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  • Sterling hits 2-yr high versus euro as Scotland votes Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 9:44 AM ET

    LONDON, Sept 18- Sterling rose on Thursday, hitting a two-year peak against the euro and a near two-week high against the dollar on growing expectations that Scotland will vote to stay within the United Kingdom. Thursday's vote on whether Scotland will opt for independence or not closes at 10 p.m. and the first trends are likely to come out a few hours after that.

  • NEW DELHI, Sept 18- India urged the Group of 20 nations on Thursday to consider creating currency swap lines to mitigate the impact on emerging economies of the expected withdrawal of the U.S.

  • US stocks buoyed after Fed continues low rates Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 9:41 AM ET

    NEW YORK— U.S. stocks are opening higher a day after the Federal Reserve made clear it would keep interest rates at record lows for a while. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 29 points, or 0.2 percent, to 17,186 in early trading Thursday, building on an all-time closing high from the day before.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 9:41 a.m. EDT Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 9:41 AM ET

    US stock market rises early after Fed signals low rates will continue for a while US home construction down 14.4 percent in August; fewer ground breakings for apartments Excitement, anxiety mount a day before Scotland votes on independence Should we stay or should we go?

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 9:40 a.m. EDT Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 9:40 AM ET

    US home construction down 14.4 percent in August; fewer ground breakings for apartments Excitement, anxiety mount a day before Scotland votes on independence Should we stay or should we go?

  • UPDATE 1-Penn West says revamping accounting practices Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 9:40 AM ET

    Sept 18- Canadian oil producer Penn West Petroleum Ltd said it was strengthening its accounting practices after a review uncovered irregularities that forced to company to restate some of its prior results.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 9:29 a.m. EDT Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 9:29 AM ET

    US home construction down 14.4 percent in August; fewer ground breakings for apartments Excitement, anxiety mount a day before Scotland votes on independence Should we stay or should we go?

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 9:28 a.m. EDT Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 9:28 AM ET

    US home construction down 14.4 percent in August; fewer ground breakings for apartments Excitement, anxiety mount a day before Scotland votes on independence Should we stay or should we go?

  • AP Top Financial News At 9:28 a.m. EDT Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 9:28 AM ET

    US home construction drops 14.4 percent in August Emotions mount on final day of Scottish campaign Scotland's independence vote puts UK union on edge World stocks higher after Fed, as Scotland votes Alibaba symbol of China's new tech giants Yellen says US families need to boost savings Weak uptake for new eurozone stimulus program Ireland economy grows 7.7 percent, leads eurozone ConAgra beats Street 1 Q forecasts Rite Aid beats Street 2 Q forecasts

  • pct at $7.65 premarket; set for best day since November 2008. **Posts Q2 profit of 29 Canadian cents per share, compared to a loss of 11 Canadian cents a year earlier. **Toronto- listed stock down about 10 pct since the company uncovered accounting irregularities in July.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 9:22 a.m. EDT Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 9:22 AM ET

    US home construction down 14.4 percent in August; fewer ground breakings for apartments Excitement, anxiety mount a day before Scotland votes on independence Should we stay or should we go?

  • AP Top Financial News At 9:22 a.m. EDT Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 9:22 AM ET

    US home construction drops 14.4 percent in August Emotions mount on final day of Scottish campaign Scotland's independence vote puts UK union on edge World stocks higher after Fed, as Scotland votes Alibaba symbol of China's new tech giants Yellen says US families need to boost savings Weak uptake for new eurozone stimulus program Irish economy bounces back strongly, up 7.7 pct ConAgra beats Street 1 Q forecasts Rite Aid beats Street 2 Q forecasts

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 9:20 a.m. EDT Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 9:20 AM ET

    US home construction down 14.4 percent in August; fewer ground breakings for apartments Excitement, anxiety mount a day before Scotland votes on independence Should we stay or should we go?

  • AP Top Financial News At 9:20 a.m. EDT Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 9:20 AM ET

    US home construction drops 14.4 percent in August Emotions mount on final day of Scottish campaign Scotland's independence vote puts UK union on edge World stocks higher after Fed, as Scotland votes Alibaba symbol of China's new tech giants Yellen says US families need to boost savings Weak uptake for new eurozone stimulus program Irish economy bounces back strongly, up 7.7 pct ConAgra beats Street 1 Q forecasts Rite Aid beats Street 2 Q forecasts

  • Sept 18- Rite Aid Corp, the third-largest U.S. drugstore chain, cut its full-year profit forecast for the second time, citing lower margins in its pharmacy business, sending its shares down 11 percent in premarket trading.

  • IHS, whose businesses include Cambridge Energy Research Associates and technology market research firm iSuppli, raised its revenue forecast to $2.23 billion- $2.24 billion for the full year ending Nov. 30, from its previous range of $2.17 billion- $2.23 billion.

  • How states fared on unemployment benefit claims Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 9:15 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Substantially fewer people sought unemployment benefits last week, which often points to employers feeling more confident about the economy and hiring more workers.

  • *Jobless claims fell 36,000 last week. WASHINGTON, Sept 18- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, suggesting that a sharp slowdown in job growth last month was probably an aberration.

  • Inland American to sell 52 hotels for $1.1 billion Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 9:10 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Inland American Real Estate Trust Inc., which is in the process of spinning off its hotel business, said Thursday that is selling 52 of its hotels to a joint venture for about $1.1 billion. The buyers are real estate investment trusts NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. and Chatham Lodging Trust.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 9:07 a.m. EDT Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 9:07 AM ET

    US home construction down 14.4 percent in August; fewer ground breakings for apartments Excitement, anxiety mount a day before Scotland votes on independence Should we stay or should we go?