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Wall St little changed ahead of Fed's policy meeting

20 September 2017

Any reduction in the balance sheet could make it harder for banks and investors to borrow certain Treasuries in the repurchase agreement market, making it more difficult and expensive to bet on or protect against interest rate increases.

The Bank of Japan holds its regular policy meeting on Thursday with many expecting no change in its monetary policy stance.

Sept 19 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks index futures pointed to another record open for the S&P and the Dow on Tuesday, ahead of the two-day Federal Reserve meeting that is expected to roll out a plan to pare the central bank's bond holdings.

Japan's market opened after a holiday weekend with Tokyo's Nikkei 225 jumping almost 2%, chalking up a two-year closing high as it plays some catch-up to US and European markets. The Dow is up 37.20 points or 0.2 percent at 22,368.55, the Nasdaq is up 2.52 points or less than a tenth of a percent at 6,457.16 and the S&P 500 is up 2.55 points or 0.1 percent at 2,506.42. On Friday, the Dow industrials logged a fourth-straight record close (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/dow-futures-steady-paring-losses-that-came-after-latest-north-korean-missile-2017-09-15) and a sixth-straight gain.

Texans will debut color rush uniforms vs. Bengals
Only five other times has it happened twice in a season - 1968 (finished 3-11), 1978 (4-12), 1984 (8-8), 1993 (3-13), 1998 (3-13). Texans coach Bill O'Brien said his decision on the starting quarterback will be made with the best interests of the team in mind.

The tech-heavy Nasdaq also eked out a positive finish, adding 0.1% to reach 6 454.64 points. China's Shanghai Composite Index dipped by 0.2 percent, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index fell by 0.4 percent.

Wall Street stocks posted sharp gains last week.

Meanwhile, the major European markets moved to the upside on the day. Stocks in Europe were narrowly mixed near midday: London's FTSE 100 traded up 0.3%, the CAC-40 in Paris showed a 0.1% gain and Frankfurt's DAX dipped 0.1%.

Heineken NV tumbled 3.5 percent after Mexico's Femsa said it had sold a 5.24 percent stake in the world's second largest brewer for 2.5 billion euros (2.21 billion pounds).

Welbeck to miss at least three weeks
The England striker picked up the problem midway through the second half in 0-0 draw against Chelsea on Sunday September 17. Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck will be out for at least three weeks after injuring his groin at the weekend.

New residential construction in the US unexpectedly decreased in the month of August, according to a report released by the Commerce Department.

In other economic news, housing starts declined by 0.8% to a seasonally adjusted rate of 1.18 million in August. Economists had expected housing starts to jump by 1.7 percent.

Import and export prices moved higher in August, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Defense giant Northrop Grumman added 1.1 percent after announcing it would acquire aerospace and defense firm Orbital ATK for $9.2 billion. Economists had expected import prices to rise by 0.4 percent. Shares in Post Holdings edged up 0.1%.

Nottingham Forest predicated lineup against Chelsea in EFL Cup
Conte wants all his players to improve and says Hazard can get even better. "It's very important to work with the players". He's a bit thin, but he's working a lot to improve his strength and to be prepared to make a big impact in this league.

The report said export prices also rose by 0.6 percent in August following a 0.5 percent increase in the previous month.

Wall St little changed ahead of Fed's policy meeting