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  • *Yields rise on ECB bond purchase reports, Canada rate cut. Treasury yields rose on Wednesday as investors unwound positions on reports that European Central Bank has proposed 50 billion euros worth of monthly bond purchases, and after the Bank of Canada made a surprise interest rate cut. The Bank of Canada surprise cut played havoc, with the yield curve going...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 21- U.S. Treasuries fell in midday New York trade on Wednesday, pulling the yield up from near record lows, in reaction to reports the European Central Bank has proposed 50 billion euros worth of monthly bond purchases. "The market seems to be taking that as a positive risk-on event and so we are seeing equities higher, commodities higher, yields higher,"...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St rises on report of ECB action; IBM falls Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 12:25 PM ET

    *IBM shares fall after results, Netflix rallies. NEW YORK, Jan 21- U.S. stocks rose in a volatile session on Wednesday on reports that new stimulative measures would be announced by the European Central Bank at its meeting tomorrow, though a tepid outlook from IBM limited the Dow's gains. "The timing and duration of bond purchases is just as important as the actual...

  • Northern Trust beats Street 4Q forecasts Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 12:17 PM ET

    Northern Trust on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $244 million.

  • IBM outlook drags on Wall Street gains. *Gold above $1,300 for first time since August. NEW YORK, Jan 21- European and U.S. equities rose on Wednesday, lifted by news reports that the European Central Bank will announce a massive bond-buying program to boost the euro zone's flagging economy.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St rises on report of ECB action Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 11:09 AM ET

    *IBM shares fall after results, Netflix rallies. NEW YORK, Jan 21- U.S. stocks rose in a volatile session on Wednesday on reports that new stimulative measures would be announced by the European Central Bank at its meeting tomorrow, though a tepid outlook from IBM limited the Dow's gains. The Wall Street Journal reported that the ECB's Executive Board has proposed a...

  • TREASURIES-Long bond prices gain, ECB meeting in focus Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 9:24 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Jan 21- Thirty-year bonds rallied on Wednesday and the yield curve flattened as investors anticipated Thursday's European Central Bank meeting, when the ECB is expected to announce purchases of government bonds to fight deflation and try to kickstart growth. The potential size of the program is seen at around 600 billion euros, according to a Reuters...

  • UnitedHealth profit beats on higher premium revenue Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 7:58 AM ET
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    UnitedHealth, the largest U.S. health insurer, reported a better-than-expected fourth-quarter profit as premium income rose.

  • Jan 21- UnitedHealth Group Inc, the largest U.S. health insurer, reported a better-than-expected fourth-quarter profit as premium income rose. UnitedHealth's shares were up 2.2 percent in premarket trading. UnitedHealth also said it sees 2015 revenue at between $140.5 billion and $141.5 billion and net earnings in the range of $6 to $6.25 per share.

  • NYMEX-Crude remains below $47/bbl on demand worries Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 6:57 PM ET

    TOKYO, Jan 21- U.S. crude futures edged up on Wednesday following steep losses a day earlier but remained below $47 a barrel amid worries over ample supplies and sluggish demand after the International Monetary Fund cut its 2015 global economic forecast. *NYMEX crude for new front-month March delivery was up 23 cents at $46.70 a barrel by 2345 GMT.

  • *FXCM plummets, details loan agreement. NEW YORK, Jan 20- U.S. stocks closed little changed on Tuesday after the International Monetary Fund reduced its growth forecasts for 2015 and 2016, increasing speculation central banks would take more aggressive policy moves to spark economic improvement. "Any sense at all that the ECB disappoints, you will see the...

  • *Wall Street rallies for second straight session. NEW YORK, Jan 20- Equities rose worldwide on Tuesday, with Wall Street reversing early losses and the dollar climbing 1 percent against the Japanese yen, as diminishing global growth prospects bolstered hopes for central bank stimulus. Crude oil prices fell nearly 2 percent after the International Monetary...

  • *China data, QE prospects lift European shares. *China slows less than expected, IMF cuts global outlook. Crude oil prices fell after the International Monetary Fund cut its 2015 global economic forecast on lower fuel demand and key producer Iran hinted that prices could drop to $25 a barrel without supportive OPEC action.

  • Ted Christie, chief financial officer at low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines, said airlines had "very expensive systems and people thinking about how to maximise revenue, and they should do that regardless of the oil price." Politicians and consumer groups in the United States and Europe have called on airlines to cut fares. And on Jan. 7, as North Sea oil prices hit a...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St falls after IMF cuts growth outlook Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 12:48 PM ET

    *FXCM plummets 90 percent, details loan agreement. NEW YORK, Jan 20- U.S. stocks fell on Tuesday after the International Monetary Fund lowered its growth forecasts for 2015 and 2016, though the move spurred hopes that central banks would take more aggressive policy stances to accelerate economic improvement. The upside to seeing less international growth is...

  • *Wall Street dips, as healthcare shares fall. *China data, QE prospects lift European shares. Crude oil prices fell after the International Monetary Fund cut its 2015 global economic forecast on lower fuel demand and key producer Iran hinted that prices could drop to $25 a barrel without supportive OPEC action.

  • Regions Financial misses Street 4Q forecasts Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 10:31 AM ET
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    Regions Financial on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter profit dropped by almost 4 percent to $211 million.

  • *Oil lower again; Halliburton rises after results. *FXCM shares plummet 90 percent, details loan agreement. NEW YORK, Jan 20- U.S. stocks edged lower on Tuesday after the International Monetary Fund lowered its growth forecasts for 2015 and 2016, though the move spurred hopes that central banks would take more aggressive policy stances to accelerate economic...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 20- U.S. Treasury prices gained on Tuesday with 30- year bonds leading the rally, as investors bet that the European Central Bank will launch new quantitative easing this week, keeping longer-dated debt in demand as investors hunt for higher yields. "If you are looking for ECB to not disappoint on Thursday, the predominant view is that you still won't...

  • *Oil lower again; Halliburton rises after results. *FXCM shares plummet 90 percent, details loan agreement. NEW YORK, Jan 20- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Tuesday as lower growth forecasts from the International Monetary Fund spurred hopes that central banks would take more aggressive policy stances to accelerate economic improvement.