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  • *Wall Street drops after Fed rate hike as energy sector weighs. NEW YORK, Dec 17- Wall Street led global equity markets lower on Thursday a day after the U.S. "We are seeing some weakness but we are not seeing that hyperbolic fear that we have seen really inform the entire equity trading narrative as a result of crude's collapse," said Peter Kenny, equity market...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St lower as energy, materials stocks drag Thursday, 17 Dec 2015 | 11:29 AM ET

    *FedEx rises after Q3 profit beats view. "The markets have reversed from a higher opening, but that was to be expected after yesterday's surge," said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at First Standard Financial in New York. At 11:02 a.m. ET, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 115.28 points, or 0.65 percent, at 17,633.81, the S&P 500 was down 16.71 points, or...

  • JOHANNESBURG, Dec 17- South African stocks rose to a more than one-week high on Thursday after the United States raised interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade, but a stronger dollar weighed on the battered rand. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's assurances that further tightening would be gradual and dependent on inflation soothed markets...

  • European shares rally after Fed rate hike, Casino slumps Thursday, 17 Dec 2015 | 10:44 AM ET

    *Casino slumps after Muddy Waters note. LONDON/ MILAN, Dec 17- European shares surged on Thursday as investors took the U.S. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was up 1.6 percent by 1530 GMT after climbing to a one-week high, while Germany's DAX, France's CAC and Britain's FTSE 100 rose between 3 to 1 percent.

  • *FedEx rises after Q3 profit beats view. "The Fed really delivered exactly what the market wanted," said Keith Lerner, chief market strategist at SunTrust Bank in Atlanta, Georgia. At 9:40 a.m. ET, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 1.27 points, or 0.01 percent, at 17,747.82, the S&P 500 was down 2.48 points, or 0.12 percent, at 2,070.59 and the Nasdaq Composite...

  • *Fedex rises after Q3 profit beats view. Global markets jumped on Thursday after Fed Chair Janet Yellen assured that further tightening would be gradual and heavily dependent on inflation, which remained firmly below the central bank's 2 percent target. "The Fed really delivered exactly what the market wanted," said Keith Lerner, chief market strategist at...

  • *Fed Chair Janet Yellen strongly hinted at a gradual tightening of monetary policy after Wednesday's rate increase and that the pace of further hikes would depend on inflation, which remained firmly below the central bank's 2 percent target. *Also scheduled for release at the same time is data on third-quarter current account deficit, which is forecast to have...

  • LONDON, Dec 17- World stock markets jumped on Thursday as investors chose to take the first hike U.S. interest rates since 2006 as a mark of confidence in the world's largest economy, also lifting the dollar but piling on the pain for oil prices. After solid gains in Asia, European shares followed with Britain's FTSE 100 1.7 percent higher in early deals.

  • LONDON, Dec 17- European shares surged in early trading on Thursday after investors saw the U.S. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was up 1.8 percent at 1,441.51 points by 0804 GMT after climbing to a one-week high, while Germany's DAX, France's CAC and Britain's FTSE 100 rose 1.4 to 2.1 percent. The new year will once again prove to be quite volatile as...

  • Dec 17- Hong Kong stocks were higher on Thursday, tracking global markets, as the U.S. rate hike ended months of speculation about the Federal Reserve's policy intentions. The Hang Seng index rose 0.8 percent, to 21,872.06, while the China Enterprises Index gained 1.3 percent, to 9,666.52 points. Hong Kong- listed developer Sino-Ocean Land Holdings Ltd said in an...

  • JOHANNESBURG, Dec 17- South Africa's currency weakened on Thursday after the United States central bank raised its key lending rate, while Moody's decision to change its outlook on Pretoria's credit rating to negative also pressured local assets. By 0700 GMT the rand had weakened 0.27 percent to 14.9750 per dollar, giving up some of the gains of the previous two...

  • SHANGHAI, Dec 17- China stocks rallied on Thursday as risk appetite improved after the Federal Reserve raised rates for the first time in nearly a decade, as expected, removing a major source of uncertainty about the U.S. central bank's policy. The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 1.9 percent, to 3,755.89, while the...

  • TOKYO, Dec 17- Japanese stocks rose to a more than one-week high on Thursday, after the U.S. The Nikkei share average ended 1.6 percent higher at 19,353.56, the highest closing level since Dec. 8. "The focus is whether the market and Fed will be on the same page about the next rate hike and beyond," said Masaru Hamasaki, head of market& investment information department at...

  • SYDNEY, Dec 17- Asian stock markets jumped on Thursday as investors chose to take an historic hike in U.S. interest rates as a mark of confidence in the world's largest economy, lifting the dollar and piling on the pain for oil prices. European shares were expected to follow with Britain's FTSE 100 set to open 1.1 percent higher according to IG.

  • *Fed rate decision makes China policy-making easier- investor. *China c.bank forecast eases economic hard landing fears. SHANGHAI, Dec 17- China and Hong Kong stocks rallied on Thursday, tracking global markets on improved risk appetite after the U.S.

  • TOKYO, Dec 17- The dollar rose against the yen and Swiss franc as the first U.S. interest rate hike in nine years coaxed investors to emerge from safe-haven currencies, but traders said hurdles- some psychological- lay in wait before any lasting gain. Following the decision, the dollar rose, shares on Wall Street soared, and the two-year Treasury yield rose to its...

  • "The markets are really hanging onto Janet Yellen's comments about a strengthening economy, particularly in big export countries like Japan, which relies on U.S. consumers to buy its goods," said Gavin Parry, managing director of Parry International Trading. Panasonic Corp gained 1.5 percent while Bridgestone Corp climbed 3.3 percent and Toyota Motor Corp...

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks, dollar climb as Fed lifts off Wednesday, 16 Dec 2015 | 9:29 PM ET

    SYDNEY, Dec 17- Asian stock markets jumped on Thursday as investors chose to take an historic hike in U.S. interest rates as a mark of confidence in the world's largest economy, lifting the dollar and piling on the pain for oil prices. China also allowed its currency slip for a 10th straight session to hit its lowest since June 2011. "The Fed will be absolutely...

  • Taiwan stocks rise after Fed rate hike; banks, techs up Wednesday, 16 Dec 2015 | 8:34 PM ET

    TAIPEI, Dec 17- Taiwan stocks rose 1 percent on Thursday, led by gains in banks and technology exporters, as investors chose to take a historic hike in U.S. interest rates as a mark of confidence in the world's biggest economy. As of 1:12 GMT, the main TAIEX index was up 0.96 percent at 8,262.91, after closing 1.4 percent higher at 8,184.66 in the previous session.

  • *Stocks rally as Fed hikes rates, emphasises gradual path. SYDNEY, Dec 17- Asian stock markets rose on Thursday investors chose to take a hike in U.S. interest rates as a mark of confidence in the world's largest economy, though the good cheer did not extend to oil where oversupply again pressured prices. "The Fed will be absolutely delighted with the lack of...