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  • FACTBOX-Global push for bank rules eyes finishing line Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 9:32 AM ET

    Feb 25- As the banking crisis fades in memory, only to be replaced by a lingering economic slowdown, governments have lost interest in financial reform despite warnings from experts that dangers remain. Main financial rules completed since 2007-9 crisis. *Making the $691 trillion financial derivatives sector safer: swap contracts must be reported as well as...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St set for flat open; Yellen, data on tap Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 8:59 AM ET

    *New home sales data expected at 10 a.m.. NEW YORK, Feb 25- U.S. stocks index futures pointed towards a flat open on Wednesday, after the Dow and S&P 500 climbed to their latest records, before a second day of testimony from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and data on the housing market. "There is a pregnant pause in the market this morning," said Peter Kenny, chief market...

  • US STOCKS-Futures flat with Yellen on tap Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 7:51 AM ET

    *Yellen's two-day testimony before Congress to start at 10 a.m.. NEW YORK, Feb 24- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Tuesday, with the Dow and S&P 500 holding near record levels ahead of testimony by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and a flurry of economic data. *Yellen will give the central bank's semi-annual Monetary Policy Report to the Senate...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 23- U.S. stock index futures dipped on Monday, after the Dow and S&P closed at records on the heels of an agreement by euro zone finance ministers to extend Greece's bailout by four months provided it draws up a list of reforms. *Greece will present its economic reform plans on Monday to seal the euro zone financial lifeline, but the government drew...

  • *Stocks mixed, euro little changed in Asia. *Debt deal a relief but Greece seen not out of woods yet. U.S. stock futures opened flat in Asia but Japan's Nikkei could track Wall Street's sizable gains to scale another 15- year high.

  • DETROIT, Feb 20- United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams, whose union indirectly controls the largest single block of General Motors Co shares, told Reuters an investor group's proposal that GM buy back $8 billion of its stock is premature, and the amount too high for the company's long-term health. An investment firm controlled by Harry Wilson, a former...

  • Chris Giancarlo started work as a member of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which oversees futures and swaps trading, in June of last year. Senator Elizabeth Warren, a vocal critic of Wall Street, and Elijah Cummings, a U.S. representative from Maryland, in a letter raised concerns about shares in GFI that Giancarlo, a Republican, had sold after he was...

  • U.S. lawmakers query CFTC regulator over stock sales Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 2:33 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Feb 20- Two Democratic lawmakers on Friday raised concerns over share sales by an official at a U.S. regulator at a time when his former company was engaged in a takeover battle, saying there had been possible conflicts of interest. Chris Giancarlo started work as a member of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which oversees futures and swaps...

  • US STOCKS-Futures point to slight dip at the open Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 9:07 AM ET

    *Investors look for signs of progress with Greece deal. NEW YORK, Feb 20- U.S. stock index futures pointed to slight losses at the open on Friday amid uncertainty over ongoing negotiations for a debt deal in Greece. While the start of an emergency meeting of the 19- nation Eurogroup in Brussels was postponed to allow more time for preparatory talks, the new prime...

  • *Investors look for signs of progress with Greece deal. NEW YORK, Feb 20- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Friday, suggesting major indexes would end a quiet week with another day of slight moves as investors await clarity on a possible debt deal for Greece. *While U.S. equities have little direct exposure to Greece, a relatively small economy in the euro...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 19- Freddie Mac saw $3.4 billion in quarterly derivative losses due to declining interest rates, the government-controlled mortgage finance company said on Thursday. Freddie Mac also said it will pay $851 million to the U.S. Freddie Mac Chief Executive Officer Donald Layton said a hefty derivative loss could require the company to draw money...

  • US STOCKS-Futures point to flat open, crude oil falls Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 8:50 AM ET

    *Priceline shares rally in premarket after results. NEW YORK, Feb 19- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat open on Wall Street Thursday, with major indexes near record levels, as investors continued to digest ongoing uncertainty over Greece. Exxon Mobil fell 1.2 percent to $89.95 in premarket trading while Halliburton Co was off 2.2 percent to $43.43 and...

  • US STOCKS-Futures flat, but crude oil sharply lower Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 7:02 AM ET

    *Crude oil slumps, but above $50 per barrel. *Greece aims to finish euro zone deal "soon". NEW YORK, Feb 19- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Thursday as investors looked ahead to data on the labor market and continued to digest recent comments by Federal Reserve officials.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 18- U.S. stock index futures were flat on Wednesday, a day after the S&P 500 ended above 2,100 for the first time ever, as investors waited to see whether a debt deal would be reached with Greece. *Wall Street stocks have been tied to signs of progress or difficulty with Greece's bailout program of late, even though the United States has little direct...

  • *Investors watching situations in Greece, Ukraine. NEW YORK, Feb 17- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a quiet open on Tuesday, the first trading session after the S&P 500 closed at a record high, although investors continued to watch the uncertainty over a Greek debt deal and a fragile Ukraine truce. Much of the advance came on signs of progress for the debt deal in...

  • *Oil prices firm on supply concern in Libya, Kurdistan. TOKYO, Feb 17- U.S. stock futures and many share markets in Asia retreated on Tuesday after talks between Greece and euro zone finance ministers broke down in acrimony, stoking fresh uncertainty over a bailout programme that Athens has rejected as "absurd". Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem, who...

  • *Investors still expect last minute deal to support Greece. TOKYO, Feb 17- U.S. stock futures and the euro tumbled in early Asian trade on Tuesday after talks between Greece and euro zone finance ministers broke down when Athens rejected a proposal to request a six-month extension of its international bailout programme. Australian shares slumped 0.6 percent,...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 13- U.S. stock index futures inched higher on Friday, with gains in the prior session having moved the S&P 500 to within 2 points of a closing record, after upbeat economic data from Germany and ahead of a reading on U.S. consumer confidence. *Germany grew 0.7 percent in the fourth quarter, more than double the expected 0.3 percent, pointing to a stronger...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 12- U.S. rules to bolster banks' ability to withstand shocks could dampen derivative markets, the head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission said on Thursday, an issue regulators would meet to discuss. Mike Conaway, the Texas Republican who chairs the committee, and Collin Peterson, the highest-ranking Democrat in the group, raised the issue...

  • *Ceasefire deal reached between Ukraine, Russia. NEW YORK, Feb 12- U.S. stock index futures advanced on Thursday, following a ceasefire agreement between Russia and Ukraine and surprising stimulus measures by Sweden's central bank. *Leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine agreed a deal to end fighting in eastern Ukraine, potentially removing a concern for...