MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stocks: Futures Gain; Fed-hike Fears In Focus

TODAY: Dec. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 10, 2014

By Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch MADRID (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stock futures turned modestly higher Wednesday ahead of Wall Street's open, but rising fears about a too-soon interest-rate hike from the Federal Reserve may keep investors on the back foot during the ...

U.S, EU Ready New Energy Sanctions on Russia -- Update

TODAY: Dec. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 10, 2014

By Amy Harder And William Mauldin WASHINGTON--U.S. and European Union officials are close to imposing the toughest round of energy sanctions yet, which would hit both Russia's energy industry and companies like Exxon Mobil Corp. that are working with state-controlled ...

U.S. Treasurys Extend Decline as Focus Shifts to Fed

TODAY: Dec. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 10, 2014

By Cynthia Lin U.S. Treasurys extended losses Wednesday, sending the 10-year yield up for a fifth straight session as investors brace for a potential turning point in Federal Reserve policy. By late-afternoon trading, benchmark 10-year notes fell 10/32 in price ...

New Zealand Central Bank Keeps Interest Rates On Hold At 3.5%

TODAY: Dec. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 10, 2014

By Rebecca Howard WELLINGTON, New Zealand--The Reserve Bank of New Zealand kept interest rates on hold Thursday and softened its stance on future increases against a backdrop of tumbling export prices, moderate inflation and a stubbornly high New Zealand dollar. ...

CURRENCIES: Dollar Retreats From Six-year High Against Yen

TODAY: Dec. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 10, 2014

By Joseph Adinolfi, MarketWatch , Hiroyuki Kachi NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- The dollar retreated from a six-year high against the yen Wednesday morning but remained up for the day on speculation Federal Reserve policy makers could adopt more hawkish language ...

China on Track for 7.5% Annual Growth, Premier Says--Update

TODAY: Dec. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 10, 2014

TIANJIN, China--China is on course to hit its annual growth target of about 7.5% this year, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said, as he sought to reassure a high-profile gathering of Chinese and overseas executives that the world's No. 2 economy ...

China Urban Unemployment Rate Holds Steady in Jan-Aug, Premier Says

TODAY: Dec. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 10, 2014

TIANJIN, China--China's urban unemployment rate has held steady this year despite increasing downward pressure on economic growth, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Wednesday. A survey found unemployment in 31 large and midsize cities remained around 5% in the first eight ...

Canada 2Q Industrial Capacity Use Highest in Seven Years

TODAY: Dec. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 10, 2014

By Nirmala Menon OTTAWA--Canadian industrial capacity utilization rate rose in the second quarter for the fourth consecutive period to the highest in seven years driven by a record usage rate in the transportation equipment manufacturing industry. The overall utilization rate ...

CURRENCIES: Dollar Retreats From Six-year High Against Yen

TODAY: Dec. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 10, 2014

By Joseph Adinolfi, MarketWatch , Hiroyuki Kachi NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- The dollar retreated from a six-year high against the yen Wednesday morning but remained up for the day on speculation Federal Reserve policy makers could adopt more hawkish language ...

MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stocks Edge Down; Rate Fears Resurface

TODAY: Dec. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 10, 2014

By Anora Mahmudova and Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stocks were slightly lower Wednesday as investors reassessed the timing and pace of interest-rate hikes from the Federal Reserve amid rising Treasury yields. The S&P; 500 (SPX) was ...

Japan Machinery Orders Rise for Second Month

TODAY: Dec. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 10, 2014

TOKYO--Japanese core machinery orders rose for the second straight month in July, the government said Wednesday, suggesting business investment may be starting to recover after companies reined in spending following an April sales-tax increase. The 3.5% rise in July from ...

Europe Shares Fall, Taking Cue From Asian Markets

TODAY: Dec. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 10, 2014

European shares fell Wednesday, taking their cue from a slide in U.S. and Asian markets. The Stoxx Europe 600 index was 0.6% lower in early trade, putting the benchmark on course for a fourth straight session of losses. Stock markets ...

Standard Life Outlines Plans if Scotland Votes to Leave UK

TODAY: Dec. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 10, 2014

By Juliet Samuel Standard Life Wednesday effectively ruled out keeping its main business in an independent Scotland if the country votes to split with the U.K. in a referendum next week. The insurer and fund manager said in a statement ...

Merkel Urges Quick Sanctions Against Russia

TODAY: Dec. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 10, 2014

BERLIN--The European Union should implement tougher economic sanctions against Russia and publish planned measures soon, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday, signaling that the West isn't satisfied with the progress made in Ukraine. The comments come after the EU ...

CURRENCIES: Dollar Retreats From Six-year High Against Yen

TODAY: Dec. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 10, 2014

By Joseph Adinolfi, MarketWatch , Hiroyuki Kachi NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- The dollar retreated from a six-year high against the yen Wednesday morning but remained up for the day on speculation Federal Reserve policy makers could adopt more hawkish language ...

Iran Says Fighting Delays Gas Exports

TODAY: Dec. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 10, 2014

Iran's oil minister admitted Wednesday that Baghdad's conflict with radical Islamists had delayed natural-gas exports into Iraq, as the fighting disrupts energy projects in the region. The seizure of large parts of Western Iraq by militant group Islamic State has ...

Merkel Urges Quick Implementation of Sanctions Against Russia--Update

TODAY: Dec. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 10, 2014

By Andrea Thomas BERLIN--Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday called for a swift implementation of the additional European economic sanctions agreed on Monday, signaling that she wasn't yet satisfied with the progress made in defusing the crisis in Ukraine. The ...

India's July Industrial Growth Likely Slowed to 4-Month Low

TODAY: Dec. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 10, 2014

By Anant Vijay Kala NEW DELHI--Indian July industrial production growth likely slowed to the weakest in four months. However, the subdued growth is unlikely to damp optimism that quicker policy changes by the country's new government would give a boost ...

Bond Insurer Reaches Tentative Agreement With Detroit -- Update

TODAY: Dec. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 10, 2014

By Matthew Dolan DETROIT--The city late Tuesday reached a tentative agreement with a bond insurer that had criticized its debt-cutting plan, hours after sealing a deal to put its water and sewer system under regional control. The deal with the ...