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  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 12:20 p.m. EDT Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 12:20 PM ET

    Confidence among US homebuilders surges to nearly 9- year high on stronger sales outlook US consumer prices fall 0.2 percent in August, first drop in 16 months, as energy costs dip US stocks rise at midday, ahead of Fed statement on rates; DuPont, FedEx surge Financial markets watching for 2 words as clues to Fed's intentions on rates INSIDE WASHINGTON: Only 4 states will see food stamp cuts after states thwart reductions FedEx 1 Q profit, sales top expectations; company will hire 50,000 seasonal workers US current account trade deficit narrows to $98.5 billion in second quarter, down 3.5 percent Alibaba post-IPO' partnership' structure helps founder, insiders retain control Sony forecasts loss of $2.1 billion, cancels dividend after cutting value of mobile business US Steel shares jump after steelmaker says it expects significant improvement in 3rd quarter

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 12:06 p.m. EDT Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 12:06 PM ET

    Confidence among US homebuilders surges to nearly 9- year high on stronger sales outlook US consumer prices fall 0.2 percent in August, first drop in 16 months, as energy costs dip US stocks rise at midday, ahead of Fed statement on rates; DuPont, FedEx surge Financial markets watching for 2 words as clues to Fed's intentions on rates INSIDE WASHINGTON: Only 4 states will see food stamp cuts after states thwart reductions FedEx 1 Q profit, sales top expectations; company will hire 50,000 seasonal workers US current account trade deficit narrows to $98.5 billion in second quarter, down 3.5 percent Alibaba post-IPO' partnership' structure helps founder, insiders retain control Sony forecasts loss of $2.1 billion, cancels dividend after cutting value of mobile business US Steel shares jump after steelmaker says it expects significant improvement in 3rd quarter

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 12:05 p.m. EDT Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 12:05 PM ET

    Confidence among US homebuilders surges to nearly 9- year high on stronger sales outlook US consumer prices fall 0.2 percent in August, first drop in 16 months, as energy costs dip US stocks rise at midday, ahead of Fed statement on rates; DuPont, FedEx surge Financial markets watching for 2 words as clues to Fed's intentions on rates FedEx 1 Q profit, sales top expectations; company will hire 50,000 seasonal workers US current account trade deficit narrows to $98.5 billion in second quarter, down 3.5 percent Alibaba post-IPO' partnership' structure helps founder, insiders retain control Sony forecasts loss of $2.1 billion, cancels dividend after cutting value of mobile business US Steel shares jump after steelmaker says it expects significant improvement in 3rd quarter Family Dollar board recommends shareholders reject Dollar General's tender offer

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At Noon EDT Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 11:57 AM ET

    US stocks inch higher in morning trading ahead of Fed statement on rates; DuPont, FedEx surge Confidence among US homebuilders surges to nearly 9- year high on stronger sales outlook US consumer prices fall 0.2 percent in August, first drop in 16 months, as energy costs dip Financial markets watching for 2 words as clues to Fed's intentions on rates FedEx 1 Q profit, sales top expectations; company will hire 50,000 seasonal workers US current account trade deficit narrows to $98.5 billion in second quarter, down 3.5 percent Alibaba post-IPO' partnership' structure helps founder, insiders retain control Sony forecasts loss of $2.1 billion, cancels dividend after cutting value of mobile business US Steel shares jump after steelmaker says it expects significant improvement in 3rd quarter Family Dollar board recommends shareholders reject Dollar General's tender offer

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 11:45 a.m. EDT Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 11:45 AM ET

    US stocks inch higher in morning trading ahead of Fed statement on rates; DuPont, FedEx surge Confidence among US homebuilders surges to nearly 9- year high on stronger sales outlook US consumer prices fall 0.2 percent in August, first drop in 16 months, as energy costs dip Financial markets watching for 2 words as clues to Fed's intentions on rates FedEx 1 Q profit, sales top expectations; company will hire 50,000 seasonal workers US current account trade deficit narrows to $98.5 billion in second quarter, down 3.5 percent Alibaba post-IPO' partnership' structure helps founder, insiders retain control Sony forecasts loss of $2.1 billion, cancels dividend after cutting value of mobile business US Steel shares jump after steelmaker says it expects significant improvement in 3rd quarter Family Dollar board recommends shareholders reject Dollar General's tender offer

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 11:39 a.m. EDT Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 11:39 AM ET

    US stocks inch higher in morning trading ahead of Fed statement on rates; DuPont, FedEx surge Confidence among US homebuilders surges to nearly 9- year high on stronger sales outlook US consumer prices fall 0.2 percent in August, first drop in 16 months, as energy costs dip Financial markets watching for 2 words as clues to Fed's intentions on rates FedEx 1 Q profit, sales top expectations; company will hire 50,000 seasonal workers US current account trade deficit narrows to $98.5 billion in second quarter, down 3.5 percent Alibaba post-IPO' partnership' structure helps founder, insiders retain control Sony forecasts loss of $2.1 billion, cancels dividend after cutting value of mobile business US Steel shares jump after steelmaker says it expects significant improvement in 3rd quarter Family Dollar board recommends shareholders reject Dollar General's tender offer

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 11:22 a.m. EDT Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 11:22 AM ET

    US stocks inch higher in morning trading ahead of Fed statement on rates; DuPont, FedEx surge Confidence among US homebuilders surges to nearly 9- year high on stronger sales outlook US consumer prices fall 0.2 percent in August, first drop in 16 months, as energy costs dip Financial markets watching for 2 words as clues to Fed's intentions on rates FedEx 1 Q profit, sales top expectations; company will hire 50,000 seasonal workers US current account trade deficit narrows to $98.5 billion in second quarter, down 3.5 percent Alibaba post-IPO' partnership' structure helps founder, insiders retain control Sony forecasts loss of $2.1 billion, cancels dividend after cutting value of mobile business US Steel shares jump after steelmaker says it expects significant improvement in 3rd quarter Family Dollar board recommends shareholders reject Dollar General's tender offer

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 11:16 a.m. EDT Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 11:16 AM ET

    US stocks move higher in morning trading ahead of Fed statement on rates; DuPont, FedEx surge Confidence among US homebuilders surges to nearly 9- year high on stronger sales outlook US consumer prices fall 0.2 percent in August, first drop in 16 months, as energy costs dip Financial markets watching for 2 words as clues to Fed's intentions on rates FedEx 1 Q profit, sales top expectations; company will hire 50,000 seasonal workers US current account trade deficit narrows to $98.5 billion in second quarter, down 3.5 percent Alibaba post-IPO' partnership' structure helps founder, insiders retain control Sony forecasts loss of $2.1 billion, cancels dividend after cutting value of mobile business US Steel shares jump after steelmaker says it expects significant improvement in 3rd quarter Family Dollar board recommends shareholders reject Dollar General's tender offer

  • US Steel shares jump after 3Q outlook update Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 11:16 AM ET

    The Pittsburgh company said it expects a big improvement in its third-quarter operating income from its reportable segments and other businesses. Steel said it will provide about $165 million in secured, debtor-in-possession financing to U.S. Steel Canada Inc., which will allow the business to continue operating as it explores the restructuring.

  • *DuPont shares up 4 pct. Sept 17- Activist investor Nelson Peltz's Trian Fund Management LP urged DuPont to separate its high-growth businesses from the more cyclical ones, blaming the company's conglomerate structure for its "underperformance."

  • Early Glance: Chemicals companies Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 10:29 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies are up at 10 a.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. rose$. 90 or 1.7 percent, to $54.38. DuPont Co. rose $2.92 or 4.4 percent, to $68.75.

  • Early Glance: Coal companies Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 10:29 AM ET

    Arch Coal rose$. 06 or 2.2 percent, to $2.83. Consol Energy Inc. rose$. 31 or. 8 percent, to $39.14. Peabody Energy rose$. 01 or. 1 percent, to $14.48.

  • Early Glance: Silver companies Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 10:29 AM ET

    Hecla Mining Co. rose$. 03 or. 9 percent, to $2.90. Pan American Silver Corp. rose$. 09 or. 7 percent, to $12.80. Silver Standard Resources Inc. fell$. 06 or. 8 percent, to $7.42.

  • Early Glance: Gold companies Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 10:29 AM ET

    Barrick Gold Corp. fell$. 03 or. 2 percent, to $16.54. GoldCorp. fell$. 09 or. 4 percent, to $25.22. Newmont Mining Corp. fell$. 09 or. 4 percent, to $24.95.

  • Nucor said on Monday it would buy Gallatin Steel, the U.S. joint venture between ArcelorMittal and Gerdau, for $770 million to expand into flat-rolled steel market in the growing pipe and tube business. In the current quarter ending Sept. 30, Nucor also expects to gain from write down of assets and high levels of imports due to downward pressure on pricing.

  • Steelmaker Nucor forecasts higher third-quarter profit Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 9:14 AM ET

    Sept 17- Steelmaker Nucor Corp said it expects higher third-quarter profit, citing a rise in profitability from some steel products. The company forecast third-quarter profit of 70- 75 cents per share. It posted a profit of 46 cents per share for the third quarter last year.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 17- Auxilium Pharmaceuticals shares surged in brisk premarket trading Wednesday, a day after receiving an unsolicited offer from Endo International. Analysts said the offer could complicate Auxilium's buyout of Canadian eye drug maker QLT Inc, whose U.S. shares were down 11.3 percent in light trading.

  • LONDON, Sept 17- Indonesia's tin exports slumped to a one-year low of 3,595 tonnes in August. And they are set to fall further in September. This sort of price support action from Indonesia is becoming part and parcel of the global tin market.

  • *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.

  • Activist investor Peltz seeks DuPont breakup: Report Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 6:15 AM ET

    Activist investor Nelson Peltz's Trian Fund Management has called for a break up of DuPont, The Wall Street Journal reported.

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