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Hawn And Russell During The 86th Academy Awards In Hollywood, California
'Fast & Furious 7': Kurt Russell In A Black Suit In New Still, Jordana Brewster Lovingly Gazes At Someone In Another Still

By IBTimes AU

New stills give a sneak peak of "Fast & Furious 7" actors. (7:55 pm)

MORE TOPICS: LONDON

New York Stock Exchange
Australian Stock Market Report –Afternoon December 18, 2014

By Comsec

The local sharemarket has finished firmly in the black, following a strong lead from European and US markets. The S&P 500 enjoyed its best one day gain in a year, after the US Federal Reserve signalled it was on track to raise interest rates next year - reinforcing the strength of the US economy. (7:06 pm)

MORE TOPICS: FEDERAL RESERVE, TWITTER

Serkis During The Big Screen Achievement Awards
'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Fan Makes Three-Bladed Crossguard Lightsaber, Plus Andy Serkis Debunks Rumours

By IBTimes AU

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is an upcoming action adventure movie directed by J.J. Abrams and slated to be released in 2015. (2:43 pm)

MORE TOPICS: AUSTRALIA

Australian one dollar coins surround a U.S. one dollar note in this photo illustration taken in Sydney July 27, 2011. Australian consumer prices rose by more than expected last quarter while underlying inflation proved alarmingly high, reviving pressure f
Australian Dollar Outlook – December 18, 2014

By Bellfx

The Australian Dollar has dipped suddenly to USD 0.8120 following headlines the FOMC had dropped the "considerable time" phrase with respect to its guidance on interest rates, and instead deciding it could be "patient in beginning to normalise" policy. (11:12 am)

MORE TOPICS: TWITTER, RETAIL SALES, GDP, AUSTRALIA, RETAIL

The United States Federal Reserve Board building is shown in Washington October 28, 2014. The U.S. Federal Reserve this week will likely reinforce its stated willingness to wait a long while before hiking interest rates after a volatile month in financial
Global Markets Overview – December 18, 2014

By IG Markets

US equities surged on the back of the Fed meeting, which seems to have hit a sweet spot as far as balancing expectations is concerned. (11:02 am)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, GOLD, DOW JONES, FTSE, TWITTER, GDP

Retailer
Australian Stock Market Report – Morning December 18, 2014

By Comsec

In US economic data, consumer prices fell 0.3% in November - marking the largest decline since December 2008. Annual growth eased from 1.7% to 1. The fall in gasoline prices (down 6.6% in November) was the biggest driver. Core CPI (ex food and energy) lifted up 0.1% in November to be up 1. (10:54 am)

MORE TOPICS: GOLD, FEDERAL RESERVE, UNEMPLOYMENT, DOW JONES, FTSE, TWITTER

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III
NFL News: Robert Griffin III Quitting Social Media By End Of Season

By IBTimes AU

Robert Griffin III has quit on his social media accounts Twitter and Facebook (Dec 17)

MORE TOPICS: NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE, TWITTER, NFL DRAFT

A tourists take souvenir snaps nearby as a hooded protester dressed to represent a detainee of the U.S. government demonstrates against torture outside the White House in Washington
Jeb Bush Announces Candidacy For US Presidency Race: Primaries May Become A Challenge For The George Bush Sibling

By IBTimes AU

The response of Republican cadres in the primaries will be the real turning point in the fortunes of Jeb Bush. (Dec 17)

MORE TOPICS: BARACK OBAMA, HILLARY CLINTON, GEORGE W. BUSH, FLORIDA

The stock board at the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) is seen in central Sydney November 6, 2008. Australian shares fell 3.8 percent on Thursday, driven down by miners such as BHP Billiton Ltd, after U.S. economic data stoked fears of a prolonged sl
Australian Stock Market Report – Afternoon December 17, 2014

By Comsec

The Australian share market has ended a 6 session losing streak on Thursday with a gain of 9.6 points. The ASX 200 trade through a range of 41 points from low to high. The market was down 2 points at its worst levels and up 39 points at its best. (Dec 17)

MORE TOPICS: GOLD, FEDERAL RESERVE, TWITTER, GOLD PRICES, COURT, AUSTRALIA

‘Australian Idol’ Ex-Winner Wes Carr Sings ‘I Pray’ to Support Victims of the Sydney Siege Tragedy

By IBTimes AU

Former "Australian Idol" winner Wes Carr has written a song of support for the victims of the Sydney Siege tragedy. (Dec 17)