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Fed raises key rate and unveils plan to reduce bond holdings

That weighed heavily on US energy sector shares, which contributed to the S&P 500's decline. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index advanced 0.1 percent and Seoul's Kospi retreated 0.1 percent to 2,372.64. Draft regulations published by the European Union executive Commission would force any clearinghouse considered important to the European Union financial system to accept direct oversight from the bloc and, if requested, relocate to inside the EU. Read More »

US Federal Reserve raises interest rate

In December and March Fed officials predicted a total of three rate hikes in 2017, however given recent departures of several Fed officials, the projections could shift slightly this quarter. Fed officials marked down their projections for inflation this year, though they still see annual price gains reaching their 2% target by the end of 2018. Read More »

Fed raises rate, plans balance sheet reduction

Mortgage rates likely won't go up, since long-term mortgages aren't tied directly to the federal interest rate . What I'm really interested in, though, is what the Fed plans to do about rates for the rest of the year, as well as how it intends to reduce its balance sheet. Read More »

Apple upcoming iPhone images running iOS 11 leaked - Check out images

For iPhone 5S and above owners, you will still get to benefit from the iOS 11 software update , which should roll out from Autumn this year . Based on the renders, including the one showcasing iOS 11 , do you think Apple is on the right path? The iOS 11 brings a new one-handed keyboard, which is similar to tweaks like OneHanded and OneHandWizard. Read More »

Fed hikes key rate, unveils bond trimming plans

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That rate is closely tied to interest rates on mortgages and other kinds of loans. The amount of assets soared from about $925 billion before the financial crisis hit as the Fed started to buy securities to try to stimulate the economy. Read More »

Congressman Among Those Shot At Virginia Baseball Field

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Lawmakers who were there described a chaotic scene, with many members of the congressional GOP baseball team huddled in a dugout while Capitol police who were part of Scalise's security detail and local Alexandria police engaged in a shoot-out with Hodgkinson. Read More »

3 things to watch for from the Federal Reserve on Wednesday

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When the Fed announced it wanted to wind down its bond purchasing in 2013, raising the prospect of higher bond yields, stocks sank. "With the rate hike now 96 percent priced in focus will fall on the Fed's forward guidance and importantly their views surrounding low inflation", Stephen Innes, senior trader at OANDA, said in a note. Read More »

Fed Unveils Plans to Shrink Its Balance Sheet

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Asian stocks were mixed Wednesday following Wall Street's tech-driven rise as investors waited for word from the U.S. Federal Reserve on a possible interest rate hike. Turning to New Zealand, the kiwi suffered losses versus its USA counterpart as the country's current account deficit reached NZ$8.13 billion, its most as a percentage of GDP. Read More »

The Fed Just Gave the Economy Another Thumbs-Up

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The Standard & Poor's 500 index, the benchmark that professional investors follow, likewise wasn't changed much either. At 9.45am ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 9.23 points, or 0.04 percent, at 21,337.7. In a separate statement on Wednesday, the Fed spelled out the details of its plan to allow the balance sheet to shrink by gradually rolling off a fixed amount of assets on a monthly basis. Read More »

US consumer prices dip 0.1 percent in May

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The Labor Department said on Wednesday its Consumer Price Index dipped 0.1 percent last month after rising 0.2 percent in April. Average earnings once bonuses were excluded grew 1.7 per cent in the three months between February and April compared to the same period previous year, said the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Read More »

Fed hikes key rate and unveils bond trimming plans

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Wall Street investors shouldn't be surprised by the rate hike: They estimated there was a 96% chance that the Fed would raise rates after its two-day meeting. Officials lowered their jobless-rate forecasts for the years ahead too: to 4.2% from 4.5% for both 2018 and 2019. It was down a point to 2,439. The Fed's revised forecasts reduced its estimate for unemployment by year's end to 4.3 percent from a March projection of 4.5 percent. Read More »

Tom Cotton Grills Jeff Sessions On Spy Novels

And Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Tuesday said he couldn't talk about firing Comey - because it's something Mueller might be investigating. Richard Burr, committee chairman to Sessions before his opening testimony. Sessions showed flashes of anger rarely seen from the 70-year-old Alabamian, calling any suggestion that he colluded with Russian Federation to interfere in the US presidential election a "detestable lie". Read More »

US consumer prices slipped 0.1 percent in May

Airline prices also fell by 6.4% month on month, after the effect of Easter travel boosted air fares in April. In the retail sales report, auto sales fell 0.2 per cent after rising 0.5 per cent in April. Inflation in the United Kingdom economy has been driven higher by the drop in the value of the pound following the European Union referendum in June previous year. Read More »

Trump friend says president considering firing Mueller

However tepidly, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) suggested on Tuesday that he'd stand up to the president if there's an attempt to meddle with Mueller's investigative efforts. Speculation is swirling about whether President Donald Trump will remove special counsel Robert Mueller from his post . Democrats and millions of Americans won't buy it, but Mueller's reputation would be hard to question and that could put an end to it. Read More »

Fed Raises Key Interest Rate For 4th Time Since 2015

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The bank also said it would begin cutting its bond holdings and other securities this year. The decline in year-over-year inflation to 1.7 percent spooked the market and raised more doubts over whether the Fed can hike rates as it forecasts. Read More »

'Dear Evan Hansen' and 'Hello Dolly' Win Big at Tony Awards

They were given out at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The Tony Awards honor the best plays and musicals on Broadway. Kevin Kline picked up his third Tony Award for his portrayal of a preening actor in a revival of Noel Coward's Present Laughter . Read More »

Fed poised to hike rates for 2nd time this year

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Germany's consumer price inflation slowed to a six-month low in May, as initially estimated, data from the statistical office Destatis showed Wednesday. Wall Street economists had been predicting the cap on Treasuries would be roughly between $US5-$US15 billion per month, and on mortgage bonds $US5-$US10 billion, rising by increments of $US5-$US15 billion, according to research notes. Read More »

Interior secretary recommends hacking up Bears Ears National Monument

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Most legal scholars agree that the president lacks the legal authority to undermine protection efforts put in place by previous presidents through use of the Antiquities Act , which has been used by 16 presidents, 8 Democrats and 8 Republicans - from Theodore Roosevelt to Barack Obama - to designate national monuments. Read More »

Jeff Sessions hearing on Russia, Comey

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is scheduled to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee less than one week after James Comey told the committee he could not discuss openly certain information about Sessions' recusal from the investigation into Russia's election meddling previous year. Read More »

Apple clarifies how tips should work in iOS apps

The app is essentially Finder for the iPad but features several improvements that not even the Mac now has. "Your app contains images and references of Pepe the Frog , which are considered objectionable content", an Apple App Review Board employee wrote in a rejection notice to Spirit Realm, Vice's Motherboard confirmed . Read More »

Russian Federation links a 'detestable lie', says Sessions

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And while he had recused himself from the Russian Federation probe, Sessions insisted, "I did not recuse myself from defending my honour against scurrilous and false allegations". There are none, Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), Sessions said that "it's conceivable that [a conversation with Kislyak] occurred" but that it included "nothing improper". Read More »

GE CEO Immelt stepping down, Flannery to take over role

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John Flannery's "star had clearly risen in the past six months". Since Immelt became CEO in 2001, GE's shares have fallen 30 percent, while the S&P 500 index more than doubled. Flannery has been with GE since 1987. Mr Immelt rejected any notion that outsiders influenced his resignation. "It's good for the company to have change", he said . Read More »

Jeff Sessions Pushes Back On Suggestions Of Collusion

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Sessions raised his voice in protest when asked what those reasons were. CARRIE JOHNSON, BYLINE: Hi, Ari. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday avoided answering a handful of questions during his hearing before the Senate intelligence committee - but sought to explicitly avoid saying he is invoking "executive privilege". Read More »

AG Sessions wants Senate testimony to be public

Comey welcomed any tapes during his hearing, and congressional investigators have asked the White House to produce them if they exist. A unanimous three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. First, Democrats will grill him on Comey's revelations -- for instance his claim that Sessions appeared to recognize the inappropriateness of Trump's request to meet the Federal Bureau of Investigation director alone on February 14. Read More »

Leaders write letter on Paris climate agreement: 'We are still in'

Currently, 195 countries have signed on; with now three absconders. By declaring that " we are still in ", the signatories are putting the best interests of their constituents, customers, students and communities first while assuring the rest of the world that American leadership on climate change extends well beyond the federal government. Read More »

Oil prices tumble after surprise jump in U.S. crude supplies

Inventories of US crude rose by roughly 3.3m barrels in the week ended May 26, confounding expectations of draw of around 3.5m barrels. There were, however, significant builds in both gasoline and distillate for the week which had a significant impact in dampening sentiment on fears that crude demand would decline. Read More »

Rosenstein Sees No Reason To Fire Special Counsel

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Doubt, however, has been cast on that explanation because of cryptic testimony from former FBI Director James Comey last week. Comey declined to elaborate in an open setting. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland called it the "height of arrogance" for Sessions not to be present. Firing Mr Mueller would be politically explosive and would raise new questions about Mr Trump , whose dismissal of Mr James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation chief led to charges of obstruction of justice - ... Read More »

British PM Theresa May apologises to own MPs for 'election mess'

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The chaos has also weighed on the pound, which has plunged nearly two percent since Thursday, and the government may have to delay the announcement of its policy plans to parliament. Michel Barnier , the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, is clearly running low on patience. Pressed on the reports, Environment Secretary Michael Gove declined to deny it. Read More »

Bill stops tax credits for those in US illegally

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Now, Republican lawmakers say the public will only be able to see the Senate's Affordable Care Act (ACA) replacement plan when they can secure the 51 votes needed to pass their bill. Rob Portman of OH are seeking to fight opioid addiction is equivalent to the $4.5 billion per year that would be cut from treatment if Congress scrapped the Medicaid expansion, according to researchers at Harvard and New York University. Read More »

Sessions says he had concerns about Comey long before firing

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When it came to the subject of James Comey , Sessions felt that was "improper" of Comey to disclose what was discussed in his conversations with the president. US intelligence agencies have concluded that that Russian Federation waged a widespread hacking-and-propaganda campaign to sway the 2016 presidential election. Read More »