SEC Approves OCC Capital Plan That Boosts Shareholder Equity

TODAY: March 6, 2015 PUB DATE: March 6, 2015

By Josh Beckerman The Options Clearing Corp., which processes clearing and settlement services for options and futures, said the Securities and Exchange Commission has approved its capital plan. The plan, which the OCC disclosed in December, increases shareholder equity from ...

Dollar Tad Lower Against Yen Ahead of U.S. Jobs Data

TODAY: March 6, 2015 PUB DATE: March 6, 2015

By Hiroyuki Kachi The dollar was a tad lower against the yen Asia trade Friday, as the greenback hovered around the psychologically-important Y120-mark ahead of the closely-monitored U.S. jobs data for February later in the global day. Around 0450 GMT, ...

Asian Shares Up as ECB Raises Growth Forecast

TODAY: March 6, 2015 PUB DATE: March 6, 2015

Stocks in Japan led gains in Asia on Friday, after the European Central Bank raised its growth forecast for the region. The Nikkei Stock Average was up 1%, while stocks from Singapore to Korea rose fractionally. Shares across the region ...

China Says Will Spend More Than Meets the Eye -- Update

TODAY: March 6, 2015 PUB DATE: March 6, 2015

By Lingling Wei BEIJING--The Chinese government won't be as tightfisted this year as official projects suggest, China's finance minister said on Friday, indicating the authorities will beef up spending to spur economic activity. A budget report delivered to the country's ...

Europe Bond Yields Hit Record Levels -- Update

TODAY: March 6, 2015 PUB DATE: March 6, 2015

By Josie Cox The promise of a massive bond-buying plan from the European Central Bank has pumped the region's bonds to new highs in recent months and hit the euro. Now that the program is about to start, investors seem ...

U.S. Stock Futures Flat Ahead of Jobs Report

TODAY: March 6, 2015 PUB DATE: March 6, 2015

By Saumya Vaishampayan U.S. stock futures were little changed Friday ahead of the government's closely watched jobs report for February. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures added 15 points, or 0.1%, to 18135. S&P; 500 futures added three points, or 0.1%, ...

Caixabank Says Takeover Offer for Portugal's BPI Is 'Fair'

TODAY: March 6, 2015 PUB DATE: March 6, 2015

By David Roman MADRID--Spain's Caixabank SA (CABK.MC) on Friday said its offer for Banco BPI SA (BPI.LB) is fair and will stay on the table despite being rejected by the Portuguese lender's board. In a regulatory filing, the Barcelona-based bank ...

Federal Offices in D.C. Opening on 2-Hour Delay

TODAY: March 6, 2015 PUB DATE: March 6, 2015

WASHINGTON--Federal government offices are opening with a two-hour delay Friday because of winter weather. As a result, the government will cancel the planned media release of economic data. Instead, the Labor Department's February jobs report and the Commerce Department's January ...

MOL: Public Offer for Petrochemicals Firm TVK Shares Successful

TODAY: March 6, 2015 PUB DATE: March 6, 2015

BUDAPEST--Hungarian oil and gas firm MOL Nyrt. (MOL.BU) said Friday that its public tender offer for the ordinary registered shares of petrochemicals firm TVK Nyrt. (TVK.BU) it hadn't already owned was successful. MAIN FACTS: - TVK shareholders offered a total ...

U.S. Adds 295,000 Jobs; Unemployment Declines to 5.5%--Update

TODAY: March 6, 2015 PUB DATE: March 6, 2015

By Eric Morath WASHINGTON--U.S. employers added jobs at a solid pace in February and the unemployment rate ticked down, signs of a strengthening labor market that should keep the Federal Reserve on track to raise interest rates this year. U.S. ...

U.S. Trade Gap Narrows in January -- Update

TODAY: March 6, 2015 PUB DATE: March 6, 2015

By Jeffrey Sparshott WASHINGTON--Cheaper U.S. energy prices and lower demand for foreign oil helped narrow the U.S. trade gap in January. The trade deficit shrank to a seasonally adjusted $41.75 billion in January, the Commerce Department said Friday, as crude ...

U.S. Adds 295,000 Jobs; Unemployment Declines to 5.5%--2nd Update

TODAY: March 6, 2015 PUB DATE: March 6, 2015

By Eric Morath WASHINGTON--U.S. employers added jobs at a solid pace in February and the unemployment rate ticked down, signs of a strengthening labor market that should keep the Federal Reserve on track to raise interest rates this year. U.S. ...

Sika Setback in Fending Off Saint-Gobain--Update

TODAY: March 6, 2015 PUB DATE: March 6, 2015

By John Revill ZURICH-- Sika AG suffered a setback in its battle to prevent a takeover by France's Saint-Gobain SA as the body governing acquisitions in Switzerland ruled in favor of the founding family, which wants to sell its interest ...

UK Factory Output Likely Rose in January, Economists Say

TODAY: March 6, 2015 PUB DATE: March 6, 2015

By Jon Sindreu LONDON--Economists expect official figures to confirm British factories ramped up production in January, suggesting the U.K. economy is growing at a faster pace in 2015 after losing some steam during the final quarter of last year. Indicators ...

Mexican Consumer Confidence Edged up in February

TODAY: March 6, 2015 PUB DATE: March 6, 2015

By Anthony Harrup MEXICO CITY--Consumer confidence in Mexico picked up in February after two months of declines, as people felt more confident following a drop in unemployment and inflation. The consumer confidence index rose 0.9% seasonally adjusted from January, recovering ...

S&P Sees Less Eurozone Long-Term Borrowing in 2015

TODAY: March 6, 2015 PUB DATE: March 6, 2015

Standard & Poor's Corp. projects the 19 members of the eurozone to issue less long-term government debt in 2015 than in 2014, representing the third consecutive annual decline, even as absolute debt levels continue to increase. S&P; expects eurozone sovereign ...