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  • LONDON, April 16- Default insurance markets show no obvious concern at the growing risk that Greece will leave the euro zone, suggesting investors can now contemplate a future for the currency union without Athens. Default probabilities derived from credit default swaps-- seen as the purest gauge of credit risk-- have fallen this year in Italy, Spain and Portugal...

  • LONDON, April 15- European shares hit a 14- year high and the euro fell on Wednesday after the European Central Bank affirmed its loose policy stance and as weak data from China raised prospects of monetary easing there too. Firmer commodity prices and merger news also helped hoist European stocks, and U.S. stock index futures pointed to a firmer start on Wall...

  • LONDON, April 15- European shares hit a 14- year high on Wednesday before a meeting at which the European Central Bank is expected to affirm its loose policy stance, as weak data from China raised prospects of monetary easing there too. Firmer commodity prices and merger news also helped hoist European stocks, and U.S. stock index futures pointed to a firmer start...

  • TOKYO, April 15- The Osaka Securities Exchange has begun to review the product design of superlong 20- year Japanese government bond futures to increase their trading, with changes possible as early as this summer, according to sources with knowledge of the plan. Twenty-year JGB futures contracts were re-listed last April after a 12- year hiatus.

  • *U.S. stock futures point to lower open on Wall Street. LONDON, April 14- Global stock markets edged down on Tuesday as investors worried about the impact of a strong dollar on U.S. company earnings and unease over Greece's debt crisis overshadowed news of a possible merger between two big European telecoms equipment firms. News that Finland's Nokia was in talks to...

  • The lower end of the range, which is the most common preorder so far, puts the product in direct competition with a large swath of business for both Movado and Fossil. Criticism aside, it represents a threat at Movado Group Inc. and Fossil Group Inc., a number of industry watchers said. Shares of Fossil Group Inc. fell almost 3 percent Monday and shares of Movado Group...

  • US STOCKS-Futures edge up, buoyed by deal activity Friday, 10 Apr 2015 | 7:49 AM ET

    April 10- U.S. stock index futures edged higher on Friday, getting a lift from news that General Electric will sell nearly all of its real estate portfolio to investors for $26.5 billion in the latest of a spate of recent deal activity. *The GE move is the biggest commercial real estate deal since Blackstone's acquisition of office landlord Equity Office...

  • NEW YORK, April 9- A lawyer for Nomura Holdings Inc argued on Thursday that a U.S. regulator relied on "voodoo science" to pursue claims that the bank made false statements in selling $2 billion in mortgage-backed securities to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. David Tulchin, Nomura's lawyer, urged a Manhattan federal judge to reject the Federal Housing Finance Agency's...

  • US STOCKS-Futures flat ahead of Fed minutes; M&A eyed Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 7:48 AM ET

    NEW YORK, April 8- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Wednesday, with traders eyeing a $70 billion mega-deal in the energy space and ahead of minutes from the most recent meeting of the Federal Reserve's policy-setting committee. *Royal Dutch Shell said it would buy rival BG Group for $70 billion, closing the gap on market leader U.S.

  • *Canada to sell its GM stake to Goldman Sachs. NEW YORK, April 7- U.S. stock index futures edged up on Tuesday, following two sessions of gains for the S&P 500, with deals including a bid from FedEx for a Dutch peer indicating companies still see value in the market. *Shares of FedEx rose 5.1 percent in premarket trading as it seeks to buy Dutch package delivery company...

  • US STOCKS-Futures tick up with eyes on FedEx Tuesday, 7 Apr 2015 | 7:34 AM ET

    *Canada to sell its GM stake to Goldman Sachs. NEW YORK, April 7- U.S. stock index futures ticked up on Tuesday, following two sessions of gains on the S&P 500, with FedEx's multibillion dollar transatlantic acquisition expected to lift the transports sector. *FedEx shares rose 4.1 percent in premarket trading as it seeks to buy Dutch package delivery firm TNT...

  • *Herbalife shares fall after investigation report. NEW YORK, April 6- U.S. stock index futures fell in low volume on Monday, putting Wall Street on track for a lower open on the first trading session since Friday's surprisingly weak jobs data. *The jobs data was released on Good Friday, when Wall Street was closed.

  • *Herbalife shares fall after investigation report. NEW YORK, April 6- U.S. stock index futures fell in low volume on Monday as Wall Street was set to open for the first time since Friday's surprisingly weak jobs data. *Herbalife shares fell 6.8 percent in premarket trading after a weekend report from CNBC said U.S. law enforcement agencies contacted several top...

  • *U.S. stock futures suggest weak Monday open. NEW YORK, April 3- U.S. Labor Department data showed U.S. employers added just 126,000 jobs in March, the fewest in more than a year.

  • NEW YORK, April 3- U.S. stock index futures fell sharply on Friday after a weaker-than-expected March employment report, in thin trading that nonetheless suggests a weak open for stocks on Monday. "With regards to the economy, a poor jobs report, while a surprise relative to consensus, is not a surprise given the weak economic data prints we've seen of late," said Dan...

  • *Investors look to payrolls data due on Good Friday. NEW YORK, April 2- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly lower open on Thursday, with indexes off their lows of the premarket session, as a read on the labor market came in better than expected, a positive sign for the upcoming payrolls report. Trading could be volatile ahead of that as market participants...

  • US STOCKS-Futures fall as investors await data Thursday, 2 Apr 2015 | 7:14 AM ET

    *Investors look to payrolls data due on Good Friday. NEW YORK, April 2- U.S. stock index futures were lower on Thursday, as investors held off on making big bets ahead of a critical payrolls report that will be released on Friday, a market holiday. *Trading could be volatile as market participants will be unable to trade off the March nonfarm payrolls report until...

  • US STOCKS-Futures point to lower open after ADP report Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 8:39 AM ET

    NEW YORK, April 1- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Wednesday as a weaker-than-expected report on private sector employment raised concerns that Friday's impending jobs report could also point to worsening conditions in the labor market. "The correlation between ADP and the payroll report isn't terribly strong, but given the size of the miss,...

  • US STOCKS-Futures flat at start of second quarter Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 7:17 AM ET

    NEW YORK, April 1- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Wednesday, with investors reluctant to keep pushing shares higher after both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq closed out their ninth straight quarter of advances. Key reports on manufacturing will be released after the market opens on Wednesday, while a report on private sector employment is due at...

  • India's state banks are under pressure to improve profitability and slash bad loans, creating a more agile sector to help fuel economic growth. India's state banks hire largely through a nationwide exam system, bringing in entry-level staff who rise through the ranks over years. Bhattacharya, whose bank employs more than 215,000 people, is also working with...