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*Mounting tensions in Ukraine keep risk appetite in check. NEW YORK, Feb 28- U.S. oil rose on Friday on market talk of decreased supply from the Bakken shale in North Dakota. Tension in Ukraine and lower estimates for U.S. gross domestic product capped gains.
WASHINGTON, Feb 28- The U.S. government slashed its estimate for fourth-quarter economic growth on Friday in the latest sign of a loss of momentum, but some tentative signs emerged that suggested the worst of the slowdown may be over.
Details of the package were being hammered out, but Senator Chris Murphy, chairman of a Senate subcommittee on European Affairs, said the package would be part of "a broader, coordinated program" with the European Union, International Monetary Fund and other international partners.
*Jesse Litvak accused of securities fraud, TARP fraud. NEW HAVEN, Conn., Feb 27- Lawyers defending Jesse Litvak at the former Jefferies Group Inc trader's federal fraud trial on Thursday accused the firm of firing him and then helping prosecutors out of concern that it might otherwise lose a major client.
NEW HAVEN, Conn., Feb 27- Lawyers defending Jesse Litvak at the former Jeffries Group Inc trader's federal fraud trial on Thursday accused the firm of firing him and then helping prosecutors out of concern that it might otherwise lose a major client.
WASHINGTON, Feb 27- Orders for long-lasting U.S. manufactured goods excluding transportation and a gauge of business spending unexpectedly rose in January, offering hopeful signs for factory activity which has slowed in recent months.
*Crude stocks at Cushing draw for 4th week. The U.S. Energy Information Administration said crude stocks rose overall by just 68,000 barrels last week, far less than the average build of 1.2 million barrels forecast, while stocks at Cushing fell 1.1 million barrels as TransCanada Corp's southern pipeline continued to drain oil to the Gulf Coast.
NEW HAVEN, Conn., Feb 26- A former supervisor of onetime Jefferies Group Inc trader Jesse Litvak, who is on trial on federal fraud charges, testified on Wednesday that traders sometimes used coded language to conceal trades whose prices were not necessarily best for clients.
NEW YORK, Feb 26- U.S. oil rose more than $1 per barrel on Wednesday after government data showed a surprisingly small build in crude oil inventories and another large draw from the American benchmark's delivery point.
Treasury sells $32 billion of 2- year notes. NEW YORK, Feb 25- U.S. Insurance companies and pension funds with extended investment horizons were likely buyers of the 30- year Treasuries, according to rate-strategist Boris Rjavinski at UBS in Stamford, Connecticut.
NEW HAVEN, Conn., Feb 25- Jesse Litvak, a former trader at Jefferies Group Inc, made extra commissions and profits by defrauding big Wall Street firms such as JPMorgan Chase& Co and AllianceBernstein Holding LP on bond trades, a U.S. Treasury Department agent testified at Litvak's fraud trial.
*Home Depot and Macy's rally after results. NEW YORK, Feb 25- U.S. stocks edged lower on Tuesday, easing back from record territory a day earlier as weak economic data offset gains in Home Depot and other retail shares.
NEW HAVEN, Conn., Feb 25- Jesse Litvak, a former trader at Jefferies Group Inc, made extra commissions and profits by defrauding big Wall Street firms such as JPMorgan Chase& Co and AllianceBernstein Holding LP on bond trades, a U.S. Treasury Department agent said at Litvak's fraud trial.
*Dollar index slides on lower U.S. bond yields. NEW YORK, Feb 25- The dollar fell against a basket of major currencies on Tuesday after soft U.S. consumer confidence data drove bond yields lower, weakening demand for the U.S. currency.
NEW YORK, Feb 24- Brent oil rose on Monday after production outages in Libya and South Sudan curbed exports and tightened global supply.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Feb 21- Sikorsky Aircraft, the helicopter unit of United Technologies Corp, on Friday said it would lay off 600 workers beginning in the next few weeks, citing continued "challenging and unstable economic conditions."
NEW YORK, Feb 21- U.S. The market shrugged off a larger-than-expected drop in U.S. existing homes sales, which declined by 5.1 percent in January, the National Association of Realtors reported on Friday. They don't know what to do, "said David Ader, an interest rate strategists at CRT Capital in Stamford, Connecticut.
NEW HAVEN, Conn., Feb 20- A lawyer for Jesse Litvak, on trial on charges he defrauded clients and the United States on bond trades, on Thursday tried to discredit one of the government's main witnesses against the former Jefferies Group Inc banker.
NEW YORK, Feb 20- Earlier this month, Eaton Corp Plc made an announcement that captured little attention: the diversified manufacturer of heavy truck transmissions and residential circuit breakers said it would spend a record $700 million this year on tooling and machinery.
*Jobless claims fall 3,000 in February payrolls survey week. WASHINGTON, Feb 20- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week, pointing to steadily improving labor market conditions, despite two straight months of weak hiring.