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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.

Sep 16, 2014

Weakness in A/D line a sign for caution -Cantor

NEW YORK, Sept 16 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks were higher on
Tuesday, but despite the gain in major indexes the ratio of
advancing stocks to declining ones was weak, which Cantor
Fitzgerald sees as a sign of markets becoming stretched.

About 52 percent of stocks traded on the New York Stock
Exchange were higher on Tuesday, and while the Nasdaq Composite
index rose 0.2 percent, only 39 percent of Nasdaq-listed names
were higher on the day.

Sep 16, 2014

World stocks hit one-month low, caution ahead of Fed

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Stock markets around the world were little changed on Tuesday as investors refrained from placing big bets ahead of a Federal Reserve meeting that could adjust expectations about how soon the U.S. central bank will hike interest rates.

Speculation that the Federal Reserve could raise interest rates sooner and faster than previously predicted has supported the U.S. dollar and pressured equities of late, though U.S. indexes remain near record levels.

Sep 16, 2014

Stocks flat ahead of Fed meeting, oil rises

NEW YORK, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Stock markets around the world
were little changed on Tuesday as investors refrained from
placing big bets ahead of a Federal Reserve meeting that could
adjust expectations about how soon the U.S. central bank will
hike interest rates.

Speculation that the Federal Reserve could raise interest
rates sooner and faster than previously predicted has supported
the U.S. dollar and pressured equities of late, though U.S.
indexes remain near record levels.

Sep 12, 2014

Wall St falls, VIX on track for 3rd straight weekly gain

NEW YORK, Sept 12 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks fell on Friday,
with major indexes on track to snap five-week winning streaks,
as energy shares again led the market down.

Energy stocks were pressured after the Treasury department
announced new sanctions against Russia. The sanctions, designed
to punish the country for its intervention in Ukraine, affect
oil and defense industries and further limit major Russian
banks’ access to U.S. debt and equity markets.

Sep 12, 2014

Mobile payment companies rally again

NEW YORK, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Companies in the mobile
payment space soared on Friday, rallying on massive volume in
their second major daily surge this week.

Net Element Inc was the biggest percentage gainer
on the Nasdaq, up 60 percent to $5.08 on volume of about 12
million shares, well beyond its 50-day average of about 675,000
shares. On Track Innovations Inc jumped 12.5 percent to
$3.70, also on heavier-than-usual volume, while USA Technologies
added 4 percent to $2.17.

Sep 12, 2014

Biotech shares drop, Amarin plunges 20 pct

NEW YORK, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Biotech stocks were among the
weakest sectors on Friday, falling as investors continued to
take profit in the high-flying sector.

The Nasdaq Biotech index is down 0.9 percent, falling
for a seventh session out of the past nine. Biotechs are a
frequent target for profit-taking, as many investors view the
group – which largely trades on future growth prospects and such
volatile elements as drug pipeline progress – as overvalued.

Sep 12, 2014

Wall St falls, energy hit by new Russia sanctions

NEW YORK, Sept 12 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks were lower on
Friday, with energy again leading the market down after the
Treasury department announced new sanctions against Russia.

The sanctions, designed to punish Russia for its
intervention in Ukraine, affect oil and defense industries and
further limit major Russian banks’ access to U.S. debt and
equity markets.