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  • NEW YORK, March 19- The world's major stock and bond markets were little changed on Wednesday as investors awaited comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen at the conclusion of the Fed's two-day policy meeting.

  • FOREX-Dollar rises ahead of Fed statement, Yellen debut Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 10:54 AM ET

    NEW YORK, March 19- The dollar got a lift on Wednesday from expectations the Federal Reserve will look beyond the drag of a harsh winter on America's economy and keep unwinding its monetary stimulus.

  • *Fed widely expected to pare bond purchases by $10 bln. NEW YORK, March 19- U.S. government debt prices were little changed on Wednesday as investors waited for the Federal Reserve to possibly change its guidelines on the timing of raising interest rates as job growth remains sluggish and inflation stays stuck below its target.

  • NEW YORK, March 19- U.S. stocks edged modestly lower at the open on Wednesday, following two days of gains, as investors awaited comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen at the conclusion of a two-day Fed policy meeting.

  • Federal Reserve policy decision than the continuing military tensions between Ukraine and Russia. This shift in focus towards the Fed away from geopolitical concerns over Russia and Ukraine put a floor under stocks, which had opened lower following a strong start to the week.

  • Federal Reserve policy decision later in the day and as military tensions between Ukraine and Russia ratcheted up. Europe's major stock markets were down as much as a third of one percent in early trading, following Asian shares lower after the the MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan lost 0.2 percent.

  • *Focus on UK jobs data, annual budget. LONDON, March 19- The dollar rose against the yen and euro on Wednesday, drawing comfort from expectations the Federal Reserve will further unwind monetary stimulus, looking beyond the impact on the economy of a harsh winter. The dollar edged up 0.2 percent to 101.625 yen, staying above a one-month low of 101.20 yen hit on March 3.

  • *Fed on track to reduce monthly bond buys to $55 billion. WASHINGTON, March 19- The Federal Reserve is set to trim its bond-buying stimulus for a third time in a row on Wednesday, and will probably rewrite its guidance on when it might eventually raise interest rates.

  • TOKYO, March 19- Asian share markets slipped on Wednesday, with investors still observing the Ukraine/ Crimea crisis and ahead of a closely-watched Federal Reserve policy review later in the session.

  • TOKYO, March 19- Asian share markets slipped on Wednesday, with investors still observing the Ukraine/ Crimea crisis and ahead of a closely-watched Federal Reserve policy review later in the session.

  • SINGAPORE, March 19- U.S. crude slipped to trade below the $100 per barrel mark in early Asian trade on Wednesday amid expectations of another build in supplies and ahead of a Federal Reserve policy review.

  • *Tensions over Ukraine crisis ease somewhat. TOKYO, March 19- Asian share markets opened on a tentative footing on Wednesday, with investors cautious amid the backdrop of East-West geopolitical tensions involving Ukraine and ahead of a closely-watched Federal Reserve policy review later in the session.

  • WASHINGTON, March 18- U.S. inflation was muted in February and housing starts fell for a third straight month, giving the Federal Reserve plenty of room to keep interest rates low even as it scales back the amount of money it is pumping into the economy.

  • *Housing starts fall 0.2 percent in February. WASHINGTON, March 18- U.S. consumer inflation was muted in February and housing starts fell for a third straight month in February, but the weak data probably will not dissuade the Federal Reserve from dialing back its monetary stimulus.

  • March 18- Biogen Idec Inc said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration extended the review process for the company's multiple sclerosis drug by three months to evaluate the application. Biogen, which was expecting to launch the drug, Plegridy, by mid-2014, said the FDA did not ask for additional studies. Biogen shares closed at $345.60 on Monday on the Nasdaq.

  • U.S. consumer inflation muted despite food price spike Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 | 8:30 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, March 18- U.S. consumer prices rose marginally in February, but the lack of inflation pressures will probably not dissuade the Federal Reserve from dialing back its monetary stimulus. The Labor Department said on Tuesday its Consumer Price Index nudged up 0.1 percent as a decline in gasoline prices offset an increase in the cost of food.

  • March 17- Staar Surgical Co said an independent advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration recommended marketing approval for its implantable lens, bringing it closer to a long-awaited U.S. launch and sending the company's shares up 27 percent.

  • FDA panel backs Staar Surgical's implantable lens Monday, 17 Mar 2014 | 9:21 AM ET

    March 17- Staar Surgical Co said an independent advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended marketing approval for its implantable vision-correction lens, sending the company's shares up 22 percent in premarket trade on Monday.

  • *China in focus after alarming markets with bond default. *Sanctions on Russia could hurt the West as well. Federal Reserve meeting and Western sanctions on Russia will give financial markets plenty of pause for thought in the week to come but it could be China that sets the economic weather.

  • WASHINGTON, March 14- U.S. producer prices fell in February, reinforcing the view that minimal inflation pressures could keep the Federal Reserve from raising interest rates for quite some time. The Labor Department said on Friday its seasonally adjusted producer price index for final demand dropped 0.1 percent last month.