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  • May 19- U.S. stock index futures were lower on Thursday as investors digested the possibility of the Federal Reserve raising interest rates as early as next month. *Fed Vice Chair Stanley Fischer is expected to speak at a conference at 9:15 a.m. ET in New York, while New York Fed president William Dudley will speak at 10:30 a.m. ET. *Wall Street pared gains in...

  • *Fed puts June on the table for rate hike; market sees July. NEW YORK, May 18- The U.S. dollar rose sharply against a basket of currencies on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve signaled an interest rate hike could happen as soon as next month, while stocks on Wall Street fell despite a rally in bank shares. Bank stocks, seen benefiting from higher interest rates, led...

  • May 18- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Wednesday as investors await the release of minutes from the Federal Reserve's April meeting, which could give clues on the path of rate hikes. *The minutes is scheduled to be released at 2 p.m. ET, and follows comments from Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan who said he will advocate for a hike in June or July.

  • May 17- The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission is nearing completion of a set of amendments to its proposed rule on limits to speculative positions in derivatives, risk management service Risk.net reported on Tuesday, citing sources. The amendments focus on the bona fide hedging exemptions available to end-users of futures and swaps to manage...

  • NEW YORK, May 16- Former SAC executive Gabe Plotkin's Melvin Capital took a new position in streaming video service Netflix Inc, buying 950,000 shares and a call option for 1.45 million shares, according to regulatory filings on Monday. Melvin Capital also took a new position in Home Depot Inc, buying 475,000 shares. And Passport Capital added 3.3 million Yahoo...

  • NEW YORK, May 16- Former SAC executive Gabe Plotkin's Melvin Capital took a new position in streaming video service Netflix Inc, buying 950,000 shares and a call option for 1.45 million shares, according to regulatory filings on Monday. Melvin Capital also took a new position in Home Depot Inc, buying 475,000 shares. And Passport Capital added 3.3 million Yahoo...

  • May 16- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Monday following a bruising week that left the Dow and the S&P 500 lower for the third straight week. *Data from China over the weekend was also tepid. *However, oil prices jumped over 2 percent to their highest since October 2015 on growing Nigerian oil output disruptions and after long-time bear Goldman Sachs...

  • NEW YORK, May 13- David Tepper's hedge-fund firm Appaloosa bought nearly 1 million shares in Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc in the first three months of 2016, according to regulatory filings, but sold them during the first quarter. Its 2.7 million SPY calls were valued at more than $555 million by the end of the quarter, and accounted for roughly 9.8...

  • NEW YORK, May 13- UBS AG urged a U.S. judge on Friday to reject claims that it should be held liable for $2 billion in losses that investors incurred on mortgage-backed securities issued before the collapse of the U.S. housing market. Lawyers for UBS made their closing arguments in the non-jury trial in Manhattan federal court in a lawsuit being pursued by U.S.

  • May 13- U.S. stock index futures erased their losses on Friday after data showed retail sales in April recorded their biggest increase in a year, suggesting the economy was regaining momentum after growth almost stalled in the first quarter. The U.S. Commerce Department said retail sales jumped 1.3 percent last month, the largest gain since March 2015 and...

  • May 13- U.S. stock index futures were lower on Friday as oil prices fell and investors awaited April retail sales data for clues on the strength of the economy. The data is expected at 8:30 a.m. ET. Apple was down 0.4 percent at $90.01 in premarket trading.

  • *Reports first drop in net sales in 6 qtrs. May 12- Kohl's Corp became the latest U.S. department store operator to flag a slump in apparel demand, reporting a surprise drop in quarterly comparable sales on Thursday that sent its shares plummeting to a more than seven-year low. That's the simple answer, " Wes McDonald, Kohl's chief financial officer, said on a call with...

  • Wall Street, where a sharp fall on Wednesday set the gloomy tone in Asia, was set to open higher, according to index futures. Germany's Dax index gained 0.6 percent and Britain's FTSE 100 added 0.4 percent. Earlier, MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slipped 0.4 percent, moving back toward a two-month low touched on Tuesday.

  • May 11- U.S. stock index futures edged lower on Wednesday, a day after S&P 500 enjoyed its best day in two months and as Dow component Walt Disney reported a rare earnings miss. *Disney shares were down 4.9 percent at $101.31 in premarket trading after the company's result missed expectations as advertising and subscriptions declined at ESPN.

  • May 10- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Tuesday, helped by a rise in oil prices as the raging wildfire in Canada hit supplies and temporarily eclipsed concern over high global inventories. *Oil prices were up more than 1 percent, driven by supply disruptions in Canada and elsewhere that have knocked out 2.5 million barrels of daily production.

  • May 9- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Monday, extending gains from Friday after the disappointing U.S. jobs report suggested the Federal Reserve would raise rates just once this year and as crude rallied after a wildfire in Canada hit supplies. *Wall Street rebounded from early losses and closed higher on Friday after investors focused on the positive...

  • May 6- U.S. stock index futures extended losses on Friday after April payrolls data showed the U.S. economy added the fewest number of jobs in seven months. Nonfarm payrolls increased by 160,000 last month, far below the 202,000 that economists polled by Reuters had forecast on average. Futures snapshot at 8:32 a.m. ET:.

  • May 5- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Thursday, after three straight days of losses, as oil prices rose for the first time this week and ahead of the monthly jobs data on Friday. *Oil prices jumped over 2 percent as a huge wildfire near Canada's oil sands region and escalating tensions in Libya stoked concerns among investors of a near-term supply shortage.

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  • May 4- U.S. stock index futures were sharply lower for the second straight day on Wednesday as investors await a raft of U.S. economic data. The report is due at 8:15 a.m. ET. *Other reports scheduled for Wednesday include data on U.S. trade deficit, which is expected to have narrowed to $41.5 billion in March from $47.1 billion in February.