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  • OSLO, Sept 21- Norway's central bank kept its key policy rate unchanged at 0.50 percent on Thursday, but said a rise was likely to come earlier than previously expected, albeit still more than a year away. "The key policy rate is forecast to be 0.5 percent over the coming year, rising gradually thereafter," Norges Bank said in a statement. In June the central bank removed...

  • *FTSE 100 up 0.2 pct. LONDON, Sept 21- Gains among banking stocks boosted the UK's top share index on Thursday after the U.S. British banks were among the strongest FTSE gainers, with Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds all up between 1 percent to 2.8 percent after the U.S.

  • *FTSE 100 up 0.2 pct. LONDON, Sept 21- Gains among banking stocks boosted the UK's top share index on Thursday after the U.S. British banks were among the strongest FTSE gainers, with Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds all up between 1 percent to 2.8 percent after the U.S.

  • BUDAPEST/ PRAGUE, Sept 21- Central Europe's most liquid currencies, the forint and the zloty fell on Thursday after the Federal Reserve signalled balance sheet tightening and one more rate hike in 2017. "Tighter policy by the Fed cuts liquidity in the world and affects risk assets like emerging markets," one Budapest- based fixed income trader said.

  • OSLO, Sept 21- The Norwegian central bank now sees its first rate hike "well into 2019", its governor said on Thursday, after the bank left its key policy rate unchanged at a record low of 0.5 percent. "If things are as expected, we are well into 2019 for the first rate hike," Oeystein Olsen told a news conference. The central bank's monetary policy report, which was published...

  • *Fed policymakers expect one more rate hike this year. LONDON, Sept 21- Signals the Federal Reserve will hike U.S. interest rates again this year and begin the' Great Unwinding' of a decade of aggressive stimulus, drove the dollar to a two-month high versus the yen on Thursday and sent bonds and commodities lower. Traders reacted predictably to what had been a...

  • OSLO, Sept 21- Norway's central bank kept its key policy rate unchanged at 0.50 percent on Thursday, but raised its rate path, strengthening the crown currency against the euro and the dollar. "The key policy rate is forecast to be 0.5 percent over the coming year, rising gradually thereafter," Norges Bank said in a statement. In June the central bank removed its easing...

  • *STOXX 600 up 0.3 pct. LONDON, Sept 21- Banking shares drove European bourses higher on Thursday after the U.S. The pan-European STOXX 600 gained 0.3 percent while euro zone stocks and blue-chips followed suit as the U.S. central bank's optimism on the economy stoked renewed enthusiasm for financials and cyclical sectors in Europe.

  • HONG KONG— World stocks shares were mixed Thursday as investors digested the latest statements from the Fed, which plans to raise rates again this year, and the Bank of Japan, which signaled it won't tighten anytime soon. France's CAC 40 added 0.4 percent to 5,262.35 and Germany's DAX climbed 0.2 percent to 12,590.05. Britain's FTSE 100 edged up 0.1 percent to...

  • OSLO, Sept 21- Norway's central bank kept its key policy rate unchanged at 0.50 percent on Thursday, but raised its rate path, strengthening the crown currency against the euro. "The key policy rate is forecast to be 0.5 percent over the coming year, rising gradually thereafter," Norges Bank said in a statement. In June the central bank removed its easing bias on rates,...

  • *Traders awaited Norges Bank decision. LONDON, Sept 21- The dollar rose to a two-month high against the yen and extended its gains against the euro on Thursday after a hawkish-sounding Federal Reserve heightened expectations for an interest rate hike in December. The dollar was 0.4 percent higher at 112.610 yen after brushing 112.725, its highest since July 18.

  • LONDON, Sept 21- The banking sector drove a strong open for European stocks on Thursday after the U.S. The pan-European STOXX 600 gained 0.3 percent while euro zone stocks and blue-chips followed suit as the U.S. central bank's optimism on economic activity stoked renewed enthusiasm for financials and cyclical sectors in Europe. Banks, the biggest gainers from...

  • European banking market could genuinely open up more

    Altaf Kassam of State Street Global Advisors and Janus Henderson Investors' Jane Shoemake discuss investing in European financials.

  • German Commerzbank is pictured in front of their headquarters in Frankfurt, central Germany.

    The German government favors a merger of state-backed Commerzbank with France's BNP Paribas, German weekly WirtschaftsWoche reported on Thursday, citing financial sources.

  • TOKYO, Sept 21- Japanese government bonds were steady on Thursday, after the Bank of Japan left its policy stance unchanged as expected. Goushi Kataoka, a vocal advocate of aggressive easing who joined the board in late July, dissented in an 8-1 vote against the central bank's view that current policy was sufficient to boost inflation to its 2 percent target.

  • TOKYO, Sept 21- Japanese government bonds were steady on Thursday, after the Bank of Japan left its policy stance unchanged as expected. Goushi Kataoka, a vocal advocate of aggressive easing who joined the board in late July, dissented in an 8-1 vote against the central bank's view that current policy was sufficient to boost inflation to its 2 percent target.

  • UniCredit's viability a big question

    Class CNBC's Claudia Pensotti weighs in on the viability of Italian bank UniCredit to merge with German counterpart Commerzbank.

  • *Spot gold may fall more towards next support at $1,281/ oz- technicals. Spot gold was down 0.2 percent at $1,298.06 an ounce. "The Federal Open Market Committee was surprisingly upbeat and the line on rate hikes in 2017 and 2018 which has caught traders by surprise," said Jeffrey Halley, a senior market analyst at OANDA.

  • TOKYO, Sept 21- Japan's Nikkei share average edged up on Thursday, helped by gains on Wall Street and a weaker yen after the U.S. The dollar was 0.2 percent higher at 112.40 yen after brushing 112.645, its highest since July 18 after the U.S. central bank said it will begin to reduce its balance sheet from next month and indicated that one more rate increase by the end of...

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