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  • NEW YORK, Nov 3- U.S. stock index futures pointed to slight losses at the open on Monday, with investors taking a pause following a sharp rally on Friday that took the Dow and S&P 500 to record levels. Equities have been strong of late, with the Dow last week posting its biggest weekly gain since January 2013 and the S&P coming off its biggest two-week jump since...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 3- U.S. stock index futures ticked lower on Monday, with investors taking a pause following a sharp rally on Friday that took the Dow and S&P 500 to record levels. *Equities have been strong of late, with the Dow last week posting its biggest weekly gain since January 2013 and the S&P coming off its biggest two-week jump since December 2011.

  • US STOCKS-Futures rally after BOJ ramps up stimulus Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 7:19 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 31- U.S. stock index futures rallied on Friday after the Bank of Japan significantly ramped up its stimulus program just days after the U.S. *At the same time, Japan's $1.2 trillion Government Pension Investment Fund announced new allocations for its portfolio, including raising its holdings of domestic and foreign stock holdings to 25 percent each...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 30- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly lower open on Thursday despite a reading on third-quarter economic growth that was stronger than expected. Gross domestic product grew at a 3.5 percent annual rate in the third quarter, beating expectations for a pace of 3 percent, though down from the 4.6 percent rate in the second quarter.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 30- U.S. stock index futures were slightly lower on Thursday as investors looked ahead to a report on economic growth and continued to digest recent comments from the Federal Reserve. *An advance read on third-quarter gross domestic product will be released at 8:30 a.m. and is seen showing economic growth slowed to 3 percent from 4.6 percent in the...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 29- The Depository Trust& Clearing Corp on Wednesday dropped a lawsuit against the U.S. swaps regulator, a court document showed, ahead of what two sources said was a possible rule change by the agency. DTCC, which performs back-office services for the Wall Street banks that own it, last year sued the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which...

  • UPDATE 1-MetLife beats profit estimates as premiums rise Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 4:51 PM ET

    Oct 29- MetLife Inc, the largest U.S. life insurer, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by higher premiums and gains tied to its derivatives program. MetLife said earlier this month that it would fight a plan by the U.S. risk council to designate it as a firm whose demise could risk global finance, a tag that brings far greater regulatory...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 29- U.S. stocks were mixed, while the dollar and government bond yields rose on Wednesday, after the Federal Reserve announced the end of its stimulus program in a statement that also noted the improvements in the U.S. labor market. The Fed, as expected, said it will no longer add to its holdings of Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities,...

  • UPDATE 1-DTCC drops case in U.S. swaps regulator data row Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 12:29 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Oct 29- U.S. market operator the Depository Trust& Clearing Corporation dropped its lawsuit against the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission in a dispute about access to potentially lucrative trading data, a court document showed on Wednesday. The change of heart was because the CFTC, which regulates the trading of swaps and futures, is...

  • *Orbital Sciences falls after rocket explosion. NEW YORK, Oct 29- U.S. stock index futures were mixed on Wednesday, with S&P 500 and Nasdaq futures weighed by a sharp decline in Facebook shares, and ahead of a statement from the U.S. In a typical quarter since 1994, 63 percent of companies beat estimates, according to Thomson Reuters data.

  • *Orbital Sciences falls after rocket explosion. NEW YORK, Oct 29- U.S. stock index futures dipped on Wednesday, weighed by a sharp decline in Facebook Inc shares and ahead of a statement from the U.S. *In an otherwise data-light session, the Fed is likely to announce that it will no longer add to its holdings of Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities,...

  • ROME/ MILAN, Oct 28- Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena may seek to delay repaying hundreds of millions of euros in state aid to help shore up its balance sheet as it explores strategic options which could include a merger, chairman Alessandro Profumo said on Tuesday. Profumo and Monte dei Paschi Chief Executive Fabrizio Viola met Economy Ministry officials on...

  • BMPS discussing capital options with government Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 1:18 PM ET
    The headquarters of the Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena S.p.A. (BMPS) , the oldest surviving bank in the world and Italy's third largest bank.

    Italy's Treasury has not ruled out extending repayment deadlines on hundreds of millions of euros in state aid to help troubled lender Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, a person close to the matter said.

  • ROME, Oct 28- Italy's Treasury has not ruled out extending repayment deadlines on hundreds of millions of euros in state aid to help troubled lender Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena as it struggles to raise fresh capital, a person close to the matter said on Tuesday. Officials, who declined to be cited by name, said Monte dei Paschi Chairman Alessandro Profumo and...

  • *Capital goods orders post largest fall in eight months. NEW YORK, Oct 28- U.S. stock index futures rose on Tuesday ahead of data on industrial production, home prices and consumer confidence and as the Federal Reserve prepared to begin a two-day meeting on monetary policy. *The economic schedule also includes S&P/Case-Shiller home prices for August at 9:00 a.m....

  • US STOCKS-Futures rise ahead of data, Twitter tumbles Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 7:48 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 28- U.S. stock index futures rose on Tuesday ahead of data on industrial production, home prices and consumer confidence and as the Federal Reserve prepared to begin a two-day meeting on monetary policy. *A busy economic schedule includes September data on durable goods at 8:30 a.m., S&P/Case-Shiller home prices for August at 9:00 a.m. and at...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 27- U.S. stock index futures dipped on Monday after the S&P 500 closed its best week in nearly two years on Friday and ahead of data on U.S. services sector growth and home sales. *Shares of Brazilian companies traded in the United States tumbled after incumbent Dilma Rousseff won reelection in a runoff vote, defeating centrist and market favorite Aecio...

  • *Monte Paschi hires UBS, Citi to review options, including merger. MILAN/ ROME, Oct 26-- Italy's Monte dei Paschi di Siena faces a 2.1 billion euro funding shortfall that could force it to seek a merger, after a European banking review revealed serious weak points in the Italian financial system. The historic Tuscan lender, which was founded in 1472 and carried out a 5-...

  • *Ratings downgrades hit bonds and credit default swaps. LONDON, Oct 24- Investors demanded higher yields to hold Tesco's debt on Friday while the cost of insuring against default rose sharply after ratings downgrades left Britain's biggest grocer hovering just above junk status. "The ratings remain on review for downgrade because Tesco has not yet announced...