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  • LONDON, July 26- Hedge funds and other money managers have begun to amass another large short position in futures and options contracts linked to the price of crude oil. Hedge funds increased their short positions in NYMEX WTI futures and options from 53 million barrels on May 31 to 141 million barrels on July 19, anticipating a further drop in prices.

  • LONDON, July 26- Hedge funds and other money managers have begun to amass another large short position in futures and options contracts linked to the price of crude oil. Hedge funds increased their short positions in NYMEX WTI futures and options from 53 million barrels on May 31 to 141 million barrels on July 19, anticipating a further drop in prices.

  • July 26- U.S. stock index futures were flat on Tuesday as investors braced for a flurry of corporate earnings, including those of Apple, and ahead of the Federal Reserve's policy meeting. *The central bank will announce its decision at 2:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday. *Traders have priced in an 18.7 percent chance of a rate increase in September and 42.8 percent in...

  • July 25- E* Trade Financial Corp said it would buy the parent of online brokerage OptionsHouse for $725 million in cash, as the company looks to better compete in derivatives trading. Chicago- based OptionsHouse currently operates 154,000 customer accounts and has $3.6 billion in customer assets, including $1.4 billion in cash. OptionsHouse is an indirect...

  • *Futures up: Dow 31 pts, S&P 4.25 pts, Nasdaq 7.25 pts. July 22- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Friday, a day after the Dow industrials snapped a nine-session streak of gains and as investors assessed earnings reports from a host of industrial companies including GE. *Starbucks declined 2.4 percent to $56.22 after its sales growth fell short of expectations in...

  • July 21- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Thursday ahead of a flood of earnings reports and economic data, including the European Central Bank's first meeting since the Brexit vote. The rate decision is due at 7:45 a.m. ET and President Mario Draghi will hold a news conference at 8:30 a.m. ET. *Wall Street gained on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 and Dow...

  • July 20- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Wednesday, with the Dow industrials on track for its ninth straight day of gains, as results from Morgan Stanley and Microsoft helped spur investor optimism regarding the health of corporate earnings. *Morgan Stanley was up 3.2 percent at $29.08 in premarket trading after the investment bank's profit topped...

  • Wall Street set to follow suit. Wall Street looked set to open higher, according to index futures. The tech sector has been in focus this week since Japan's Softbank agreed to buy Britain's chip designer ARM for $32 billion.

  • July 18- U.S. stock index futures were slightly higher on Monday, coming off a record-setting week for Wall Street that followed robust economic data and strong earnings. *Equity futures had dipped after the close on Friday, but have since shrugged off the impact of an attempted coup in Turkey. The bank's shares rose 0.3 percent to $13.70 in premarket trading.

  • July 15- U.S. stock index futures were flat on Friday, a day after the S&P 500 hit another record and ahead of earnings reports from a slate of U.S. banks, including Citigroup and Wells Fargo. *The three major Wall Street indexes are on track to mark their third straight week of gains. *Data showed China's economy grew faster than expected in the second quarter, but also...

  • July 14- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Thursday as JPMorgan's quarterly profit beat expectations, although futures dipped slightly after the Bank of England surprised investors by leaving interest rates unchanged. *The BoE said it was likely to deliver stimulus in three weeks, once it assessed how Britain's decision to leave the European Union has...

  • WASHINGTON, July 13- The top U.S. securities regulator on Wednesday took another step toward tightening its oversight of security-based swaps by proposing new reporting requirements for transactions, nearly six years after Congress directed it to build a regulatory regime for the derivatives. "These provisions will result in increased transparency which...

  • WASHINGTON, July 13- The top U.S. securities regulator on Wednesday took another step toward tightening its oversight of security-based swaps by proposing new reporting requirements for transactions, nearly six years after Congress directed it to build a regulatory regime for the derivatives. "These provisions will result in increased transparency which...

  • July 13- U.S. stock index futures were flat on Wednesday as investors stopped to take a breather a day after the S&P 500 and the Dow hit record highs, amid growing optimism about the economy. *Easing political tension in Japan and Britain and increased prospects of central banks providing stimulus post Britain's vote to leave the European Union have also helped...

  • *Futures up: Dow 85 pts, S&P 11 pts, Nasdaq 25.25 pts. July 12- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Tuesday, a day after the S&P 500 hit a record high as investor optimism was propelled by a set of strong economic data. *The benchmark index, which came close several times this year to topping its May 2015 record, finally broke through on Monday to a new high of 2,143.16.

  • SAO PAULO, July 11- Holders of about $210 million in credit default swaps issued to insure against the bankruptcy of Brazilian phone operator Oi SA are likely to get paid later this month after an industry group scheduled a July 21 auction of the securities. Earlier this month the New York- based International Swaps and Derivatives Association declared a "credit...

  • *S&P 500 closed 5 pts shy of all-time high on Friday. July 11- The S&P 500 looked set to hit a record high on Monday as stock index futures rose after a stunning monthly jobs report last week boosted confidence in the U.S. economy. "Reaching a new high may see money moving from the sidelines of safety trades, like Treasury bonds and gold, back into the equity markets," said...

  • July 11- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Monday after a stunning monthly jobs report boosted investor confidence, sending the S&P 500 within striking distance of its record high. *Wall Street closed sharply higher on Friday, with the S&P closing just 5 points away from its all-time high of 2,134.72. *Investors will watch for comments from company...

  • NEW YORK, July 8- The November U.S. presidential election is being sold by the major parties as a defining moment for the next generation of Americans. But stock and options traders, often moved to action by political headlines, are responding with a big' meh.'. Options bets on volatility around the Nov. 8 election are running lower than could be expected given how...

  • July 7- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Thursday as investors awaited a host economic data that would provide clues on the strength of the economy and determine whether the Federal Reserve would be able to raise interest rates this year. *After a roller-coaster ride sparked by Britain's June 23 vote to leave the European Union, investors in the...