Government Agencies


  • NEW YORK, Sept 18- The dollar hit a more than six-year peak against the yen on Thursday on data showing U.S. jobless claims fell more than expected last week, while global equity markets rallied after the Federal Reserve again pledged to keep interest rates low.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 18- The U.S. Federal Reserve on Thursday disciplined a U.S. unit of Spanish bank Santander after it paid out a dividend that the central bank had not approved. "Santander Consumer declared a cash dividend on its common stock payable in the second quarter of 2014, which was not specifically authorized in advance by the Federal Reserve," the Fed said.

  • U.S. Federal Reserve takes enforcement against Santander Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 11:22 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Sept 18- The U.S. Federal Reserve on Thursday took an enforcement against a U.S. unit of Spanish bank Santander, saying the bank should not pay out dividends without prior written approval.

  • Sept 18- An erectile dysfunction drug that reduces by half the time patients need to take the pill before sexual activity has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 18- U.S. stock index futures were higher in light volume on Thursday, setting up the S&P 500 to test resistance at its record high, a day after the Federal Reserve said interest rates would remain low for a considerable while.

  • LONDON, Sept 18- Gold touched its lowest level in 8-1/ 2 months on Thursday as the dollar jumped to a four-year peak after the Federal Reserve indicated it could raise borrowing costs faster than expected when it starts moving.

  • *Scotland's independence vote next focus, sterling volatility jumps. LONDON, Sept 18- The dollar began European trading on Thursday almost 1.5 percent higher against the yen than 24 hours earlier, after the Federal Reserve sent another shock through the global financial system by raising its projections on future interest rates.

  • MELBOURNE, Sept 18- London copper slipped on Thursday after the Federal Reserve reaffirmed rates will stay low in the short term but suggested hikes may follow more quickly when they do arrive, pushing up the dollar and cutting the price of commodities.

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 18- Gold tumbled to its lowest in 8-1/ 2 months on Thursday as the dollar index traded near a four-year peak after the Federal Reserve signalled that a faster hike in U.S. interest rates might be on the horizon. *Gold has dropped for five sessions in the last seven as any rise in rates would dim the appeal of non-interest-bearing assets such as bullion.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to Sept 30 Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    DALLAS- Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher moderates panel, "Perspectives on the Fed's Role in International Crises" before a conference hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas- 2100 GMT.

  • Sept 17- The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday gave final approval to new genetically modified corn and soybeans developed by Dow AgroSciences that, while heavily criticized by environmentalists and some farmers, are portrayed by Dow as an answer to weed resistance problems that limit crop production.

  • *Loose Fed policy likely to remain until well into 2017. WASHINGTON, Sept 17- Federal Reserve officials nudged their expected path of interest rate increases higher on Wednesday, but did little to change the outlook for a long slow climb back up to normal monetary policy.

  • Sept 17- Testosterone replacement therapies should be reserved for men with specific medical conditions that impair function of the testicles, an advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration concluded on Wednesday. The FDA is not obliged to follow the advice of its advisory panels but typically does so.

  • *SPDR Gold Trust holdings fall. NEW YORK, Sept 17- Gold prices fell more than 1 percent to fresh eight-month lows on Wednesday as the dollar rallied and investors worried about forecasts that the U.S. That's what the market is looking at despite a pretty even, perhaps dovish result and presser, "said Tai Wong, director, metals trading at BMO Capital Markets in New York.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 17- Stock markets around the world closed with modest gains on Wednesday after the U.S. The dollar hit a 14- month high and the benchmark U.S. 10- year Treasury note yield hit its highest level since July 7 after the Fed's projections suggested that some officials see rates rising more quickly than the U.S. central bank projected three months ago.

  • 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.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 17- U.S. stocks ended up on Wednesday, with the Dow at a record high, after the U.S. Federal Reserve renewed its pledge to keep interest rates near zero for a "considerable time" and repeated its concerns about slack in the labor market, standing firm against calls to overhaul its policy statement.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 17- The popular online review site Yelp and the maker of children's mobile device apps including Tiny Pets and Tiny Monsters have separately agreed to settle charges that they improperly collected kids' information online, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday.

  • *Fed rate projections show faster rate hikes. NEW YORK, Sept 17- The dollar jumped to a six-year high against the yen on Wednesday while the euro tumbled from five-month peaks after forecasts from the Federal Reserve showed a faster pace of rate hikes over the next few years than initially projected in June.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 17- U.S. stock were adding to gains on Wednesday, with indexes hitting session highs in the wake of a Federal Reserve statement that followed a two-day policy meeting. The central bank renewed a pledge to keep interest rates near zero for a "considerable time."