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  • NEW YORK, May 18- The U.S. dollar rose to a three-week high on Wednesday on heightened expectations that the Federal Reserve will raise rates earlier or more times than anticipated this year, while stocks on Wall Street rose led by financial shares. Bank stocks, seen benefiting from higher interest rates, led gains on Wall Street while the high dividend payers like...

  • *Fed April meeting minutes to be released at 2 p.m. ET. May 18- Wall Street reversed course to trade slightly higher on Wednesday as the prospect of higher interest rates sent financial stocks up, offsetting a fall in retail shares. "There may be some nugget in the minutes that confirms what two Fed governors mentioned yesterday," said Mark Luschini, chief investment...

  • *Fed April meeting minutes to be released at 2 p.m. ET. May 18- Wall Street opened lower on Wednesday as a fall in retail shares weighed ahead of the release of minutes from the Federal Reserve's April meeting. The Fed minutes, scheduled to be released at 2 p.m. ET, could give clues on the path of rate hikes.

  • May 18- U.S. stocks opened lower on Wednesday as a fall in Target and Wal-Mart Stores weighed ahead of the release of minutes from the Federal Reserve's April meeting.

  • LONDON, May 18- European stock markets dipped lower on Wednesday, weighed down by renewed expectations of U.S. interest rate rises this year, and some weak corporate earnings from the likes of Switzerland's Sonova. Swiss hearing aid maker Sonova was among the worst-performing stocks in Europe, slumping 8.3 percent after missing its full-year sales and profit...

  • *Japan's Nikkei closes flat as yen weakens after GDP data. LONDON, May 18- Stock markets in Europe and Asia weakened on Wednesday in the wake of accelerating U.S. inflation and comments from Federal Reserve officials that rekindled prospects of an interest rate rise within months. Hong Kong shares fell by 1.5 percent and Europe's major markets by up to half a...

  • LONDON, May 18- European stock markets dipped lower on Wednesday, weighed down by renewed expectations of U.S. interest rate rises this year, and some weak corporate earnings. Swiss hearing aid maker Sonova was among the worst-performing stocks in Europe, slumping 8.3 percent after missing its full-year sales and profit targets. "The specter of a U.S. rate hike is...

  • May 18- Hong Kong stocks tumbled on Wednesday, with sentiment hurt by weakness on Wall Street, following comments from Federal Reserve officials that rekindled prospects of a U.S. interest rate rise as soon as June. Sentiment in Hong Kong had already been weak in recent weeks, due to concerns that signs of a recovery in China's economy were fading.

  • SHANGHAI, May 18- China's benchmark stock index closed at the lowest level in 2-1/ 2 months on Wednesday, after comments from Federal Reserve officials rekindled prospects of a U.S. interest rate rise as early as June. Sentiment in China had already been weak in recent months amid concerns that signs of recovery in its economy may be short-lived and worries that...

  • TOKYO, May 18- Japanese stocks ended the day flat on Wednesday after the yen see-sawed against the U.S. dollar, rising and falling in strength as investors digested Japan's stronger-than-expected GDP data and U.S. inflation. The yen gained on the dollar early in the morning session after expectations for further stimulus were hit by data showing Japan's...

  • TOKYO, May 18- Japanese stocks reversed course and fell in choppy early afternoon trade on Wednesday after the yen gained strength against the U.S. dollar, dimming the outlook for exporters' profits. The yen initially gained on the dollar early in the morning session after expectations for further stimulus were hit by data showing Japan's economy expanded at...

  • *China property shares firm on encouraging data. SHANGHAI, May 18- Shares in China and Hong Kong shed over 1 percent on Wednesday after comments from Federal Reserve officials rekindled prospects of a U.S. interest rate rise as early as June. Small-caps lead the decline in China, with Shenzhen's start-up board ChiNext slumping 2.8 percent.

  • *Asian shares lower after 1 pct fall on Wall Street. Japan's Nikkei bucks trend, as yen weakens after GDP data. TOKYO/ SINGAPORE, May 18- Asian shares weakened on Wednesday in the wake of accelerating U.S. inflation and comments from Federal Reserve officials that rekindled prospects of an interest rate rise as early as June.

  • Fresh data showed Japan's economy expanded at the fastest pace in a year in the first quarter thanks to a consumption boost from the leap year, rebounding from the previous quarter's contraction and beating median market forecasts. "Taking into account the effects of the extra day from the leap year, which pushed up the quarter-on-quarter growth rate by 0.3...

  • TAIPEI, May 18- Taiwan stocks fell on Wednesday, giving up gains from the previous session as they tracked losses in overseas markets amid uncertainty over the island's economic outlook, traders said. Tsai Ing- wen, Taiwan's president-elect who won a landslide victory in the January elections, will be sworn-in on Friday amid concerns Taiwan's economic ties with...

  • *Spot gold was little changed at $1,278.65 per ounce at 0042 GMT, after gaining 0.5 percent on Tuesday. The currency weakened against the yen on positive Japan economy data. *MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.3 percent in early trade, while Japan's Nikkei was little changed, held up by stronger-than-expected reading in Japan's...

  • *Asian shares lower after 1 pct fall on Wall St shares. TOKYO, May 18- Asian shares stepped back on Wednesday after strong U.S. inflation data and comments from Federal Reserve officials rekindled the prospects of the central bank raising rates later this year. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.3 percent in early trade, while...

  • TORONTO, May 17- Canada's main stock touched a nearly seven-month high on Tuesday as higher commodity prices supported energy and mining stocks, but some gains for the index were pared as financial and consumer stocks fell. The energy group rallied nearly 1 percent, although some companies are facing renewed disruption to operations from a massive wildfire...

  • *April consumer prices record biggest gain in over 3 years. May 17- Wall Street sold off on Tuesday as investors boosted chances of an interest rate hike later this year after data pointed to firming inflation, while Home Depot weighed after its quarterly report. "This morning the economic news was generally favorable suggesting that... the U.S. economy has improved...

  • *Wall St lower as strong data raises chances of rate hike. NEW YORK, May 17- Stocks fell on Wall Street on Tuesday after strong U.S. inflation data increased the probability of a rate hike from the Federal Reserve, while a global gauge of stocks ticked lower. A more confident Fed is a Fed that is more likely to hike again this summer or fall, "said Brian Jacobsen, chief...