World Markets Indexes

  • NEW YORK, Jan 18- The S&P 500 ended a choppy session slightly higher on Wednesday, helped by a rise in financials after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said it "makes sense" to gradually lift interest rates. The S&P financials index rose 0.8 percent, adding to gains late in the session following Yellen's remarks to the Commonwealth Club of California in San...

  • TORONTO, Jan 18- Canada's main stock index fell on Wednesday as energy stocks weighed with a fall in oil prices and as uranium producer Cameco Corp plunged on a negative outlook. "The drop today certainly looks like an over-exaggeration to their announcement," said Michael Sprung, president at Sprung Investment Management Inc.. An interest rate cut remains on the...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 18- The U.S. dollar rose and stocks also gained ground on Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen suggested the U.S. central bank was ready to raise interest rates quickly this year. "It just adds to the Fed's story and an argument that the economy is ready to weather interest rate hikes," said John Doyle, director of markets at Tempus Inc in...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 18- The S&P 500 ended a choppy session slightly higher on Wednesday helped by a rise in financials after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said it "makes sense" to gradually lift interest rates. The S&P financials index rose 0.8 percent, adding to gains late in the session following Yellen's remarks to the Commonwealth Club of California in San...

  • TORONTO, Jan 18- Canada's main stock index closed lower on Wednesday, hurt by a 17 percent fall in shares of uranium producer Cameco Corp after a profit warning and as lower oil prices weighed on energy companies.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 18- The S&P 500 ended a choppy session slightly higher on Wednesday, helped by gains in financials following comments by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen that it "makes sense" to gradually lift interest rates.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 18- The U.S. dollar edged higher and stocks gained ground on Wednesday after the top U.S. monetary policy official spoke, but investors voiced caution over how U.S. policy will develop under Donald Trump's presidency two days before his inauguration. Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen were released and after U.S. inflation data.

  • Jan 18- The S&P 500 was flat in afternoon trading on Wednesday as a drop in oil prices weighed on the energy sector while financials rose, mostly retracing some of the previous session's losses. UnitedHealth, which has risen more than 10 percent since the election, was off 2.1 percent at $157.32 after reporting results on Tuesday. A frenetic post-election rally in...

  • *Europe- wide index and Wall Street stocks flat. NEW YORK, Jan 18- U.S. dollar recovered some ground on Wednesday while stocks posted modest losses, with investors still voicing caution over how U.S. policy will develop under Donald Trump's presidency days ahead of his inauguration. While Wall Street has been betting on Trump's promises of lower taxes, lighter...

  • The S&P 500 rose 4 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,271.89. Slightly more stocks rose on the New York Stock Exchange than fell. The S&P 500 is up 6.2 percent since Donald Trump's surprise victory of the White House, driven higher by expectations for lower corporate taxes and less regulation.

  • TORONTO, Jan 18- Canada's main stock index fell on Wednesday as energy stocks weighed with a fall in oil prices and uranium producer Cameco Corp plunged on a negative outlook. Goldcorp Inc advanced 1.2 percent to C $20.01 and First Quantum Minerals Ltd rose 1.4 percent to C $17, with gold just off an eight-week high and copper steadying after a sharp fall in the...

  • Jan 18- The Dow Jones Industrial Average was lower for the fourth straight trading day on Wednesday, while the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq were little changed, ahead of Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's speech. Investors are also awaiting President-elect Donald Trump's inaugural speech on Friday to gain more insight into his plans for the U.S. economy.

  • Steel maker Nucor gained 3.7 percent and Fastenal, which sells nuts, bolts and other equipment, jumped 5.8 percent after turning in a strong earnings report. Target fell 5.8 percent, Dollar Tree slumped 2.8 percent and Macy's fell 1.5 percent. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 22 points, or 0.1 percent, to 19,804, held back by a big drop in UnitedHealth.

  • TORONTO, Jan 18- Canada's main stock index slipped in early trade on Wednesday, weighed down by energy stocks as oil prices slid and by a slump in uranium miner Cameco Corp after it warned of a net loss and job cuts. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index was down 42.55 points, or 0.28 percent, at 15,398.81 shortly after the open. Seven of its 10 main...

  • DUBAI, Jan 18- Shares in Saudi Electricity Co weighed on Saudi Arabia's stock market on Wednesday after the company reported a wider net loss for the fourth quarter, while Egypt's index pulled back as local traders booked gains in blue chips. The Saudi equities index edged down 0.3 percent as SEC slumped 3.4 percent after posting a quarterly loss of 2.34 billion...

  • *Fed Chair Yellen set to speak at 3:00 p.m. ET. Jan 18- U.S. stocks looked set to open slightly higher on Wednesday as investors assessed bank earnings and economic data, while awaiting Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's speech. Investors are also awaiting President-elect Donald Trump's inaugural speech on Friday to gain insight into his plans for the U.S....

  • *Futures up: Dow 6 pts, S&P 0.75 pts, Nasdaq 3.75 pts. Jan 18- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Wednesday ahead of another set of big bank earnings and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's speech. *The Trump rally, which drove Wall Street to record highs, has been showing signs of fatigue since the start of the year as investors get increasingly nervous...

  • WINONA, Minn. _ Fastenal Co. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $114.8 million. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 38 cents per share. Fastenal shares have climbed roughly 3 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has risen slightly more than 1...

  • MINNEAPOLIS _ U.S. Bancorp on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $1.48 billion. The average estimate of 12 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 81 cents per share. U.S. Bancorp shares have decreased 2 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has climbed slightly more than 1 percent.

  • LONDON, Jan 18- Emerging stocks rose for a second day on Wednesday but currencies struggled to build on their gains in the wake of recent dollar weakness with South Africa's rand and Turkey's lira coming under renewed pressure. Trump- who will be inaugurated on Friday- had threatened previously to declare China a currency manipulator after taking office.