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  • NEW YORK, Dec 17- The S&P 500 scored its best day since October 2013 on Wednesday as the Federal Reserve gave an upbeat assessment of the U.S. economy and said it would take a patient approach toward raising interest rates. The Fed said it would take a "patient" approach in deciding when to bump borrowing costs higher, which Fed Chair Janet Yellen, at a news conference,...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 17- Economists at Wall Street's biggest banks remain convinced the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates by next June and most expect the Fed to tighten policy more than once in 2015, a Reuters poll found after the U.S. central bank wrapped up a policy meeting on Wednesday. The Fed last raised interest rates in 2006 and has held its target policy...

  • Expect Fed rate hikes next summer: Pimco's Mather Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 6:05 PM ET
    The U.S. Federal Reserve Building is shown at sunrise in Washington, Oct. 28, 2014.

    Pimco's Scott Mather said he expects the Federal Reserve to move slowly in raising interest rates.

  • Reading the change in Fed's statement  Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 5:50 PM ET

    Despite the change, the Fed remains comfortable with lifting interest rates in mid-2015, says Toby Lawson, Managing Director of futures and options execution, Asia-Pacific at Societe Generale Newedge.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 17- The U.S. dollar posted its biggest daily gain against major currencies since early October on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve signaled it was on track to hike interest rates sometime next year. "Markets are taking the dollar higher, as they should be, because the Fed is on track to hike rates in 2015," said Win Thin, currency strategist at Brown...

  • How the Dow Jones industrial average fared Wednesday Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 4:43 PM ET

    A pledge from the Federal Reserve to remain "patient" when deciding when to lift interest rates gave the stock market its biggest gain in more than a year. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 288 points, or 1.7 percent, to 17,356.87. The Standard& Poor's 500 index climbed 40.15 points, or 2 percent, to 2,012.89.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 17- The S&P 500 scored its best day since October 2013 on Wednesday as the Federal Reserve gave an upbeat assessment of the economy and said it would take a patient approach toward lifting interest rates. "This is the market saying,' Ah, I get it,' the Fed does not want to be in the business of disruption, this is a steady monetary policy and the Fed will continue...

  • COLUMN-Fed playing patience as inflation lags: James Saft Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 4:34 PM ET

    Dec 17- Call it patience or any of the rest of the seven virtues if you like, but the truth is that the Fed can't raise interest rates because inflation won't play along. The Federal Reserve said on Thursday it is prepared to be "patient" before hiking rates but that this means the same as its former future guidance of a "considerable time." Fed chair Janet Yellen at the...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 17- U.S. stocks rallied on Wednesday, giving the S&P 500 its best day since October 2013 as the Federal Reserve gave an upbeat assessment of the economy and said it would take a patient approach toward lifting interest rates.

  • *FOMC stresses patience in normalizing interest rates. *Yellen sees boost for U.S. from oil drop, downplays risk. NEW YORK, Dec 17- U.S.

  • 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...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 17- U.S. stocks were up more than 1 percent in Wednesday afternoon trading as the Federal Reserve gave an upbeat assessment of the economy and said it would take a patient approach toward lifting interest rates, a view that investors embraced. Stocks extended sharp gains following the statement but pared some of that increase heading into the close...

  • Yellen sees rates staying near zero in early 2015 Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 2:57 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen expects the Fed to hold a key interest rate near zero for the next three months— if not longer. After policymakers ended their December meeting, Yellen spelled out what the Fed meant in saying in a statement that it would be "patient" in deciding to raise its benchmark short-term rate, which influences many loan rates.

  • Yellen: Normalization unlikely 'next couple meetings'  Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 2:44 PM ET

    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, remarks on the range of views on the committee about when the lift in rates would be appropriate.

  • Fed Chair Yellen: New language not policy change  Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 2:30 PM ET

    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen provides insight to an update to the committee's forward guidance for the federal funds rate indicating it can be patient in beginning to normalize the stance in monetary policy.

  • 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...

  • Dow jumps after Fed pledges patience in rate hikes Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 2:24 PM ET

    NEW YORK— The Dow Jones industrial average surged as much as 300 points after the Federal Reserve signaled it was edging closer to raising interest rates because of a strengthening U.S. economy, but promised to be "patient" in its approach. The Fed says this approach is consistent with what it called its "previous" guidance that it expected to keep the rate near zero...

  • Market responds positively to Fed  Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 2:12 PM ET
    Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    CNBC's Bob Pisani dissects the move higher in the S&P 500 after the FOMC statement. The Fed said the effects of lower oil prices are transitory in nature.

  • 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.

  • 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...