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  • MELBOURNE, Sept 17- London copper climbed on Wednesday to near its highest in a week as the market edged away from expectations that the Federal Reserve would bring forward its timeline to raise interest rates at its meeting this week. *The most-traded November copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange rallied 2.1 percent to 49,590 yuan a tonne.

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 17- Gold was little changed at over $1,230 an ounce on Wednesday as investors were biding their time ahead of a Federal Reserve statement later in the day, keenly watched for clues on when the U.S. central bank will increase interest rates. *Spot gold was flat at $1,234.90 an ounce by 0035 GMT, after closing up 0.2 percent in the previous session.

  • SYDNEY, Sept 17- Asian shares crept cautiously higher on Wednesday after Wall Street rebounded on speculation the Federal Reserve would maintain a pledge on low rates when a two-day policy meeting ends later in the session.

  • *China bank liquidity speculation lifts Aussie. SYDNEY, Sept 17- The U.S. dollar nursed modest losses early on Wednesday, having suffered an unexpected setback as jitters mounted hours before the Federal Reserve offers its latest guidance on interest rates.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Sept 29 Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    STOCKHOLM- Sveriges Riksbank will release the minutes of September monetary policy meeting- 0730 GMT. STOCKHOLM- Sweden Central Bank Deputy Governor Martin Floden speaks on the topic "The economic situation and my views on monetary policy"- 0900 GMT.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 16- Rising volatility in U.S. interest rates is seen in coming months as traders expect the Federal Reserve to move away from its near-zero interest rate policy held for the past six years.

  • Stocks end higher as investors await news from Fed Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 2:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The stock market rose Tuesday as investors waited to find out when the Federal Reserve might raise interest rates. "The economy continues to improve in the U.S., and there's still an accommodative Fed," said Brad Sorensen, director of market and sector research at the Schwab Center for Financial Research.

  • TOKYO, Sept 17- The Bank of Japan has begun paying banks for the privilege of lending them cash in a sign the central bank is reaching the limits of its power to reflate the economy, although it may soon be forced to pump yet more money into the financial system.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 16- A U.S. court on Tuesday largely rejected an attempt by banking groups to limit the U.S. swaps regulator's ability to apply its rules overseas, a hotly debated issue as the agency reins in the $710 trillion global market.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 16- The dollar fell to nearly two-week lows against the euro and Swiss franc on Tuesday, pressured by a report that said the Federal Reserve was unlikely to change its dovish stance on near-zero interest rates at a two-day policy meeting that ends on Wednesday.

  • *U.S. reserve-draining tool once thought pre-eminent. *Fed policymakers pushed back on New York assumptions. NEW YORK/ SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 16- There is a distinct chance U.S.

  • How the Fed's guidance on rates has evolved Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 2:03 PM ET

    Every six weeks or so, after the Federal Reserve holds a policy meeting, it issues a statement containing guidance to the financial world on when it might raise interest rates. It's a moment of great expectation for investors and economists.

  • LONDON, Sept 16- Copper rose more than 1 percent on Tuesday helped by a weak dollar as the Federal Reserve began a two-day meeting that could adjust expectations about how soon the U.S. central bank will hike interest rates. "The dollar is collapsing and all commodities are going up," Nic Brown, head of commodities research at Natixis, said.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 16- U.S. stocks were rising on Tuesday with markets reacting to wavering expectations over the language the Federal Reserve will use Wednesday to describe its future interest rate policy.

  • *Size $500 mln; order book about $1.5 billion. DUBAI, Sept 16- Goldman Sachs raised $500 million with its debut sale of Islamic bonds on Tuesday, becoming the first conventional U.S. bank to issue sukuk as Islamic finance develops beyond its traditional homes in the Middle East and southeast Asia.

  • MOSCOW, Sept 16- Persisting political tensions should help send crude oil prices back above $100 per barrel in coming quarters and they should then stay there through 2017, Russia's central bank said on Tuesday.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 16- Bank of America Corp gave up about $6 billion in annual revenue by phasing out risky consumer banking products and eliminating certain fees, but the long-term impact on profits should be minimal, a top executive said on Tuesday.

  • FRANKFURT, Sept 16- The co-head of Deutsche Bank has backed the German government in a debate over how to jump-start the stalled euro zone economy, telling Reuters that structural reforms, rather than looser fiscal policy, are what is needed to boost growth.

  • TORONTO, Sept 16- The Canadian government should tighten lending rules further to discourage consumers from taking on too much debt in an environment of low interest rates, the outgoing chief executive of Toronto-Dominion Bank said on Tuesday.

  • ZURICH, Sept 16- The head of Switzerland's banking association urged the government on Tuesday to strike deals with European neighbours to root out untaxed money in the country and make it easier for Swiss banks to do business abroad.

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