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  • Credit-easing steps by central banks, at a glance Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 5:35 PM ET

    On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve signaled that it plans to keep a key interest rate at a record low because a broad range of U.S. economic measures remain subpar. Earlier in the day, investors were cheered by news reports that China's central bank would inject a total of 500 billion yuan into the five biggest state banks over three months.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 17- The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a stop-gap spending measure that averts an Oct. 1 government shutdown and extends the U.S. Export-Import Bank's ability to operate for another nine months.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 17- The U.S. consumer watchdog on Wednesday announced plans to scrutinize big non-bank auto finance companies for the first time, citing concerns about how the lenders market car loans and collect on debts.

  • Steel Dynamics gives solid 3Q forecast Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 5:27 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Steel Dynamics forecast a strong third-quarter profit on Wednesday, citing increased shipments and solid demand from key markets. Steel Dynamics bought the Ohio mini-mill from Russian steelmaker OAO Severstal for $1.63 billion.

  • Amazon founder's firm to build new rocket engines Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 5:25 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos plans to build a rocket engine that would eventually replace the Russian mainstay used in many American unmanned launches. Some experts worry that tensions over Ukraine might interrupt the supply of Russian engines, but alliance chief Tory Bruno said that's not a problem.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 17- PBF Energy plans to begin an over month-long, refinery-wide maintenance shutdown of its 160,000 barrel-a-day facility in Toledo, Ohio, on Oct. 10, according to a person familiar with the refinery's operations.

  • How the Dow Jones industrial average did Wednesday Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 5:20 PM ET

    NEW YORK— The stock market rose Wednesday after the Federal Reserve told investors to expect low interest rates for a while yet, pushing the Dow Jones industrial average to a record high. The Fed statement put to rest an anxious waiting game among investors that has left the Standard& Poor's 500 index moving between small gains and losses for a week.

  • AP Top Financial News At 5:20 p.m. EDT Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 5:20 PM ET

    Fed signals plan to keep key rate at record low Fed increases estimate for key rate at end of 2015 Yellen: Fed balance sheet to take years to shrink Dow closes at record after Fed keeps rates intact US homebuilder confidence soars in September US consumer prices fall 0.2 percent in August Only 4 states will see cuts to food stamps 5 things small businesses need to know this fall FedEx to add 50,000 seasonal jobs Family Dollar opposes Dollar General overture

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 5:20 p.m. EDT Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 5:20 PM ET

    Fed signals it plans to keep key interest rate at record low for considerable period US Federal Reserve policymakers considering a slightly faster rate rise in 2015 Federal Reserve balance sheet could return to normal at end of decade, Yellen says Dow closes at record high after the Federal Reserve decides to keep record-low rates intact 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 INSIDE WASHINGTON: Only 4 states will see food stamp cuts after states thwart reductions 5 things small business owners need to be on top of include health care, Internet security FedEx 1 Q profit, sales top expectations; company will hire 50,000 seasonal workers Family Dollar board recommends shareholders reject Dollar General's tender offer

  • *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.

  • Sept 17- Two Republican lawmakers on Wednesday asked a U.S. labor agency for more information about a recent finding that fast-food chain McDonald's Corp could be held liable for the labor practices of franchisees, a view that has alarmed many businesses.

  • Sept 17- Apple Inc said a bug in its HealthKit health and fitness application platform prevented its release along with the launch of its iOS 8 operating system for iPhones and iPads. HealthKit gathers data such as blood pressure and weight from various health apps on Apple devices, and can be viewed by doctors at one place.

  • NYSE to provide operational updates for Alibaba IPO Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 5:08 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Sept 17- The New York Stock Exchange said on Wednesday it will hold an industry conference call to provide operational updates for the Alibaba Group Holding Ltd initial public offering. The call will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Friday and is for members of the trading, technology and operations segments of the industry.

  • Figures on government spending and debt Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 5:07 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Figures on government spending and debt.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 17- The U.S. Senate's top Democratic and Republican tax law writers on Wednesday both urged colleagues to renew a set of expired federal tax breaks, many of which support renewable energy. "We are optimistic that Congress will pass tax extenders," said David Ward, spokesman for the American Wind Energy Association.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 17- The U.S. consumer watchdog on Wednesday announced plans to scrutinize big non-bank auto finance companies for the first time, citing concerns about how the lenders market car loans and collect on debts.

  • 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.

  • Taxi group seeks to stop Uber, Lyft in New Mexico Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 4:56 PM ET

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— A group of taxi and limousine operators has filed a lawsuit seeking to stop ride-sharing services from operating in New Mexico. The Public Regulation Commission which regulates taxis and limos previously ruled that Lyft and Uber were in violation of state law.

  • Bug delays Apple's HealthKit availability on iOS 8 Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 4:56 PM ET

    Sept 17- Apple Inc said it found a bug in HealthKit, delaying the healthcare application platform's availability on the iPhone maker's iOS 8 operating systems. "We're working quickly to have the bug fixed in a software update and have HealthKit apps available by the end of the month," a company spokesperson said in an email on Wednesday.

  • AP Top Financial News At 4:44 p.m. EDT Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 4:44 PM ET

    Fed signals plan to keep key rate at record low Fed increases estimate for key rate at end of 2015 Yellen: Fed balance sheet to take years to shrink Dow closes at record after Fed keeps rates intact US homebuilder confidence soars in September US consumer prices fall 0.2 percent in August Only 4 states will see cuts to food stamps 5 things small businesses need to know this fall FedEx to add 50,000 seasonal jobs Family Dollar opposes Dollar General overture