World Bulletin / News Desk
Wall Street closed higher Wednesday as the Federal Reserve increased interest rates and pointed to strengthening economic conditions.
The Dow added 112 points to finish at 20,950 and the S&P rose 19 points to end the day at 2,385.
The Nasdaq increased 43 points to close at 5,900.
Fed Chair Janet Yellen said the economy is getting closer to the central bank's objectives. ”The simple message is that the economy is doing well,” she said.
Markets had already priced in the Fed's rate hike in recent weeks in anticipation of the rate hike.
After the interest rate increase was announced, the dollar lost some recent gains against major currencies, while oil prices rose around 2 percent to rally the stock market.
At the final bell, American benchmark West Texas Intermediate was trading at $48.83 -- up 2.4 percent. International benchmark Brent crude was at $51.87 -- a 1.9 percent gain.
The IMF warned that "significant policy uncertainties imply larger-than-usual" risks to the US outlook on either side, since spending cuts could lower growth, while tax cuts could provide stimulus and expand the economy.
Now the VNO-NCW is calling for the Dutch parliament to reverse a 2015 decision to introduce a cap of 20 percent of annual pay on the bonuses which can be paid out to top managers in the banking industry.
The state-owned energy trading firm Lietuvos Duju Tiekimas said it signed the deal with the Texas company Cheniere Energy.
Adding to the upward pressure for oil is the crisis in the Middle East, where a Saudi-led blockade of Qatar has fuelled concerns of possible conflict.
Bourses in both Paris and Frankfurt dipped after a report from data monitoring company IHS Markit showed Eurozone private sector business activity slowed sharply in June while staying in expansion mode.
Analysts said that while the downturn in the headline readings was disappointing, the economy continued to put in a strong performance.
Crude prices stabilised after diving more than two percent on Tuesday on increasing fears of a global supply glut, as continued production in the US and elsewhere offsets an OPEC output cut deal.
Move estimated to save company $1B in investment costs
However, most other regional markets struggled after Monday's healthy gains, despite being given a positive lead from Wall Street where the Dow and S&P 500 closed at fresh record highs.
The purchase in one fell swoop gives Amazon, which until now has operated almost entirely on the internet, a big presence in the brick-and-mortar world on Main Street, with more than 450 stores in the US, Canada and Britain.
"The Bank of Russia Board of Directors decided to cut the key rate to 9.00 percent per annum," the bank said in a statement. The cut follows a half-point decrease in late April.
Equity traders have suffered a fraught week as the crisis engulfing Donald Trump picks up pace, technology firms tumbled from recent highs and energy plays were hammered by plunging oil prices.
"In May 2017, passenger car registrations across the EU increased by 7.6 percent to 1.387 million units," ACEA said in a statement.