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NEW YORK - Equities were flat while major currencies and commodities traded within recent ranges on Wednesday as investors awaited a statement from the U.S. Federal Reserve that they hope will shed light on its next move.
NEW YORK - Stocks dipped modestly at the open on Wednesday, but held on to most of their gains over the last two days, ahead of a highly anticipated Federal Reserve statement and news conference. | Video
NEW YORK - The dollar was steady against major currencies on Wednesday, with markets in a holding pattern ahead of a Federal Reserve policy announcement and news conference that could shed light on the direction of U.S. monetary policy over the next months.
SAO PAULO - A recent slump in the Brazilian real could have a "modest" impact on companies with debt denominated in foreign currencies, with oil giant Petroleo Brasileiro SA, steelmakers and telecommunications companies suffering most, analysts at Barclays Plc said on Wednesday.
NICOSIA - Cyprus is fully committed to implementing an EU/IMF bailout that saved the island nation from bankruptcy and is not attempting to renegotiate its terms, the government's spokesman said on Wednesday.
BERNE - A Swiss parliamentary committee has again urged the lower house to reject a draft law aimed at protecting the country's banks from criminal charges in the United States for helping wealthy Americans to evade tax.
* Fed meeting in focus on signs of reduced bond purchases * Bond volatility picks up before Fed meeting * Low inflation, exit risks seen complicating Fed decision * Trader says Fed may cut purchases as Treasury cuts supply By Karen Brettell NEW YORK, June 19 - Long-dated U.S. Treasuries prices rose on Wednesday as investors awaited the Federal Reserve's announcement at the end of its two-day policy meeting later on Wednesday for signals over when it may begin to pa
(Corrects to show Weir Group has a Capital Markets day and is not releasing full-year results) LONDON, June 19 - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 7-10 points, or as much as 0.2 percent lower, on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on * The UK blue chip index closed up 43.72 points, or 0.7 percent, at 6,374.21 on Tuesday. * Uncertainty over whether the U.S. Federal Reserve migh
LONDON, June 19 - European shares were up by mid-session on Wednesday in light and volatile trade as investors looked to the U.S. Federal Reserve for clues on the duration of its equity-friendly stimulus programme.
* Nikkei rises 1.8 pct, Topix up 1.9 pct * Japan stocks fwd P/E falls to level not seen since BOJ action * SoftBank gains after Dish says abandons Sprint bid * TEPCO sinks, says finds highly toxic strontium in Fukushima groundwater By Dominic Lau TOKYO, June 19 - Japan's Nikkei average hit a one-week high on Wednesday, with traders citing the launch of a near $780 million investment trust as a driving factor, while SoftBank Corp rose as it looked likely to win the
* Indexes: HSI -1.1 pct, H-shares -1.5 pct, CSI300 -0.7 pct