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  • *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...

  • Athens' new government dropped calls for a write-off of its foreign debt and proposed swapping debt for growth-linked bonds. Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, in London to reassure private investors that he was not seeking a showdown with Brussels over a new debt agreement, said the new left-wing government would spare privately held bonds from losses, a...

  • European shares rally on hopes of Greek debt deal Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015 | 3:04 AM ET

    PARIS, Feb 3- European stocks rose early on Tuesday, lifted by hopes for an agreement on the Greek debt standoff after the country's new government dropped calls for a write-off of its foreign debt and proposed swapping debt for growth-linked bonds. Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, in London to reassure private investors that he was not seeking a showdown...

  • US STOCKS-Futures point to modest gains at the open Monday, 2 Feb 2015 | 8:51 AM ET

    *Dow, S&P 500 coming off worst month since Jan 2014. NEW YORK, Feb 2- U.S. stock index futures pointed to slight gains at the open on Monday, suggesting a modest rebound following a decline last week, though a disappointing reading on consumer spending added to recent concerns over economic strength. Exxon Mobil Corp on Monday reported a profit drop of 21 percent,...

  • *Dow, S&P 500 coming off worst month since Jan 2014. NEW YORK, Feb 2- U.S. stock index futures rose on Monday, indicating a modest rebound after a recent downward trend that culminated in January being the worst month for the Dow and S&P 500 in a year. *The S&P 500 has fallen more than 1 percent in three of the past four sessions, with volatility rising of late on weak economic...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 30- U.S. stock index futures fell on Friday ahead of data on economic growth, consumer inflation and confidence, with major indexes poised for a second month of declines. *Google Inc shares rose 1.2 percent in premarket trading after revenue grew 15 percent in the fourth quarter but fell short of Wall Street's target on declining online ad prices and...

  • MELBOURNE/ NEW YORK, Jan 29- Macquarie Group Ltd is in talks to buy Jefferies Group LLC's commodities and financial derivatives brokerage, three sources said, as the Australian bank continues to expand its commodities business while rivals retreat. News of the talks come just a month after the U.S. investment bank, owned by Leucadia National Corp, said it was...

  • SHANGHAI, Jan 29- China's index futures fell at the opening of trade on Thursday morning after sources told Reuters that regulators are launching a fresh investigation into margin trading at brokerages. The CSI300 stock index futures for February fell 1.8 percent to 3471.8 in early trade. The last time China regulators cracked down on margin lending,...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 28- Bullish activity in Advent Software Inc's options surged weeks ahead of a report on Wednesday that U.S. financial software company SS&C Technologies Holdings Inc plans to buy Advent for about $2.3 billion. San Francisco- based Advent Software's shares jumped as much as 13 percent to an all-time high of $42.85 on Wednesday, after a Bloomberg...

  • US STOCKS-Futures up with Apple, Boeing; Fed eyed Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 7:49 AM ET

    *Yahoo unveils plan to spin off Alibaba stake. NEW YORK, Jan 28- U.S. stock index futures rose on Wednesday, boosted by earnings including from Apple and Boeing, while focus could shift later in the day to the Federal Reserve's first two-day policy meeting of the year. *Yahoo gained 6.7 percent after it unveiled plans to spin off its 15 percent stake in Alibaba Group...