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stock-up_18Dec14.jpg European stocks are seen opening notably higher on Friday following the biggest two-day surge in U.S. stocks since late 2011 on Wall Street overnight. Commodities steadied after recent plunge and the dollar inched higher against the safe-haven Japanese yen in the wake of the Fed's pledge for patience...

Swiss stocks charged higher Thursday after the nation's central bank introduced its first negative deposit rate in almost four decades. The Swiss Market Index rose 2.7 percent to 9,013.11, moving back toward November's 7-year highs above 9,200. Holcim and Actelion led with gains over more than...

European stocks raced higher Thursday, extending this week's strong thanks in part to a pledge of continued support from the U.S. economy by the Federal Reserve. The Fed said Wednesday it can remain "patient" before moving to raise interest rates and normalizing its easy-money stance. With traders...

The European markets soared on Thursday afternoon, after Germany's business confidence improved as expected in December. Sentiment was influenced by reassuring comments from Fed Chair Janet Yellen after the FOMC meeting, where she played down worries about plunging oil prices and the turmoil in Russia's...

The UK market climbed on Thursday afternoon, after Germany's business confidence improved as expected in December. Sentiment was influenced by reassuring comments from Fed Chair Janet Yellen after the FOMC meeting, where she played down worries about plunging oil prices and the turmoil in Russia's economy,...

The French market climbed on Thursday afternoon, after Germany's business confidence improved as expected in December. Sentiment was influenced by reassuring comments from Fed Chair Janet Yellen after the FOMC meeting, where she played down worries about plunging oil prices and the turmoil in Russia's...

The German market climbed on Thursday afternoon, after the country's business confidence improved as expected in December. Sentiment was influenced by reassuring comments from Fed Chair Janet Yellen after the FOMC meeting, where she played down worries about plunging oil prices and the turmoil in Russia's...

Asian-Markets1_18Dec14.jpg European stocks are seen opening sharply higher on Thursday after the Federal Open Market Committee replaced the phrase "considerable time" in its policy statement with "patient," in deciding when to raise interest rates. At a press conference after the FOMC meeting, Fed Chair Janet Yellen played...

Swiss stocks inched lower Wednesday, with most markets around Europe quiet ahead of today's U.S. Federal Reserve announcement. Analysts think the Fed may drop its pledge to keep rates at historic lows despite economic headwinds outside the U.S. The Swiss Market Index slipped 0.22 percent to 8,775.88,...

European markets were mixed Wednesday, as markets weighed Russia's desperate attempt to backstop the falling ruble. Russia's interest rates surged the most since 1998 as the Kremlin scrambled to prevent a run on the ruble, which subsequently dropped to its lowest ever versus the dollar. With markets...

The European markets fell on Wednesday afternoon, as investors remained cautious amid the fall in oil prices and the currency crisis in Russia. Investors also turned their attention to the FOMC meet for clues on monetary policy. The Russian rubble crashed to record lows against the U.S. dollar on...

The UK market fell on Wednesday afternoon, as investors remained cautious amid the fall in oil prices and the currency crisis in Russia. Investors also turned their attention to the FOMC meet for clues on monetary policy. The Russian rubble crashed to record lows against the U.S. dollar on Tuesday...

The French market fell on Wednesday afternoon, as investors remained cautious amid the fall in oil prices and the currency crisis in Russia. Investors also turned their attention to the FOMC meet for clues on monetary policy. The Russian rubble crashed to record lows against the U.S. dollar on Tuesday...

The German market fell on Wednesday afternoon, as investors remained cautious amid the fall in oil prices and the currency crisis in Russia. Investors also turned their attention to the FOMC meet for clues on monetary policy. The Russian rubble crashed to record lows against the U.S. dollar on Tuesday...

Asian-Markets2_17Dec14.jpg European stocks are seen opening lower on Wednesday as investors pause for breath after sharp gains yesterday. Focus now turns to the FOMC meeting later in the day that could indicate when the Fed starts raising interest rates. Investors are waiting to see whether policymakers will reiterate their...