*Apple rallies, announces 7- for-1 stock split. *Caterpillar gains after results; Verizon, 3 M fall. NEW YORK, April 24- U.S. stocks rose in a volatile session on Thursday as Apple and Caterpillar were the latest high-profile names to post bullish results, though gains were limited by a resurgence of concerns related to Ukraine.» Read More
*Surprise Fed announcement spurs rally in Wall Street stocks. Stocks on Wall Street rallied more than 1 percent on the surprise Fed announcement to cut by $10 billion a month its bond purchases to a monthly $75 billion, a decision that has dogged markets all year as the U.S. central bank sent mixed signals.
NEW YORK, Dec 18- The Dow and the S&P 500 closed at all-time highs on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve announced a small reduction in its stimulus program, confirming that the U.S. economy was on firm footing. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 293.03 points or 1.85 percent, to end unofficially at 16,168.29, a record closing high.
*Ford, Jabil Circuit both tumble on outlook. NEW YORK, Dec 18- U.S. stocks rallied on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve announced a small reduction in its stimulus program but stressed interest rates would stay low for even longer than previously promised. The central bank said it would reduce its monthly asset purchases by $10 billion to $75 billion.
*World shares extend gains, U.S. stocks surge. NEW YORK, Dec 18- Global equity markets extended gains and the dollar fell on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve finally began to wind down its economic stimulus, answering the question on tapering that has loomed over markets and sending a signal that the U.S. recovery was well on its way.
*Ford, Jabil Circuit both tumble on outlook. NEW YORK, Dec 18- U.S. stocks rose in volatile trading on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve announced plans to trim its stimulus program, though it said its key interest rate would stay lower for even longer than previously promised.
NEW YORK, Dec 18- U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve announced it would begin scaling back its stimulus by $10 billion a month to $75 billion in bond purchases.
NEW YORK, Dec 18- Global equity markets rose on Wednesday on a strengthening U.S. housing market and improving German business morale, while U.S. U.S. housing starts in November surged to their highest level in nearly six years as they jumped 22.7 percent in their biggest gain since January 1990, the Commerce Department said.
NEW YORK, Dec 18- U.S. stocks drifted slightly higher at the open on Wednesday with markets on tenterhooks ahead of the Federal Reserve's last policy announcement of the year, which might determine the immediate future of its 15- month long program to stimulate the economy.
*FedEx results miss Wall Street estimates, shares dip. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke will follow the 2:00 p.m. EST announcement with his final press conference at the helm of the U.S. central bank at 2:30 p.m..
*FedEx posts higher quarterly profit but shares dip. *Lennar shares up after results, JBL slides on outlook. *Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke will follow the 2:00 p.m. announcement with his final press conference at the helm of the U.S. central bank at 2:30 p.m..
LONDON, Dec 18- Ukraine's dollar debt soared on Wednesday, a day after the country agreed a bailout from Russia, while Turkish stocks fell more than two percent to their lowest level in more than three months following a corruption probe.
*Index firms ahead of German Ifo number. *Energy services sector falls after Technip profit warning. LONDON, Dec 18- European shares rose on Wednesday, rebounding from the previous session's falls, with investors positioning for a German sentiment figure expected to show that optimism over the economy is returning.
Dec 18- Hong Kong shares had their best day in two weeks on Wednesday, with gains in financials and property companies partly countering worries the U.S. The Hang Seng Index closed up 0.3 percent at 23,143.82, while the China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong rose 0.6 percent.
Dec 18- Shanghai shares ended slightly lower on Wednesday, falling for a seventh straight day, weighed down by lingering concerns about tight liquidity before the year-end. China's benchmark interbank lending rate rose to its highest since the cash crunch in late June that roiled global markets. Both have fallen to their lowest since Nov. 15.
*Asian shares ex- Japan up 0.2 pct, Nikkei jumps 1.5 pct. TOKYO, Dec 18- Asian shares tiptoed higher on Wednesday as investors waited to hear when the U.S. "The market-neutral decision is a January taper," Citigroup said in a note.
*Foreign investors' Japan stock allocation at highest in Dec- BoFA Merrill. TOKYO, Dec 18- The Nikkei share average rose 1.2 percent on Wednesday morning, as short-term investors bet the outcome of the U.S.
*U.S. budget deal clears crucial vote in U.S. Senate. NEW YORK, Dec 17- U.S. stocks closed slightly lower on Tuesday, with investors reluctant to make big bets before the results of a Federal Reserve meeting that could give some clarity as to when the central bank will begin trimming its stimulus.
NEW YORK, Dec 17- U.S. stocks closed slightly lower on Tuesday, with investors reluctant to make big bets before the results of a Federal Reserve policy-setting meeting, which could help answer when the central bank will begin trimming its stimulus.
*Comcast mulls scenarios for possible Time Warner deal. NEW YORK, Dec 17- U.S. stocks edged lower on Tuesday as the Federal Reserve prepared to begin its last policy-setting meeting of the year.
*Comcast mulls scenarios for possible Time Warner deal. NEW YORK, Dec 17- U.S. stocks were set to open slightly higher on Tuesday as the Federal Reserve prepared to begin its last policy-setting meeting of the year.