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  • NEW YORK, May 11- A U.S. judge on Monday ruled that Nomura Holdings Inc made false statements in selling mortgage-backed securities to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac ahead of the 2008 financial crisis. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan ruled for the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the conservator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, in a ruling that could allow the...

  • By Saikat Chatterjee HONG KONG, May 11- Chinese stock index futures have surpassed S&P 500 futures in turnover to become the world's most traded equity futures as global investors expanded their exposure to one of Asia's top-performing markets. Turnover in the CSI300 futures contract expiring on May 15 has soared in recent weeks, in step with surging shares in...

  • LONDON, May 8- A rebound in U.S. jobs numbers lifted U.S. stock futures, boosted the dollar against the euro and helped European shares consolidate their biggest daily gain since January on Friday. "This is more evidence that the economy is expanding after its first-quarter swoon," said Jim McDonald, chief investment strategist at Chicago- based Northern Trust...

  • May 8- U.S. stock index futures extended their gains on Friday after data showed job growth rebounded last month. The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to a near seven-year low of 5.4 percent in April, indicating a pickup in economic momentum that could keep the Federal Reserve on track to hike interest rates this year. Futures snapshot at 8:33 a.m. ET.

  • Verizon Communications Inc is the latest distributor to challenge the traditional pay-TV universe when it launched in April a new slimmed-down package of channels with the option to add on genres such as sports, kids or news. Fox, along with Comcast Corp's NBC Universal, said Verizon's service violates their contracts that allow Verizon to carry their...

  • May 6- MetLife Inc, the largest U.S. life insurer, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit due to gains from investments and derivatives. MetLife has long had a substantial derivatives program designed to smooth out risks stemming from changes to interest rates, currency exchange rates and equities. MetLife's total operating revenue fell slightly...

  • U.S., EU officials clash over derivatives rules Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | 12:50 PM ET

    LONDON, May 6- U.S. and European Union regulators clashed on Wednesday over how to provide solid financial backing for the world's $630 trillion derivatives market and also avoid duplication of rules that would be costly for banks and other players. But the difficulty in getting agreement between the EU and the United States has held up the process.

  • HONG KONG, May 6- China has more than tripled the number of central government owned firms allowed to trade commodities derivatives overseas without regulator approval, sources told Reuters, in a move that will give China more clout in global markets for metals, energy and agricultural products. "This will boost trading by Chinese companies, energy in...

  • OMAHA, Neb., May 1- Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc on Friday said first-quarter profit rose 10 percent, and operating results easily beat forecasts, boosted by its railroad and insurance businesses and gains from derivatives. Net income for the Omaha, Nebraska- based insurance and investment conglomerate rose to $5.16 billion, or $3,143 per share, from...

  • May 1- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Friday ahead of the release of data that could support signs that the economy is regaining momentum after stumbling in the first quarter. *Construction spending is expected to have risen in March after slipping in February, while the Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index is expected to have...

  • *GoPro jumps after forecasts comes in above estimates. April 29- U.S. stock index futures fell further on Wednesday after data showed that the U.S. economic growth stalled in the first quarter and ahead of the outcome of the two-day Federal Reserve meeting. The low-rate environment is a bubble in itself and its like riding a balloon until the pin pops, "said Andre...

  • US STOCKS-Futures down ahead of Fed statement, GDP data Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 7:18 AM ET

    April 29- U.S. stock index futures were lower on Wednesday as investors await the outcome of the two-day Federal Reserve meeting and ahead of U.S. economic growth numbers for the first quarter. The statement is expected at 1400 p.m. EDT. *Twitter shares were up 0.5 percent at $42.48 in premarket trading.

  • LONDON, April 27- Hedge funds and other money managers raised their bets on rising Brent crude oil prices for a fifth week in a row to a new record, exchange data showed on Monday. Speculators increased net long positions in Brent futures and options by 8,351 contracts to 271,929 in the week to April 21, InterContinental Exchange data showed, the highest level since...

  • *Applied Materials falls after merger called off. April 27- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a modestly higher open on Monday after the Nasdaq and S&P 500 chalked up record high closes on Friday and ahead of Apple's results after the close. "So far, both the economic data and earnings data has been weaker-than-expected and so that means that an imminent rate hike...

  • MONTREAL, April 24- When Scott O'Malia, chief executive officer of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, took the stage at the trade group's 30th annual general meeting this week, he explained the strength of ISDA as "in a word, relevance." ISDA has been central to the growth of privately traded derivatives, fighting off regulation in the 1990 s,...

  • *Xerox slumps as it cuts forecast. *Comcast shares up after it calls off Time Warner Cable merger. April 24- U.S. stocks were set to open higher on Friday as strong results from tech behemoths Google, Amazon and Microsoft set the Nasdaq Composite on track to extend its run after surpassing on Thursday a 15- year-old record.

  • April 24- U.S. stock index futures rose on Friday as strong results from tech behemoths Google, Amazon and Microsoft set the Nasdaq Composite on track to set a record closing high for the second straight day. *Amazon shares jumped 10 percent to $429.50 in premarket trading after the e-commerce company's revenue came in above estimates. *Microsoft shares rose 3.3...

  • April 23- U.S. stock index futures fell on Thursday as investors digested results from tech heavyweights, disappointing economic data from the euro zone and China, and ahead of weekly U.S. jobless claims figures. *European shares fell after growth in Germany's private sector slowed and French business activity barely grew in April, while factory activity in...

  • NEW YORK, April 21- The European Union is looking to again postpone imposing new capital rules on EU banks that trade derivatives through non-EU clearing houses, according to a document seen Tuesday. But while the EU's executive body, the European Commission, has granted equivalence to countries such as Singapore, it has pointedly refused to do so as yet for the...

  • US STOCKS-Futures up as weak earnings worries fade Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 7:18 AM ET

    April 21- U.S. stock index futures rose on Tuesday after earnings results by companies including IBM helped ease fears of a disappointing earnings quarter. *IBM shares were up 0.7 percent at $167.25 in premarket trading after its earnings exceeded low expectations on Monday as it shed unprofitable businesses to focus on cloud-computing.