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  • Dec 3- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Thursday, a day after Wall Street closed sharply lower following hawkish comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen that hardened expectations of an interest rate hike this month. The Fed's next policy meeting is on Dec. 15-16. *Investors also await a meeting of the European Central Bank, which is widely expected...

  • LONDON, Dec 3- Emerging market stocks extended losses on Thursday after the Federal Reserve chief reinforced the case for an interest rate hike while Brazilian assets abroad gained as lawmakers started impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff. MSCI's broadest emerging market index slipped 0.4 percent in its second straight day in the red...

  • Dec 3- Hong Kong stocks weakened on Thursday, as investors assessed the effects of diverging global monetary policies after the market rallied this week on the Chinese yuan's global reserve currency status. The European Central Bank is widely expected to announce more quantitative easing this week, while the U.S. The Hang Seng index fell 0.3 percent, to...

  • SHANGHAI, Dec 3- China stocks rose for the fourth straight day on Thursday, recovering most of last Friday's 5- percent loss, as banking and property heavyweights propped up main indexes, while fears arising from the government's crackdown on brokerages receded. The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 0.7 percent, to...

  • TOKYO, Dec 3- Japanese stocks ended little changed in choppy trade on Thursday as investors were content to adopt a conservative approach before the European Central Bank's policy decision later in the day. The Nikkei share average closed flat at 19,939.90 after a small decline in the morning session was wiped out with help from a softer yen.

  • TOKYO, Dec 3- Asian stocks slipped and the dollar advanced on Thursday after hawkish comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen reinforced the case for an interest rate hike later this month. Spreadbetters saw Britain's FTSE, Germany's DAX and France's CAC opening down in line with Asian stocks. Shares in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore also declined.

  • TAIPEI, Dec 3- Taiwan stocks fell on Thursday as investors continued to stay cautious ahead of the FED's rate decision later this month, paced by declines of heavyweights. Among the most actively traded, Cathay Financial, Taiwan's biggest financial holding firm, slipped 1 percent. The Taiwan dollar firmed T $0.146 to T $32.757 per U.S. dollar.

  • TOKYO, Dec 3- Asian stocks slipped and the dollar advanced on Thursday after hawkish-sounding comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen further reinforced the case for an interest rate hike later this month. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.2 percent, taking an early lead from Wall Street. Japan's Nikkei lost 0.2...

  • MEXICO CITY, Dec 2- Latin American stocks fell on Wednesday after comments from Janet Yellen boosted expectations of a U.S. interest rate hike and oil dipped below $40 a barrel, boding poorly for the region's crude producers. The Fed's next policy meeting is Dec 15-16. Colombia's stock index closed at its lowest level since April 2009 while Mexico's IPC stock...

  • *Yahoo shares jump on reports could sell Internet business. Dec 2- U.S. stocks closed sharply lower on Wednesday after hawkish comments from Janet Yellen boosted expectations of an interest rate hike, and oil dipped below $40 a barrel. Investors also attributed late-day selling to news coverage of a shooting in southern California.

  • *Dollar hits highest since March 2003. NEW YORK, Dec 2- The dollar strengthened on Wednesday and stocks fell on Wall Street, as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signaled a readiness to hike interest rates and U.S. data indicated a solid labor market. "I was a little surprised she sounded as hawkish as she did given we're two days away from the nonfarm payrolls report...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 2- U.S. stocks closed sharply lower on Wednesday as a shooting in southern California added to investor jitters about rising interest rates and oil prices that dipped below $40 a barrel.

  • *Yahoo shares jump on reports could sell Internet business. Dec 2- The Dow and S&P 500 added to losses in late afternoon trading on Wednesday, led by drops in energy shares, after comments by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen suggested the U.S. central bank may be ready to raise rates. Yahoo jumped 5.2 percent to $35.46 after reports the company could sell its core...

  • Dec 2- The S&P 500 and the Dow stayed modestly lower on Wednesday afternoon following comments by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen suggesting the U.S. central bank may be ready to raise rates. In prepared remarks to the Economic Club of Washington, Yellen said she was "looking forward" to a rate hike that will be seen as a testament to the economy's recovery from...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 2- Short sellers shopping for overpriced stocks snapped up shares of beleaguered department store Macys heading into Black Friday. On Wednesday, the New York- based department store chain fell 1.04 percent. Underscoring concerns on Wall Street, 3.4 percent of Macy's outstanding shares had been shorted in mid-November, up from 2.7 percent a...

  • *Dollar hits highest level since March 2003. NEW YORK, Dec 2- The dollar extended gains on Wednesday and stocks dipped on Wall Street, as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signaled a readiness to hike interest rates and investors took in U.S. data that indicated a strengthening labor market. "There could be events I suppose, terrorism or otherwise, that could make...

  • Dec 2- The S&P 500 and the Dow stayed modestly lower Wednesday afternoon following comments by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen that she was "looking forward" to a U.S. interest rate hike. If it is coming as a surprise to you now, you just haven't been following this, "said Rick Meckler, president of LibertyView Capital Management in Jersey City, New Jersey.

  • *Arcelor Mittal falls after Citigroup downgrade. LONDON, Dec 2- A key European benchmark index closed near three-month highs on Wednesday, with expectations of new European Central Bank stimulus measures providing support. "The stock markets are still running up off the back of the euro, and expectations that ECB head Mario Draghi will announce new easing...

  • Dec 2- The S&P 500 and the Dow drifted lower on Wednesday as investors looked for clues from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on the timing of an interest rate increase, but record highs at Alphabet, Amazon and Netflix lifted Nasdaq. Yellen will speak before the Economic Club of Washington at 12:25 p.m. ET. "The preponderance of data seems to support the removal...

  • Dec 2- U.S. stocks opened little changed on Wednesday as investors await Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's speech.