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  • 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...

  • *Europe agrees on way forward for Greece. *Apple rises after Icahn letter. NEW YORK, Feb 11- U.S. stock futures rose late on Wednesday after Europe agreed on a way forward with Greece on debt negotiations that had been holding back U.S. investors worried about European stability.

  • Feb 11- United State's largest life insurer MetLife Inc reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit due to gains from investments and derivatives, reflecting falling interest rates and a rising dollar. MetLife reported net investment gains of $230 million in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, compared with a loss of $178 million a year earlier.

  • GRAPHIC-Markets price in more pain for Nigerian naira Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 | 9:50 AM ET

    LONDON, Feb 11- Nigeria's naira fell against the dollar for the eighth day in a row on Wednesday, the longest losing streak since the 1998 Russian crisis, and derivatives market pricing shows no sign of a turn on the horizon. Pressure on the currency of Africa's largest economy began with last year's oil price collapse and has been compounded by the weekend...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 10- U.S. stocks climbed on Tuesday after two straight declining sessions, with index futures jumping after a report of a proposal for a 6- month debt extension for Greece as negotiations continued. *The European Commission said earlier it had low expectations that meetings of euro zone finance ministers and EU leaders this week would produce a final...

  • SHANGHAI, Feb 9- China stocks rebounded on Monday as excitement around the launch of the country's first stock options offset worries over the economy following worse-than-expected trade data. Financial shares, which represent some of the most heavily weighted stocks on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, climbed after the bourse launched options that offer...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 6- Senator Dianne Feinstein of California hopes to reinstate a hotly contested requirement for big banks' swaps trading after U.S. lawmakers voted in late 2014 to loosen the rules for Wall Street. Feinstein, a Democrat, is considering ways to restore the Dodd-Frank provisions that were removed and will likely introduce legislation, a Senate aide...

  • LONDON, Feb 6- U.S. stock futures and European shares rose and the dollar climbed on Friday after monthly U.S. non-farm payrolls data showed the United States's jobs market remained on a strong footing. "The figures are very solid, and there's a slight rise in wages, that's new," Saxo Bank trader Pierre Martin said. Benchmark Brent crude futures were $1.85 higher on the...

  • UPDATE 1-CBOE profit misses estimates as costs rise Friday, 6 Feb 2015 | 8:19 AM ET

    Feb 6- CBOE Holdings Inc, operator of the largest U.S. stock-options market, reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit as higher expenses offset a surge in trading volumes. Increased volatility has lifted trading volumes since CBOE said in the second quarter it would cut expenses due to weak volumes. Last year, total trading volume for options contracts...

  • US STOCKS-Futures dip after 2-day run; ADP data on tap Wednesday, 4 Feb 2015 | 7:43 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Feb 4- U.S. stock index futures dipped on Wednesday, after a two-day rally for the S&P 500 ahead of data on the labor market and the services sector. *Investors will eye the January private-sector employment report from payrolls processor ADP at 8:15 a.m. for signs of continuing improvement in the labor market. *Later in the session at 9:45 a.m., financial...

  • US STOCKS-Futures climb on hopes for Greek debt deal Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015 | 7:41 AM ET

    *Staples, Office Depot in advanced merger talks- WSJ. NEW YORK, Feb 3- U.S. stock index futures climbed on Tuesday, with the benchmark S&P 500 index set to continue a rally fueled by hopes of a deal on Greek debt. A source told Reuters that Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, in London to reassure private investors he was not seeking a showdown with Brussels over a...

  • LONDON, Feb 3- The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index rose on Tuesday to just below a seven-year high, lifted by hopes a standoff over Greece's debt would be resolved after its new government softened calls for a writedown. National Bank of Greece, Alpha Bank and Eurobank rose 15.1 to 21.8 percent. There are some signs that there might be a compromise in the making...