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  • NEW YORK, Dec 23- In December 2013, Hanmag Securities Corp, a small South Korean brokerage firm, lost 46 billion won in a day after a stock option trading algorithm went bad. It was a fatal blow for a company that had just 15 billion won of capital- Hanmag went bust. During the financial crisis, regulators were reluctant to let wobbly traders such as Bear Stearns go bust,...

  • *Gilead falls as Express Scripts chooses AbbVie treatment. NEW YORK, Dec 22- U.S. stock index futures advanced on Monday, after the S&P 500 notched its best weekly performance in almost two months, ahead of data on the housing market. Brent last traded down 21 cents at $61.17 while U.S. crude was last off 0.7 percent at $56.74 after Saudi Arabia indicated it could...

  • US STOCKS-Futures climb after three-day run Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 7:45 AM ET

    *Gilead falls as Express Scripts chooses AbbVie treatment. NEW YORK, Dec 22- U.S. stock index futures advanced on Monday, after the S&P 500 notched its best weekly performance in almost two months, as oil prices continued to show signs of stabilizing. However, Brent pulled back to last trade down 14 cents to $61.24 while U.S. crude was last off 0.4 percent at $56.91.

  • MOSCOW, Dec 19- Russia's central bank said on Friday it had raised the limit on foreign exchange swap operations to $10 billion from $2 billion for Dec. 19 to alleviate a shortage of roubles in the money market. "This measure contributes to narrowing the spread between the interbank market rates and the Bank of Russia key rate," the central bank said in a statement.

  • US STOCKS-Futures climb after two-day rally Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 8:29 AM ET

    *Brent holds near $60 a barrel. NEW YORK, Dec 19- U.S. stock index futures climbed on Friday, and the benchmark S&P 500 index was poised to continue to rally after its best two-day run in three years. *Brent crude oil rose hovered near $60 a barrel on Friday, recovering from near a 5-1/ 2- year low while WTI crude advanced 0.8 percent to $54.54.

  • *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...