Opponents of fracking rally outside the Empire State Plaza Convention Center before Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address in January in Albany.
The head of the US Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen, delivered the latest statement on behalf of a body which can shake up global financial markets like a cocktail waiter.
SYDNEY/TOKYO (Reuters) - The euro probed fresh two-year lows early on Monday in a subdued start to a holiday-shortened week, extending a multi-month trend of weakness against the dollar that many traders say will remain intact in the new year.
... * Growth forecast for 2015 lowered to 3.8 pct from 4.0 pct. * Inflation expected to rise 2.0 pct in 2015. * Domestic spending seen propping up growth next year.
SHANGHAI Dec 22 (Reuters) - Chinese stock brokerage Haitong Securities said it plans to raise HK$29.94 billion ($3.86 billion) in a private share placement in Hong Kong.