Wall Street to open higher on Fed's 'gradual' rate-hike outlook

US stocks mixed, still on pace for yet another winning week

US stocks mixed, still on pace for yet another winning week

But Fed officials made a concerted effort to warn the markets of the high likelihood of a Fed rate hike and expectations then soared to a near-certainty, Chen said. A 0.1 percent gain in technology and a 0.3 percent gain in financials helped stem overall losses.

Indexes: Germany's DAX 30 index was up 0.1% at 11,996.

Despite the fresh optimism in equities, currency markets were far more circumspect with the U.S. dollar edging higher against major rivals ahead of a much anticipated U.S. Federal Reserve rate hike.

Brent crude futures were up 1.8 per cent to settle at $51.81 a barrel, and USA crude jumped 2.4 per cent to settle at $48.86.

Nevertheless, since the start of the year investors have traded French government debt at a heavier discount from ultrasafe German bonds, which means they are still distrustful of polls after last year's decision by Britain to leave the European Union and Donald Trump's victory in the US, both of which came as a surprise.

Across the Atlantic, European stocks rose on Thursday after far-right candidate Geert Wilders was defeated in a closely watched Dutch election, pouring cold water on fears that a populist wave was sweeping the continent. With both economic data and inflation picking up recently, some investors began to consider the possibility that the Fed may try to raise rates four times this year.

Canadian Extradited To US Accused In Massive Computer Hack
The two worked together using spear phishing email messages to trick recipients into giving them access to their accounts. The two FSB officers and Belan than sifted down the hacked accounts to some 6,500 of interest to them, it adds.

The Fed raised short-term rates by a quarter of a percentage point on Wednesday, as many investors expected.

Yields on two-year notes were down at 1.30 percent, having fallen 8 basis points overnight in the biggest daily drop since June last year.

Citizens of the Netherlands voted yesterday, Wednesday 15 March, and the outcome may have a huge impact on the exchange rate.

OTHERS STAND PAT: Japan's central bank left its benchmark lending rate unchanged and said it would work toward a 2% inflation rate target.

United States stocks closed higher on Wednesday, as oil prices bounced back and the Fed took a less hawkish stance than expected.

Futures for the S&P 500 pointed to a strong opening on Wall Street. PulteGroup rose 1.5% to $23.77, and D.R. Horton rose 1.2% to $33.67.

Investors Real Estate Trust (IRET) Common Share Dividend Payout Ratio
On the other hand, in the September 2017 quarter the company recorded a net $166.59M revenue with earnings per share of $1.39. The real estate investment trust reported $0.43 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts' consensus estimates of $0.44 by $0.01.

Gold's sister metal, silver for May delivery SIK7, +0.17% was also up 2.5 cents, or 0.1%, at $17.355 an ounce, eyeing a weekly gain of 2.6%-its best in roughly a month.

A sharp recovery in the oil price provided most of the impetus, boosting energy stocks.

The dollar, meanwhile, is down 0.1 percent against the Japanese yen, at 114.63 yen.

US crude rose 1.9 percent to $48.64 a barrel, after touching a three-month low a day earlier, while benchmark Brent gained 1.5 percent to $51.67 a barrel.

CURRENCIES: The euro from dipped to $1.0746 from $1.0749 late Thursday, and the British pound fell to $1.2367 from $1.2358.

Everton boss Koeman hails 20-goal Lukaku
West Brom have been flying this season under Tony Pulis and find themselves comfortably in eighth place. Maybe one year we're lucky get into Europe and have a run there - that's our ambition'.

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