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  • 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

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 6 a.m. EDT Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 5:55 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

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 5:49 a.m. EDT Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 5:49 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

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 5:43 a.m. EDT Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 5:43 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

  • Weak uptake for new eurozone stimulus program Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 5:37 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Germany— The European Central Bank has launched a new stimulus program aimed at getting banks to lend more— but low demand for the first round of its super-cheap loans suggests the difficulty the ECB faces in reviving the economy.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 5:37 a.m. EDT Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 5:37 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 Japan reports trade deficit for 26th month as slack demand from China, US stymied exports Alliance of 200 companies in Europe pledges to create 100,000 new jobs for young people

  • *Banks take 82.6 billion euros of cheap credit from ECB. FRANKFURT, Sept 18- The European Central Bank handed out the first of its new four-year loans to banks on Thursday, the flagship tool in a new stimulus package it hopes will stave off price deflation and revive the ailing euro zone economy.

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