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  • *Cablevision jumps after Altice deal. Sept 17- Wall Street was little changed in early trading on Thursday, with investors reluctant to trade aggressively ahead of the Federal Reserve's interest rate decision later in the day. The Fed will announce the outcome of its policy meeting and release its latest economic projections at 2 p.m. ET, followed by a news...

  • *Forecasts profit of $0.12- $0.19/ shr. Sept 17- Drugstore chain operator Rite Aid Corp cut its full-year forecasts for total earnings and drugstore sales, citing lower pharmacy reimbursements and expenses related to its $2 billion acquisition of pharmacy benefit manager EnvisionRx. Rite Aid shares fell nearly 9 percent in morning trading on Thursday.

  • LONDON, Sept 17- Small and medium-sized oil companies, squeezed by the oil price slump, may have to raise expensive new finance, sell assets or seek new investors to plug any funding gaps as banks tighten up on lending. Many of these companies have already cut spending and axed thousands of jobs following a more than halving in the oil price to around $50 a barrel...

  • *Fed to release policy statement at 2 p.m. EDT. NEW YORK, Sept 17- U.S. medium- and long-dated Treasury yields dipped on Thursday and two-year yields held near multi-year highs on trader expectations that the Federal Reserve could hike interest rates for the first time since 2006 later today. "The fact that you're seeing a muted reaction is reflecting the turmoil...

  • SANTIAGO, Sept 17- Chile's state oil company ENAP said on Thursday its two oil refineries were working toward normalizing operations after a strong earthquake and tsunami alert forced workers to temporarily evacuate the prior night.

  • FOREX-Dollar on the defensive ahead of Fed rate decision Thursday, 17 Sep 2015 | 10:19 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Sept 17- The dollar eased on Thursday ahead of a much-anticipated policy decision by the Federal Reserve, which many expect to hold off raising U.S. interest rates due to global economic weakness and low inflation. Despite prospects of a delay in the Fed's rate hike on Thursday, Thierry Albert Wizman, interest rates and currency strategist at Macquarie...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 17- Congress must act soon to extend a Dec. 31 rail safety deadline or risk major disruptions to the U.S. economy, the Republican chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee said on Thursday. "We cannot wait until the last minute to act. I believe, absent congressional action, we will begin to see the effects of the deadline four to six weeks prior to the...

  • UPDATE 1-Verizon says earnings may "plateau" in 2016 Thursday, 17 Sep 2015 | 10:16 AM ET

    Sept 17- Verizon Communications Inc said earnings may "plateau" next year as consumers are driving changes to its wireless business model and the telecom company forays into new markets such as mobile video amid stiff competition. "Although consumer demand is disrupting Verizon's traditional business models, the company is transforming around the...

  • Sept 17- Factory activity in the U.S. mid-Atlantic region contracted unexpectedly in September for the first time since February 2014, a survey showed on Thursday. The survey covers factories in eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware. It is seen as one of the first monthly indicators of the health of U.S. manufacturing, leading up to the national...

  • U.S. job gains through March revised down 208,000 Thursday, 17 Sep 2015 | 10:09 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Sept 17- The U.S. economy likely created 208,000 fewer jobs in the 12 months through March than previously estimated, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The reading is a preliminary estimate of the department's annual "benchmark" revision to closely watched payrolls data. Once a year, the government compares its non-farm payrolls data, based on...

  • SANTIAGO, Sept 17- Chile's state copper miner Codelco said it has restarted operations on Thursday at its open-pit Andina mine, which lies in the Andes mountains north-east of capital city Santiago, following a massive quake the prior night.

  • SENATE COMMERCE CHAIRMAN SAYS DEC 31 PTC SAFETY DEADLINE COULD BEGIN TO AFFECT RAIL SERVICE IN MID-NOVEMBER UNLESS CONGRESS ACTS.

  • U.S. SENATE COMMERCE CHAIRMAN THUNE SAYS CONGRESS MUST EXTEND RAILROAD SAFETY DEADLINE TO AVERT LARGE SCALE ECONOMIC DISRUPTION.

  • *Gold posted biggest gain in nearly a month on Wednesday. *Fed Chair Janet Yellen holds news conference at 1830 GMT. LONDON, Sept 17- Gold eased on Thursday after its biggest one-day jump in a month ahead of a Federal Reserve policy decision that has investors divided on whether it will raise U.S. interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade.

  • SANTIAGO, Sept 17- Antofagasta Plc said it is inspecting the installations of its flagship Los Pelambres copper mine and expects to progressively restart operations in the coming hours after a strong quake Wednesday night in central Chile forced it to suspend activities. Antofagasta said that its port infrastructure in the coastal city of Los Vilos was not...

  • LONDON, Sept 17- Oil steadied on Thursday as a lower dollar and strong U.S. employment data balanced weak Japanese trade figures which sounded alarm bells over the prospects for global growth. North Sea Brent crude was down 15 cents at $49.60 a barrel by 1345 GMT, after hitting an early high of $50.14. U.S. light crude oil was up 20 cents at $47.35 a barrel.

  • *Cablevision jumps after Altice deal. Sept 17- Wall Street was little changed at the open on Thursday, with investors reluctant to trade ahead of the Federal Reserve's interest rate decision later in the day. The Fed will announce the outcome of its policy meeting and release its latest economic projections at 2 p.m. ET, followed by a news conference by Chair Janet...

  • *8.3 magnitude quake hits 280 km north of Santiago. ILLAPEL, Chile, Sept 17- Residents picked through the rubble of destroyed buildings in central Chile on Thursday after a magnitude 8.3 earthquake killed eight people and sent powerful waves barreling into coastal areas, forcing more than 1 million people from their homes. The latest quake and the heavy waves...

  • Sept 17- Facebook Inc said it would launch a service that will let advertisers pay for ads only when they are scrolled through from top to bottom on its news feed. The new service, called "100 percent in-view impressions," will include text, photo, link and video ads, the company said in a blog post on Thursday. Facebook, which bought Instagram in 2012 for $1 billion,...

  • JUDGE ALISON NATHAN IN MANHATTAN FEDERAL COURT AT 3 PM EDT.