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  • *Lennar, Guess post strong quarterly earnings. NEW YORK, March 19- U.S. stocks fell on Thursday as energy shares slumped, with the broad S&P 500 handing back some gains from the prior session sparked by a policy statement from the Federal Reserve that was more dovish than expected. "The Fed has painted themselves into a bit of a corner here," said Keith Bliss, senior...

  • *Lennar, Guess post strong quarterly earnings. NEW YORK, March 19- U.S. stocks opened modestly lower on Thursday in the wake of a rally in the prior session after the Federal Reserve cut economic growth and inflation projections and indicated it was in no rush to hike interest rates. But investors will now seek signs of improvement in the U.S. economy after Yellen "...

  • NEW YORK, March 19- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Thursday after the Federal Reserve on Wednesday removed a reference to being "patient" on interest rates out of its policy statement but indicated that it was in no rush to hike borrowing costs. The FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was up 0.56 percent and London's FTSE hit a record after...

  • *Treasury yields down sharply, Australia, Germany at record low. The shift in rate expectations had hit the dollar hard at first, though it had repaired almost all of the damage as trading gathered momentum in Europe. The euro found itself as high as $1.10625 in turbulent trade late on Wednesday, but was back down at $1.0683 as markets also began to focus on what are...

  • PARIS, March 19- European stocks rose on Thursday after the U.S. Britain's FTSE 100 also hit a new record high. The FTSE rose as much as 0.5 percent to an intraday record high of 6,978.74 points, beating its previous peak of 6,974.26 points set on March 2.

  • The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen fell 0.2 percent, to 3,839.74, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.2 percent, to 3,582.27 points. Among the most active stocks in Shanghai were Bank of China, down 1.2 percent to 4.28 yuan; Hainan Airline, down 0.2 percent to 4.32 yuan and China State Construction, up 4.0 percent to...

  • TOKYO, March 19- Japan's Nikkei benchmark dropped from 15- year highs on Thursday as investors took profits on recent gainers such as banking shares, which could suffer from a fall in Japanese bond yields. The yield on the benchmark 10- year Japanese government bond skidded to a six-week low after the U.S. Bucking the weakness, Nintendo Co extended its gains from...

  • *Treasury yields down sharply, Australia yields at record low. SYDNEY, March 19- Asian shares enjoyed their best session in 18 months on Thursday as investors priced in a later start and a slower pace for future U.S rate rises, slashing sovereign bond yields from Japan to Australia. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan climbed 1.6 percent,...

  • *Hong Kong shares up after Fed's signal on rate hike. "China's stock market is liquidity-driven. Investors previously worried about China's economic health regained confidence after Premier Li Keqiang vowed on Sunday to support the economy and protect jobs.

  • *Indexes up: Dow 1.3 pct, S&P 1.2 pct, Nasdaq 0.9 pct. NEW YORK, March 18- U.S. stocks rallied on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve suggested a less aggressive timeline for raising interest rates even as it opened the door for the first hike in almost a decade. "By lowering its expectations for the pace at which rates will rise, it sent a clear signal that it is in no hurry to...

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-U.S. shares, oil jump after Fed statement Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 3:39 PM ET

    *Wall Street stocks rise after Fed relieves rate hike worries. NEW YORK, March 18- Stocks on Wall Street surged and oil prices jumped as much as 5 percent on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve indicated it preferred a more gradual path to normalizing U.S. interest rates even as it moved toward its first rate hike in almost a decade. Stocks on Wall Street rebounded...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St surges as Fed statement offers relief Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 3:31 PM ET

    *Indexes up: Dow 1.3 pct, S&P 1.4 pct, Nasdaq 1.2 pct. NEW YORK, March 18- U.S. stocks rallied on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve cut its expected pace of growth and inflation, suggesting a less aggressive timeline for raising interest rates even as it opened the door for the first rate hike in almost a decade. "By eliminating' patient' from its guidance it removed an...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St jumps as Fed statement relieves worries Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 2:36 PM ET

    NEW YORK, March 18- U.S. stocks climbed on Wednesday, reversing course as the Federal Reserve moved a step closer to its much-anticipated first rate hike since 2006 by removing "patient" from its language. "Some may have been fearing a more hawkish Fed, and that explains the rally we're seeing right now," said John Carey, portfolio manager at Pioneer Investment...

  • NEW YORK, March 18- U.S. stock turned higher on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve opened the door further to an interest rate hike as early as June.

  • NEW YORK, March 18- Stocks on Wall Street slipped and shares in Europe rose on Wednesday, reflecting diverging policies between the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank, while oil prices fell as data showed U.S. crude inventories hit a record high. The FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares rose 0.33 percent to close at a provisional 1,589.07,...

  • *Alibaba shares little changed as lockup expires. *FedEx falls after lower outlook. NEW YORK, March 18- U.S. stocks fell on Wednesday ahead of a highly anticipated statement and news conference by the Federal Reserve later in the session, with the Fed seen giving clearer clues on how soon it plans to tighten monetary policy.

  • NEW YORK, March 18- U.S. stocks retreated at the open on Wednesday ahead of a highly anticipated statement and news conference by the Federal Reserve, with the Fed expected to give clearer clues on how soon it plans to tighten monetary policy.

  • LONDON, March 18- European shares fell for a second day on Wednesday, with BMW leading carmakers lower after toning down its profit expectations and Greek banks falling on concern about the country's debt situation. The Greek banking index fell 8.4 percent, dragged down by a 12 percent fall in National Bank of Greece and an 8.9 percent slide in Alpha Bank.

  • US STOCKS-Futures slip ahead of Fed statement Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 7:44 AM ET

    NEW YORK, March 18- U.S. stock index futures fell on Wednesday ahead of a highly anticipated statement and news conference by the Federal Reserve later in the session, with the Fed expected to give clearer clues on how soon it plans to tighten monetary policy. *A Fed statement is due at 2:00 p.m. EDT, with a press conference by Chair Janet Yellen half an hour later.

  • However, South Africa's rand, Turkey's lira and the Brazilian real all eased against the greenback ahead of the Fed's policy statement, widely anticipated to lay the ground for the first U.S. interest rate hike in nearly a decade later in the year. In Moscow, both dollar and rouble-denominated shares gained ground while in Israel shares rose 0.6 percent after...