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  • *HSBC/ Market flash PMI signals persistent weakness in economy. BEIJING, March 24- Activity in China's factory sector dipped to a 11- month low in March as new orders shrank, a private survey showed, signalling persistent weakness in the world's second-largest economy that will likely fuel calls for more policy easing to support growth. The flash HSBC/ Markit...

  • BEIJING, March 24- Activity in China's factory sector dipped to a 11- month low in March as new orders shrank, a private survey showed, signalling persistent weakness in the world's second-largest economy that will likely add to calls for more policy easing. The flash HSBC/ Markit Purchasing Managers' Index dipped to 49.2 in March, below the 50- point level that...

  • LONDON, March 23- Hedge funds have turned super-bearish about U.S. oil prices as concerns about running out of storage trump the drop in the number of rigs drilling new wells. Money managers had amassed a record number of short positions in futures and options contracts linked to WTI by the end of March 17, equivalent to 209 million barrels of oil, according to the...

  • NEW YORK, March 23- U.S. stock index futures ticked lower on Monday following strong gains in major indexes last week, as investors eyed negotiations over the future of Greece in the euro zone and as oil prices fell further. *German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras were set to meet in Berlin, and Tsipras' list of reform proposals will...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St stock futures rise after pullback Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 7:32 AM ET

    *Biogen Idec shares were up 3 percent at $447 in premarket trading after its experimental drug became the first Alzheimer's treatment to significantly slow cognitive decline and reduce brain plaque in patients with early and mild forms of the disease, according to a small study likely to reignite hopes of a treatment. *Tiffany& Co. shares were down 2.7 percent...

  • NEW YORK, March 19- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Thursday after the Federal Reserve on Wednesday removed a reference to being "patient" on interest rates out of its policy statement but indicated that it was in no rush to hike borrowing costs. The FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was up 0.56 percent and London's FTSE hit a record after...

  • US STOCKS-Futures slip ahead of Fed statement Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 7:44 AM ET

    NEW YORK, March 18- U.S. stock index futures fell on Wednesday ahead of a highly anticipated statement and news conference by the Federal Reserve later in the session, with the Fed expected to give clearer clues on how soon it plans to tighten monetary policy. *A Fed statement is due at 2:00 p.m. EDT, with a press conference by Chair Janet Yellen half an hour later.

  • *American Airlines shares up; oil prices fall. March 17- U.S. stock index futures implied a lower open on Tuesday after a rally in the previous session and ahead of a Federal Reserve meeting that could give investors a gauge on the timing of an interest rate hike. Some investors were giving back gains in the absence of any big news while others were holding tight ahead...

  • March 17- U.S. stock index futures were down on Tuesday after rallying on Monday ahead of a Federal Reserve meeting that investors are looking to for a guage on timing for an interest rate hike. *The benchmark S&P 500 index on Monday saw its biggest percentage gain since Feb. 3. *Solid gains for Asian markets overnight gave way to up-and-down trading in Europe on...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St futures rise as euro recovers Monday, 16 Mar 2015 | 9:02 AM ET

    *Empire State manufacturing data miss estimates. March 16- U.S. stock index futures were up on Monday, putting the benchmark S&P 500 on track for a rebound after three weeks of losses, as currency markets helped reassure U.S. investors concerned about how a strong dollar would hurt earnings. A recovery in the euro was reassuring investors as a rapidly rising U.S....

  • *FXCM rallies in premarket after strong results. NEW YORK, March 13- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a modestly lower open on Friday as crude oil prices continued to fall, putting the S&P 500 on track for its third straight weekly decline. Crude oil fell 2 percent, after the International Energy Agency said a global oil glut was building and U.S. oil production...

  • *S&P may be poised for third straight weekly decline. *FXCM rallies in premarket after strong results. NEW YORK, March 13- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Friday as investors held off on making bets following a volatile week that was marked by sharp swings in both directions.

  • *Wall St coming off extended decline. *Citigroup up in premarket after Fed review. NEW YORK, March 12- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a modestly higher open on Thursday as a surprise drop in retail sales pointed to a consumer that continued to struggle, but also eased some concern about how soon the Federal Reserve may raise interest rates.

  • EDINBURGH, March 12- The European Union is expected to make clearing of interest rate swaps mandatory from later this year, the bloc's securities market watchdog said on Thursday. Steven Maijoor, chairman of the European Securities and Markets Authority, told a pensions conference that the watchdog had completed an analysis of the interest rate swaps market...

  • *Wall St comes off extended decline. *Citigroup up in premarket after Fed review. NEW YORK, March 12- U.S. stock index futures edged higher on Thursday, suggesting a partial rebound following a string of declines, as investors looked ahead to data for indications of how soon the Federal Reserve is likely to raise interest rates.

  • EDINBURGH, March 12- The European Union is expected to make clearing of interest rate swaps mandatory from later this year, the bloc's securities market watchdog said on Thursday. Steven Maijoor, chairman of the European Securities and Markets Authority, told a pensions conference that the watchdog had completed an analysis of the interest rate swaps market...

  • Ukraine's credit default swaps fell 184 basis points after the International Monetary Fund approved a $17.5 billion loan package for the country, a decision that was widely expected. MSCI's emerging equity index ended nine days of losses to rise half a percent, as the dollar slipped off 11 1/ 2- year highs against a basket of currencies. "There is a bit of respite,...

  • Nikkei rises on futures-related buying Wednesday, 11 Mar 2015 | 10:35 PM ET

    TOKYO, March 12- Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Thursday as investors chased the market higher before the futures settlement. Index-heavy stocks led the gains, with Fanuc Corp rising 2.6 percent and SoftBank Corp gaining 1.5 percent. "Foreign derivatives investors are seen chasing the market higher," said Norihiro Fujito, senior investment strategist at...

  • BOCA RATON, Florida, March 11- Nasdaq OMX Group said on Wednesday it is expanding into energy derivatives with energy futures and options set to trade on the Nasdaq Futures Exchange at less than half the prices charged by incumbents CME Group and Intercontinental Exchange. Nasdaq has been pitching the new offerings to brokerages and banks for months and has...

  • *S&P 500 coming off biggest one-day drop in two months. NEW YORK, March 11- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly higher open on Wednesday, implying a modest rebound from a sharp decline in the previous session, though questions remain about when the Federal Reserve would adjust its rate policies. Wall Street fell sharply on Tuesday, with the S&P 500...