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  • US STOCKS-Wall St higher as Fed rate hike decision awaited Wednesday, 16 Dec 2015 | 10:41 AM ET

    *Fed announcement expected at 2 p.m. ET. Dec 16- Wall Street rose for the third straight day on Wednesday as investors prepare for a widely anticipated interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve later in the day. The Fed will announce the outcome of its policy meeting at 2 p.m. ET, followed by a press conference by Chair Janet Yellen at 2:30 p.m. ET.

  • Dec 16- Wall Street opened higher on Wednesday ahead of a widely expected hike in interest rates by the Federal Reserve later in the day.

  • *Fed announcement expected at 2 p.m. ET. Dec 16- Wall Street looked set to open higher on Wednesday ahead of a widely expected hike in interest rates by the Federal Reserve later in the day. The Fed will announce the outcome of its policy meeting at 2 p.m. ET, followed by a press conference by Chair Janet Yellen at 2:30 p.m. ET.

  • US STOCKS-Futures rise as Fed looks set to hike rates Wednesday, 16 Dec 2015 | 7:47 AM ET

    *Fed announcement expected at 2 p.m. ET. The Fed will announce the outcome of its policy meeting at 2 p.m. ET, followed by a press conference by Chair Janet Yellen at 2:30 p.m. ET. Traders see an 81.4 percent chance of a rate hike, according to the CME Group's FedWatch tool.

  • Dec 16- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Wednesday ahead of a widely expected hike in interest rates by the Federal Reserve later in the day. *The Fed will announce the outcome of its policy meeting at 2 p.m. ET, followed by a press conference by Chair Janet Yellen at 2:30 p.m. ET. *Traders see an 81.4 percent chance of a rate hike, according to the CME Group's...

  • LONDON, Dec 16- European shares steadied on Wednesday after a choppy start as investors awaited the outcome of a crucial rate-setting meeting of the U.S. The pan-European FTSEurofirst index moved in and out of negative territory and was up 0.1 percent at 1,413.26 points by 0915 GMT, after climbing 2.9 percent in the previous session following a rebound in crude...

  • European shares edge higher with Casino outperforming Wednesday, 16 Dec 2015 | 3:10 AM ET

    LONDON, Dec 16- European shares edged higher on Wednesday, mirroring gains on Wall Street and in Asia, with investors awaiting the outcome of a crucial rate-setting meeting of the U.S. Casino surged 7 percent, among the best performers in Europe, after the French retailer said late on Tuesday it plans to raise more than 2 billion euros in 2016 by selling part of its...

  • The Hang Seng index advanced 2.0 percent, to 21,701.21, while the China Enterprises Index jumped 2.1 percent, to 9,538.66 points. The Hang Seng index had declined for nine sessions in a row and traded at merely eight-times earnings, compared with a multiple of 19 for the S&P 500 index, triggering bargain hunting among some investors. China's top three oil giants...

  • SHANGHAI, Dec 16- China stocks ended Wednesday roughly flat despite a jump in energy shares, as property majors slumped and most other sectors weakened ahead of an expected rise in U.S. interest rates. Investors drew some encouragement from news that China plans to issue significantly more government bonds next year to aid the economy, but sentiment was...

  • TOKYO, Dec 16- Japanese stocks posted the biggest daily percentage gain in 2-1/ 2 months on Wednesday, with sentiment helped by broad gains on Wall Street before an expected rise in U.S. interest rates later in the day. The Nikkei share average ended 2.6 percent higher at 19,049.91. The gains came as top U.S.

  • TOKYO, Dec 16- Asian stocks rose briskly on Wednesday, with sentiment lifting as Wall Street rose before a likely hike in U.S. interest rates, while the dollar held to large gains made as Treasury yields picked up. Spreadbetters saw the upbeat momentum in equities being retained in Europe and forecast a higher open for Britain's FTSE, Germany's DAX and France's CAC.

  • *Oil stocks jump after China postpone price cuts. China shares also advanced, as investors were encouraged by news that China plans to issue significantly more government bonds next year to aid the economy. Both Hong Kong and China markets got a boost from a sharp rally in oil stocks on Wednesday after the Chinese government said it would "postpone" expected cuts...

  • China shares were also firm, as investors were encouraged by news that China plans to issue significantly more government bonds next year to aid the economy. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index was up 2.2 percent, to 21,732.06 points at 0250 GMT. "We believe there is an ulterior motive- to protect profits of the three oil majors," wrote Oliver Barron, analyst at China- focused...

  • TOKYO, Dec 16- Japanese stocks rebounded on Wednesday morning with sentiment helped by Tuesday's broad gains on Wall Street and a second straight day of rising oil prices. And in the context of our current world markets, for many Japan looks like a credible home, "said Martin King, co-managing director at Tyton Capital Advisors. Showa Shell Sekiyu KK shares gained...

  • TAIPEI, Dec 16- Taiwan stocks rose on Wednesday, tracking gains in other regional bourses before a likely hike in U.S. interest rates, and as Inotera Memories traded limit up for a second day after Micron Technology said it would buy out the company. Inotera jumped 10 percent for a second session to T $27.8 after Micron offered T $30 per share in a deal worth $3.2...

  • TOKYO, Dec 16- Asian stocks gained early on Wednesday, with sentiment lifting as Wall Street rose before a likely hike in U.S. interest rates, while the dollar held to large gains made as Treasury yields picked up. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.7 percent. On Wall Street Tuesday, the Dow added 0.9 percent and the S&P 500 advanced 1.1...

  • Dec 15- U.S. stocks rallied broadly on Tuesday, led by energy and financial shares ahead of Wednesday's interest rate decision from the Federal Reserve.

  • *M&A deals lift Faurecia and Sanofi. LONDON, Dec 15- European equities bounced back on Tuesday from sharp declines in the previous two sessions as energy stocks tracked higher crude oil prices and steel makers gained following a European Commission move on Chinese and Russian steel imports. BP, BG Group and Royal Dutch Shell rose 2.6 to 4.0 percent.

  • *Kennametal, 3 M slump after forecast cuts. *Valeant up on distribution deal with Walgreens. "It's been hard to predict where the market is going on a day-to-day basis," said Scott Brown, chief economist at Raymond James in St. Petersburg, Florida.

  • *M&A deals lift Faurecia and Sanofi. LONDON, Dec 15- European equities bounced back on Tuesday from sharp declines in the previous two sessions as energy stocks tracked higher crude oil prices and steel makers gained following a European Commission move on Chinese and Russian steel imports. BP, BG Group and Royal Dutch Shell rose 2 to 3.5 percent.