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  • *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...

  • TOKYO, Jan 28- Japanese stocks rose to a fresh one-month high on Wednesday as expectations of strong corporate earnings and a weaker yen boosted investor sentiment. Market participants were also buying on expectations that Wall Street shares would recover Tuesday's losses on Wednesday, as U.S. stock futures rebounded during Asian hours.

  • EU says near deal with Washington on derivatives rules Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 12:42 PM ET

    LONDON, Jan 27- The European Union and the United States are poised to accept each other's rules on financial derivatives trading in a bid to prevent a global market that supports economic growth from fragmenting, a senior EU official said on Tuesday. The bulk of swaps are traded in London and New York and banks say the prospect of rule clashes is already...

  • *Caterpillar shares slide as low oil prices hurt profit. *Microsoft shares tumble a day after results. NEW YORK, Jan 27- U.S. stock index futures fell on Tuesday, weighed by company earnings results including those of sector bellwethers Microsoft and Caterpillar.

  • *Pfizer's outlook disappoints, stock slips. *Microsoft shares tumble a day after results. NEW YORK, Jan 27- U.S. stock index futures fell on Tuesday, weighed by company earnings results including those of Microsoft, while concerns lingered over Greece's new anti-bailout government and its implications for the euro zone.

  • *Rock-Tenn and MeadWestvaco rally, set to merge. NEW YORK, Jan 26- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat open Monday after a decisive Greek election victory by the Syriza party spurred concern over fresh instability in the euro zone, though the possibility of Greece leaving the bloc was considered remote. While Greece is a relatively small economy that the...

  • US STOCKS-Futures edge lower after Greek elections Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 7:53 AM ET

    *Rock-Tenn and MeadWestvaco to merge. NEW YORK, Jan 26- U.S. stock index futures dipped on Monday after a victory by the leftist Syriza party in Greece raised concerns about new instability in the euro zone. Last week's larger-than-expected stimulus program announced by the European Central Bank could offset some concerns over Greece.

  • Ocwen calls investor claims "baseless" Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 7:50 AM ET

    Jan 26- Mortgage servicer Ocwen Financial Group said on Monday a group of investors had no basis for claiming it failed to live up to its agreements to collect payments on $82 billion worth of home loans. Ocwen's shares were up 47 percent in premarket trading after the company reached a $2.5 million settlement with the California Department of Business...

  • US STOCKS-Futures drop on concerns over Europe Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 7:08 AM ET

    *Rock-Tenn and MeadWestvaco to merge. NEW YORK, Jan 26- U.S. stock index futures dipped on Monday after a victory by the leftist Syriza party in Greece raised concerns about new instability in the euro zone. *The party looked set to take on Greece's international lenders, with leader Alexis Tsipras pledging to end five years of austerity and renegotiate Greece's...

  • European stock index futures fall after Greek vote Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 2:04 AM ET

    PARIS, Jan 26- European stock index futures fell early on Monday as Greece's Syriza party promised to roll back austerity measures after sweeping to victory in a snap election. At 0702 GMT, futures for Euro STOXX 50, for Germany's DAX and for France's CAC were down 0.6-1.0 percent. The euro sank to an 11- year low of $1.1098 on the vote outcome, before recovering to...

  • *Greece vote results stokes fresh concerns of instability in Europe. TOKYO, Jan 26- The euro skidded to near an 11- year low and U.S. stock futures fell on Monday as Greece's Syriza party promised to roll back austerity measures after sweeping to victory in a snap election, putting Athens on a collision course with international lenders. Syriza leader Alexis...

  • *UPS shares fall after outlook, Starbucks up on results. NEW YORK, Jan 23- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat open on Wall Street Friday, as early gains following a sharp rally in the previous session were offset by some weak corporate results. Wall Street jumped more than 1 percent on Thursday, an advance that returned the S&P 500 and Nasdaq to positive...

  • *GE shares edge up after results, Starbucks rallies. NEW YORK, Jan 23- U.S. stock index futures edged up on Friday, following a sharp rally in the previous session that returned the S&P 500 and Nasdaq to positive territory for the year and put major indexes on track to break a three-week streak of declines. *Thursday's advance came after the European Central Bank...

  • Banks including Wells Fargo& Co and PNC Financial Services Group are contemplating steps like investing their extra cash at current low yields or using derivatives that pay off if rates stay low. Positioning for higher rates has cost the 20 largest U.S. banks somewhere between $2.5 billion and $3 billion of income each quarter, roughly 6 percent of their...

  • *Verizon, F5 Networks both lower after results. *Royal Bank of Canada to buy City National. NEW YORK, Jan 22- U.S. stock index futures pointed to modest gains at the open on Thursday after the European Central Bank announced expanded measures to stimulate the region's economy.