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Sep 19, 2014

Global shares flat, though Alibaba rallies in debut

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Stock markets around the world were little changed on Friday, paring early advances though equities remained on track for a week of strong gains and Alibaba rallied in its trading debut.

Equities pulled back from an early advance, pressured by weakness in large-cap technology shares, though the recent upward trend remained intact.

Sep 19, 2014

Shares rise after Scotland vote, Alibaba awaited

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Stock markets around the world rose on Friday after Scotland voted to remain in the United Kingdom and removed an element of uncertainty for equity markets, which were on track for a week of strong gains.

Investors were also eagerly awaiting the initial public offering of Alibaba Group, slated to debut on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday. A strong opening-day performance could add to the broader risk appetite of the market.

Sep 19, 2014

Global shares rise after Scotland vote, Alibaba awaited

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Stock markets around the world rose on Friday after Scotland voted to remain in the United Kingdom and removed an element of uncertainty for equity markets, which were on track for a week of strong gains.

Investors were also eagerly awaiting the initial public offering of Alibaba Group, slated to debut on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday. A strong opening-day performance could add to the broader risk appetite of the market.

Sep 17, 2014

Stocks gain after Fed, dollar index hits 14-month high

NEW YORK, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Stock markets around the world
closed with modest gains on Wednesday after the U.S. Federal
Reserve renewed a pledge to keep interest rates near zero for
some time, while bond yields rose and the dollar rallied on
expectations of higher rates down the road.

The dollar hit a 14-month high and the benchmark U.S.
10-year Treasury note yield hit its highest level since July 7
after the Fed’s projections suggested that some officials see
rates rising more quickly than the U.S. central bank projected
three months ago.

Sep 17, 2014

Stocks edge up as Fed makes no changes

NEW YORK, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Stock markets around the world
edged higher on Wednesday after the U.S. Federal Reserve renewed
a pledge to keep interest rates near zero for a “considerable
time,” as had been expected.

On Wall Street, stocks moved moderately higher following
release of the Fed’s latest policy statement.

Sep 17, 2014

Stocks flat as investors await Fed policy statement

NEW YORK, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Stock markets around the world
were little changed on Wednesday as investors awaited the
Federal Reserve’s policy statement, with expectations high that
the U.S. central bank will maintain a pledge to keep rates low
for a “considerable time.”

Shares rose early, boosted by a report that China’s central
bank would provide the country’s big lenders with fresh funds,
but stocks pared gains as the release of the Fed’s policy
statement, due at 2 p.m. (1800 GMT) drew nearer.
Uncertainty also continued around Thursday’s Scottish
independence referendum, which most polls suggest is too close
to predict.

Sep 17, 2014

Stocks rise on Fed; report of Chinese stimulus

NEW YORK, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Stock markets around the world
rose on Wednesday, boosted by speculation that the U.S. Federal
Reserve would maintain a pledge to keep rates low for a
“considerable time.”

A report that China’s central bank would provide the
country’s big lenders with fresh funds also contributed to the
bullish tone, overshadowing the uncertainty
surrounding Thursday’s Scottish independence referendum, which
most polls suggest is too close to predict.

Sep 16, 2014

Global stocks end higher on bet Fed won’t change rate stance

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Stock markets around the world rose on Tuesday, ending near session highs as investors bet that the U.S. Federal Reserve wouldn’t adjust its guidance about how soon it would raise interest rates.

The Fed began its two-day policy meeting on Tuesday, and the central bank has said it wouldn’t raise rates for a “considerable time.” Many investors interpreted that as mid-2015, though recent economic data has fueled speculation that the first hike could come sooner. Those concerns seemed to fade on Tuesday, with market participants seeing no change in Fed policy or commentary.

Sep 16, 2014

Stocks end higher on bet Fed won’t change rate stance

NEW YORK, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Stock markets around the world
rose on Tuesday, ending near session highs as investors bet that
the U.S. Federal Reserve wouldn’t adjust its guidance about how
soon it would raise interest rates.

The Fed began its two-day policy meeting on Tuesday, and the
central bank has said it wouldn’t raise rates for a
“considerable time.” Many investors interpreted that as
mid-2015, though recent economic data has fueled speculation
that the first hike could come sooner. Those concerns seemed to
fade on Tuesday, with market participants seeing no change in
Fed policy or commentary.

Sep 16, 2014

Stocks turn higher ahead of Fed meeting, oil up

NEW YORK, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Stock markets around the world
rose on Tuesday, adding to earlier gains as investors bet that
the U.S. Federal Reserve wouldn’t adjust guidance about how soon
the central bank would raise interest rates.

There had been speculation that the Federal Reserve could
raise interest rates sooner and faster than previously
predicted, a theory that has supported the U.S. dollar and
pressured equities of late, though U.S. indexes remain near
record levels. However, those concerns seemed to fade after the
U.S. market opened on Tuesday.