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  • NEW YORK, Oct 29- U.S. stocks were mixed, while the dollar and government bond yields rose on Wednesday, after the Federal Reserve announced the end of its stimulus program in a statement that also noted the improvements in the U.S. labor market. The Fed, as expected, said it will no longer add to its holdings of Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities,...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 29- The Federal Reserve on Wednesday ended its monthly bond purchase program and dropped a characterization of U.S. labor market slack as "significant" in a show of confidence in the economy's prospects. In a statement after a two-day meeting, the central bank largely dismissed recent financial market volatility, dimming growth in Europe and a...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 29- An influential U.S. senator aims to hold a public hearing after secretly recorded conversations between regulators at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and officials at Goldman Sachs raised questions about a too-cozy relationship. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat on the Senate Banking Committee, has not yet confirmed a date. They depicted a team of...

  • *Orbital Sciences slumps after rocket explosion. NEW YORK, Oct 29- U.S. stocks fell on Wednesday, adding to their earlier declines after the Federal Reserve ended its monthly bond purchase program, as had been expected. The U.S. central bank ended its quantitative easing program of bond purchases, which at its peak pumped $85 billion a month into the financial...

  • U.S., BRENT CRUDE FUTURES PARE GAINS AFTER FEDERAL RESERVE ANNOUNCES MONTHLY BOND PURCHASE PROGRAM.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 29- The Federal Reserve on Wednesday ended its monthly bond purchase program and signaled confidence the U.S. economic recovery would remain on track despite signs of a slowdown in many parts of the global economy. The statement largely dismissed recent financial market volatility, dimming growth in Europe and a weak inflation outlook as...

  • *BBVA leads euro zone bank selloff after result miss. LONDON, Oct 29- Southern European shares lagged small gains in pan-European indexes on Wednesday as weak results from heavyweight bank BBVA offset optimism ahead of a Federal Reserve's policy announcement. Spanish bank BBVA fell 4.1 percent as it reported a lower-than-expected net profit for the first...

  • DTCC drops case against U.S. CFTC in row about data Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 11:14 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Oct 29- The U.S. Depository Trust& Clearing Corporation dropped its case against the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in a dispute about access to potentially lucrative trading data, a court document showed on Wednesday. The DTCC and the derivatives regulator had agreed "to the dismissal without prejudice of the remaining causes of action in...

  • LONDON, Oct 29- Gold inched down on Wednesday as investors awaited guidance from the U.S. Gold has benefited from the low interest rates and increased liquidity that have dominated central bank policy in the years after the 2008 financial crisis. Spot gold was down 0.3 percent at $1,223.95 an ounce by 1248 GMT after edging higher on Tuesday.

  • *Investors hope for soothing Fed message. LONDON, Oct 29- World stocks rose on Wednesday, lifted by corporate earnings and expectations that the U.S. Euro zone banking stocks were down almost 2 percent, dragged lower by Germany's biggest lender Deutsche Bank which announced a third-quarter net loss on heavy legal costs.

  • UPDATE 4-Oil rises to $87 ahead of Fed statement Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 7:40 AM ET

    *OPEC sec gen says fundamentals do not reflect low oil price. LONDON, Oct 29- Brent crude oil rose to $87 a barrel on Wednesday as traders anticipated that the Federal Reserve would keep U.S. interest rates low, putting pressure on the dollar. Brent crude for December was up 95 cents at $86.98 a barrel by 1125 GMT, after touching a high above $87.

  • LONDON, Oct 29- Gold steadied near $1,230 an ounce on Wednesday as investors awaited guidance from the U.S. Gold has benefited from the low interest rates and increased liquidity that have dominated central bank policy in the years after the 2008 financial crisis. Spot gold was unchanged at $1,228.00 an ounce by 1045 GMT after edging higher on Tuesday.

  • Hong Kong shares gain on Fed hopes, casino stocks jump Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 4:07 AM ET

    HONG KONG, Oct 29- Hong Kong shares rose, tracking strength in China markets, on anticipation the Federal Reserve later on Wednesday will reinforce signals that it could be a long time before U.S. interest rates rise. The Hang Seng Index unofficially closed up 1.3 percent at 23,819.87 points in its highest close since Sept. 24, while the China Enterprises Index of...

  • Nikkei rises on Fed view, industrial data, GPIF news Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 2:28 AM ET

    TOKYO, Oct 29- Japanese stocks rose 1.5 percent to a three-week high on Wednesday, buoyed by hopes that the U.S. Federal Reserve will reiterate its willingness to wait some time before hiking interest rates and by stronger-than-expected domestic industrial data. Also underpinning sentiment was a Reuters report that Japan's $1.1- trillion public pension...

  • PRECIOUS-Gold holds near $1,230, waiting on Fed Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 8:35 PM ET

    SINGAPORE, Oct 28- Gold hovered near $1,230 an ounce in early deals on Wednesday, clinging to gains from the previous session after demand for U.S.-made capital goods dropped the most in eight months, as investors wait for the outcome of a Federal Reserve meeting. *Spot gold was up 0.1 percent at $1,229.17 an ounce by 0023 GMT, adding to modest gains on Tuesday.

  • *U.S. dollar softens as market braces for dovish message from Fed. SYDNEY, Oct 29- The U.S. dollar was subdued early on Wednesday as investors waited for the latest guidance from the Federal Reserve, while a surprisingly dovish message from Sweden's central bank saw the crown slump to four-year lows. "In our view, the Riksbank's dovish forward guidance has pushed the...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 28- The U.S. government sued AT&T Inc on Tuesday, alleging the No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier sold consumers unlimited data plans but would reduce their Internet speeds once they exceeded a certain amount of data. The Federal Trade Commission said this throttling of Internet feeds was deceptive and that in some cases data speeds were slowed by nearly...

  • *Palladium technicals weak as "death cross" looms. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Oct 28- Gold prices edged higher on Tuesday as softer-than-expected U.S. consumer spending data pressured the dollar, ahead of a closely-watched Federal Reserve policy statement. "The rally after today's durable goods number is somewhat reassuring the Fed meeting this week will not have any...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 28- The dollar fell on Tuesday, as U.S. durable goods and home price data disappointed investors and raised worries about the economy as Federal Reserve officials began a two-day policy meeting. The greenback, while weaker against most major currencies, fared better than the Swedish crown after Sweden's central bank surprised investors by...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 28- The U.S. government filed a lawsuit against AT&T Inc on Tuesday, alleging the No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier sold consumers unlimited data plans but would reduce their Internet speeds once they exceeded a certain amount of data. The Federal Trade Commission said that this "throttling" of Internet feeds was deceptive and that in some cases data...