sent another shock through the global financial system by raising its projections on future interest rates.

  • TOKYO, Sept 18- Japan's Nikkei share average closed at a new eight-month high and posted the biggest daily rise in two weeks on Thursday, with a weak yen giving exporters a boost despite disappointing trade data which showed the softer currency is not significantly buoying sales.

  • Dollar/yen could push $120 next year     Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 1:25 AM ET

    Richard Kelly, head of European rates and FX research at TD Securities, says the dollar will continue to strengthen pushing dollar/yen to $120 next year.

  • *Scotland's independence vote next focus. SYDNEY/ SINGAPORE, Sept 18- The dollar hit a six-year high against the yen on Thursday after the Federal Reserve's guidance on interest rates highlighted the diverging pathways between the United States and other rich nations. The greenback raced to a high of 108.69 yen, its strongest level since September 2008.

  • *Scotland's independence vote next focus. SYDNEY/ SINGAPORE, Sept 18- The dollar hit a six-year high against the yen on Thursday after the Federal Reserve's guidance on interest rates highlighted the diverging pathways between the United States and other rich nations. The greenback raced to a high of 108.69 yen, its strongest level since September 2008.

  • *Gold, oil prices pressured by rising dollar. SYDNEY/ TOKYO, Sept 18- Japanese shares jumped on Thursday after the dollar vaulted to a six-year peak on the yen as the Federal Reserve's outlook for rising rates underlined the diverging path between the United states and the rest of the rich world.

  • *Gold, oil prices pressured by rising dollar. SYDNEY, Sept 18- Japanese shares jumped on Thursday after the dollar vaulted to a six-year peak on the yen as the Federal Reserve's outlook for rising rates underlined the diverging path between the United states and the rest of the rich world.

  • *Scotland's independence vote next focus. SYDNEY, Sept 18- The dollar rose to its highest in over four years against a basket of currencies on Thursday after the Federal Reserve's guidance on interest rates highlighted the diverging pathways between the United States and other rich nations.