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Securities Derivatives

  • LONDON, March 13- Hedge funds and other money managers had barely started liquidating their record bullish position in crude oil futures and options before prices tumbled on March 8. Hedge funds still held a net long position in the three major Brent and WTI futures and options contracts amounting to 874 million barrels at the close of business on March 7.

  • *Mobileye jumps on $15.3 bln Intel deal. March 13- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a subdued open on Wall Street as investors bided time ahead of an all-but-certain interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve. "Right now the markets appears to be in a wait-and-see phase ahead of the Fed decision," said Andre Bakhos, managing director at Janlyn Capital in...

  • "The good times keep on rolling for the Canadian labor market and the quality of employment also looks a little bit firmer this month," said Nick Exarhos, economist at CIBC Capital Markets. The chances of a Bank of Canada interest rate hike this year nudged up to nearly 50 percent, data from the overnight index swaps market showed. It was less than 30 percent after the...

  • March 10- U.S. stock index futures rose on Friday as investors braced for a crucial nonfarm payrolls report that could see the Federal Reserve deliver the first interest rate hike this year. *Economists polled by Reuters on average expect 190,000 jobs were added in the public and private sectors in the United States last month, after a sizable 227,000 in January.

  • NEW YORK, March 9- Facing a Justice Department suit claiming it misrepresented the quality of loans underlying tens of billions of dollars of mortgage-backed securities sold between 2005 and 2007, Barclays claimed this week that the governments suit is based on an overly expansive interpretation of a 1989 law intended to protect U.S. banks from...

  • March 9- U.S. stock index futures dipped slightly on Thursday as U.S. crude prices fell below $50 and investors remained cautious ahead of Friday's nonfarm payrolls data that could move the needle on an interest rate hike next week. Also on investors' minds is a policy announcement from the European Central Bank on Thursday. The bank is expected to back its loose...

  • March 8- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Wednesday as investors treaded carefully ahead of a crucial jobs report on Friday that could firm up the chances of an interest rate hike next week. *Fed Chair Janet Yellen last week remarked that scaling back on monetary policy would likely not be as slow this year as they were in 2016 and 2015..

  • March 7- U.S. stock index futures were down on Tuesday as investors assessed the potential impact of U.S. *A record run on Wall Street has lost momentum in the past few days as investors seek more details on Trump's proposals, including reduced regulations, tax cuts and higher infrastructure spending. *A report on international trade data will likely show U.S. trade...

  • March 6- U.S. stock index futures slipped on Monday as President Donald Trump's accusation that his predecessor, Barack Obama, wiretapped him cast a shadow on the market. *The shift was evident on Friday when Wall Street barely budged after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signaled a rate hike at the central bank's meeting on March 14-15. *Rising geopolitical...

  • *China cuts 2017 growth target to 6.5 pct. TOKYO, March 6- U.S. stock futures dropped but Asian shares were resilient on Monday as investors weighed the near-certain prospect of an interest rate hike in the United States this month against news of China's slower 2017 growth target. Risk appetites also took a hit on rising geopolitical tensions in East Asia, as North...

  • March 5- U.S. stock index futures fell on Sunday amid news of North Korea's firing of four ballistic missiles and President Donald Trump's accusation that his predecessor, Barack Obama, wiretapped him. The former top U.S. intelligence official rejected Trump's accusation that Obama wiretapped him during the 2016 presidential campaign, even as the White House...

  • *China cuts growth target to 6.5 pct. TOKYO, March 6- Asian shares and U.S. stock futures dropped on Monday as investors weighed the near-certain prospect of an interest rate hike in the United States this month against news of slower growth in China this year. Risk appetite also took a hit on rising geopolitical tensions in East Asia, as North Korea fired four...

  • March 3- U.S. stock index futures were down for the second straight day since January on Friday, ahead of Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's speech, which is expected to give further clarity on the possibility of an interest rate hike later this month. *Yellen is set to speak at 1:00 p.m. ET at the Executives Club of Chicago. *Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer, who...

  • March 2- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Thursday as investors took a breather after sending Wall Street to its best day since the November presidential elections on renewed optimism about the economy. *Wall Street's main indexes rallied on Wednesday and the Dow Jones Industrial Average sailed past the 21,000 mark, boosted by President Donald...

  • March 1- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Wednesday as investors assessed President Donald Trump's speech, while bank stocks rose on increased possibility of an interest rate hike this month. *In his first address to a joint session of Congress late Tuesday, Trump said he wanted to boost the U.S. economy with a "massive tax relief", overhaul the Affordable Care...

  • FRANKFURT, March 1- Drugmaker Bayer has sold 1.46 billion euros of shares in its chemicals subsidiary Covestro, cutting its stake to 53.3 percent as it raises cash for its takeover of seeds maker Monsanto. The sale of 22 million shares, or 10.9 percent of Covestro's capital, at 66.50 euros each to institutional investors, puts the chemicals maker on track to enter...

  • HONG KONG/ SHANGHAI, March 1- China's move to open its derivatives market to foreign bond investors could help counter outflows but lingering concerns about capital controls are keeping offshore investors cautious. Such measures could potentially help China win inclusion on global bond indexes, but investors say market accessibility and concerns about...

  • Feb 28- U.S. stock futures were ahead late on Tuesday, indicating a higher open on Wednesday, after President Donald Trump's first address to Congress, which gave few specifics but confirmed his commitment to lowering tax and boosting infrastructure. In his speech, Trump said he wanted to boost the U.S. economy with tax relief, an overhaul of the Affordable Care Act...

  • *Asia ex- Japan stocks down 0.2 pct; Nikkei up on weaker yen. *China, Japan Feb manufacturing activity beat expectations. *Oil mixed as fears of higher U.S. supply tussle with OPEC cuts.

  • Feb 28- U.S. stock index futures were flat on Tuesday but hovered near all-time highs as investors awaited President Donald Trump's speech for details on his agenda for the economy. *Trump will make his first address to Congress at 9:00 p.m. ET and is expected to speak about tax reforms, defense spending and his plans to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system.