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  • US STOCKS-Futures slightly higher ahead of Fed minutes Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 7:35 AM ET

    May 20- U.S. stock index futures were slightly higher on Wednesday, a day after the Dow closed at a record high for the second straight day and ahead of the release of minutes from last month's Federal Reserve meeting. The minutes are expected to be released at 2:00 p.m. ET. *A rate hike is not likely to be appropriate until early 2016, Chicago Fed President Charles...

  • In the first, Forrest rejected an attempt by funds from BlackRock Inc, Allianz SE's Pacific Investment Management Co and TIAA-CREF to hold US Bancorp liable for alleged defects in 843 RMBS trusts collateralized by $778.6 billion of loans, causing tens of billions of dollars of losses. Separately, Forrest said the National Credit Union Administration lacked...

  • WASHINGTON, May 14- The head of the U.S. derivatives market regulator on Thursday slammed a bill in the House of Representatives to reauthorize the agency, saying the new mandate would make it harder for it to respond quickly to market events. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has raised its profile significantly after the 2007-09 financial crisis,...

  • WASHINGTON, May 14- The head of the U.S. derivatives market regulator on Thursday slammed a bill in the House of Representatives to reauthorize the agency, saying the new mandate would make it harder for it to quickly respond to market events. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has raised its profile significantly after the 2007-09 financial crisis,...

  • US STOCKS-Futures higher ahead of weekly jobless data Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 7:36 AM ET

    May 14- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Thursday ahead of weekly jobless numbers, after the market closed little changed on Wednesday on weak April retail sales data. *Dow component Cisco fell 1.2 percent to $29 after the company beat estimates but said spending by telecom customers was not going to improve in the near future. *Puma Biotechnology shares...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St set to open mixed on tepid data Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 9:14 AM ET

    *Macy's, Ralph Lauren down after results. May 13- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a mixed open on Wednesday after data showed that the U.S. economy was struggling to make a strong rebound after meager first-quarter growth. "The data puts into question the Fed's notion that the weak first-quarter data was transitory," said Adam Sarhan, chief executive of Sarhan...

  • WASHINGTON, May 12- The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission on Tuesday unanimously adopted a final interpretation of derivatives known as forward contracts with embedded volumetric optionality, after concerns were raised by market participants. The derivatives regulator in November had said it would clarify when these contracts- which allow...

  • LONDON, May 12- Government bonds sold off again on Tuesday, driving down stocks and helping push the euro sharply higher against the dollar. Shares in Europe and Asia fell and Wall Street was expected to follow in their wake, index futures showed. Less than a month ago German 10- year yields hit a record low of 0.05 percent, driven down by a 1 trillion euro European...

  • China's state firms cool on new derivatives power Monday, 11 May 2015 | 5:00 PM ET

    *China lets about 100 more firms trade overseas derivatives. HONG KONG/ BEIJING, May 12- Chastened by several high-profile calamities in the recent past, many of the state companies China has freed to trade overseas derivatives will be sitting on their hands, put off by the risks or a lack of expertise. Last week China's State-owned Assets Supervision and...

  • NEW YORK, May 11- A U.S. judge on Monday ruled that Nomura Holdings Inc made false statements in selling mortgage-backed securities to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac ahead of the 2008 financial crisis. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan ruled for the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the conservator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, in a ruling that could allow the...

  • By Saikat Chatterjee HONG KONG, May 11- Chinese stock index futures have surpassed S&P 500 futures in turnover to become the world's most traded equity futures as global investors expanded their exposure to one of Asia's top-performing markets. Turnover in the CSI300 futures contract expiring on May 15 has soared in recent weeks, in step with surging shares in...

  • LONDON, May 8- A rebound in U.S. jobs numbers lifted U.S. stock futures, boosted the dollar against the euro and helped European shares consolidate their biggest daily gain since January on Friday. "This is more evidence that the economy is expanding after its first-quarter swoon," said Jim McDonald, chief investment strategist at Chicago- based Northern Trust...

  • May 8- U.S. stock index futures extended their gains on Friday after data showed job growth rebounded last month. The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to a near seven-year low of 5.4 percent in April, indicating a pickup in economic momentum that could keep the Federal Reserve on track to hike interest rates this year. Futures snapshot at 8:33 a.m. ET.

  • Verizon Communications Inc is the latest distributor to challenge the traditional pay-TV universe when it launched in April a new slimmed-down package of channels with the option to add on genres such as sports, kids or news. Fox, along with Comcast Corp's NBC Universal, said Verizon's service violates their contracts that allow Verizon to carry their...

  • May 6- MetLife Inc, the largest U.S. life insurer, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit due to gains from investments and derivatives. MetLife has long had a substantial derivatives program designed to smooth out risks stemming from changes to interest rates, currency exchange rates and equities. MetLife's total operating revenue fell slightly...

  • U.S., EU officials clash over derivatives rules Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | 12:50 PM ET

    LONDON, May 6- U.S. and European Union regulators clashed on Wednesday over how to provide solid financial backing for the world's $630 trillion derivatives market and also avoid duplication of rules that would be costly for banks and other players. But the difficulty in getting agreement between the EU and the United States has held up the process.

  • HONG KONG, May 6- China has more than tripled the number of central government owned firms allowed to trade commodities derivatives overseas without regulator approval, sources told Reuters, in a move that will give China more clout in global markets for metals, energy and agricultural products. "This will boost trading by Chinese companies, energy in...

  • OMAHA, Neb., May 1- Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc on Friday said first-quarter profit rose 10 percent, and operating results easily beat forecasts, boosted by its railroad and insurance businesses and gains from derivatives. Net income for the Omaha, Nebraska- based insurance and investment conglomerate rose to $5.16 billion, or $3,143 per share, from...

  • May 1- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Friday ahead of the release of data that could support signs that the economy is regaining momentum after stumbling in the first quarter. *Construction spending is expected to have risen in March after slipping in February, while the Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index is expected to have...

  • *GoPro jumps after forecasts comes in above estimates. April 29- U.S. stock index futures fell further on Wednesday after data showed that the U.S. economic growth stalled in the first quarter and ahead of the outcome of the two-day Federal Reserve meeting. The low-rate environment is a bubble in itself and its like riding a balloon until the pin pops, "said Andre...