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  • Indexes added to gains and hit session highs after Chicago Federal Reserve Bank President Charles Evans said the central bank should be "exceptionally patient" in removing monetary policy accommodation at a Peterson Institute conference on labor market slack.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 24- World stock indexes rose and the euro fell on Wednesday after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi renewed a pledge to keep monetary policy loose for an extended period. Despite the weak European data, MSCI's global share index was up 0.3 percent, while European shares ended up 0.8 percent.

  • US STOCKS-Biotechs climb after two-day drop Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 1:48 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Sept 24- Biotech stocks are moving higher on Wednesday, bouncing back from a two-day drop, helped by gains in Gilead Sciences after trial results for the company's HIV treatment.

  • *FTSE MIB outperforms after Italy consumer confidence rises. LONDON, Sept 24- The Milan stock exchange outperformed a broad rally on European equity markets on Wednesday after data showed that Italian consumer confidence had risen for the first time in four months.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 24- World equity indexes edged higher while the euro fell on Wednesday after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi renewed a pledge to keep monetary policy loose for an extended period.

  • US STOCKS-Housing stocks trim losses after home sales data Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 10:19 AM ET

    The PHLX Housing index was down 0.1 percent after earlier falling as much as 1.3 percent on the back of results at KB Home. KB Home fell 6.1 percent to $15.92 following third-quarter earnings and sales that missed expectations. D.R. Horton Inc fell 0.4 percent to $21.20 while Beazer Homes was off 0.7 percent at $17.80.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 24- U.S. stocks edged higher at the open on Wednesday on the heels of a three-session streak of declines, ahead of data on the housing market.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 24- Merrimack Pharmaceuticals shares were surging in premarket trade, up 24.5 percent to $8.95 after the company said it reached a deal to develop and market Merrimack's pancreatic cancer drug outside the U.S. with Baxter International.

  • TOKYO, Sept 24- Asian stocks slipped on Wednesday as U.S.-led air strikes in Syria curbed appetite for risky assets, while the dollar was kept in check after U.S. yields fell on geopolitical woes and dovish statements by a Federal Reserve official.

  • *Asia stocks track overnight fall on Wall Street. TOKYO, Sept 24- Asian stocks tracked an overnight decline on Wall Street and dipped early on Wednesday, while the dollar was kept in check after U.S. yields fell on geopolitical woes and dovish statements by a Federal Reserve official.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 23- U.S. stocks fell on Tuesday, with consumer staples leading the S&P 500 down to its third straight daily loss, as investors grew concerned about the pace of global economic growth.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 23- U.S. stocks fell in a broad decline on Tuesday, with the S&P 500 down for its third straight session, as investors digested signs of slowing global growth.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St falls in broad decline Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 3:03 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Sept 23- U.S. stocks were down on Tuesday, with the S&P 500 on track for its third straight daily decline as investors digested signs of slowing global growth. Wall Street's losses tracked Europe, which was down after data showed a contraction in French business activity and slower growth in German manufacturing this month.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 23- U.S. stocks were modestly lower on Tuesday, with the S&P 500 on track for its third straight daily decline as investors digested signs of slowing global growth. Wall Street's losses tracked Europe, which was down after data showed a contraction in French business activity and slower growth in German manufacturing this month.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 23- Galmed Pharmaceuticals Ltd soared on Tuesday after the company said the Food and Drug Administration had granted fast track designation for its product candidate, aramchol, designed to treat non-alcoholic steato-hepatitis.

  • The United States and Arab allies bombed Syria for the first time on Tuesday, killing scores of Islamic State fighters and members of a separate al Qaeda- linked group, opening a new front against militants by joining Syria's three-year-old civil war. AbbVie has agreed to a deal to acquire Shire, which fell 1.9 percent to $251.38 in New York.

  • *Oil falls as Libyan, Iraqi output outweighs strikes on Syria. NEW YORK, Sept 23- More downbeat data from Europe left global equity markets on course for a third day of losses on Tuesday, while U.S. air strikes in Syria set a cautionary tone and helped lift the price of safe-haven bonds.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 23- U.S. stocks were little changed on Tuesday, as conflict in the Middle East intensified to push the energy sector higher, offsetting declines in the healthcare space after the U.S.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 23- U.S. stocks opened lower on Tuesday, putting the S&P on pace for a third straight fall, as conflict in the Middle East intensified and after the U.S. Treasury moved to curb "tax inversion" deals.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 23- U.S. stocks were set for a lower open on Tuesday, putting the S&P on pace for a third straight fall, as conflict in the Middle East intensified and after the U.S.