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  • TOKYO, Jan 28- Japanese stocks rose to a fresh one-month high on Wednesday as expectations of strong corporate earnings and a weaker yen boosted investor sentiment. Market participants were also buying on expectations that Wall Street shares would recover Tuesday's losses on Wednesday, as U.S. stock futures rebounded during Asian hours.

  • EU says near deal with Washington on derivatives rules Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 12:42 PM ET

    LONDON, Jan 27- The European Union and the United States are poised to accept each other's rules on financial derivatives trading in a bid to prevent a global market that supports economic growth from fragmenting, a senior EU official said on Tuesday. The bulk of swaps are traded in London and New York and banks say the prospect of rule clashes is already...

  • *Caterpillar shares slide as low oil prices hurt profit. *Microsoft shares tumble a day after results. NEW YORK, Jan 27- U.S. stock index futures fell on Tuesday, weighed by company earnings results including those of sector bellwethers Microsoft and Caterpillar.

  • *Pfizer's outlook disappoints, stock slips. *Microsoft shares tumble a day after results. NEW YORK, Jan 27- U.S. stock index futures fell on Tuesday, weighed by company earnings results including those of Microsoft, while concerns lingered over Greece's new anti-bailout government and its implications for the euro zone.

  • *Rock-Tenn and MeadWestvaco rally, set to merge. NEW YORK, Jan 26- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat open Monday after a decisive Greek election victory by the Syriza party spurred concern over fresh instability in the euro zone, though the possibility of Greece leaving the bloc was considered remote. While Greece is a relatively small economy that the...

  • US STOCKS-Futures edge lower after Greek elections Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 7:53 AM ET

    *Rock-Tenn and MeadWestvaco to merge. NEW YORK, Jan 26- U.S. stock index futures dipped on Monday after a victory by the leftist Syriza party in Greece raised concerns about new instability in the euro zone. Last week's larger-than-expected stimulus program announced by the European Central Bank could offset some concerns over Greece.

  • Ocwen calls investor claims "baseless" Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 7:50 AM ET

    Jan 26- Mortgage servicer Ocwen Financial Group said on Monday a group of investors had no basis for claiming it failed to live up to its agreements to collect payments on $82 billion worth of home loans. Ocwen's shares were up 47 percent in premarket trading after the company reached a $2.5 million settlement with the California Department of Business...

  • US STOCKS-Futures drop on concerns over Europe Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 7:08 AM ET

    *Rock-Tenn and MeadWestvaco to merge. NEW YORK, Jan 26- U.S. stock index futures dipped on Monday after a victory by the leftist Syriza party in Greece raised concerns about new instability in the euro zone. *The party looked set to take on Greece's international lenders, with leader Alexis Tsipras pledging to end five years of austerity and renegotiate Greece's...

  • European stock index futures fall after Greek vote Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 2:04 AM ET

    PARIS, Jan 26- European stock index futures fell early on Monday as Greece's Syriza party promised to roll back austerity measures after sweeping to victory in a snap election. At 0702 GMT, futures for Euro STOXX 50, for Germany's DAX and for France's CAC were down 0.6-1.0 percent. The euro sank to an 11- year low of $1.1098 on the vote outcome, before recovering to...

  • *Greece vote results stokes fresh concerns of instability in Europe. TOKYO, Jan 26- The euro skidded to near an 11- year low and U.S. stock futures fell on Monday as Greece's Syriza party promised to roll back austerity measures after sweeping to victory in a snap election, putting Athens on a collision course with international lenders. Syriza leader Alexis...

  • *UPS shares fall after outlook, Starbucks up on results. NEW YORK, Jan 23- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat open on Wall Street Friday, as early gains following a sharp rally in the previous session were offset by some weak corporate results. Wall Street jumped more than 1 percent on Thursday, an advance that returned the S&P 500 and Nasdaq to positive...

  • *GE shares edge up after results, Starbucks rallies. NEW YORK, Jan 23- U.S. stock index futures edged up on Friday, following a sharp rally in the previous session that returned the S&P 500 and Nasdaq to positive territory for the year and put major indexes on track to break a three-week streak of declines. *Thursday's advance came after the European Central Bank...

  • Banks including Wells Fargo& Co and PNC Financial Services Group are contemplating steps like investing their extra cash at current low yields or using derivatives that pay off if rates stay low. Positioning for higher rates has cost the 20 largest U.S. banks somewhere between $2.5 billion and $3 billion of income each quarter, roughly 6 percent of their...

  • *Verizon, F5 Networks both lower after results. *Royal Bank of Canada to buy City National. NEW YORK, Jan 22- U.S. stock index futures pointed to modest gains at the open on Thursday after the European Central Bank announced expanded measures to stimulate the region's economy.

  • US STOCKS-Futures edge up as investors await ECB, data Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 7:13 AM ET

    *F5 Networks down in premarket after results, outlook. NEW YORK, Jan 22- U.S. stock index futures gained slightly as investors awaited confirmation that the European Central Bank would announce new economic stimulus measures at a meeting on Thursday. *ECB President Mario Draghi will speak to the media at 8:30 a.m., and if the details of the plan are perceived as...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 21- Family Dollar Stores Inc shareholders will vote on Thursday on an agreement to be bought by fellow discount retailer Dollar Tree Inc, possibly putting an end to a months-long tussle with Dollar General Corp.. Traders in the options market appear to be betting on a Dollar Tree win and have been positioning for Dollar General shares to come under...

  • US STOCKS-Futures point to lower open as IBM weighs Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 9:08 AM ET

    *IBM shares fall after results, Netflix rallies. NEW YORK, Jan 21- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Wednesday after a disappointing outlook from IBM and as investors reduced their exposure ahead of an upcoming European Central Bank meeting that could result in new stimulus. ExxonMobil Corp was up 0.7 percent to $91.70 before the bell.

  • US STOCKS-Futures edge lower after weak IBM results Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 7:24 AM ET

    *IBM shares fall after results, Netflix rallies. NEW YORK, Jan 21- U.S. stock index futures edged lower on Wednesday as IBM fell after the company gave a tepid outlook, though other high-profile names like Netflix and UnitedHealth rose on their results. *Investors were also looking ahead to an upcoming European Central Bank meeting, at which new stimulative...

  • SHANGHAI/ BEIJING, Jan 21- China's first stock options will launch next month with limited access to investors due to their risky nature, but their gradual rollout may benefit the real market. The China Securities Regulatory Commission will allow investors to trade only options that track the SSE50 index of the 50 biggest firms on the Shanghai bourse in the...

  • *Oil lower again; Halliburton rises after results. *FXCM shares plummet 90 percent, details loan agreement. NEW YORK, Jan 20- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Tuesday as lower growth forecasts from the International Monetary Fund spurred hopes that central banks would take more aggressive policy stances to accelerate economic improvement.