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  • NEW YORK, Sept 18- U.S. stocks were higher in afternoon trading on Thursday, with the S&P 500 hitting a record peak a day after the U.S.

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

    NEW YORK— A look at New York Stock Exchange 10 most-active stocks at the close of trading:. Bank of America Corp. rose 1.6 percent to $17.04 with 108,090,900 shares traded. Citigroup Inc. rose 2.4 percent to $53.66 with 27,017,700 shares traded.

  • US STOCKS-Dow, S&P hit record as financials climb Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 1:14 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Sept 18- U.S. stocks were higher in afternoon trading Thursday, with the Dow and S&P 500 hitting fresh record highs after the U.S. Goldman Sachs, up 1.6 percent to $187.84, was the top boost to the Dow.

  • *Sulzer gains on mergers& acquisitions news. LONDON, Sept 18- European equities closed higher on Thursday, with a key index climbing to a two-week high after the U.S. Britain's FTSE rose 0.6 percent, Germany's DAX index gained 1.4 percent and France's CAC 40 rose 0.8 percent.

  • US STOCKS-Energy sector lags as oil falls Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 12:35 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Sept 18- Shares in energy companies were trading lower on Thursday, as a rise in the U.S. dollar and demand concerns sent oil prices lower. Brent crude was down 1.4 percent to $97.55 while U.S. crude lost 1.1 percent to $93.38. Chevron Corp, down 0.4 percent to $124.24 and Exxon Mobil, down 0.3 percent to $96.77, were the two biggest drags on the Dow Industrials.

  • Stocks creep higher on encouraging news Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 12:11 PM ET

    The U.S. stock market is higher in midday trading as investors received more encouraging news on the economy. Fewer Americans filed first-time claims for unemployment benefits last week, according to the Labor Department. Scotland opened polling stations for a referendum on whether the country will leave the United Kingdom and become independent.

  • US STOCKS-S&P hits record on Fed support; financials lead Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 11:42 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Sept 18- U.S. stocks were rising in late morning trading on Thursday, with the S&P 500 hitting a record high a day after the U.S. However, the central bank's outlook included forecasts for higher-than-expected rates in 2015 and 2016, which helped financial stocks lead gains on Wall Street.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 18- The dollar hit a more than six-year peak against the yen on Thursday on data showing U.S. jobless claims fell more than expected last week, while global equity markets rallied after the Federal Reserve again pledged to keep interest rates low.

  • US STOCKS-Financials rise on interest rate expectations Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 10:59 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Sept 18- Financial stocks were leading gains on the Dow and S&P 500 indexes on Thursday, in the wake of the U.S. Goldman Sachs, up 1.5 percent to $187.59, was the top boost to the Dow Industrials. Goldman Sachs is on track for a seventh consecutive gain, which would be the longest winning streak for the stock in nearly eight years.

  • *Sulzer gains on mergers& acquisitions news. LONDON, Sept 18- European equities advanced on Thursday, with a key index climbing to a two-week high after the U.S. Britain's FTSE was up 0.5 percent, Germany's DAX index gained 1.2 percent and France's CAC 40 rose 0.7 percent.

  • 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.

  • *Futures up: Dow 44 pts, S&P 6 pts, Nasdaq 13 pts. NEW YORK, Sept 18- U.S. stocks were set to rise at the open on Thursday, with the S&P 500 on track to test resistance at its record high a day after the U.S.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 18- Shares of Rite Aid Corp were falling early Thursday, in the highest volume so far on the New York Stock Exchange, after it cut its full-year profit forecast for a second time this year and lowered the top end of its sales forecast.

  • 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.

  • European shares climb to 2-week high, focus on Scotland Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 7:09 AM ET

    *Sulzer gains on mergers& acquisitions news. However UK shares slightly underperformed as the voting got underway in Scotland's referendum on independence, keeping investors on edge ahead of the result on Friday. Britain's FTSE was up 0.4 percent, Germany's DAX index gained 1 percent and France's CAC 40 rose 0.6 percent.

  • HONG KONG, Sept 18- Hong Kong shares finished lower on Thursday after weak Chinese housing data heightened concerns of a deepening downtrend in the property sector that is weighing on the broader economy. China Resources Land sank 2.8 percent, a leading percentage loser on the Hang Seng, and China Overseas Land& Investment shed 1.8 percent.

  • *Winter demand should support oil prices- OPEC delegates. SINGAPORE, Sept 18- Brent crude dropped towards $98 per barrel on Thursday, pressured by a stronger dollar on fears about a looming U.S. interest rate increase and a steep spike in U.S. crude stocks.

  • *Sony tumbles to 1- month low on loss estimate. "For the Japanese market, a rise in U.S. interest rates is positive, and the weak yen is serving as a tailwind to major exporters," said Hiromichi Tamura, chief strategist at Nomura Securities, adding that the weak yen should be positive to Japanese manufacturers as far as 125 yen to the dollar.

  • How the Dow Jones industrial average did Wednesday Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 5:20 PM ET

    NEW YORK— The stock market rose Wednesday after the Federal Reserve told investors to expect low interest rates for a while yet, pushing the Dow Jones industrial average to a record high. The Fed statement put to rest an anxious waiting game among investors that has left the Standard& Poor's 500 index moving between small gains and losses for a week.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 17- Stock markets around the world closed with modest gains on Wednesday after the U.S. The dollar hit a 14- month high and the benchmark U.S. 10- year Treasury note yield hit its highest level since July 7 after the Fed's projections suggested that some officials see rates rising more quickly than the U.S. central bank projected three months ago.