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  • Caterpillar, 3 M earnings underpin sentiment. TOKYO, Oct 24- U.S. stock futures tumbled while safe-haven assets such as the yen and U.S. bonds gained on Friday after media reported that a doctor who returned to New York City from West Africa has tested positive for Ebola. Asian shares also some ground with MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan...

  • TOKYO/ SYDNEY, Oct 24- The yen pulled away from two-week lows against the dollar on Friday on safe-haven bids as U.S. stock futures tumbled on reports that a New York doctor had tested positive for the Ebola virus. "I think, next week the market will be more event-driven, with the FOMC and the Bank of Japan, so the downside should be limited," he said, adding that support at...

  • TOKYO, Oct 24- U.S. stock futures and the dollar fell on Friday after reports that a New York doctor has tested positive for the Ebola virus. S&P e-mini futures skidded 0.6 percent, while the greenback was down 0.3 percent against the yen to 107.96 after dropping as low as 107.88. A physician with Doctors Without Borders who returned to New York City from West Africa,...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 23- Dow component Caterpillar Inc was among Thursday's biggest premarket movers, with the heavy machinery maker up on heavy volume following its results. Caterpillar also said that its expectations for 2014 earnings continued to improve. In the broader market, U.S. stock index futures were higher, adding to earlier gains on Caterpillar's results.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 23- U.S. options market operators have agreed in recent months on the need for new automatic trading halts when stock options prices suddenly surge or plunge, in a bid to reduce excess volatility and blunt the impact of erroneous trades, according to five sources with knowledge of their discussions. There are currently 12 options markets in the...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 22- U.S. stock index futures were flat on Wednesday, implying that buyers were taking a pause following the biggest four-day rally for the S&P 500 since January 2013. Late Tuesday, both Yahoo Inc and Broadcom posted better-than-expected revenue growth. Yahoo rose 3.3 percent to $41.52 in premarket trading and was the Nasdaq's most active premarket...

  • SINGAPORE/ SHANGHAI, Oct 22- The Shanghai Gold Exchange is working on plans for China's first forwards and options in gold, sources say, potentially putting China ahead in the race to set an Asian pricing benchmark that might eventually rival the London gold fix. China, which overtook India last year to become the world's biggest consumer of gold, bans trading in...

  • US STOCKS-Futures point to higher open on tech results Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 9:04 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 21- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Tuesday, with the S&P 500 on track for a fourth straight session of gains, as Apple and Texas Instruments rallied after their results. Apple Inc rose 2.7 percent to $102.43 in heavy premarket trading a day after it reported revenue that topped expectations, helped by strong sales of its iPhone line.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 21- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Tuesday, pointing to a fourth straight session of gains, with technology shares especially poised for outperformance following strong results from both Apple Inc and Texas Instruments Inc.. *Apple rose 2.1 percent to $101.85 in heavy premarket trading a day after it reported revenue that topped...

  • US STOCKS-Futures lower as weak IBM earnings weigh Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 8:04 AM ET

    *IBM slumps after quarterly results. NEW YORK, Oct 20- U.S. stock index futures were lower on Monday, on the heels of a fourth week of losses for the benchmark S&P 500, as quarterly results from IBM disappointed. IBM shares slumped 7 percent to $169.24 as the most actively traded stock on the New York Stock Exchange in premarket after the company's third-quarter...

  • US STOCKS-Futures fall after weak IBM earnings Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 7:49 AM ET

    *IBM slumps after quarterly results. NEW YORK, Oct 20- U.S. stock index futures were lower on Monday, following a fourth week of losses for the benchmark S&P, as quarterly results from IBM disappointed. *IBM shares slumped 7.7 percent to $168.10 in premarket trade after the company's third-quarter earnings fell well short of Wall Street expectations.

  • US STOCKS-Futures jump on Fed speculation, results Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 8:15 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 17- U.S. stock index futures jumped on Friday following a batch of solid earnings reports and on hopes the Federal Reserve might slow the wind-down of its stimulus in light of recent weakness in global demand. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq eked out slight gains on Thursday after another choppy session as economic data eased fears about the potential effect...

  • US STOCKS-Futures slump as selling pressure continues Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 7:41 AM ET

    *Netflix tumbles in premarket after quarterly results. NEW YORK, Oct 16- U.S. stock index futures tumbled on Thursday, after the S&P 500 closed at its lowest in six months, amid concerns about weak global demand and its potential impact on the U.S. economy and businesses. Netflix shares shares plunged 25.9 percent to $332.40 in premarket after it reported quarterly...

  • BRASILIA, Oct 15- Brazilian presidential candidate Aecio Neves will end a central bank currency swap program that has cushioned losses in the country's currency, the real, if he is elected later this month, Neves's choice for finance minister, Arminio Fraga, told Reuters on Wednesday. Neves, a centrist who has promised to rescue the economy from recession, is...

  • *Deutsche Telekom shares down 0.7 percent. FRANKFURT, Oct 14- Deutsche Telekom had already given up on trying to sell its near 67 percent stake in T-Mobile US before upstart French telecoms firm Iliad dropped its bid on Monday and is now looking to avoid having to stump up more funds for the U.S. mobile network operator, analysts and investors said.

  • *Citigroup, Johnson& Johnson scheduled to post results. NEW YORK, Oct 14- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Tuesday, after the S&P 500 suffered its worst three-day drop since November 2011, ahead of earnings results from companies such as Johnson& Johnson and Citigroup. *JPMorgan Chase shares edged down 0.4 percent to $57.95 in premarket, after the...

  • Probe sought in California no-bid health contracts Monday, 13 Oct 2014 | 4:12 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— California's health insurance exchange faced calls Monday for a state investigation of its contracting practices, while a state senator urged the agency to account for deals that steered millions of dollars to a firm whose employees have long-standing ties to the agency's executive director. Ted Gaines, a Republican running for state...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 13- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Monday after the S&P 500 suffered its worst weekly drop since May 2012 and the Dow moved into negative territory for the year on global growth concerns. The declines were sparked by a cut in the global growth forecast by the International Monetary Fund and disappointing economic data in Europe.

  • No more 'too big to fail'? Banks shut loophole Saturday, 11 Oct 2014 | 5:45 PM ET
    A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange September 15, 2008 in New York City.

    The financial derivatives industry has agreed to a rule change to help regulators to wind down failed banks without destabilizing markets.

  • LONDON, Oct 11- The $700 trillion financial derivatives industry has agreed to a fundamental rule change from January to help regulators to wind down failed banks without destabilising markets. The International Swaps and Derivatives Association and 18 major banks that dominate the market will now allow financial watchdogs to apply temporary stays to...