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  • UPDATE 2-U.S. Senate votes to confirm Bowen to CFTC Tuesday, 3 Jun 2014 | 5:16 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, June 3- The U.S. Senate voted on Tuesday to confirm New York lawyer Sharon Bowen as a member of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Treasury official Timothy Massad and Chris Giancarlo, a senior official at derivatives broker GFI in New York, were approved by a Senate panel but have not yet been considered by the full body.

  • US STOCKS-Futures dip, with few trading incentives Tuesday, 3 Jun 2014 | 7:11 AM ET

    *Dow, S&P 500 ended at records on Monday. NEW YORK, June 3- U.S. stock index futures were a touch lower on Tuesday as traders found few reasons to buy with major indexes at record levels, though the market's recent upward momentum appeared intact. *The CBOE Volatility Index has also been lower than average, hovering near levels not seen since March 2013.

  • *Dow, S&P 500 may come off fourth month of gains. *VIX near multi-month lows, may be sign of complacency. NEW YORK, June 2- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat open on Monday, with investors finding few reasons to keep pushing shares higher, with the Dow and S&P 500 at record levels.

  • NEW YORK, May 30- U.S. stock index futures dipped on Friday following another record close for the S&P 500 a day earlier as traders dismissed a contraction in the economy in the first quarter. *Data on personal consumption and income for April is due at 8:30 a.m. EDT while May's Chicago purchase managers index is expected shortly after the market opens.

  • US STOCKS-Futures tick up ahead of jobs, growth data Thursday, 29 May 2014 | 7:57 AM ET

    NEW YORK, May 29- U.S. stock index futures ticked up in low volume on Thursday ahead of data on the labor market and economic growth, with the S&P 500 poised to challenge its record high after falling a couple of points the previous session.

  • US STOCKS-Futures tick up, S&P on track to extend record Wednesday, 28 May 2014 | 8:02 AM ET

    *Toll Brothers, Michael Kors up after earnings; DSW drops. NEW YORK, May 28- U.S. stock index futures edged up on Wednesday, with technicals in focus and scant key items on the U.S. economic calendar, following yet another record close on the benchmark S&P 500 index.

  • *Loans, regulations grant bank status- MoneyGram. WASHINGTON, May 27- MoneyGram International Inc is fighting in U.S. In a case with implications for many financial institutions, especially those hurt by the 2008-2009 credit crisis, the MoneyGram fight centers on tax deductions only banks can claim for worthless assets, such as mortgage-backed securities.

  • US STOCKS-Futures up on ECB hopes, merger activity Tuesday, 27 May 2014 | 7:51 AM ET

    *Hillshire Brands shares jump after Pilgrim's Pride bid. NEW YORK, May 27- U.S. stock index futures rose on Tuesday, ahead of a data-heavy session, as expectations for rates cuts by the European Central Bank stoked bids for equities even as the benchmark S&P 500 index closed at a record on Friday.

  • --Clyde Russell is a Reuters columnist. LAUNCESTON, Australia, May 26- Iron ore swaps traded in Singapore are suggesting that the worst may be over for the steelmaking ingredient, but futures in the Chinese city of Dalian point to further price weakness.

  • *Aeropostale stumbles before the bell after outlook. NEW YORK, May 23- U.S. stock index futures inched higher on Friday, ahead of data on the housing market, with the S&P 500 on track to score its first weekly gain in the past three. *New home sales data for April is due at 10:00 a.m..

  • WASHINGTON, May 22- The U.S. derivatives watchdog asked on Thursday for more industry comments on a proposed rule to curb speculators in commodity futures markets.

  • WASHINGTON, May 22- The U.S. Senate aims to vote to confirm three candidates to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in early June, a senior Democratic aide said on Thursday, to fill a leadership gap at the futures and swaps regulator.

  • Paper trading based on Russia's Urals oil jumps Thursday, 22 May 2014 | 8:31 AM ET

    LONDON, May 22- Trading in derivatives based on Russian Urals oil, one of the world's biggest grades of crude by volume, has more than doubled in recent months as demand has risen and new brokers have entered the market.

  • *Best Buy falls in premarket after results. NEW YORK, May 22- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Thursday, ahead of data on the labor and housing markets, after the S&P 500 advanced for a third time in four sessions. Dow Jones industrial average e-mini futures gained 8 points and Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures added 2.75 points.

  • *Rwanda bourse to offer trading of derivatives. KIGALI, May 21- Rwanda's finance minister said the country will soon allow derivatives trading on its stock exchange and a new investment code, which could offer tax breaks for foreign investors, has been sent to parliament.

  • NEW YORK, May 14- Emerging market credit default swap trading volumes surged 93 percent in the first quarter as investors scrambled to protect fixed-income portfolios because of the crisis unfolding between Ukraine and Russia.

  • NEW YORK, May 14- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Wednesday as investors found few reasons to keep pushing shares higher with the Dow and S&P 500 both coming off record closing highs.

  • US STOCKS-Futures dip, with Dow, S&P off closing records Wednesday, 14 May 2014 | 7:10 AM ET

    *S&P 500, Dow coming off record closing highs. NEW YORK, May 14- U.S. stock index futures edged lower on Wednesday as investors found few reasons to keep pushing shares higher, with the Dow and S&P 500 both coming off record closing highs.

  • *AT&T in talks to buy DirecTV, sources say. NEW YORK, May 13- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat open on Tuesday as investors found few reasons to keep pushing shares higher with major indexes coming off record closes and economic data painting a mixed picture of the economy.

  • *Hillshire to buy Pinnacle Foods for $6.6 billion. NEW YORK, May 12- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Monday, putting the S&P 500 within striking distance of record levels, though geopolitical concerns in the Ukraine could cap gains. *In the latest deal news, Hillshire Brands Co agreed to buy Pinnacle Foods Inc for about $6.6 billion.