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  • NEW YORK, Sept 18 (Reuters)- Arab Bank Plc never provided material support for the Palestinian group Hamas, a lawyer told jurors on Thursday during closing arguments at the bank's trial on civil charges under the U.S. anti-terrorism law.

  • *Mechanical problems seen with diminished repo facility. *Central bank unveiled longer-term' normalization' plan. NEW YORK, Sept 18- No sooner did the Federal Reserve reveal its plan for eventually tightening U.S. monetary policy than many on Wall Street flagged problems with the mechanics of the strategy, and said more adjustments would have to come.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 18- The Federal Reserve on Thursday disciplined Spain's Santander over paying out a dividend without approval, as it tightens control of how foreign banks manage risk in the United States.

  • 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.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 18- A lawyer for Arab Bank Plc urged U.S. jurors to find that it never provided material support for the Palestinian group Hamas, as closing arguments began on Thursday in a closely-watched terrorism financing trial.

  • Federal Reserve takes enforcement against Santander Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 12:00 PM ET
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    The Fed took an enforcement against Santander, saying the bank should not pay out dividends without prior written approval.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 18- The U.S. Federal Reserve on Thursday disciplined a U.S. unit of Spanish bank Santander after it paid out a dividend that the central bank had not approved. "Santander Consumer declared a cash dividend on its common stock payable in the second quarter of 2014, which was not specifically authorized in advance by the Federal Reserve," the Fed said.

  • U.S. Federal Reserve takes enforcement against Santander Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 11:22 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Sept 18- The U.S. Federal Reserve on Thursday took an enforcement against a U.S. unit of Spanish bank Santander, saying the bank should not pay out dividends without prior written approval.

  • Jury hears arguments in terror finance trial Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 10:22 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Executives at Jordan- based Arab Bank should not be held responsible for a wave of suicide bombings in Israel in the early 2000 s that left several Americans dead, a lawyer said Thursday in closing arguments at a U.S. civil trial.

  • US stocks buoyed after Fed continues low rates Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 9:41 AM ET

    NEW YORK— U.S. stocks are opening higher a day after the Federal Reserve made clear it would keep interest rates at record lows for a while. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 29 points, or 0.2 percent, to 17,186 in early trading Thursday, building on an all-time closing high from the day before.

  • FRANKFURT, Sept 18- The European Central Bank saw far less demand than expected on Thursday for its new four-year loans to banks, raising doubts about a stimulus package it hopes will stave off deflation and revive the euro zone economy.

  • 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.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 18- U.S. stock index futures were higher in light volume on Thursday, setting up the S&P 500 to test resistance at its record high, a day after the Federal Reserve said interest rates would remain low for a considerable while.

  • *SNB keeps franc cap, rates on hold. ZURICH, Sept 18- The Swiss National Bank toughened its stance on Thursday on defending a cap on the franc which has come under pressure from recent appreciation in the currency, but stopped short of announcing further measures for now.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 6:49 a.m. EDT Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 6:49 AM ET

    Scottish voters make the ultimate decision in referendum on UK Applications for US unemployment benefits likely dropped last week US home construction expected to fall in August World stock markets modestly higher after Fed as Scotland votes on independence Stock market newcomer Alibaba leads wave of emerging Chinese tech success stories European Central Bank hands out first batch of cheap loans to banks in stimulus effort Hyundai Motor offers $10 billion for land in Seoul's Gangnam district as site for new HQ Fed keeps record-low rates for now, but investors, consumers, businesses face the inevitable US Federal Reserve policymakers considering a slightly faster rate rise in 2015

  • ISTANBUL, Sept 18- President Tayyip Erdogan denied on Thursday the existence of any concerted effort in Turkey to sink one of its banks, days after lender Bank Asya said it had been the target of a systematic campaign to undermine it.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 6:27 a.m. EDT Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 6:27 AM ET

    Scottish voters make the ultimate decision in referendum on UK Applications for US unemployment benefits likely dropped last week US home construction expected to fall in August Stock market newcomer Alibaba leads wave of emerging Chinese tech success stories World stock markets modestly higher after Fed as Scotland votes on independence European Central Bank hands out first batch of cheap loans to banks in stimulus effort Hyundai Motor offers $10 billion for land in Seoul's Gangnam district as site for new HQ Fed keeps record-low rates for now, but investors, consumers, businesses face the inevitable US Federal Reserve policymakers considering a slightly faster rate rise in 2015

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 6:24 a.m. EDT Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 6:24 AM ET

    Scottish voters make the ultimate decision in referendum on UK US home construction expected to fall in August Stock market newcomer Alibaba leads wave of emerging Chinese tech success stories World stock markets modestly higher after Fed as Scotland votes on independence European Central Bank hands out first batch of cheap loans to banks in stimulus effort Hyundai Motor offers $10 billion for land in Seoul's Gangnam district as site for new HQ Fed keeps record-low rates for now, but investors, consumers, businesses face the inevitable US Federal Reserve policymakers considering a slightly faster rate rise in 2015 Alliance of 200 companies in Europe pledges to create 100,000 new jobs for young people

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 6:18 a.m. EDT Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 6:18 AM ET

    Scottish voters make the ultimate decision in referendum on UK US home construction expected to fall in August Stock market newcomer Alibaba leads wave of emerging Chinese tech success stories World stock markets modestly higher after Fed as Scotland votes on independence European Central Bank hands out first batch of cheap loans to banks in stimulus effort Hyundai Motor offers $10 billion for land in Seoul's Gangnam district as site for new HQ Fed keeps record-low rates for now, but investors, consumers, businesses face the inevitable US Federal Reserve policymakers considering a slightly faster rate rise in 2015 Alliance of 200 companies in Europe pledges to create 100,000 new jobs for young people

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 6:04 a.m. EDT Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 6:04 AM ET

    Scottish voters make the ultimate decision in referendum on UK Stock market newcomer Alibaba leads wave of emerging Chinese tech success stories World stock markets modestly higher after Fed as Scotland votes on independence European Central Bank hands out first batch of cheap loans to banks in stimulus effort Hyundai Motor offers $10 billion for land in Seoul's Gangnam district as site for new HQ Fed keeps record-low rates for now, but investors, consumers, businesses face the inevitable US Federal Reserve policymakers considering a slightly faster rate rise in 2015 Alliance of 200 companies in Europe pledges to create 100,000 new jobs for young people Japan reports trade deficit for 26th month as slack demand from China, US stymied exports

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