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* Staples, Office Depot in advanced merger talks – WSJ * Aetna posts Q4 results, raises 2015 outlook * Futures up: Dow 46 pts, S&P 6.25 pts, Nasdaq 9.5 pts By Chuck Mikolajczak NEW YORK, Feb 3 (Reuters) – Dow Futures climbed on Tuesday, with the benchmark S&P 500 index set to continue a rally Read More

U.S. stocks were mixed Tuesday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 barely higher and the Nasdaq 100 slightly in the red after the new left-wing Greek government dropped plans to seek a write-down on its debt and instead suggested swapping debt for securities that are tied to economic growth. In Read More

CHICAGO: US wheat futures dropped to a four-month low on Monday while corn and soybeans hovered near multi-month lows as large crop inventories kept a lid on prices. Traders focused on hefty grain supplies as crop weather improved in South America, with scattered showers in Brazil easing concerns about drought curtailing soybean yields. Farmers in Read More

Crude oil, SPY, UUP, and gold ETFs react to the FOMC and US dollar (Part 3 of 5) (Continued from Part 2) PowerShares DB US Dollar Index Bullish ETF (UUP) The PowerShares DB US Dollar Index Bullish ETF (UUP) consists of long US dollar index or USDX futures contracts. The measure of the US dollar’s price Read More

View photo . REUTERS/Richard Carson Workers from the United Steelworkers (USW) union outside the Shell Oil Deer Park Refinery in Deer Park, Texas, on Sunday. Here’s what you need to know in markets for Monday. Oil workers strike across the US. “Union workers were on strike for a second day on Monday at nine US Read More

* Dow, S&P 500 coming off worst month since Jan 2014 * Oil rises more than 3 pct, building on Friday’s gain * Reads on manufacturing due after the market open * Futures up: Dow 40 pts, S&P 4.5 pts, Nasdaq 5.25 pts (Adds Exxon results, economic data) By Ryan Vlastelica NEW YORK, Feb 2 Read More

* Dow, S&P 500 coming off worst month since Jan 2014 * Oil rises more than 3 pct, building on Friday’s gain * Reads on manufacturing due after the market open * Futures up: Dow 65 pts, S&P 7.75 pts, Nasdaq 11 pts * Indexes decline: Dow 1.45 pct, S&P 1.3 pct, Nasdaq 1.03 pct Read More

SINGAPORE: Crude oil prices fell on Monday after US unions called a refinery strike and traders cashed in on strong price gains last week when the market soared on a sharp drop in US drilling. Despite the decline, analysts said that record open interest – the Read More

SINGAPORE: Crude oil prices fell early on Monday after US unions called a refinery strike and traders cashed in on strong price gains last week when the market soared more than 8 percent on a sharp drop in US drilling. Brent crude oil futures were trading at $ 51.45 a barrel at 0240 GMT, while Read More

Disappointing economic data out of the US, China and Europe have propelled Australian bond futures prices higher. Official figures show that US economic growth slowed to 2.6 per cent in the December quarter, as imports surged and government spending dwindled. Meanwhile, eurozone consumer prices fell by a record 0.6 per cent in January, confirming deflation Read More