Securities Derivatives

  • LONDON, Aug 1- Hedge funds have turned very bearish towards both crude and refined products over the last two months amid signs of an oversupply of gasoline. Hedge funds and other money managers added the equivalent of 56 million barrels of extra short positions in the three main Brent and WTI futures and options contracts in the week ending July 26.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 1- Regional banks are exempt from rules that have made it more difficult and costly for large lenders to hedge against a future interest rate shock and other risks, leading bank regulators said on Monday. The Dodd-Frank financial reforms of 2010 required more derivatives such as swaps to move through a central clearinghouse.

  • LONDON, Aug 1- Hedge funds have turned very bearish towards both crude and refined products over the last two months amid signs of an oversupply of gasoline. Hedge funds and other money managers added the equivalent of 56 million barrels of extra short positions in the three main Brent and WTI futures and options contracts in the week ending July 26.

  • Aug 1- Tesla Motors Inc said it would buy solar panel installer SolarCity Corp for $2.6 billion in shares to form a one-stop clean energy shop. The deal is a major part of Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk's master plan "part deux" that calls for the company to offer consumers a single source of hardware to power a low-carbon lifestyle. SolarCity's shares, which had...

  • Aug 1- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Monday, the first trading day of the month, as the chances of a near-term U.S. interest rate hike faded. *Data expected on Monday include a forecast from the Institute for Supply Management for its national factory index, which is expected to be 53 in July, compared with 53.2 in June. *The monthly non-farm employment...

  • *Asia shares rise, global index hits highest since mid-Aug. Wall Street, however, looked set to open higher, according to index futures, potentially giving another nudge up to MSCI's world stocks index, which touched its highest level since mid-August 2015 before pulling back slightly. European shares initially rose but gave up its gains as banks turned broadly...

  • China CSI300 stock index futures for August were flat at 3,193.6, 24.18 points below the current value of the underlying index and suggesting investors are expecting further losses. Among other moves, China is considering rules to restrict investments by small banks in the $3.5 trillion wealth management product industry, draft rules seen by Reuters...

  • July 28- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Thursday after the Federal Reserve decided to keep borrowing costs unchanged and painted an upbeat picture of the economy. Those odds do not go significantly higher even until July next year, according to CME Group's FedWatch tool. *Wall Street ended lower on Wednesday, after the Fed was seen to be taking a more...

  • SHANGHAI, July 27- China stocks tumbled on Wednesday, led by small cap shares, on fears of tighter regulatory restrictions. China CSI300 stock index futures for August fell 2.6 percent, to 3,154.8, -38.94 points below the current value of the underlying index. "Some speculators used yesterday's political bureau statement on' curbing asset bubbles' as an excuse to...

  • SHANGHAI, July 27- China stocks fell sharply on Wednesday as investors took profits from recent gains and as speculators ejected from hot "concept stocks" following a regulatory crackdown. China CSI300 stock index futures for August fell 2.0 percent to 3,173.2, -44.97 points below the current value of the underlying index. "Investors believe there will no...

  • LONDON, July 26- Hedge funds and other money managers have begun to amass another large short position in futures and options contracts linked to the price of crude oil. Hedge funds increased their short positions in NYMEX WTI futures and options from 53 million barrels on May 31 to 141 million barrels on July 19, anticipating a further drop in prices.

  • LONDON, July 26- Hedge funds and other money managers have begun to amass another large short position in futures and options contracts linked to the price of crude oil. Hedge funds increased their short positions in NYMEX WTI futures and options from 53 million barrels on May 31 to 141 million barrels on July 19, anticipating a further drop in prices.

  • July 26- U.S. stock index futures were flat on Tuesday as investors braced for a flurry of corporate earnings, including those of Apple, and ahead of the Federal Reserve's policy meeting. *The central bank will announce its decision at 2:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday. *Traders have priced in an 18.7 percent chance of a rate increase in September and 42.8 percent in...

  • July 25- E* Trade Financial Corp said it would buy the parent of online brokerage OptionsHouse for $725 million in cash, as the company looks to better compete in derivatives trading. Chicago- based OptionsHouse currently operates 154,000 customer accounts and has $3.6 billion in customer assets, including $1.4 billion in cash. OptionsHouse is an indirect...

  • *Futures up: Dow 31 pts, S&P 4.25 pts, Nasdaq 7.25 pts. July 22- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Friday, a day after the Dow industrials snapped a nine-session streak of gains and as investors assessed earnings reports from a host of industrial companies including GE. *Starbucks declined 2.4 percent to $56.22 after its sales growth fell short of expectations in...

  • July 21- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Thursday ahead of a flood of earnings reports and economic data, including the European Central Bank's first meeting since the Brexit vote. The rate decision is due at 7:45 a.m. ET and President Mario Draghi will hold a news conference at 8:30 a.m. ET. *Wall Street gained on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 and Dow...

  • July 20- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Wednesday, with the Dow industrials on track for its ninth straight day of gains, as results from Morgan Stanley and Microsoft helped spur investor optimism regarding the health of corporate earnings. *Morgan Stanley was up 3.2 percent at $29.08 in premarket trading after the investment bank's profit topped...

  • Wall Street set to follow suit. Wall Street looked set to open higher, according to index futures. The tech sector has been in focus this week since Japan's Softbank agreed to buy Britain's chip designer ARM for $32 billion.

  • July 18- U.S. stock index futures were slightly higher on Monday, coming off a record-setting week for Wall Street that followed robust economic data and strong earnings. *Equity futures had dipped after the close on Friday, but have since shrugged off the impact of an attempted coup in Turkey. The bank's shares rose 0.3 percent to $13.70 in premarket trading.

  • July 15- U.S. stock index futures were flat on Friday, a day after the S&P 500 hit another record and ahead of earnings reports from a slate of U.S. banks, including Citigroup and Wells Fargo. *The three major Wall Street indexes are on track to mark their third straight week of gains. *Data showed China's economy grew faster than expected in the second quarter, but also...