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  • NEW YORK, Sept 17- U.S. stocks opened flat on Wednesday, ahead of a key statement by the Federal Reserve, which is expected to provide clues on the next monetary policy move by the U.S. central bank.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St to open flat, eyes on Fed statement Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 9:15 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Sept 17- U.S. stocks were set to open little changed on Wednesday ahead of a key statement by the Federal Reserve which is expected to provide clues on the next monetary policy move by the U.S. central bank.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 17- U.S. consumer prices fell for the first time in nearly 1-1/ 2 years in August and underlying inflation pressures were muted, which could lessen the urgency for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates.

  • *Sterling inches up ahead of Scotland vote, implied vols jump. LONDON, Sept 17- The dollar neared six-year highs against the yen on Wednesday as investors awaited fresh clues from the Federal Reserve on when a first hike in U.S. interest rates is likely to come.

  • US STOCKS-Futures little changed as Fed statement awaited Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 7:42 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Sept 17- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Wednesday ahead of a key statement by the Federal Reserve which is expected to provide clues on the next monetary policy move by the U.S. central bank.

  • *Report of targeted stimulus to big China banks. LONDON, Sept 17- Copper edged up on Wednesday on a report that China's central bank will provide the country's biggest banks with fresh loans to bolster the economy of the world's largest metals consumer.

  • *Coming Up: Fed statement 1800 GMT. LONDON, Sept 17- Gold inched up for a third straight session on Wednesday as the dollar eased and speculation mounted that the Federal Reserve would vow to maintain interest rates at low levels when the U.S. central bank concludes its policy meeting later in the day.

  • HONG KONG, Sept 17- Hong Kong's benchmark index closed higher for the first time in nine sessions on Wednesday, tracking gains in U.S. markets on speculation the Federal Reserve would maintain a pledge on low rates when a two-day policy meeting ends later in the day.

  • *China bank liquidity speculation underpins Aussie. TOKYO/ SYDNEY, Sept 17- The U.S. dollar firmed on Wednesday, recovering from a setback in the previous session as investors awaited the Federal Reserve's latest guidance on U.S. interest rates.

  • *Central bank wraps up two-day meeting on Wednesday. *Pledge on rate-hike patience facing scrutiny. WASHINGTON, Sept 17- The U.S.

  • Hong Kong shares bounce off 8-week lows, China stays weak Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 12:58 AM ET

    HONG KONG, Sept 17- Hong Kong shares rebounded from eight-week lows on Wednesday, tracking gains in U.S. markets on speculation the Federal Reserve will maintain a pledge to keep rates low when a two-day policy meeting ends later in the day. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong rose 1.7 percent.

  • Stocks up in early trading ahead of Fed statement Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 12:30 AM ET

    NEW YORK— U.S. stocks edged higher in morning trading Wednesday as investors waited for a Federal Reserve statement on interest rates following a two-day meeting. Shares of Dupont and Fedex surged. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard& Poor's 500 index rose four points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,002 as of 9:55 a.m. Eastern time.

  • Financial markets awaiting any Fed signal on rates Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Financial markets are awaiting the end of a Federal Reserve meeting Wednesday to see whether the Fed sends any clearer signal about the timing of an interest rate increase. The phrase that investors will be alert for is "considerable time." The Fed has kept that rate at a record low since December 2008.

  • SYDNEY, Sept 17- Asian shares were tentatively higher on Wednesday after Wall Street rebounded on speculation the Federal Reserve would maintain a pledge on low rates when a two-day policy meeting ends later in the session.

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 17- Gold inched up for a third straight session on Wednesday as speculation mounted that the Federal Reserve would vow to maintain interest rates at low levels when the U.S. central bank concludes its policy meet later in the day.

  • TOKYO, Sept 17- Japan's Nikkei share average edged up early on Wednesday after U.S. shares rebounded on expectations the Federal Reserve will keep rates low after its two-day policy meeting ends later in the day.

  • MELBOURNE, Sept 17- London copper climbed on Wednesday to near its highest in a week as the market edged away from expectations that the Federal Reserve would bring forward its timeline to raise interest rates at its meeting this week. *The most-traded November copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange rallied 2.1 percent to 49,590 yuan a tonne.

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 17- Gold was little changed at over $1,230 an ounce on Wednesday as investors were biding their time ahead of a Federal Reserve statement later in the day, keenly watched for clues on when the U.S. central bank will increase interest rates. *Spot gold was flat at $1,234.90 an ounce by 0035 GMT, after closing up 0.2 percent in the previous session.

  • SYDNEY, Sept 17- Asian shares crept cautiously higher on Wednesday after Wall Street rebounded on speculation the Federal Reserve would maintain a pledge on low rates when a two-day policy meeting ends later in the session.

  • *China bank liquidity speculation lifts Aussie. SYDNEY, Sept 17- The U.S. dollar nursed modest losses early on Wednesday, having suffered an unexpected setback as jitters mounted hours before the Federal Reserve offers its latest guidance on interest rates.