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  • *Oracle up in premarket after results. NEW YORK, Dec 18- U.S. stock index futures surged on Thursday, putting the S&P 500 on track to extend gains from the prior session, as oil prices showed signs of stabilizing and ahead of data on the labor market. Exxon Mobil rose 1.8 percent to $90.60 and the Select Sector Energy ETF gained 2.2 percent to $78.81 in premarket trading.

  • US STOCKS-Futures climb as oil rebounds; data on tap Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 7:32 AM ET

    *Oracle up in premarket after results. NEW YORK, Dec 18- U.S. stock index futures surged on Thursday, putting the S&P 500 on track to extend gains from the prior session, as oil prices showed hints of stabilizing and ahead of data on the labor market. Exxon Mobil rose 2 percent to $90.84 and the Select Sector Energy ETF gained 1.6 percent to $78.34 in premarket trading.

  • US STOCKS-Futures rise ahead of Fed decision Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 7:47 AM ET

    *FedEx shares fall after earnings. NEW YORK, Dec 17- U.S. stock index futures rose on Wednesday, following three days of losses for major Wall Street indexes, ahead of the year's final statement from the U.S. *FedEx shares fell 2.8 percent in light premarket trading after the package delivery company posted quarterly results.

  • *Russi energy min shares OPEC view market will stabilize itself. A near- $20 drop in prices since OPEC declined to cut output at a Nov. 27 meeting has yet to prompt the Gulf members- who overruled calls for output cuts by poorer members such as Venezuela- to reverse course. Russia has said it would not cut production even if oil prices fell below $60 per barrel- far below...

  • US STOCKS-Futures tumble as oil, rouble slide further Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 8:19 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 16- U.S. stock index futures fell on Tuesday as a further slide in crude oil prices and the Russian rouble sent traders fleeing from risky assets. Brent crude lost more than 3 percent to $58.96 per barrel after hitting a low of $58.50 and U.S. crude was down almost 3 percent at $54.26 after hitting $53.80. "The market is reflecting a global macro concern...

  • US STOCKS-Futures slide as oil, rouble crumble Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 7:33 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 16- U.S. stock index futures fell on Tuesday as a slide in the Russian rouble and crude oil prices sent traders fleeing risky assets. *Brent crude lost nearly 4 percent after hitting a low of $58.50 and U.S. crude was down 3 percent at $54.21 after hitting $53.80. *Plunging oil prices could heighten geopolitical tensions, trigger defaults by U.S. shale oil...

  • US STOCKS-Futures jump early as crude prices rebound Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 7:39 AM ET

    *Petsmart to be acquired by private equity consortium. NEW YORK, Dec 15- U.S. stock index futures rose on Monday, following the worst week for the S&P 500 in more than two years, with investors focused on a rebound in crude oil prices which earlier hit a fresh 5-1/ 2- year low. *Shares of pet supply retailer PetSmart rose 4.2 percent in premarket trading after it agreed to...

  • OTTAWA, Dec 12- Canada's federal housing agency, CMHC, is raising, in some cases tripling, the fees it charges to guarantee mortgage-backed securities, part of a move to limit government exposure to the mortgage market and encourage the private sector. "This fee increase will narrow the funding cost difference between government-sponsored and private-market...

  • Panel says RadioShack making debt payments Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 2:43 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A trade group ruled Friday that RadioShack has not failed to make debt payments, despite a lender accusing the troubled electronics retailer of violating terms on a $250 million loan. The ruling means that investors who had bought derivatives as insurance against a RadioShack default were not entitled to payouts. Earlier this month, RadioShack...

  • LIMIT ON ROUBLE LIQUIDITY VIA FX SWAPS IS PART OF BANK'S STRATEGY TO RESTRICT' SPECULATIVE' ATTACKS ON ROUBLE- CENTRAL BANK.

  • RUSSIAN CENTRAL BANK SAYS TO KEEP LIMIT ON ROUBLE LIQUIDITY VIA FX SWAPS TO STABILISE CURRENCY MARKET.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 12- U.S. stock index futures fell on Friday, putting the benchmark S&P 500 on track to snap seven weeks of gains, after oil prices fell and Chinese data disappointed. *Brent crude slipped to a low of $62.75, its lowest since July 2009, and was last down 0.6 percent at $63.30. WTI crude dropped below $60 a barrel and was last down 1 percent at $59.37 as worries...

  • US STOCKS-Futures lower on China data, oil decline Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 7:48 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 12- U.S. stock index futures fell on Friday, putting the S&P 500 on track to snap a seven-week run of gains, as oil prices declined and after disappointing data in China. *Brent crude slipped to a low of $62.75, its lowest since July 2009, and was last down 0.6 percent at $63.30. WTI crude dropped below $60 a barrel and was last down 1 percent at $59.37 as worries...

  • Dodd-Frank battle over banks erupts anew in DC Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 7:40 AM ET
    Then-Sen. Chris Dodd (L) and then-Rep. Barney Frank at the signing of the Dodd-Frank act in 2010.

    The move to roll back Dodd-Frank regulations of big banks has drawn the wrath of Democrats ... and even Republicans. The NYT reports.

  • *ArcelorMittal booked block of iron ore trades in Sept. LONDON, Dec 12- Top steelmakers ArcelorMittal and Tata Steel are dipping their toes into iron ore derivatives, marking a crucial milestone in developing trade for the world's second-largest commodity after oil. Although the steelmakers continue to say publicly they do not use such products, sources said...

  • CBS extends CEO Moonves' contract another 2 years Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 3:56 PM ET

    NEW YORK— CBS is extending the contract of President and CEO Leslie Moonves for another two years, through June 2019. The new deal still calls for him to be an adviser to CBS for five years when his contract expires, and he will have an option to start a production company under the CBS banner. Shares of New York- based CBS reached an all-time high of $68.10 in March, but...

  • Why rift on derivatives is blocking US budget bill Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 2:07 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— At the heart of the impasse in Congress over a must-pass spending bill is a provision involving the sorts of high-risk investments that ignited the 2008 financial crisis. The provision is part of a broader Republican drive to erode the Dodd-Frank financial regulation law, which Congress enacted in 2010 to try to tighten regulation and prevent...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 10- The top U.S. derivatives regulator said on Wednesday that his agency plans to step up scrutiny of how exchanges and clearinghouses protect themselves from cyber attacks. "We will be focused on this issue in our examinations," Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Timothy Massad said in prepared remarks for a hearing in the Senate...

  • US STOCKS-Futures edge lower after volatile session Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 8:36 AM ET

    *Costco, Toll Brothers post quarterly results. NEW YORK, Dec 10- U.S. stock index futures edged lower on Wednesday, a day after stocks staged an intraday rally to erase a decline of nearly 1.3 percent and end nearly flat. Oil prices have been under pressure from the dollar's strength and OPEC's decision against an output cut, with Brent down more than 40 percent from...

  • US STOCKS-Futures little changed after volatile session Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 7:43 AM ET

    *Costco, Toll Brothers edge up after earnings. NEW YORK, Dec 10- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Wednesday, a day after stocks staged an intraday rally to end nearly flat after a decline of as much as 1.3 percent. *Stocks shook off worries about global weakness and political turmoil in Greece on Tuesday to erase a sharp decline as energy and technology...