Fed Sees Bond Buying Ending in Oct, Retains Interest Rate Guidance

TODAY: Sept. 17, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 17, 2014

By Jon Hilsenrath WASHINGTON-The Federal Reserve said it would end the bond buying program known as quantitative easing in October, but retained its guidance that short-term interest rates will remain near zero for a "considerable time" after that program ends. ...

Most Fed Officials Still See First Rate Hike In 2015

TODAY: Sept. 17, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 17, 2014

Most Federal Reserve officials continue to expect the central bank to first increase interest rates some time next year, according to official projections released Wednesday. In the forecast, 14 of 17 officials said they continue to believe the Fed's first ...

Treasury Bonds Fall After Fed Interest-Rate Release

TODAY: Sept. 17, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 17, 2014

By Min Zeng Treasury bonds pulled back Wednesday as the Federal Reserve's latest monetary policy release raised worries about higher interest rates. The benchmark 10-year note was 1/32 lower, yielding 2.594%, according to Tradeweb. The yield was 2.563% right before ...

CURRENCIES: Dollar Barrels Higher As Fed Stokes Rate Expectations

TODAY: Sept. 17, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 17, 2014

By William Watts, MarketWatch NEW YORK (MarketWatch)--The dollar barreled higher Wednesday, extending gains versus the Japanese yen and the euro as an eagerly awaited policy statement by the Federal Reserve and comments by Chairwoman Janet Yellen did little to dissuade ...

Argentina Budget Bill Puts 2015 Growth at 2.8% -- Update

TODAY: Sept. 17, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 16, 2014

By Ken Parks BUENOS AIRES--The Argentine government submitted its 2015 budget bill to Congress on Monday, forecasting an economic rebound of 2.8% following growth of just 0.5% this year. "We expect a year in which international trade rebounds," Economy Minister ...

China Foreign Direct Investment at Four-Year Low -- Update

TODAY: Sept. 17, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 16, 2014

BEIJING--China's foreign direct investment fell in August to its lowest level in more than four years, in the latest sign of slowing growth in China and an increasingly cautious outlook from foreign business. While foreign-investment figures tend to fluctuate, the ...

Eurozone Wage Growth Picks Up in Second Quarter

TODAY: Sept. 17, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 16, 2014

Wage growth across the 18 countries that share the euro picked up in the three months to June, as did total labor costs, both signs that inflationary pressures in the eurozone may be set to pick up. Figures also released ...

Russia May Tap Rainy Day Fund Soon

TODAY: Sept. 17, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 16, 2014

MOSCOW--Russia may tap its reserve fund next year for the first time in six years as the country faces increasing capital flight and decreasing oil prices, a finance ministry official said Tuesday. Russia's flagging economic growth and stubbornly high inflation ...

Australian House Prices Stir Worry for Reserve Bank

TODAY: Sept. 17, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 16, 2014

By James Glynn SYDNEY--Australia's central bank is becoming increasingly concerned by the country's soaring house prices, minutes of this month's policy meeting published Tuesday showed. In its severest warning yet on house prices, the Reserve Bank of Australia said surging ...

Asian Shares Slightly Lower

TODAY: Sept. 17, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 16, 2014

Stocks in Japan were slightly lower Monday, as nervousness rose that the U.S. Federal Reserve would signal a clearer path for raising interest rates and that investors would divert funds to invest in Alibaba Group's debut later this week. The ...

Lafarge Sells Russian Unit to Buzzi Unicem to Cut Debt

TODAY: Sept. 17, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 16, 2014

By Inti Landauro PARIS--French cement maker Lafarge SA (LG.FR), which is in process of merging with Swiss rival Holcim Ltd. (HOLN.VX), said Tuesday it has sold a Russian unit to Buzzi Unicem as part of its effort to cut debt. ...

G-20 Plan for Company Tax Overhaul Remains On Course

TODAY: Sept. 17, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 16, 2014

By Paul Hannon Plans to overhaul the international tax system to make it more difficult for companies to shift profits to low-tax countries remain on track, with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Tuesday meeting an ambitious deadline for ...

MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stocks: Futures Lower; PPI Flat In August

TODAY: Sept. 17, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 16, 2014

By Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- U .S. stock futures were weak on Tuesday, as investors remained risk averse and avoided momentum stocks. The Federal Open Market Committee's two-day policy meeting will begin Tuesday and many fret the ...

U.S. Incomes Edge Higher for First Time Since Recession--2nd Update

TODAY: Sept. 17, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 16, 2014

By Nick Timiraos Americans' incomes ticked up in 2013 for the first time since the recession. The median annual household income--the level at which half are above and half are below--rose 0.3%, or $180, in 2013 to an inflation-adjusted $51,939, ...

U.S. Producer Prices Unchanged in August--Update

TODAY: Sept. 17, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 16, 2014

By Jonathan House WASHINGTON--A gauge of U.S. inflation was unchanged in August, a sign that price pressures remain tame amid subdued economic growth. The producer-price index for final demand, which measures changes in the prices firms receive for their goods ...

Scotland Vote Weighs on Pound -- Update

TODAY: Sept. 17, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 16, 2014

By Josie Cox Investors are displaying last-minute nerves ahead of Scotland's looming referendum on independence. The pound was trading about 0.3% lower against the U.S. dollar Tuesday, hovering around $1.62, close to the year's low of $1.6052 hit last week ...

Consumer Prices Seen Flat in August -- Data Week Ahead

TODAY: Sept. 17, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 16, 2014

The following are forecasts for this week's remaining data from a survey compiled Friday and Monday. DATE TIME RELEASE PERIOD CONSENSUS PREVIOUS (ET) Wednesday 0830 Consumer Price Index Aug unch (29) +0.1% --ex food & energy Aug +0.2% (29) +0.1% ...

France's Hollande Wins Confidence Vote -- Update

TODAY: Sept. 17, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 16, 2014

By Stacy Meichtry PARIS--President François Hollande's government survived a confidence vote in Parliament on Tuesday, but failed to garner a margin of support large enough to create momentum for his shift toward pro-business policies. In a vote of 269 to ...