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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • LONDON, Oct 10- Russian companies' scramble to swap roubles for dollars has pushed up the cost of such forward swap contracts, building pressure on authorities to boost official interest rates to stabilise the currency market. As availability of dollars and euros on Russian markets dries up, three-month forward rate agreements that allow traders to lock in...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 10- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Friday, putting major indexes on track for a sharply lower week as Thursday's decline on global growth concerns looked to be extended. "All eyes will be on the 200- day moving average" today, said Jonathan Krinsky, chief market technician at MKM Partners in Greenwich, Connecticut, adding that the index...

  • US STOCKS-Futures drop, chipmakers weigh on Nasdaq Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 8:36 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 10- U.S. stock index futures fell on Friday, with the decline particularly pronounced in the tech-heavy Nasdaq index, which was weighed by weakness in chipmakers. Intel Corp fell 2.4 percent to $32.80 while Micron Technology was off 2.3 percent at $29.92. In other tech news, Juniper Networks Inc fell 6.4 percent to $19.59 before the bell a day after it...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 10- U.S. stock index futures were lower on Friday, suggesting major indexes could be on track for one of their worst weeks in years, as Thursday's decline on global growth concerns looked likely to be extended. *The selloff was spurred by weak data from Germany, Europe's largest economy, as well as comments from a Fed official who suggested investors had...

  • Canada- based Tekmira Pharmaceuticals, which is said to be furthest along among the companies working on a treatment, and Chimerix Inc, whose experimental oral antiviral drug was used on the first U.S. victim of the disease, have seen a huge increase in trading activity in their stock options. On Wednesday, shares of Chimerix fell more than 18 percent in 40 minutes...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 9- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower Wall Street open on Thursday, with earlier gains erased as concerns about global growth spurred investors to take profit following a massive advance in the previous session. The third-quarter earnings season got off to a strong start, with both Alcoa Inc and PepsiCo Inc rallying in premarket trading...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 9- U.S. stock index futures fell on Thursday, erasing earlier gains, as concerns about global growth spurred investors to take profit after a massive gain in the previous session. In the latest negative data point from Europe, German exports dropped by 5.8 percent in August, their biggest fall since the height of the global financial crisis in January...