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  • NEW YORK, Dec 18- The S&P 500 closed out its biggest two-day advance since November 2011 on Thursday, extending a Federal Reserve-fueled rally from the previous session, while tech shares jumped after Oracle results. Oracle Corp jumped 10.2 percent to $45.35, a day after quarterly results topped Wall Street expectations. Shares of Apple climbed 3 percent to...

  • Cintas beats 2Q profit forecasts Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 4:33 PM ET

    CINCINNATI _ Cintas Corp. on Thursday reported fiscal second-quarter earnings of $120.4 million. Cintas expects full-year earnings in the range of $3.49 to $3.54 per share, with revenue in the range of $4.45 billion to $4.5 billion. Cintas shares have climbed 25 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has risen 12 percent.

  • Dow soars 400 points, led by rally in tech sector Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 4:14 PM ET

    NEW YORK— The Dow Jones industrial average had its biggest day in three years, soaring more than 400 points as the stock market extended a rally into a second day. The Dow closed up 421 points, or 2.4 percent, to 17,778 Thursday, its largest gain since December 2011. Oracle led a rally in technology shares after the business software maker reported earnings that were...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 18- The S&P 500 posted its biggest jump since January 2013 on Thursday, extending a Fed-fueled rally from the previous session, as tech shares gained after stronger-than-expected results from Oracle.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 18- U.S. stocks advanced more than 1 percent on Thursday, extending a rally from the previous session as tech shares gained with stronger-than-expected results from Oracle. The technology sector, up 2.4 percent, helped fuel the advance, buoyed by a gain of over 8 percent in Oracle Corp, a day after its quarterly results topped Wall Street expectations.

  • *Investors buy record share at $16 bln TIPS auction. NEW YORK, Dec 18- U.S. Treasuries yields rose on Thursday as Wall Street shares rose a day after the U.S.

  • Most active New York Stock Exchange-traded stocks Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 1:48 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A look at New York Stock Exchange 10 most-active stocks at the close of trading:. AT&T Inc. rose 2.6 percent to $33.51 with 37,104,300 shares traded. Alcoa Inc. rose 4.9 percent to $15.78 with 28,998,100 shares traded.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 18- U.S. stocks climbed more than 1 percent on Thursday, extending a rally from the previous session as tech shares gained with upbeat results from Oracle. The technology sector, up 2.2 percent, helped fuel the advance, buoyed by a gain of over 8 percent in Oracle Corp, a day after its quarterly results topped Wall Street expectations.

  • LONDON, Dec 18- European stocks surged on Thursday, with the market supported by a rise in Greek shares after the leader of the main opposition party said he was committed to keeping Greece in the euro should his leftist party take power next year. The FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares closed up 3 percent at 1,356.23 points, its biggest percentage rise...

  • US stocks move higher, building on Fed gains Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 11:57 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The U.S. stock market is moving sharply higher, building on gains from the day before after the Federal Reserve indicated it was in no rush to raise interest rates. Oracle led a rally in technology shares in midday trading Thursday after the business software maker reported earnings that were better than expected. The Dow Jones industrial average rose...

  • *Wall Street on track for second day of strong gains. NEW YORK, Dec 18- Global equities markets rallied on Thursday, with Wall Street up more than 1 percent for a second straight day on what investors viewed as a favorable result from the Federal Reserve's most recent meeting. A Reuters poll of Wall Street dealers puts expectations for the first interest-rate...

  • TIPS breakeven rates slip before $15 bln auction. NEW YORK, Dec 18- U.S. Treasuries yields rose on Thursday as Wall Street stock prices rose a day after U.S.

  • LONDON, Dec 18- European stocks surged on Thursday, with the market supported by a rise in Greek shares after the leader of the main opposition party said he was committed to keeping Greece in the euro should his leftist party take power next year. The FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was up 2.8 percent at 1,353.52 points, its biggest rise since...

  • US stocks open higher, building on Fed gains Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 9:44 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The U.S. stock market is opening sharply higher, building on gains from the day before after the Federal Reserve indicated it was in no rush to raise interest rates. The market is coming off its biggest one-day rise since October 2013. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 224 points, or 1.3 percent, to 17,580 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time Thursday.

  • US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall St climbs at open as oil rises Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 9:32 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 18- U.S. stocks opened higher on Thursday, building on gains in the prior session after the U.S. Federal Reserve's policy statement and as oil prices showed signs of steadying. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 130.04 points, or 0.75 percent, to 17,486.91, the S&P 500 gained 16.03 points, or 0.8 percent, to 2,028.92 and the Nasdaq Composite added 63.20...

  • *Oracle up in premarket after results. NEW YORK, Dec 18- U.S. stocks were set for a stronger open on Thursday, building on gains in the prior session after the U.S. "The bottom line is a June is still in play and even doves need to tighten at some point when the numbers start looking good," said James Liu, global market strategist at JPMorgan Funds in Chicago.

  • MIDEAST STOCKS-Gulf markets surge on stronger oil Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 8:25 AM ET

    *Saudi Arabia's finance minister says state to keep spending. *UAE companies buy back cheap shares. DUBAI, Dec 18- Stock markets in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates soared on Thursday after the price of oil rebounded and the Riyadh government eased investors' fears by saying it would continue spending heavily on economic development.

  • LONDON, Dec 18- The Swiss franc tumbled on Thursday after its central bank announced a charge on deposits, wary of a flood of money exiting Russia and likely inflows from the euro zone if the ECB starts full-scale money printing early next year. The jitters of recent weeks calmed a touch as oil rose for a second day, although the pressure was still on Russia's rouble...

  • *Oracle up in premarket after results. NEW YORK, Dec 18- U.S. stock index futures surged on Thursday, putting the S&P 500 on track to extend gains from the prior session, as oil prices showed signs of stabilizing and ahead of data on the labor market. Exxon Mobil rose 1.8 percent to $90.60 and the Select Sector Energy ETF gained 2.2 percent to $78.81 in premarket trading.

  • Gulf stocks gain with Dubai closing 13 percent up Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 7:52 AM ET

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— Gulf equity markets made massive gains Thursday with Dubai's main stock market rising 13 percent, just two days after closing at its lowest point of the year. Arabtec, Dubai's largest construction company, and Emaar, the developer behind the world's tallest tower in the United Arab Emirates, gained 15 percent Thursday on the Dubai...