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  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 10 a.m. EDT Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 10:01 AM ET

    Confidence among US homebuilders surges to nearly 9- year high on stronger sales outlook Stocks open slightly higher ahead of Fed announcement on the economy and interest rates US consumer prices fall 0.2 percent in August, first drop in 16 months, as energy costs dip Financial markets watching for 2 words as clues to Fed's intentions on rates FedEx 1 Q profit, sales top expectations; company will hire 50,000 seasonal workers US current account trade deficit narrows to $98.5 billion in second quarter, down 3.5 percent Alibaba post-IPO' partnership' structure helps founder, insiders retain control Sony forecasts loss of $2.1 billion, cancels dividend after cutting value of mobile business Family Dollar board recommends shareholders reject Dollar General's tender offer Trian wans DuPont to separate its business into 2 cos. to help increase shareholder value

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 9:50 a.m. EDT Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 9:50 AM ET

    Stocks open slightly higher ahead of Fed announcement on the economy and interest rates US consumer prices fall 0.2 percent in August, first drop in 16 months, as energy costs dip Financial markets watching for 2 words as clues to Fed's intentions on rates FedEx 1 Q profit, sales top expectations; company will hire 50,000 seasonal workers US current account trade deficit narrows to $98.5 billion in second quarter, down 3.5 percent Alibaba post-IPO' partnership' structure helps founder, insiders retain control Sony forecasts loss of $2.1 billion, cancels dividend after cutting value of mobile business Family Dollar board recommends shareholders reject Dollar General's tender offer Trian wans DuPont to separate its business into 2 cos. to help increase shareholder value Lennar posts 3 Q profit, results top Wall Street estimates

  • Santelli: The new foreign exchange trade     Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 9:44 AM ET

    CNBC's Rick Santelli discusses the latest action in the bond market, and the U.S. dollar.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 9:41 a.m. EDT Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 9:41 AM ET

    Stocks open slightly higher ahead of Fed announcement on the economy and interest rates US consumer prices fall 0.2 percent in August, first drop in 16 months, as energy costs dip Financial markets watching for 2 words as clues to Fed's intentions on rates FedEx 1 Q profit, sales top expectations; company will hire 50,000 seasonal workers US current account trade deficit narrows to $98.5 billion in second quarter, down 3.5 percent Alibaba post-IPO' partnership' structure helps founder, insiders retain control Sony forecasts loss of $2.1 billion, cancels dividend after cutting value of mobile business Family Dollar board recommends shareholders reject Dollar General's tender offer Trian wans DuPont to separate its business into 2 cos. to help increase shareholder value Lennar posts 3 Q profit, results top Wall Street estimates

  • US stocks rise slightly in opening trade Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 9:40 AM ET

    NEW YORK— U.S. stocks are rising slightly in early trading, ahead of a Federal Reserve announcement this afternoon that might signal when the central bank will raise interest rates.

  • *Central bank wraps up two-day meeting on Wednesday. *Pledge on rate-hike patience facing scrutiny. WASHINGTON, Sept 17- The U.S.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 17- U.S. consumer prices fell for the first time in nearly 1-1/ 2 years in August and underlying inflation pressures were muted, which could lessen the urgency for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates.

  • *Sterling inches up ahead of Scotland vote, implied vols jump. LONDON, Sept 17- The dollar neared six-year highs against the yen on Wednesday as investors awaited fresh clues from the Federal Reserve on when a first hike in U.S. interest rates is likely to come.

  • *Coming Up: Fed statement 1800 GMT. LONDON, Sept 17- Gold inched up for a third straight session on Wednesday as the dollar eased and speculation mounted that the Federal Reserve would vow to maintain interest rates at low levels when the U.S. central bank concludes its policy meeting later in the day.

  • Economy stronger than market thinks: Pro     Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 6:11 AM ET

    John Lynch, Wells Fargo Private Bank, Ed Keon, Quantitative Management Associates, provide insight on how Fed policy will likely impact the markets. The Fed may mover earlier than consensus indicates, says Keon.

  • Bank of England remains split on rates Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 AM ET

    LONDON— Bank of England policymakers remain divided on whether to raise interest rates, voting 7-2 at their last meeting in favor of keeping the main rate at a record low 0.5 percent. Minutes from the Sept. 3-4 meeting show Wednesday that policymakers retained the status quo even as Europe's third-largest economy recovers at a brisk pace.

  • *Army seized power in May to end protracted political tensions. BANGKOK, Sept 17- Thailand's central bank left its benchmark interest rate unchanged on Wednesday, as expected, repeating that it believes the current level supports moves to spur an economic recovery.

  • *China bank liquidity speculation underpins Aussie. TOKYO/ SYDNEY, Sept 17- The U.S. dollar firmed on Wednesday, recovering from a setback in the previous session as investors awaited the Federal Reserve's latest guidance on U.S. interest rates.

  • Credit Suisse loans under US Fed scrutiny - WSJ Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 1:05 AM ET

    Federal Reserve has asked Credit Suisse Group AG to immediately address problems relating to the bank's underwriting and sale of leveraged loans, or high-interest-rate loans used by private-equity firms to finance deals, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a source familiar with the matter.

  • *Central bank wraps up two-day meeting on Wednesday. *Pledge on rate-hike patience facing scrutiny. WASHINGTON, Sept 17- The U.S.

  • Stocks up in early trading ahead of Fed statement Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 12:30 AM ET

    NEW YORK— U.S. stocks edged higher in morning trading Wednesday as investors waited for a Federal Reserve statement on interest rates following a two-day meeting. Shares of Dupont and Fedex surged. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard& Poor's 500 index rose four points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,002 as of 9:55 a.m. Eastern time.

  • Financial markets awaiting any Fed signal on rates Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Financial markets are awaiting the end of a Federal Reserve meeting Wednesday to see whether the Fed sends any clearer signal about the timing of an interest rate increase. The phrase that investors will be alert for is "considerable time." The Fed has kept that rate at a record low since December 2008.

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 17- Gold inched up for a third straight session on Wednesday as speculation mounted that the Federal Reserve would vow to maintain interest rates at low levels when the U.S. central bank concludes its policy meet later in the day.

  • Expect BOT to keep rates on hold: ANZ     Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 11:08 PM ET

    Glenn Maguire, Chief Economist for South Asia, ASEAN and the Pacific at ANZ, explains why the Bank of Thailand will likely leave interest rates unchanged on late Wednesday.

  • Is 'old-fashioned' Chinese stimulus back?     Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 9:18 PM ET

    Michael Kurtz, Global Head of Equity Strategy at Nomura, discusses reports that the People's Bank of China injected liquidity into the country's top five banks.