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  • US STOCKS-Futures fall as investors await data Thursday, 2 Apr 2015 | 7:14 AM ET

    *Investors look to payrolls data due on Good Friday. NEW YORK, April 2- U.S. stock index futures were lower on Thursday, as investors held off on making big bets ahead of a critical payrolls report that will be released on Friday, a market holiday. *Trading could be volatile as market participants will be unable to trade off the March nonfarm payrolls report until...

  • US STOCKS-Futures point to lower open after ADP report Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 8:39 AM ET

    NEW YORK, April 1- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Wednesday as a weaker-than-expected report on private sector employment raised concerns that Friday's impending jobs report could also point to worsening conditions in the labor market. "The correlation between ADP and the payroll report isn't terribly strong, but given the size of the miss,...

  • US STOCKS-Futures flat at start of second quarter Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 7:17 AM ET

    NEW YORK, April 1- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Wednesday, with investors reluctant to keep pushing shares higher after both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq closed out their ninth straight quarter of advances. Key reports on manufacturing will be released after the market opens on Wednesday, while a report on private sector employment is due at...

  • India's state banks are under pressure to improve profitability and slash bad loans, creating a more agile sector to help fuel economic growth. India's state banks hire largely through a nationwide exam system, bringing in entry-level staff who rise through the ranks over years. Bhattacharya, whose bank employs more than 215,000 people, is also working with...

  • US STOCKS-Futures pull back after strong advance Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 7:21 AM ET

    NEW YORK, March 31- U.S. stock index futures were lower on Tuesday, indicating a modest retreat from the previous session's rally, including the strongest session for the Dow in more than a month. *Energy shares will continue to be in focus as crude oil fell 2.3 percent to $47.58 per barrel, sending Exxon Mobil Corp down 0.7 percent to $85 in premarket trading.

  • US STOCKS-Futures higher, but crude oil weakens Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 7:24 AM ET

    *M&A deal lifts sentiment; UnitedHealth unit to buy Catamaran. NEW YORK, March 30- U.S. stock index futures rose on Monday, pointing to a second straight daily gain as a trio of M&A deals lifted sentiment after a recent bout of weakness. *In deal news, OptumRx Corp, a unit of UnitedHealth Group, agreed to buy pharmacy benefit manager Catamaran Corp in a deal worth $12.78...

  • *Dow Chemical to spin off unit, merge it with Olin. NEW YORK, March 27- U.S. stock index futures dipped on Friday, setting indexes up for a full week of daily declines, as the dollar index added to the previous session's rebound ahead of a speech from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. *Dow Chemical shares jumped near 8 percent in premarket trading after it announced the...

  • But a U.S. regulator cited the email as evidence that Nomura Holdings Inc and RBS made false statements about mortgage securities they sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The FHFA's case is the first to reach trial out of 18 lawsuits the regulator filed in 2011 over some $200 billion in mortgage-backed securities that various banks sold Fannie Mae and Freddie...

  • US STOCKS-Futures down after Saudi air strikes on Yemen Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 7:38 AM ET

    *SanDisk tumbles in premarket after outlook cut. NEW YORK, March 26- U.S. stock index futures were lower on Thursday to put the S&P 500 on track for a fourth straight decline, after Saudi Arabia and its allies launched air strikes on Yemen. *Oil prices spiked, with Brent crude up 3.4 percent to $58.40 and U.S. crude up 3.5 percent to $50.93 after warplanes from Saudi...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, March 24- Brazil's central bank announced on Tuesday it will not extend its currency intervention program past March 31 as a combination of political problems at home and fears of higher U.S. interest rates push the real near its lowest levels in a decade. The bank will, however, roll over all swaps expiring after May 1. Among those issues are Brazil's...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, March 24- Brazil's central bank announced on Tuesday it will not extend its currency intervention program past March 31, but will rollover all swaps expiring after May 1. The program has provided investors with a daily supply of currency swaps, derivatives that offer protection against currency losses, since August 2013. The bank has recently...

  • *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...

  • *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...