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  • WASHINGTON, April 3- The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission is investigating high-frequency traders to see if they were breaching the derivatives regulator's rules, its chief said on Thursday.

  • US CFTC pledges swaps relief for public utilities Thursday, 3 Apr 2014 | 12:47 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 3- The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission plans to ease its new swaps rules to help public power utilities using swaps to hedge price risk, the head of the derivatives regulator said on Thursday.

  • *Google dividend to take effect Thursday. NEW YORK, April 3- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Thursday, after the S&P 500 set a record for a second straight day, ahead of data on the labor market and services sector. International trade data is also due at 8:30 a.m..

  • *MannKind shares soar as diabetes drug gets FDA backing. NEW YORK, April 2- The S&P 500 closed at another record high on Wednesday as signs of steady private-sector hiring suggested that the economy was slowly building momentum after a winter-related pullback.

  • *MannKind shares soar as diabetes drug gets FDA backing. NEW YORK, April 2- U.S. stock index futures inched higher on Wednesday ahead of data on the labor market after the S&P 500 set its latest record high in the prior session.

  • LONDON, April 2- Investors are turning their back on commodities as returns from futures, options and other derivatives fail to live up to expectations.

  • The hearing marked the start of one of a handful of trials in cases brought by the SEC over events leading up to the 2008 financial crisis. The SEC accuses Chau and Harding Advisory of allowing hedge fund Magnetar Capital LLC undisclosed influence over the selection of collateral for a $1.5 billion transaction called Octans I CDO Ltd..

  • US STOCKS-Futures climb with Yellen on tap Monday, 31 Mar 2014 | 7:41 AM ET

    NEW YORK, March 31- U.S. stock index futures rose on Monday, indicating the S&P 500 will climb for a second straight session, ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. *Yellen is scheduled to speak in Chicago at 9:55 a.m. EST and investors will monitor her comments for her stance on interest rates.

  • *Momentum stocks still in focus, Netflix down in premarket. *Red Hat down after outlook, BlackBerry up on results. NEW YORK, March 28- U.S. stock index futures indicated a higher opening on Wall Street Friday, lifted by remarks from China's Premier Li Keqiang that the Chinese government was ready to take steps to support its economy.

  • *Red Hat profit beats expectations, but outlook weak. NEW YORK, March 28- U.S. stock index futures rose on Friday, lifted by remarks from China's Premier Li Keqiang that the Chinese government was ready to take steps to support its economy. *The prospect of slowing growth in China, the world's second-largest economy, has long been a market headwind.

  • LONGER-DATED TREASURY BOND FUTURES ADD TO EARLIER GAINS, HIT CONTRACT HIGHS.

  • *Citigroup falls in premarket, Fed rejects capital plan. NEW YORK, March 27- U.S. stock index futures indicated a flat opening on Wall Street Thursday as the latest economic data pointed to improving conditions, though investors were reluctant to make big bets amid tensions in Ukraine and a drop in Citigroup shares.

  • HONG KONG, March 27- China's property developers are turning to commercial mortgage-backed securities and looking at other alternative financing as creditors grow more discriminating in the face of rising concerns about the country's real estate and debt markets.

  • WASHINGTON, March 26- Market operators' failure to cooperate to provide the Commodity Futures Trading Commission with adequate data is preventing the regulator from effectively monitoring the global swaps market, according to sources familiar with the matter.

  • March 26- When U.S. regulators pushed trading in a profitable derivative on to newly created exchanges last month, many analysts feared the worst for banks' first-quarter results.

  • US STOCKS-Futures rise as Ukraine tensions ease Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 | 7:26 AM ET

    *Facebook buys Oculus for $2 bln, shares up in premarket. NEW YORK, March 26- U.S. stock index futures rose on Wednesday as geopolitical tensions eased after Western powers agreed to hold off on more damaging economic sanctions against Russia unless it went beyond its seizure of Crimea. *Shares of Facebook Inc rose 1 percent to $65.51 in premarket trading.

  • WASHINGTON, March 26- Market operators' failure to cooperate to provide the Commodity Futures Trading Commission with adequate data is preventing the regulator from effectively monitoring the global swaps market, according to sources familiar with the matter.

  • Tera Exchange announces first Bitcoin derivative Monday, 24 Mar 2014 | 2:07 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, March 24- TeraExchange said on Monday it had constructed a swap based on the bitcoin virtual currency, a step that would bring the emerging payment system under the oversight of U.S. regulators for the first time. The company said it had shown the contract to the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which regulates swaps and futures.

  • *Ukraine conflict continues, Russia seizes marine base. NEW YORK, March 24- U.S. stock index futures pointed to modest gains at the open on Monday as weak data on Chinese manufacturing raised hopes of fresh Chinese stimulus to combat slowing momentum, though tensions over Ukraine weighed on sentiment.

  • LONDON, March 21- Nasdaq OMX's new London- based derivatives exchange has achieved 10 percent market share in one of its contracts, a level of liquidity that will draw more market participants to connect, its chief executive said.

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