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  • HONG KONG, Sept 17- Hong Kong's benchmark index closed higher for the first time in nine sessions on Wednesday, tracking gains in U.S. markets on speculation the Federal Reserve would maintain a pledge on low rates when a two-day policy meeting ends later in the day.

  • 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.

  • *Brussels will review any state capital injections. DUBLIN/ FRANKFURT, Sept 16- For the first time since its financial crisis struck in 2008, Europe is carrying out stress tests that could force change at banks with strong political connections.

  • SHANGHAI, Sept 17- China's central bank is injecting a combined 500 billion yuan of liquidity into the country's top banks, according to media reports, a sign that authorities are stepping up efforts to shore up a faltering economy.

  • *China bank liquidity speculation underpins Aussie. TOKYO/ SYDNEY, Sept 17- The U.S. dollar firmed on Wednesday, recovering from a setback in the previous session as investors awaited the Federal Reserve's latest guidance on U.S. interest rates.

  • *Central bank wraps up two-day meeting on Wednesday. *Pledge on rate-hike patience facing scrutiny. WASHINGTON, Sept 17- The U.S.

  • SYDNEY, Sept 17- Asian shares were tentatively 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.

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 17- Gold inched up for a third straight session on Wednesday as speculation mounted that the Federal Reserve would vow to maintain interest rates at low levels when the U.S. central bank concludes its policy meet later in the day.

  • HONG KONG, Sept 17- Chinese firms listed in Hong Kong gained sharply on Wednesday helped by strength in Chinese banks after a media report said the central bank injected liquidity into the country's top lenders.

  • SHANGHAI, Sept 17- China's central bank is injecting a combined 500 billion yuan of liquidity into the country's top banks in moves to support a slowing economy, the Wall Street Journal reported, sending benchmark money market rate sharply lower on Wednesday.

  • TOKYO, Sept 17- Japan's Nikkei share average edged up early on Wednesday after U.S. shares rebounded on expectations the Federal Reserve will keep rates low after its two-day policy meeting ends later in the day.

  • 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.

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