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  • UPDATE 1-MetLife profit falls on derivatives losses Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 5:01 PM ET

    July 29- MetLife Inc, the biggest U.S. life insurer, reported a 21 percent fall in quarterly profit, largely due to $593 million in derivatives losses. MetLife blamed rising interest rates and the weakening of the dollar against certain currencies for the after-tax derivatives losses in the three months ended June 30. Up to Wednesday's close of $57.22, MetLife's...

  • MetLife profit falls on derivatives losses Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 4:19 PM ET

    July 29- MetLife Inc, the biggest U.S. life insurer, reported a 21 percent fall in quarterly profit due to $593 million in derivatives losses from rising interest rates and the weakening of the dollar against certain currencies. Net income fell to 92 cents per share in the second quarter ended June 30 from $1.17 per share a year earlier. Net income fell 22 percent to...

  • US STOCKS-U.S. futures higher ahead of Fed statement Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 7:28 AM ET

    July 29- U.S. stock index futures rose on Wednesday on hopes that Beijing could stem the rout in its markets and ahead of a statement from the U.S. *In a recent congressional testimony, Fed Chair Janet Yellen neither ruled out a September interest rate hike nor guided the market toward thinking it was a done deal. The statement is expected at 2 p.m. ET.

  • Bill Gross: Six conditions for a bond crisis Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 11:05 AM ET
    Bill Gross

    Bill Gross thinks conditions are ripe for a liquidity crisis, and he points a finger at his old firm for its potential to be at the center of the storm.

  • WASHINGTON, June 29- MetLife asked a federal judge on Monday to force the U.S. government to hand over 500 pages of confidential records that relate to financial regulators' decision to designate the insurance giant as systemically important. In a filing in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, MetLife said the government's failure to hand over the...

  • CHICAGO, June 25- How much money you will need to save to enjoy a secure retirement depends on the ultimate unknowable: How long will you live? The advantage of these QLAC plans is that they provide some guaranteed regular income until death, so they can supplement Social Security. For example, Principal Financial Group Inc, which introduced a QLAC for individual...

  • WASHINGTON, June 16- The U.S. Unlike Wall Street banks that are subject to Fed oversight, large insurance firms such as MetLife and Prudential are overseen by a multitude of state regulators, and there are no nationwide rules that determine how much risk they can take on. This came to light when insurance giant AIG collapsed in 2008 because of risky bets made by a...

  • Early movers: DISH, TMUS, JWN, GE, JOY & more Thursday, 4 Jun 2015 | 8:08 AM ET
    A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.

  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    U.S. stocks closed mildly lower, recovering from sharp morning losses as investors found some relief from a slight recovery in the bond market.

  • Wall Street seen sharply lower as bond falloff weighs Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 9:06 AM ET
    Traders signal offers in the Standard & Poor's 500 stock index options pit at the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE).

    U.S. stock index futures pointed to a sharply lower Wall Street open on Tuesday, as global stocks declined on the back of a sharp fall in bond prices.

  • Early movers: AOL, MS, HTZ, TSLA, AAPL & more Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:57 AM ET
    Trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.

  • May 11- The U.S. government on Monday said MetLife Inc's lawsuit fighting its designation as being systemically important to the economy, often referred to as "too big to fail," should be dismissed. MetLife had in January became the first nonbank to challenge a decision by the Financial Stability Oversight Council, a panel led by Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, that...

  • Insurers step up lobbying to battle U.S. regulators Friday, 8 May 2015 | 5:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, May 8- Insurance firms, already among Washington's biggest donors, are securing powerful allies in Congress as the Federal Reserve draws up nationwide capital rules for the $1 trillion industry after years of delay. Two members of the House of Representatives who received large industry donations for their election campaigns and one senator...

  • Early movers: BABA, PCLN, PG, COST, ANN & more Thursday, 7 May 2015 | 7:51 AM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.

  • May 6- MetLife Inc, the largest U.S. life insurer, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit due to gains from investments and derivatives. MetLife has long had a substantial derivatives program designed to smooth out risks stemming from changes to interest rates, currency exchange rates and equities. MetLife's total operating revenue fell slightly...

  • U.S. life insurer MetLife profit jumps 64 pct Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | 4:12 PM ET

    The company's net profit rose to $2.13 billion, or $1.87 per share, in the first quarter ended March 31, from $1.29 billion, or $1.14 per share, a year earlier.

  • *Private employers add fewest jobs since Jan 2014. MoneyGram and Synageva soar on buyout offers. "This is certainly going to change expectations for Friday's numbers," said Joe Saluzzi, co-manager of trading at Themis Trading in Chatham, New Jersey.

  • *MoneyGram and Synageva soar on buyout offers. May 6- Wall Street was set to open higher on Wednesday as investors focused on healthy corporate earnings reports and a revival in dealmaking, shrugging off a rout in the global bond market and weaker-than-expected U.S. private jobs data. "This is certainly going to change expectations for Friday's numbers," said Joe...

  • *MoneyGram soared 23.3 percent to $9.62 in premarket trading after Bloomberg reported that Western Union was considering buying its smaller rival. *Herbalife jumped 14.3 percent to $45.81 after the weight-loss and nutritional products maker raised its full-year profit forecast. *Synageva BioPharma soared 41 percent to $134.98 after Alexion offered to...

  • Berkshire too big? Don't be silly, Buffett says Saturday, 2 May 2015 | 4:32 PM ET
    Warren Buffett at the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholder's Meeting in Omaha Nebraska on May 2, 2015.

    Warren Buffett rejected the idea that Berkshire is so big that it is now too big to fail and requires tighter regulatory oversight.