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  • WASHINGTON— Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell for a second straight week, with the key 30- year rate slipping below 4 percent. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30- year fixed-rate mortgage declined to 3.98 percent this week from 4.04 percent a week earlier. The rate on 15- year fixed-rate mortgages eased to 3.17 percent from...

  • WASHINGTON— Expectations have grown that sometime this year, the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates from record lows. The only question seems to be when. Many analysts foresee the first hike in September, though Fed Chair Janet Yellen has stressed that any increase will be driven by the latest economic data.

  • Fed holds steady on rates, seeks further economic gains Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 2:05 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Federal Reserve appears on track to raise interest rates later this year but signaled Wednesday that it wants to see further economic gains and higher inflation before doing so. A statement from the Fed after its latest policy meeting provided no timetable. Many analysts foresee the first hike in September, though Fed Chair Janet Yellen has...

  • Here's what changed in the new Fed statement Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 2:02 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve building in Washington.

    This is a comparison of today's FOMC statement with the one issued after the Fed's previous policy-making meeting on June 17.

  • Sept. rate hike more likely: Pro Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 2:02 PM ET
    Sept. rate hike more likely: Pro

    David Kelly, JPMorgan Funds chief global strategist, thinks the Fed will move on rates in September.

  • Fed leaves rates unchanged Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 2:00 PM ET
    Fed leaves rates unchanged

    CNBC's Steve Liesman reports the statement by the Federal Reserve after the 2-day meeting finished.

  • *Fed statement expected at 2 p.m. ET. In a recent congressional testimony, Fed Chair Janet Yellen neither ruled out a September interest rate hike nor guided the market toward thinking it was a done deal. The statement is expected at 2 p.m. ET.

  • Santelli Exchange: Fed's muddy swimming pool Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 10:32 AM ET
    Santelli Exchange: Fed's muddy swimming pool

    CNBC's Rick Santelli discusses expectations for the Fed meeting, and labor participation, with Mark Olson, former Fed Governor.

  • Last call for zero rates Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 10:21 AM ET
    Last call for zero rates

    CNBC's Steve Liesman weighs in on how much the timing of the Fed rate hike matters as the Fed wraps up their two-day meeting.

  • Can you guess Janet Yellen's single favorite word? Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 10:14 AM ET
    World cloud Yellen

    CNBC's Big Crunch analyzed every single word from Fed Chair Janet Yellen. Here are the insights from those press conferences.

  • IMF's Lagarde: World economy fragile, faces downside risks Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 10:01 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde says the world economy is recovering but fragile and "faces some downside risks." In an online press conference Wednesday, Lagarde described the United States "a strong performer" and China "resilient" despite a recent drop in Chinese stock prices. She said Greece needs to enact reforms that will...

  • *Fed statement expected at 2 p.m. ET. *Yelp falls sharply after revenue misses expectations. The statement is expected at 2 p.m. ET.

  • Santelli: Rates 'drift' higher ahead of FOMC Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 9:45 AM ET
    Santelli: Rates 'drift' higher ahead of FOMC

    CNBC's Rick Santelli discusses the latest action in the bond market, and the U.S. dollar, as the two-day Fed meeting wraps up.

  • Fed on hold longer than expected: Economist Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 8:37 AM ET
    Fed on hold longer than expected: Economist

    Lindsey Piegza, Stifel Fixed Income, shares her outlook on the economy and the Fed's next move. And CNBC's Steve Liesman weighs in.

  • Countdown to FOMC Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 8:32 AM ET
    Countdown to FOMC

    CNBC's Steve Liesman weighs in on what he expects to hear from the Fed later today when they conclude their two-day meeting.

  • LONDON, July 29- Major currencies that are closely linked to commodities prices were back on the defensive on Wednesday as oil prices fell again and traders awaited the outcome later in the day of a U.S. But even with a more encouraging tone on China's stock markets limiting the damage, the Canadian and Australian dollar were both down by 0.2-0.3 percent in...

  • *Wall Street seen following higher. *China stocks stabilize after Monday's 8 pct drop. The rise in Europe and most Asian markets overnight looked set to extend to U.S. markets where stock index futures pointed to Wall Street edging up 0.2 percent.

  • US STOCKS-U.S. futures higher ahead of Fed statement Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 7:28 AM ET

    July 29- U.S. stock index futures rose on Wednesday on hopes that Beijing could stem the rout in its markets and ahead of a statement from the U.S. *In a recent congressional testimony, Fed Chair Janet Yellen neither ruled out a September interest rate hike nor guided the market toward thinking it was a done deal. The statement is expected at 2 p.m. ET.

  • Fed expected to push ahead with rate hike plan Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 6:28 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen testifies during a hearing before Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee July 16, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

    The Fed is expected to point to a growing U.S. economy and stronger job market as it sets the stage for a possible interest rate hike in September.

  • LONDON, July 29- Emerging stocks snapped a five-day run of losses on Wednesday, lifted by a Chinese market bounce, but currencies were broadly weaker before a Fed meeting that may set the stage for the first U.S. rate rise in nine years. Stocks worldwide firmed on some healthy corporate results, which along with 3.5 percent gains in mainland China, lifted MSCI's...