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  • COLUMN-Fed dot chart illusions: James Saft Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 4:16 PM ET

    Sept 17- Like one of those old Op-Art posters beloved of hippies, staring too long into the Fed's dot chart of interest rate expectations can make you see things which aren't there.

  • 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.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 17- U.S. stocks ended up on Wednesday, with the Dow at a record high, after the U.S. Federal Reserve renewed its pledge to keep interest rates near zero for a "considerable time" and repeated its concerns about slack in the labor market, standing firm against calls to overhaul its policy statement.

  • IMF warns of risks from "excessive" financial market bets Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Sept 17- The global economy faces a growing risk from big financial market bets that could quickly unravel if investors get spooked by geopolitical tensions or a shift in U.S. interest rate policy, the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 3:45 p.m. EDT Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 3:45 PM ET

    Fed signals it plans to keep key interest rate at record low for considerable period US Federal Reserve policymakers considering a slightly faster rate rise in 2015 Dow, S&P 500 in record territory after Fed decides to keep record-low rates intact Federal Reserve balance sheet could return to normal at end of decade, Yellen says Confidence among US homebuilders surges to nearly 9- year high on stronger sales outlook US consumer prices fall 0.2 percent in August, first drop in 16 months, as energy costs dip INSIDE WASHINGTON: Only 4 states will see food stamp cuts after states thwart reductions 5 things small business owners need to be on top of include health care, Internet security FedEx 1 Q profit, sales top expectations; company will hire 50,000 seasonal workers Family Dollar board recommends shareholders reject Dollar General's tender offer

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 3:35 p.m. EDT Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 3:35 PM ET

    Federal Reserve balance sheet could return to normal at end of decade, Yellen says Fed signals it plans to keep key interest rate at record low for considerable period US Federal Reserve policymakers considering a slightly faster rate rise in 2015 Dow, S&P 500 in record territory after Fed decides to keep record-low rates intact Confidence among US homebuilders surges to nearly 9- year high on stronger sales outlook US consumer prices fall 0.2 percent in August, first drop in 16 months, as energy costs dip INSIDE WASHINGTON: Only 4 states will see food stamp cuts after states thwart reductions 5 things small business owners need to be on top of include health care, Internet security FedEx 1 Q profit, sales top expectations; company will hire 50,000 seasonal workers Family Dollar board recommends shareholders reject Dollar General's tender offer

  • NEW YORK, Sept 17- U.S. The Fed pleased many investors by pledging to keep policies accommodative for a "considerable time" but spooked others by raising projections for interest rate levels in 2015 and later, according to Anthony Valeri, investment strategist at LPL Financial in San Diego.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 3:32 p.m. EDT Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 3:32 PM ET

    Federal Reserve balance sheet could return to normal at end of decade, Yellen says Fed signals it plans to keep key interest rate at record low for considerable period US Federal Reserve policymakers considering a slightly faster rate rise in 2015 Dow, S&P 500 in record territory after Fed decides to keep record-low rates intact Confidence among US homebuilders surges to nearly 9- year high on stronger sales outlook US consumer prices fall 0.2 percent in August, first drop in 16 months, as energy costs dip INSIDE WASHINGTON: Only 4 states will see food stamp cuts after states thwart reductions 5 things small business owners need to be on top of include health care, Internet security FedEx 1 Q profit, sales top expectations; company will hire 50,000 seasonal workers Family Dollar board recommends shareholders reject Dollar General's tender offer

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 3:24 p.m. EDT Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 3:24 PM ET

    Federal Reserve balance sheet could return to normal at end of decade, Yellen says Fed signals it plans to keep key interest rate at record low for considerable period US Federal Reserve policymakers considering a slightly faster rate rise in 2015 US stocks rise after Federal Reserve signals little change in interest rate plans Confidence among US homebuilders surges to nearly 9- year high on stronger sales outlook US consumer prices fall 0.2 percent in August, first drop in 16 months, as energy costs dip INSIDE WASHINGTON: Only 4 states will see food stamp cuts after states thwart reductions 5 things small business owners need to be on top of include health care, Internet security FedEx 1 Q profit, sales top expectations; company will hire 50,000 seasonal workers Family Dollar board recommends shareholders reject Dollar General's tender offer

  • FOMC needs to be flexible: Yellen     Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 3:17 PM ET

    Fed chair Janet Yellen defends her comments on the Fed's forward guidance not being calendar based. Yellen says the FOMC does not want to be locked into something that the market sees as a firm commitment.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 3:14 p.m. EDT Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 3:14 PM ET

    Fed signals it plans to keep key interest rate at record low for considerable period US Federal Reserve policymakers considering a slightly faster rate rise in 2015 US stocks rise after Federal Reserve signals little change in interest rate plans Confidence among US homebuilders surges to nearly 9- year high on stronger sales outlook US consumer prices fall 0.2 percent in August, first drop in 16 months, as energy costs dip INSIDE WASHINGTON: Only 4 states will see food stamp cuts after states thwart reductions 5 things small business owners need to be on top of include health care, Internet security FedEx 1 Q profit, sales top expectations; company will hire 50,000 seasonal workers 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

  • FOMC's focus for ending reinvestments     Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 3:06 PM ET

    Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen discusses what conditions the FOMC will be looking for when they end, or taper reinvestments.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 3:04 p.m. EDT Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 3:04 PM ET

    Fed signals it plans to keep key interest rate at record low for considerable period US Federal Reserve policymakers considering a slightly faster rate rise in 2015 US stocks rise after Federal Reserve signals little change in interest rate plans Confidence among US homebuilders surges to nearly 9- year high on stronger sales outlook US consumer prices fall 0.2 percent in August, first drop in 16 months, as energy costs dip INSIDE WASHINGTON: Only 4 states will see food stamp cuts after states thwart reductions 5 things small business owners need to be on top of include health care, Internet security FedEx 1 Q profit, sales top expectations; company will hire 50,000 seasonal workers 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

  • Why projected funds rate path moved up     Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 2:54 PM ET

    Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen addresses the FOMC's faster projections on rate increases when the economic data is not moving in the right direction.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 2:53 p.m. EDT Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 2:54 PM ET

    Fed signals it plans to keep key interest rate at record low for considerable period US Federal Reserve policymakers considering a slightly faster rate rise in 2015 US stocks rise after Federal Reserve signals little change in interest rate plans Confidence among US homebuilders surges to nearly 9- year high on stronger sales outlook US consumer prices fall 0.2 percent in August, first drop in 16 months, as energy costs dip INSIDE WASHINGTON: Only 4 states will see food stamp cuts after states thwart reductions 5 things small business owners need to be on top of include health care, Internet security FedEx 1 Q profit, sales top expectations; company will hire 50,000 seasonal workers 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 2:51 p.m. EDT Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 2:51 PM ET

    Fed signals it plans to keep key interest rate at record low for considerable period US Federal Reserve policymakers considering a slightly faster rate rise in 2015 US stocks edge higher after Federal Reserve says no change in interest rate policy Confidence among US homebuilders surges to nearly 9- year high on stronger sales outlook US consumer prices fall 0.2 percent in August, first drop in 16 months, as energy costs dip INSIDE WASHINGTON: Only 4 states will see food stamp cuts after states thwart reductions 5 things small business owners need to be on top of include health care, Internet security FedEx 1 Q profit, sales top expectations; company will hire 50,000 seasonal workers 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 2:48 p.m. EDT Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 2:48 PM ET

    Fed signals it plans to keep key interest rate at record low for considerable period US Federal Reserve policymakers considering a slightly faster rate rise in 2015 US stocks edge higher after Federal Reserve says no change in interest rate policy Confidence among US homebuilders surges to nearly 9- year high on stronger sales outlook US consumer prices fall 0.2 percent in August, first drop in 16 months, as energy costs dip INSIDE WASHINGTON: Only 4 states will see food stamp cuts after states thwart reductions 5 things small business owners need to be on top of include health care, Internet security FedEx 1 Q profit, sales top expectations; company will hire 50,000 seasonal workers 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

  • 'Considerable time' remains appropriate: Yellen     Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 2:48 PM ET

    CNBC's Steve Liesman asks Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen about the inclusion of the Fed's "considerable time" phrase in the statement, and if the statement is a form of forward guidance.

  • Fed's updated normalization approach     Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 2:43 PM ET

    Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen explains the Fed's updated approach to monetary policy.

  • Conditions for ending QE next month     Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 2:36 PM ET

    Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen says starting next month the Fed will be purchasing $15 billion of securities per month down $10 billion per month from the FOMC's current rate.