The US central bank tightened policy as expected on Wednesday, with the tone of its policy statement at first glance appearing to signal that it might step up the pace of tightening a bit, according to some market observers.
Wall Street slipped into the red in the final hour of trading after US rate-setters had signalled a slightly faster pace of policy tightening in 2018 and amid reports that the White House was likely to announce tariffs on Chinese goods - possibly as soon as Friday.
The US may levy tariffs on tens of billions of dollars-worth of Chinese-made goods over the next week, perhaps as soon as Friday.
As much as half of the Bitcoin boom in 2017 may have been part of a campaign of price manipulation, according to a new paper by John Griffin, an academic known for his ability to spot fraud in financial markets.
Stocks on the Continent were mostly higher as investors waited on the result of the US central bank's policy meeting later on Wednesday evening, with the European Central Bank's own policy meeting set for the next day.
Wholesale prices in the US rose more quickly-than-expected last month, on the back of almost across-the-board increases.
Stocks on Wall Street kicked off the day slightly firmer on Wednesday as investors awaited the latest policy announcement from the Federal Reserve and waited for further clues on the path of rate hikes this year.
Spanish fashion retailer Inditex is reaping the benefits of its recent investments in technologies to boost the efficiency of its online and physical stores.
Pushed by the new Socialist government in power, Spanish lawmakers have agreed to link annual public pension payments to consumer price inflation.
Most markets in Asia finished Wednesday in the red, as investors turned their attention to the Federal Reserve meeting later in the global day.
Levels of employment in the single currency bloc pushed further above their crisis peaks in 2008 over the course of the first quarter of 2018, led by the Netherlands, Germany and Spain.
US futures pointed to a slightly firmer open on Wall Street on Wednesday as investors eyed the latest policy announcement from the Federal Reserve and looked for further clues on the path of rate hikes this year.
A US federal judge cleared AT&T's planned acquisition of Time Warner overnight, drawing to a close the six-week antitrust trial which saw regulators and the White House argue that the $85bn deal would give AT&T undue leverage.