MOSCOW, Dec 19- Russia's central bank said on Friday it had raised the limit on foreign exchange swap operations to $10 billion from $2 billion for Dec. 19 to alleviate a shortage of roubles in the money market. "This measure contributes to narrowing the spread between the interbank market rates and the Bank of Russia key rate," the central bank said in a statement.» Read More
NEW YORK, July 25- Argentina, out of legal options to avoid paying a court-awarded $1.33 billion plus interest to holdout creditors who twice spurned a restructuring offer, has until July 30 to either pay them, negotiate a settlement or default.
Brian Zwerner, a former manager of Bank of America's municipal derivatives desk, was sentenced to spend three years on probation and pay a $10,000 fine by U.S. According to court papers he has also agreed to pay Bank of America $890,000 and settle related U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission civil charges.
*Baidu jumps as net profit soars. NEW YORK, July 25- U.S. stocks were set to dip at the open on Friday, weighed by weak results including those from Amazon, with the S&P 500 expected to remain near its record high and within striking distance of 2,000.. Dow Jones industrial average e-mini futures fell 21 points and Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures lost 13 points.
*Baidu jumps as net profit soars. NEW YORK, July 25- U.S. stock index futures edged lower on Friday, weighed by weak results including those from Amazon, and ahead of data on durable goods. Dow Jones industrial average e-mini futures fell 17 points and Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures lost 11 points.
NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, July 24- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Thursday it had charged Morgan Stanley with misleading investors about two mortgage-backed securities it issued before the 2008 financial crisis, and that the bank would pay $275 million to settle the case, according to a press release.
*Facebook rallies on results; market value near IBM's. *U.S. manufacturing data due; Europe, China upbeat. NEW YORK, July 24- U.S. stock index futures rose on Thursday, following a record close on the S&P 500 index, lifted by strong job market data in the United States and overseas factory readings, while better than forecast results sent Facebook shares rallying.
*U.S. manufacturing data due; Europe, China upbeat. NEW YORK, July 24- U.S. stock index futures rose on Thursday, following a record close on the S&P 500 index, lifted by strong data overseas and better than forecast results from Facebook.
WASHINGTON, July 23- A top official will leave the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission to become the head of a banking group 10 days later in a spin through the revolving regulator-to-lobby-group door that is striking even by Washington standards.
WASHINGTON/ HONG KONG, July 23- A member of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission will become the new head of a bank lobby group that is fighting the derivatives regulator in court over a crucial new rule curtailing Wall Street.
*Microsoft sees end to Nokia losses, shares rise. NEW YORK, July 23- U.S. stock index futures edged up on Wednesday, boosted by bullish earnings from companies like Microsoft and Boeing, though conflicts in Ukraine and the Gaza Strip weighed on investor confidence.
HONG KONG, July 23- Global derivatives trade group, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, said on Wednesday it had appointed leading U.S. regulator Scott O'Malia as its chief executive.
July 23- The International Swaps and Derivatives Association, a financial industry lobby group, named Commodity Futures Trading Commission commissioner Scott O'Malia as chief executive.
NEW YORK, July 22- U.S. stock index futures rose on Tuesday as a cascade of earnings landed and inflation data was tame, while hopes rose for an easing of tensions in Ukraine.
NEW YORK, July 22- U.S. stock index futures rose on Tuesday on hopes for an easing of tensions in Ukraine and as a cascade of earnings landed.
WASHINGTON, July 21- Commissioner Scott O'Malia said on Monday he intends to leave the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, creating a vacancy just a short while after Chairman Tim Massad took over at the derivatives regulator. Before joining the CFTC, he was the staff director at the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development.
*EMC jumps on report of activist investor stake. NEW YORK, July 21- U.S. stock index futures edged lower on Monday as developments in Ukraine and Middle East looked to dominate trading amid a thin economic calendar. Fighters from Hamas, which controls Gaza, have repeatedly tried to infiltrate Israel over the past week through a network of hidden tunnels.
BEIJING, July 21- China signed a bilateral currency swap agreement worth 150 billion yuan with the Swiss central bank, which can invest up to 15 billion yuan in China's bond market. The Swiss National Bank is allowed to invest up to 15 billion yuan in China's interbank bond market under a quota given by the PBOC.
NEW YORK, July 18- U.S. stock index futures rose modestly on Friday, putting the S&P 500 on track to bounce from its biggest decline since April 10, ahead of data on consumer sentiment.
*Morgan Stanley climbs in premarket after earnings. NEW YORK, July 17- U.S. stock index futures were lower on Thursday, in the wake of new U.S. and European Union sanctions on Russia and ahead of data on the labor and housing markets.
NEW YORK, July 16- Bank of America Corp agreed to pay the insurer American International Group Inc $650 million to settle long-running legal disputes over defective mortgage-backed securities that the bank sold in the run-up to the financial crisis.