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  • SINGAPORE, March 3- U.S. crude held above $49 a barrel on Tuesday on expectations of a smaller build in stockpiles at Cushing, the delivery point for the contract, despite forecasts pointing to a new record high in the nation's inventories. *U.S. crude futures edged up 24 cents to $49.83 a barrel by 2350 GMT, after falling 17 cents in the previous session.

  • WASHINGTON, March 2- Regulators shouldn't weaken a rule that limits banks' borrowing, a senior U.S. bank supervisor said on Monday, indicating a possible split with the derivatives watchdog over the issue. Tom Hoenig, second-in-command at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp, said he disagreed with the head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission who has...

  • *Speculation over Iran nuclear deal, higher Libyan output weigh. *Coming Up: American Petroleum Institute report on Tuesday. NEW YORK, March 2- Brent futures fell 5 percent, its most in a month, on Monday as speculation of a nuclear deal that could lift Iran's sanctions and boost its oil exports brought worries about high supplies back to the market.

  • UPDATE 1-Bets on oil rally highest since July -ICE Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 8:29 AM ET

    LONDON, March 2- Hedge funds and large speculators increased their bets on rising Brent crude oil prices last week to their highest for more than seven months, exchange data showed on Monday. Speculators increased their net long positions in Brent futures and options by 11,371 contracts to 182,783 in the week to Feb. 24, InterContinentalExchange data shows.

  • *Manufacturing data expected from Markit, ISM. *Investors will also eye data on the manufacturing sector, with financial data firm Markit final Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index expected at 9:45 a.m.. The Institute for Supply Management's reading on the manufacturing sector is scheduled for release at 10:00 a.m..

  • *China cuts rates again to shore up economy; firm buying interest. MANILA, March 2- Gold rose to its highest level in nearly two weeks on Monday, backed by firm Chinese demand. "The prospects of better growth and stronger income should boost gold-buying in China," said Howie Lee, an investment analyst at Phillip Futures in Singapore.

  • SINGAPORE, March 2- U.S. crude futures fell towards $49 a barrel on Monday after rising more than $1 in the previous session to close February with the first monthly gain since June last year. Economic data from manufacturing activity in China to jobs in the United States will dominate investors' radar this week. *U.S. crude futures dropped 41 cents to $49.35 a barrel...

  • Trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    After years of profit gains amid wage stagnation, America may finally be getting a raise. And that could be bad news for investors.

  • MUMBAI, Feb 28- India on Saturday proposed to merge its commodity market regulator with the capital market watchdog, aiming to strengthen regulation in a move which could help open the commodity futures market to institutional investors. Responding to the measure, shares of Multi Commodity Exchange of India Ltd, India's biggest commodity exchange and its...

  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency, which oversees the multibillion-dollar crop insurance program, by law uses the average price in February for harvest-time grain futures contracts to set the "floor" price that private insurers must guarantee farmers who sign up. Based on Friday's futures closes, the RMA is expected to set the floor...

  • *Brent premium over U.S. crude widens to $13. *Baker Hughes data shows pace of rig count drop slows. Both Brent and U.S. futures briefly pared gains after data from Baker Hughes Inc showed its U.S. oil drilling rig count fell only 33 to 986 this week, after a decline of only 37 last week.

  • Great month for stocks, what's next? Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 2:51 PM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Feb. 20, 2015.

    Just about everything is up five percent this month

  • *Baker Hughes data shows pace of rig count drop slows. Both Brent and U.S. futures briefly pared gains after data from oil services company Baker Hughes showed its U.S. oil drilling rig count fell only 33 to 986 this week, after rigs were only down 37 in the previous week. Brent April crude was up $1.27 at $61.32 a barrel at 1:28 p.m. EST, on pace to post a 15 percent...

  • CRUDE FUTURES PARE GAINS AFTER BAKER HUGHES OIL RIG COUNT SHOWS DROP OF ONLY 33.

  • Brent April crude was up $1.51 at $61.56 a barrel at 11:54 a.m. EST, on pace to post a 16 percent monthly gain, the first monthly rise since June. April crude was up 75 cents at $48.92 a barrel, needing a finish above $48.24 to post a February gain. Oil has been supported by signs that lower prices are starting to reduce investment in production in non- OPEC countries and...

  • *China's implied oil demand set to grow 3 percent this year. *Statoil shuts Statfjord C platform in North Sea. At 1453 GMT, Brent crude futures were up $1.26 at $61.32 a barrel, off an earlier high of $61.75.

  • Careful: Earnings are turning negative Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 10:03 AM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Investors should be cautious as earnings for this year's first quarter are lower than last year's.

  • *J.C. Penney tumbles after earnings. NEW YORK, Feb 27- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Friday, with major indexes on track for a fourth week of gains, ahead of readings on economic growth and consumer sentiment. *Later in the session at 10:00 a.m., the University of Michigan's final February reading on consumer sentiment is expected, along with pending...

  • The contrarian case for shorting the US dollar Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 7:09 AM ET

    It may finally be time to go against the crowd and play the dollar for a swift slide.

  • POLL-Oil market may have bottomed out - Reuters poll Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 6:00 AM ET

    *Brent seen averaging $59 a barrel, U.S. crude $54.50 in 2015. But the market ought to see sustained rallies later this year, bringing North Sea Brent crude futures to an average of $59 a barrel in 2015 and to $71.80 in 2016.. Brent crashed from a high above $115 a barrel last June to almost $45 last month and has since regained ground to trade at or slightly above $60 this...

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