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  • LONDON/ AMSTERDAM, June 4- The European Commission will give banks in the EU another six-month exemption until December from having to hold extra capital to cover transactions at clearing houses that don't meet the bloc's standards. "The decision will give the market the legal certainty it needs for the next six months," EU financial services commissioner,...

  • *No resolution as yet on Greece debt crisis. June 4- U.S. stock futures, weighed down by a selloff in global bond markets, trimmed some losses after weekly employment data showed U.S. jobless claims fell more than expected. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped to 276,000 for the week ended May 30.

  • *Singapore Exchange volumes to reach 1 billion tonnes this year. VIENNA, June 3- The derivatives market for iron ore is reaching a tipping point in its strong growth as steel consumers pile in, with contracts traded outside China expected to reach around a billion tonnes this year. Iron ore derivatives traded on the Singapore Exchange have roughly doubled in...

  • June 3- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Wednesday ahead of the European Central Bank's monetary policy meeting and the release of private sector job numbers. *Also due on Wednesday are trade deficit numbers for April at 8:30 a.m. ET and the Institute for Supply Management's non-manufacturing index for May at 10:00 a.m.. *Synchronoss Technologies'...

  • LONDON, June 2- Tom Hayes, the first trader to stand trial on alleged Libor rigging charges, was called by Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank about possible job offers after being fired by Citigroup for alleged interest rate rigging, a London court heard on Tuesday. Hayes, who worked for UBS as a derivatives trader in Tokyo until he was poached by Citigroup> in 2009, has...

  • US STOCKS-Futures lower as Greece uncertainty weighs Tuesday, 2 Jun 2015 | 7:26 AM ET

    June 2- U.S. stock index futures were slightly lower on Tuesday, tracking European markets, as uncertainty lingered regarding the outcome of Greece's negotiations with creditors. *Greece must repay four loans totaling 1.6 billion euros to the International Monetary Fund this month, starting with a 300 million euro payment on June 5. *The leaders of Germany,...

  • LONDON, June 1- Tom Hayes, an ex-trader on trial in London for allegedly conspiring to rig benchmark interest rates, at first agreed to plead guilty but later changed his mind, a prosecutor told the court on Monday. The former yen derivatives trader at UBS and Citigroup has pleaded not guilty to eight counts of conspiracy to defraud between 2006 and 2010, a criminal...

  • June 1- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Monday, after closing down the previous week, as investors focused on the bright spots in China's factory activity data and ahead of a string of domestic economic data. *Intel shares were up 0.6 percent at $34.68 in premarket trading on reports that the company was nearing a deal to buy programmable-chip maker Altera.

  • *Altera up on report of Intel takeover interest. May 29- U.S. stock futures were largely unchanged, keeping the market on course to open lower on Friday, after data showed that the economy contracted in the first quarter. "Monetary policy from the Fed is forward looking and GDP by definition is a rear view mirror and the important thing now is that it wasn't a big miss,"...

  • May 29- U.S. stock index futures were lower on Friday amid worries about Greece's ability to strike a deal with its euro zone partners by Sunday and ahead of U.S. gross domestic product data. *Altera rose 6.2 percent to $49.90 in premarket trading after the New York Post reported that Intel was close to buying the chipmaker for about $15 billion.

  • CHINA STOCK REGULATOR SAYS SHANGHAI- DEUTCHE BOURSE JV COULD. SHANGHAI, May 29- The Shanghai-Deutsche Bourse joint venture could be expanded to include derivatives, a spokesperson for China's securities regulator said on Friday at a press conference. The joint venture, officially announced on May 27, aims to ease European investors' access to Chinese...

  • US STOCKS-Futures edge lower as Greece worries weigh Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 7:24 AM ET

    May 28- U.S. stock index futures were lower on Thursday, weighed down by concerns about Greece's ability to strike a deal with its creditors. *European officials downplayed talk that Greece and its lenders were drafting an agreement that would provide Athens much-needed debt relief. *Broadcom shares rose 0.85 percent to $57.64 in premarket trading after Avago...

  • US STOCKS-Futures edge higher after dollar rally subsides Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 7:41 AM ET

    May 27- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Wednesday as the dollar retreated from its largest gain in two years and as worries about Greece receded. *Greece and its European creditors have also played down fears that Athens would default on a payment to the International Monetary Fund next week. *Michael Kors Holdings fell 11 percent to $53.92 after the...

  • Rush to dollar assets costing Japanese investors dear Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 5:12 AM ET

    TOKYO, May 27- Cash-rich Japanese banks are paying almost as much extra to borrow dollars on the currency swaps market as they did when they were fighting for survival two decades ago, due to their insatiable appetite for higher-yielding dollar assets. Their need for dollar funding is pushing up the cost, "said Makoto Noji, senior fixed-income strategist at SMBC...

  • US STOCKS-Futures lower ahead of raft of data Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 7:36 AM ET

    May 26- U.S. stock index futures were lower on Tuesday ahead of a raft of data and after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen indicated that the central bank could raise interest rates this year. *New home sales data at 10:00 a.m. ET is expected to show sales increased to an adjusted annual rate of 510,000 units in April from 481,000 units in March.

  • US STOCKS-Futures rise ahead of Yellen's speech, Friday, 22 May 2015 | 7:30 AM ET

    May 22- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Friday, a day after the S&P 500 ended at an all-time high and ahead of Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's take on the economy that investors will peruse for clues on the timing of a rate hike. *Aeropostale slumped 22.8 percent to $2 in premarket trading after the teen apparel retailer estimated a...

  • May 21- U.S. stock index futures were slightly lower on Thursday, a day after minutes from the latest Federal Reserve meeting bolstered expectations that interest rates would stay near zero until later this year. The jobless claims data is due at 8:30 a.m. ET. *Data measuring the growth in the U.S. manufacturing sector in May is due at 9:45 a.m. ET and 15 minutes...

  • ULAN BATOR, May 21- Cash-strapped Mongolia's deal to expand the $6.5 billion Oyu Tolgoi mine is a big step towards stabilising its economy, but as it waits for the investment boost to feed through it is leaning on once-feared China to help shore up its finances. China helped Mongolia's central bank stave off economic collapse with a currency swap agreement to...

  • ULAN BATOR, May 21- Cash-strapped Mongolia's deal to expand the $6.5 billion Oyu Tolgoi mine is a big step towards stabilising its economy, but as it waits for the investment boost to feed through it is leaning on once-feared China to help shore up its finances. China helped Mongolia's central bank stave off economic collapse with a currency swap agreement to...

  • US STOCKS-Futures slightly higher ahead of Fed minutes Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 7:35 AM ET

    May 20- U.S. stock index futures were slightly higher on Wednesday, a day after the Dow closed at a record high for the second straight day and ahead of the release of minutes from last month's Federal Reserve meeting. The minutes are expected to be released at 2:00 p.m. ET. *A rate hike is not likely to be appropriate until early 2016, Chicago Fed President Charles...