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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • *FedEx shares fall after earnings. NEW YORK, Dec 17- U.S. stocks climbed in early afternoon trading on Wednesday as energy sector shares surged more than 4 percent, though investors were preparing for a Federal Reserve statement that may set the stage for interest rate hikes in 2015.. "Volatility should be expected after the statement because so much is riding on...

  • *FedEx shares fall after earnings, drags transports. NEW YORK, Dec 17- U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday on the heels of a three-session losing streak and ahead of the U.S. "I don't know that it really makes a huge difference because ultimately they will hedge anything they do in that regard by simply saying it is all data-dependent," said Randy Frederick, managing director...

  • Energy-sector rebound props up European stock markets Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 11:13 AM ET

    LONDON, Dec 17- European shares edged into positive territory on Wednesday, helped by a rebound in energy stocks and new signs that the European Central Bank will undertake measures to buoy the region's economy. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index, which had spent much of the day in negative territory, was up 0.2 percent at 1611 GMT, while the euro zone's...

  • Dec 17- U.S. stocks are expected to climb in 2015 as concerns about the prospect of a Federal Reserve interest-rate hike are being offset by hopes for strong consumer spending as oil prices fall, according to a Reuters poll. That would represent a near 12 percent rise for 2015 from a Dec. 16 close of 1,972.74. "The market's ability to withstand higher rates is the big...

  • Dec 17- U.S. stocks rose at the open on Wednesday, following three days of losses for major Wall Street indexes, ahead of the year's final statement from the U.S. Federal Reserve that may set the stage for interest rate hikes in 2015.. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 22.26 points, or 0.13 percent, to 17,091.13, the S&P 500 gained 3.06 points, or 0.16 percent, to...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St to open higher ahead of Fed decision Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 9:11 AM ET

    *FedEx shares fall after earnings. NEW YORK, Dec 17- U.S. stocks were set to rise at the open on Wednesday, following three days of losses for major Wall Street indexes, ahead of the year's final statement from the U.S. "I do think they will take in consideration slow global economic activity and perhaps mention the threat of deflation in Europe," said Peter Cardillo,...

  • *Lenders lift markets in Qatar, Abu Dhabi. DUBAI, Dec 17- Most Gulf stock markets regained strength on Wednesday as oil's slide paused, with blue chip banks pushing Abu Dhabi up sharply and Saudi Arabia's bourse jumping after the kingdom's finance minister said the government would continue spending heavily. Brent crude held below $60 a barrel on Wednesday, at...

  • US STOCKS-Futures rise ahead of Fed decision Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 7:47 AM ET

    *FedEx shares fall after earnings. NEW YORK, Dec 17- U.S. stock index futures rose on Wednesday, following three days of losses for major Wall Street indexes, ahead of the year's final statement from the U.S. *FedEx shares fell 2.8 percent in light premarket trading after the package delivery company posted quarterly results.

  • HONG KONG, Dec 17- Hong Kong's main share index finished down slightly on Wednesday as a rally in financial firms failed to offset slumping service and information technology shares. Among the most actively traded stocks on Hong Kong's main board were AVIC International Holding HK Ltd, down 3.0 percent at HK $0.65, CCT Land Holdings Ltd, unchanged at HK $0.02 and...

  • China stocks close up as banks push higher Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 2:11 AM ET

    The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 1.7 percent, to 3,360.60, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 1.3 percent, to 3,061.02 points. Among the most active stocks in Shanghai were Minsheng Bank, up 10.0 percent to 9.47 yuan; Bank Of China, up 4.1 percent to 3.54 yuan and Agricultural Bank Of China, up 4.5 percent to 3.24...

  • TOKYO, Dec 17- Japan's Nikkei stock index is expected to gain around 13 percent next year, as a weaker yen raises hopes of higher earnings for exporters, while the Bank Of Japan's asset buying programme is seen underpinning risk appetite, a Reuters poll found. Japan's benchmark is expected to rise to 19,000 by the end of 2015, according to the median forecast of 62...

  • Federal Reserve's dovish stance helped sentiment recover, while Japan Tobacco Inc tumbled. Japan Tobacco, which is highly exposed to crisis-hit Russia, dived 7.8 percent on heavy volume and contributed a hefty negative 10 points to the Nikkei. Goldman Sachs said Russia contributes 20-25 percent of its operating profits, and a 1 percent rouble depreciation...