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Securities Derivatives

  • May 11- U.S. stock index futures were slightly lower on Thursday ahead of a set of earnings from big U.S. retailers, including Macy's and Nordstrom. *The surprise sacking of FBI Director James Comey by President Donald Trump on Tuesday sparked a risk-off mood in the market over worries that a potential fallout from the move could distract the president from...

  • *Shares rise 2 pct by 1452 GMT. LONDON, May 10- Barclays Chief Executive Jes Staley faced calls from individual shareholders to resign and received lukewarm backing in a vote to reappoint him at the bank's annual general meeting, following his attempts to unmask a whistleblower. However, of those votes that were cast rather than withheld, 97 percent were in favour...

  • LONDON, May 10- The European Union should think carefully before forcing through any changes to where clearing of euro-denominated securities like derivatives and bonds is located after Brexit, the top U.S. derivatives regulator said on Wednesday. Brussels is looking at whether euro-denominated clearing, an activity dominated by London, should be moved to...

  • May 10- U.S. stock index futures were lower on Wednesday after President Donald Trump's firing of his FBI chief set off a political storm that could make passage of his pro-growth plans more difficult. *The president said he fired James Comey, who had been leading an investigation into the Trump 2016 campaign's possible collusion with Russia, over his handling of...

  • LONDON, May 10- The European Union should think carefully before forcing through any changes to where clearing of euro-denominated securities like derivatives and bonds is located after Brexit, the top U.S. derivatives regulator said on Wednesday. Brussels is looking at whether euro-denominated clearing, an activity dominated by London, should be moved to...

  • LONDON, May 9- A draft European Union law on tightening supervision of euro clearing houses in Britain after Brexit would better protect the bloc's financial system, a top EU markets regulator said. The London Stock Exchange's LCH clears the bulk of euro-denominated swaps, an activity that will be outside EU jurisdiction from 2019 after Britain leaves the bloc.

  • LONDON, May 9- Risk perception for most of the world's countries have improved in the past year, according to a Standard Chartered analysis of credit default swaps,. contrasting with deterioration in France, Italy, the United. StanChart said in a report on Tuesday that the CDS spreads of 35 countries showed Venezuela, Greece and Ukraine are still perceived as the...

  • *Bank of China calls in $50 mln loan, asks for payment by May 16. HONG KONG, May 9- China Huishan Dairy Holdings Co Ltd, wrestling with debt, battered shares and an empty boardroom, could come under more pressure from its banks after one creditor demanded it repay a $50 million loan, people familiar with the matter said. Huishan, whose shares are suspended indefinitely on...

  • HONG KONG, May 9- China Huishan Dairy Holdings Co Ltd, wrestling with debt, battered shares and an empty boardroom, could come under more pressure from its banks after one creditor demanded it repay a $50 million loan, people familiar with the matter said. Huishan, whose shares are suspended indefinitely on the Hong Kong exchange, said late on Monday that Bank of...

  • NEW YORK, May 8- Billionaire investor David Einhorn on Monday called energy services provider Core Laboratories substantially overvalued and said its share price could drop to $62. Speaking at the annual Sohn Investment Conference in New York, Einhorn stopped short of saying exactly how he was positioned but he has often presented so-called short ideas,...

  • Hedge funds cut their net long position in the three main futures and options contracts linked to Brent and WTI by 97 million barrels in the week to May 2. Fund managers now have the smallest net long position in crude futures and options since OPEC announced its production-cutting deal on Nov. 30. The ratio was also the lowest since the OPEC deal was announced and...

  • TOKYO, May 8- The euro hit a six-month high against the dollar on Monday while Asian shares gained and U.S. stock futures briefly touched a record high, on investor relief after centrist Emmanuel Macron comfortably won the French presidential election. The centrist's emphatic victory brought comfort to investors and European allies alike, who had been nervous...

  • TOKYO, May 8- The euro firmed and U.S. stock futures hit a record high on Monday after centrist Emmanuel Macron comfortably won the French presidential election. The euro rose to as high as $1.1024, its highest in about six months, before stepping back to $1.0998, flat from late U.S. levels last week. "Emmanuel Macron's victory gives markets a much-deserved breather...

  • May 7- U.S. equity index futures rose on Sunday in the wake of a victory by the centrist candidate in the closely watched presidential French election, suggesting the benchmark S&P 500 will push further into record territory when trading reopens on Monday. S&P 500 emini futures gained 0.2 percent as trading reopened for the week. The rise came after independent...

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  • NEW YORK, May 4- MetLife Inc has changed its derivatives trading strategy after two consecutive quarters in which losses from wrong-way trades hurt the insurer's profit. The largest U.S. life insurer has altered the "technique and structure" of certain hedges to make the company less sensitive to interest rate movements, Chief Executive Officer Steven...

  • NEW YORK, May 4- MetLife Inc said it has changed its derivatives trading strategy after two consecutive quarters where losses from wrong-way bets hurt the insurer's profits. The insurer reported after-tax net losses of $602 million in the first quarter and $3.2 billion in the fourth quarter related to its derivatives portfolio. The "ineffectiveness" alone...

  • *Refreshed hedging strategy to prevent free cash flow from falling interest rates- call. *Much of MetLife's first quarter derivatives loss was driven by strength in the u.s. Equity markets and separation of Brighthouse financial- call.

  • BRUSSELS, May 4- The European Commission is considering as a possible option the relocation of a big chunk of derivative clearing from London to the European Union after Britain leaves the bloc, but no decision has been taken yet, a top official said on Thursday. "At this stage we are not jumping to conclusions," Valdis Dombrovskis told a news conference.