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  • WASHINGTON, June 18- The Federal Reserve on Wednesday slashed its forecast for U.S. economic growth this year but expressed confidence the recovery was largely on track and would allow it to begin raising interest rates in 2015..

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Dollar and Wall Street soften ahead of Fed Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 | 12:53 PM ET

    *Oil tops $114 a barrel on Iraq concerns. NEW YORK, June 18- The dollar dipped and Wall Street equities softened on Wednesday as global markets puzzled over the odds that Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen will soon strike a more hawkish tone on monetary policy.

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Dollar eases, Wall St mixed ahead of Fed Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 | 11:29 AM ET

    *Oil nears $114 a barrel on Iraq concerns. NEW YORK, June 18- The dollar dipped and Wall Street equities treaded water on Wednesday as global markets puzzled over the odds Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen will soon strike a more hawkish tone on monetary policy.

  • NEW YORK, June 18- U.S. Investors have been more wary of central banks becoming more hawkish since Bank of England Governor Mark Carney surprised markets last Thursday by saying Britain could become the first major economy to tighten monetary policy since the 2008 financial crisis.

  • *Adobe, FedEx higher after earnings. NEW YORK, June 18- U.S. stocks were little changed Wednesday, on the heels of a three-day winning streak for the S&P 500 index and ahead of a monetary policy announcement by the Federal Reserve.

  • FOREX-Dollar dips before Fed statement, pound retreats Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 | 10:23 AM ET

    NEW YORK, June 18- The dollar slipped against most major currencies on Wednesday on expectations the Federal Reserve is not prepared to increase interest rates within the next 12 months, despite signs domestic inflation is inching higher.

  • NEW YORK, June 18- U.S. stocks opened flat on Wednesday with investors looking ahead to an impending monetary policy announcement by the Federal Reserve as it concludes a two-day meeting, although the central bank is not expected to make any major changes.

  • Treasuries prices rose on Wednesday as investors evaluated what the Federal Reserve is likely to say when it releases a statement from its June policy meeting this afternoon, and after the Bank of England released minutes that were less hawkish than expected.

  • US STOCKS-Futures little changed ahead of Fed statement Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 | 7:58 AM ET

    NEW YORK, June 18- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Wednesday, after a three-day winning streak for the S&P 500 index and ahead of a monetary policy announcement by the Federal Reserve.

  • *Physical markets in Asia show weak demand. LONDON, June 18- Gold steadied on Wednesday ahead of the conclusion of a two-day U.S. A high reading for U.S. inflation on Tuesday raised expectations that Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen might strike a more hawkish tone, signaling a sooner-than-expected rise in interest rates.

  • Investment bank that ranked #1 in first quarter Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 | 6:22 AM ET

    JPMorgan was again ranked the top investment bank by revenue in the first quarter with $5.9 billion, according to a new survey.

  • *Sterling trades just below $1.70 before BoE minutes. LONDON, June 18- The dollar held firm on Wednesday after a surprisingly high reading for U.S. inflation raised expectations that Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen could strike a more hawkish tone on the monetary policy outlook.

  • LONDON, June 18- The dollar held its gains on Wednesday after a broad firming on the back of higher-than-expected U.S. consumer prices for May that has fanned speculation that the Federal Reserve may inch closer towards hiking interest rates. In the European session, the focus will be on the minutes from the Bank of England's last policy meeting.

  • PRECIOUS-Gold holds above $1,270, eyes on Fed Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 | 8:35 PM ET

    SINGAPORE, June 18- Gold was trading in a tight range on Wednesday as a firmer dollar and outflows from bullion funds sapped demand, with many investors waiting for the Federal Reserve to conclude its two-day policy meeting before placing big bets on the metal. *Spot gold was little changed at $1,270.94 an ounce by 0028 GMT, after ending flat in the previous session.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to July 1 Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    Federal Reserve's Federal Open Market Committee announces decision on interest rates, followed by Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen's quarterly news conference- 1830 GMT. LONDON- UK Finance Minister George Osborne hosts First UK/China Financial Forum.

  • NEW YORK, June 17- The U.S. dollar rose on Tuesday as news of a stronger-than-expected pickup in inflation supported the view the Federal Reserve might raise interest rates sooner than some traders had thought.

  • Wall Street stocks rose modestly, reversing earlier declines, though investors kept a watch on the turmoil in Iraq as the Federal Reserve began its two-day policy meeting. Oil traders, after initial calm on the absence of an escalation in the Iraq crisis overnight, continued to push prices higher.

  • LONDON, June 17- German two-year bond yields traded near one-year lows on Tuesday, as the European Central Bank released tens of billions of euros into the euro zone banking sector, anchoring short-term interest rates around zero.

  • NEW YORK, June 17- U.S. stocks bounced back from earlier declines Tuesday to gain modestly as investors shrugged off weaker-than-expected housing data and the latest flaring of tensions in Iraq, and as the Federal Reserve began a two-day policy meeting.

  • *Caution ahead of Fed meeting, concerns about Iraq crisis. NEW YORK, June 17- The U.S. dollar rose on Tuesday as news of a stronger-than-expected pickup in inflation supported the view the Federal Reserve might raise interest rates sooner than some traders had thought.

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