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  • *ArcelorMittal booked block of iron ore trades in Sept. LONDON, Dec 12- Top steelmakers ArcelorMittal and Tata Steel are dipping their toes into iron ore derivatives, marking a crucial milestone in developing trade for the world's second-largest commodity after oil. Although the steelmakers continue to say publicly they do not use such products, sources said...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 10- The top U.S. derivatives regulator said on Wednesday that his agency plans to step up scrutiny of how exchanges and clearinghouses protect themselves from cyber attacks. "We will be focused on this issue in our examinations," Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Timothy Massad said in prepared remarks for a hearing in the Senate...

  • US STOCKS-Futures edge lower after volatile session Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 8:36 AM ET

    *Costco, Toll Brothers post quarterly results. NEW YORK, Dec 10- U.S. stock index futures edged lower on Wednesday, a day after stocks staged an intraday rally to erase a decline of nearly 1.3 percent and end nearly flat. Oil prices have been under pressure from the dollar's strength and OPEC's decision against an output cut, with Brent down more than 40 percent from...

  • US STOCKS-Futures little changed after volatile session Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 7:43 AM ET

    *Costco, Toll Brothers edge up after earnings. NEW YORK, Dec 10- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Wednesday, a day after stocks staged an intraday rally to end nearly flat after a decline of as much as 1.3 percent. *Stocks shook off worries about global weakness and political turmoil in Greece on Tuesday to erase a sharp decline as energy and technology...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 9- U.S. stock index futures declined on Tuesday, putting the S&P 500 on track to extend losses after suffering its biggest drop since Oct. 22 in the prior session on concerns about global growth. Oil prices have been under pressure as the dollar has strengthened and OPEC decided against an output cut. *U.S.-listed shares of Seadrill gained 3.1 percent to...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 9- U.S. stock index futures declined on Tuesday, putting the S&P 500 on track to extend losses after suffering its biggest drop since Oct. 22 in the prior session on concerns about global growth. *U.S.-listed shares of Seadrill gained 4.5 percent to $12.09 before the opening bell. John Fredriksen, the biggest owner of the offshore driller, purchased...

  • BlackRock Inc, the world's largest asset manager, and Manning& Napier are among the managers that use strategies such as shorting stocks and trading derivatives in their target-date funds. J.P. Morgan Asset Management and Voya Investment Management are considering adding similar strategies, executives told Reuters. About 41 percent of 401 plan...

  • Cubist options unusually active before Merck deal Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 12:50 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 8- Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc options had one of their most active weeks this year last week ahead of Monday's announcement that Merck& Co will buy Cubist for a hefty premium. Merck said it will pay $102 a share for Cubist, 37 percent above the Lexington, Massachussetts, company's closing share price of $74.36 on Friday. Implied volatility jumped to...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 8- U.S. stock index futures dipped on Monday, indicating the S&P 500 may retreat from its latest record high, as soft data in China and Japan kindled global growth concerns. *Economic data showed China's exports rose at a slower than expected pace and imports dropped 6.7 percent in November, while Japan's economy shrank more than expected in the third...

  • US STOCKS-Futures fall after soft China, Japan data Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 7:37 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 8- U.S. stock index futures dipped on Monday, indicating the S&P 500 may retreat from a record high, as soft data in China and Japan stoked global growth concerns. *Merck& Co Inc said it would buy Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc in a deal valued at $9.5 billion. *European shares were lower after the data from China and Japan.

  • BlackRock Inc, the world's largest asset manager, and Manning& Napier are among the managers that use strategies such as shorting stocks and trading derivatives in some 401 retirement plans, including target date funds. J.P. Morgan Asset Management and Voya Investment Management are considering adding similar strategies, executives told Reuters.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 5- U.S. stock index futures were mixed in volatile trading on Friday after November payrolls came in much stronger than anticipated, raising expectations a rate hike from the Federal Reserve may come sooner than previously thought. The U.S. dollar strengthened across the board and short-term interest-rate futures traders were pricing in the...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 5- U.S. stock index futures edged higher on Friday ahead of the key employment report for November, which investors awaited for clues on the strength of the world's largest economy and the next policy move from the Federal Reserve. *Data on durable goods and factory orders are both due shortly after trading begins on Wall Street. *American Eagle...

  • *Euro zone shares slide, but Wall Street subdued. NEW YORK, Dec 4- The euro rebounded and bond yields in the euro zone bounced off record lows on Thursday, after the European Central Bank put off until next year a decision about whether to increase economic stimulus, leaving investors uncertain. Stocks in the euro zone fell more than 1 percent and MSCI's measure of...

  • U.S. swaps regulator wants tighter clearing house rules Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 11:17 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Dec 4- Regulators should consider tighter rules for clearing houses given their crucial role as guardians against market routs after the 2007-2009 credit crisis, a senior U.S. swaps regulator said on Thursday. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission should take a first step towards subjecting clearing houses to more standardized regular...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 4- U.S. stock index futures ticked up on Thursday, with the Dow industrials nearing the 18,000 mark, ahead of news from the European Central Bank on whether it will further ease monetary policy. Dechra Pharmaceuticals recently launched its own treatment for the condition in Britain. *Workers in various industries are expected to stage strikes and...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St to open little changed ahead of data Wednesday, 3 Dec 2014 | 9:15 AM ET

    *ADP private payrolls just short of expectations. NEW YORK, Dec 3- U.S. stock index futures were little changed in low volume on Wednesday, indicating a flat open on Wall street, ahead of data on the services sector and as markets focus on the upcoming meeting at the European Central Bank. "I don't know if they're going to take a huge step but they are moving in that...

  • US STOCKS-Futures flat in low volume ahead of data Wednesday, 3 Dec 2014 | 7:29 AM ET

    *ADP private payrolls data due. NEW YORK, Dec 3- U.S. stock index futures were flat in low volume on Wednesday ahead of data on the services sector and as markets focus on readings on the U.S. economy and the upcoming meeting at the European Central Bank. *Separate readings on the health of the U.S. services sector are due shortly after the market open on Wall Street, while...

  • *Avanir Pharma higher in premarket, Otsuka to buy. *Cypress Semi to buy Spansion for about $4 bln. NEW YORK, Dec 2- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Tuesday as a pair of big M&A deals boosted market optimism and pointed to a rebound from the broad decline in the previous session, which was the S&P 500' s weakest day in a month.

  • *Avanir Pharma higher in premarket, Otsuka to buy. NEW YORK, Dec 2- U.S. stock index futures were slightly higher on Tuesday, indicating a slight rebound from the previous session's broad decline, which was the S&P 500' s weakest day in a month. *Apple Inc edged slightly higher in premarket trading.