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  • An offshore oil and gas rig near Stavanger, Norway.

    Oil prices settled down more than 1 percent on Wednesday after a smaller-than-expected U.S. inventory drawdown.

  • *Tesla falls after offering to buy SolarCity. June 22- U.S. stocks were little changed on Wednesday after paring initial gains, with focus on Thursday's referendum on whether Britain will remain part of the European Union. Attention remained on Britain's Thursday vote.

  • NEW YORK, June 22- The dollar was broadly weaker on Wednesday as risk appetite returned to markets, boosting higher-risk currencies, while sterling and the euro rose on the last day of campaigning before Britain's referendum on European Union membership. A swing in bookmaker odds towards Britain choosing to remain in the EU, following the murder of a British...

  • Workers use a furnace to melt gold during the casting of gold ingots at the Suzdal gold mine, operated by Nordgold NV, in Semey, Kazakhstan.

    Gold fell to a two-week low on Wednesday after its biggest one-day drop in four weeks.

  • Treasury prices gained on safety buying on Wednesday after two opinion polls showed that the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union held a lead, a day before Thursday's membership referendum. Concerns about possible repercussions if Britain does vote to leave the EU has dominated trading this week, and overshadowed comments by Federal Reserve...

  • *Britain's FTSE closes off highs after new referendum poll. NEW YORK, June 22- Global markets turned cautious on Wednesday, a day before the United Kingdom votes on whether to stay in the EU, with Wall Street stocks trading sideways, sterling giving up gains and government bonds edging higher. Oil shed more than $1 to fall back below $50 per barrel and the yen was down...

  • WASHINGTON, June 22- The Federal Reserve Bank of New York might begin taking closer looks at international money transfers using the SWIFT network, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said on Wednesday in response to questions over a recent theft by cyber criminals.

  • June 22- U.S. stocks trimmed gains and were flat in early afternoon trading on Wednesday after a new poll moderated expectations that Britain will vote to remain in the European Union. A survey by polling firm Opinium showed the campaign for Britain to leave the EU holds a one-point lead over the "In" camp ahead of Thursday's referendum. Federal Reserve Chair Janet...

  • Yellen not playing politics with House

    CNBC's Steve Liesman discusses the highlights of Fed Chair Janet Yellen's second day of testimony to Congress.

  • * "Remain" leads before UK referendum, bookmakers say. NEW YORK, June 22- Stocks and sterling rose while safe-haven assets gold and bonds slipped on Wednesday, as investors grew more optimistic Britain would vote to remain in the European Union in its referendum on Thursday. Riskier markets also drew support from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's comments on...

  • June 22- U.S. stocks rose in late morning trading on Wednesday, helped by a jump in healthcare stocks, even as investors awaited the outcome of Britain's referendum on its European Union membership. Polls are extremely close but bookmakers point to betting patterns in favor of the U.K. remaining in the EU. The S&P 500 health index jumped 1.34 percent after a report...

  • Investors also anticipated more market volatility ahead of Thursday's vote on whether Britain should stay in the European Union. Brent crude was down 55 cents, or 1.1 percent, at $50.07 a barrel by 11:08 a.m. EDT, after climbing to $51.24 at the session high. U.S. crude's West Texas Intermediate futures fell 50 cents, or about 1 percent, to $49.95, after scaling...

  • TORONTO, June 22- Canada's main stock index firmed to a one-week high on Wednesday, led by financial stocks as investors grew more optimistic that Britons would vote to stay in the European Union. Canada's heavyweight bank stocks were among the most influential movers on the index. At 11:02 a.m. EDT, the Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index rose...

  • Janet Yellen speaking June 22, 2016.

    Fed Chair Janet Yellen believes the recent weakness in job growth is "transitory" and does not reflect an otherwise growing economy.

  • Labor particiption likely to keep delcining: Yellen

    Fed Chair Janet Yellen answers Representative Maxine Waters' question on jobless claims.

  • WASHINGTON, June 22- International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde said on Wednesday that the Federal Reserve should avoid "abrupt" interest rate moves and focus on stability in its monetary policy. Lagarde, in a news conference on the IMF's U.S. policy review, said the IMF was "aligned" with Fed Chair Janet Yellen on the need for clear policy...

  • Yellen on legality of IOR

    Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling quizzes on the legality the Fed's payment on Interest on reserves.

  • NEW YORK, June 22- The dollar was broadly weaker on Wednesday as risk appetite returned to markets, boosting higher-risk currencies, while sterling and the euro rose on the last day of campaigning before Britain's referendum on European Union membership. A swing in bookmaker odds towards Britain choosing to remain in the EU, following the murder of a British...

  • *Volatility expected ahead of Britain's EU referendum Thursday. NEW YORK, June 22- Oil prices rose above $50 a barrel on Wednesday, helped by an industry report showing a large drop in U.S. crude inventories and on expectations that Britain will vote to stay in the European Union in an impending referendum. Official inventory data is due at 10:30 a.m. from the U.S....

  • *Yellen's testimony to Congress scheduled at 10 a.m. ET. June 22- U.S. stocks opened slightly higher on Wednesday as investors held off from making big bets, a day ahead of Britain's referendum on its European Union membership. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's second day of testimony to Congress on the health of the economy.