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  • 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...

  • *Vodafone shares gain, Richemont slips. European Central Bank President Mario Draghi and Bank of England Governor Mark Carney, along with other central bankers, will be addressing an ECB Forum in Portugal later in the day. Attention will also fall on Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, who is due to speak on the U.S. economic outlook before the Greater Providence...

  • Wall Street's record high on Thursday lifted Asian stocks on Friday, a day that will be packed with key European and U.S. economic data as well as speeches from Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen and European Central Bank president Mario Draghi. European shares struggled to match that, but the leading index of European shares was still poised for its biggest...

  • House lawmaker issues subpoena to Fed over leak Friday, 22 May 2015 | 3:08 AM ET
    Representative Jeb Hensarling, a Republican from Texas and chairman of the House Financial Services Committee

    The chairman of a U.S. congressional committee subpoenaed Fed documents and communications related to a 2012 leak of information.

  • HONG KONG— Chinese stocks hit a seven-year high as investors pinned their hopes on further economic stimulus while most other world markets were subdued Friday ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen. Britain's FTSE 100 gained 0.3 percent to 7,033.44. CHINA RALLY: Investors who weren't allocated shares in recent initial public offerings are...

  • TOKYO, May 22- Asian shares rose early on Friday after Wall Street set another record high with prospects for a Federal Reserve rate hike in June all but quashed, while the dollar steadied after losing ground to the euro for the first time this week on downbeat U.S. data. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.2 percent with South Korean...

  • May 21- Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler reached out to the chief executives of Time Warner Cable Inc and Charter Communications Inc to convey that the agency is not against cable deals, the Wall Street Journal reported. Wheeler saw some of the statements as a "significant over-reading" of the FCC staff's stance on the Comcast-Time...

  • WASHINGTON, May 21- The chairman of a U.S. congressional committee on Thursday subpoenaed Federal Reserve documents and communications related to a 2012 leak of information related to monetary policy, ramping up his attack of the central bank's handling of the case. Republican Jeb Hensarling of Texas, who chairs the U.S. House of Representatives Financial...

  • WASHINGTON, May 21- The U.S. Federal Reserve did an about-face on Thursday and proposed allowing banks to count certain municipal bonds as liquid assets in order to comply with new rules designed to ensure banks can survive a cash crunch. The rule change will not apply only to banks regulated by the Federal Reserve that have $250 billion or more in total...

  • WASHINGTON, May 21- The U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee on Thursday said it issued a subpoena to the Federal Reserve over a 2012 leak of information related to monetary policy.

  • May 21- Camel cigarette brand owner Reynolds American Inc's planned acquisition of smaller rival Lorillard Inc is expected to receive U.S. antitrust clearance as soon as next week, the Wall Street Journal said. While Reynolds American and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission declined to comment, Lorillard was not immediately available. Reynolds, which will get...

  • May 21- Camel cigarette brand owner Reynolds American Inc's planned acquisition of smaller rival Lorillard Inc is expected to receive U.S. antitrust clearance as soon as next week, the Wall Street Journal said. Reynolds offered to buy Lorillard for $25 billion in last July. Reynolds, Lorillard and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission were not immediately...

  • May 21- U.S. primary dealers continue to see September as the most likely timing for the Federal Reserve to begin raising interest rates, according to the median response reported in the New York Fed's latest survey. But the latest survey, taken as U.S. central bankers prepared for their April 28-29 policy-setting meeting and published on Thursday, also showed...

  • Fed's Fischer says euro zone survival virtually assured Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 2:00 PM ET

    Federal Reserve Vice Chair Stanley Fischer on Thursday said the euro zone crisis had made the monetary union stronger and proved that the European Central Bank has the ability to carry out effective policy in the region. Even though the crisis is not over, with Greece in particular still struggling and facing a possible debt default, the ECB's actions have "...

  • *Shake Shack hits record on trademark filing. May 21- U.S. stocks rose in afternoon trading on Thursday, with the S&P 500 just shy of its record high and the Nasdaq crossing its record close, as disappointing economic data bolstered the view that an interest rate hike would come only later in the year. Federal Reserve officials all but ruled out a rate hike next month...

  • *Shake Shack hits record on trademark filing. May 21- Wall Street was higher in late morning trading on Thursday, with the S&P 500 a whisker away from a record high, as a fresh batch of disappointing economic data bolstered expectations that the Federal Reserve would not raise interest rates any time soon. "I doubt we'll see a rate hike this year," said Paul Nolte,...

  • Listeria: FDA finds problems at Ohio ice cream plant Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 11:32 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A government investigation of Ohio- based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams found inadequate testing and cleaning in its Columbus plant that had become contaminated with listeria. The Jeni's recall came as Texas- based Blue Bell Creameries also shut down and recalled all products after listeria in its products was linked to three deaths.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St shrugs off weak data to inch higher Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 10:22 AM ET

    *Lumber Liquidators plunges after CEO resigns. *CVS up on $10.1 bln Omnicare deal. May 21- U.S. stocks moved higher in morning trading on Thursday as investors shrugged of fresh batch of weaker-than-expected data, which came a day after the Federal Reserve all but ruled out an interest rate hike in June.

  • 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...

  • BEIJING, May 21- A Chinese university denied on Thursday U.S. espionage charges filed against three of its staff who are among six Chinese people the United States has accused of stealing technology often used in military systems. The U.S. Justice Department announced the charges against the six on Tuesday, the third time in as many years that U.S. authorities...