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  • US STOCKS-Futures climb as oil rebounds; data on tap Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 7:32 AM ET

    *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 hints of stabilizing and ahead of data on the labor market. Exxon Mobil rose 2 percent to $90.84 and the Select Sector Energy ETF gained 1.6 percent to $78.34 in premarket trading.

  • Europe shares rally, led up by rebound for oil stocks Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 6:53 AM ET

    LONDON, Dec 18- European stocks rose on Thursday, led higher by energy-related stocks as oil rose and by strength in financials after the U.S. At 1135 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was up 1.9 percent at 1,341.86 points. Oil companies topped the index, with Norway's Seadrill up 8.7 percent and Statoil up 6.4 percent, as Brent crude jumped 3...

  • LONDON, Dec 18- Emerging shares rose for a second straight day on Thursday while most currencies strengthened, lifted by the Federal Reserve's show of confidence in the U.S. economy, though Russia's rouble eased after two days of gains. Bourses in oil exporters Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates bounced back strongly after dramatic falls earlier in the...

  • LONDON, Dec 18- The Swiss franc tumbled on Thursday as its central bank slapped a charge on deposits, wary of a flood of money exiting Russia and the likely pressure from the euro zone if the ECB starts full-scale money printing early next year. The jitters of recent days also calmed a touch as Russia managed to stabilise its rouble ahead of an end-of-year address...

  • HONG KONG, Dec 18- Hong Kong shares finished up on Thursday, snapping five consecutive days of losses, underpinned by a rally on Wall Street. Among the most actively traded stocks on Hong Kong's main board were CCT Land Holdings Ltd, up 11.8 percent at HK $0.02, North Mining Shares Co Ltd, up 1.4 percent at HK $0.36 and Bank Of China, unchanged at HK $4.14.

  • PARIS, Dec 18- European stocks rose early on Thursday, tracking a rally on Wall Street after the U.S. At 0804 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was up 1.4 percent at 1,335.46 points. Fed Chair Janet Yellen told a news conference that "patient" meant the policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee was unlikely to hike rates for "at least a couple of...

  • The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen fell 0.4 percent, to 3,345.93, while the Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.1 percent, to 3,057.52 points. Among the most active stocks in Shanghai were Minsheng Bank, up 1.3 percent to 9.59 yuan; China Shipbuilding Industry, up 8.9 percent to 9.30 yuan and China State Construction...

  • TOKYO, Dec 18- Japanese stocks enjoyed their best day in 6-1/ 2 weeks on Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve expressed confidence in the U.S. economy and promised a "patient" approach to raising interest rates, boosting Wall Street shares. Exporters Toyota Motor Co and Canon Inc climbed 1.5 percent and 1.7 percent respectively, benefitting from a weaker yen.

  • *Regulator criticizes some margin trading- Shanghai paper. BEIJING, Dec 18- China stocks slipped on Thursday as hot brokerage shares cooled on questions about margin trading and investors shifted interest to coming listings while the Hong Kong market rebounded after five days of losses. The CSI300 index of leading Shanghai and Shenzhen listings fell 0.4...

  • JGBs edge down, take cue from stocks and U.S. Treasuries Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 10:09 PM ET

    TOKYO, Dec 18- Japanese government bonds edged down on Thursday, taking their cue from firmer domestic equities as well as losses in U.S. Japan's Ministry of Finance set the coupon on the new notes at 1.2 percent, the lowest level since June 2003' s 0.8 percent, down from 1.4 percent at November's offering in that zone. Japan's Nikkei stock average was up 2.6 percent,...

  • Nikkei jumps 2.5 pct as market takes comfort from Fed Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 9:26 PM ET

    TOKYO, Dec 18- Japan's Nikkei share average jumped 2.5 percent on Thursday morning after the U.S. The Fed said it would take a "patient" approach in deciding when to bump borrowing costs higher, which Fed Chair Janet Yellen, at a news conference, defined as "at least a couple of meetings." "Investors took heart from her comment that the Fed will take a patient approach...

  • *Wall St racks up biggest daily gain this year. SYDNEY, Dec 18- Asian share markets rallied on Thursday after U.S. stocks enjoyed their strongest session this year when the Federal Reserve sounded upbeat on the economy and promised to be patient in removing policy stimulus. In Asia, Japan's Nikkei jumped 2.4 percent, while stocks in Australia climbed 1.8 percent...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 17- The S&P 500 scored its best day since October 2013 on Wednesday as the Federal Reserve gave an upbeat assessment of the U.S. economy and said it would take a patient approach toward raising interest rates. The Fed said it would take a "patient" approach in deciding when to bump borrowing costs higher, which Fed Chair Janet Yellen, at a news conference,...

  • SYDNEY, Dec 18- Asian shares rallied on Thursday after U.S. stocks enjoyed their strongest session this year when the Federal Reserve sounded upbeat on the economy and promised to be patient in removing policy stimulus. In Asia, Nikkei futures were pointing to an opening increase of at least 1 percent, while stocks in Australia climbed 1.1 percent.

  • Stocks with exposure to Cuba rise sharply Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 5:37 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A batch of stocks with exposure to Cuba rose sharply Wednesday after President Obama moved to restore diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Caribbean island after more than 50 years of hostility. The closed-end mutual fund, with the stock ticker " CUBA," owns several companies with exposure to Cuba, including Copa Holdings and Royal Caribbean.

  • How the Dow Jones industrial average fared Wednesday Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 4:43 PM ET

    A pledge from the Federal Reserve to remain "patient" when deciding when to lift interest rates gave the stock market its biggest gain in more than a year. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 288 points, or 1.7 percent, to 17,356.87. The Standard& Poor's 500 index climbed 40.15 points, or 2 percent, to 2,012.89.

  • US stocks jump as Fed promises 'patient' approach Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 4:11 PM ET

    NEW YORK— The U.S. stock market is closing with its biggest gain in more than a year after the Federal Reserve said it was in no rush to raise rates. The Federal Reserve indicated Wednesday it was moving closer to raising rates from record lows because the U.S. economy and job market are strengthening. The Standard& Poor's 500 gained 40 points, or 2 percent, to 2,012, the...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 17- U.S. stocks rallied on Wednesday, giving the S&P 500 its best day since October 2013 as the Federal Reserve gave an upbeat assessment of the economy and said it would take a patient approach toward lifting interest rates.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St adds to gains as Fed upbeat on economy Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 2:26 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 17- U.S. stocks extended gains on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve gave a strong signal that it was on track to raise interest rates sometime next year, suggesting confidence in the U.S. economy. "It's pretty upbeat on the economy, and that's what the stock market is reacting to," said John Canally, investment strategist and economist at LPL Financial...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 17- U.S. stocks extended gains on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve gave a strong signal that it was on track to raise interest rates sometime next year, suggesting confidence in the U.S. economy.