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Securities Derivatives

  • *Futures down: Dow 58 pts, S&P 8.5 pts, Nasdaq 37.5 pts. July 6- U.S. stock index futures were lower on Thursday ahead of data on trade and private sector hiring, a day after the Federal Reserve's policy minutes failed to provide a clear picture of future interest rate increases. The data is expected at 8:15 a.m. ET and comes before the more comprehensive non-farm...

  • TOKYO, July 5- Japanese government bonds slid on Wednesday as weak results of the Bank of Japan's bond operation weighed on a market already under pressure from expectations that some of the world's major central banks are moving to tighten monetary policy. The benchmark 10- year JGB futures price slipped 0.17 point to 149.98, closing at the lowest level since...

  • ROME, July 4- Italian prosecutors have decided to take Morgan Stanley to court over allegations that the U.S. bank caused 2.7 billion euros in losses to the state in relation to derivative transactions, a source familiar with the matter said. The Corte dei Conti, which rules on abuses of public funds, is bringing the case against Morgan Stanley on behalf of Italy's...

  • LONDON, July 3- Hedge fund managers had amassed a record number of short positions in petroleum futures and options by the start of last week, which primed the oil market for a sharp short-covering rally at the end of the month. Hedge funds and other money managers held short positions in the five major contracts on crude, gasoline and heating oil amounting to 510...

  • LONDON, July 3- Hedge fund managers had amassed a record number of short positions in petroleum futures and options by the start of last week, which primed the oil market for a sharp short-covering rally at the end of the month. Hedge funds and other money managers held short positions in the five major contracts on crude, gasoline and heating oil amounting to 510...

  • *Wall Street also expected to open higher. Wall Street looked set for further gains on Tuesday, with index futures up about 0.3 to 0.4 percent, after the S&P 500 index had its best first half-year since 2013.. France's CAC 40 index rose 1 percent, Spain's IBEX 0.9 percent and Italy's FTSE MIB 1.6 percent.

  • July 3- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Monday, with all three major indexes on track to begin the third quarter on a positive note. *Trading volume is expected to be light with the U.S. market closing early at 1 p.m. ET and with the market shut on Tuesday for Independence Day. *The Institute for Supply Management's U.S. factory activity for June is expected to have...

  • July 3- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Monday, with all three major indexes on track to begin the third quarter on a positive note. *Trading volume is expected to be light with the U.S. market closing early at 1 p.m. ET and with the market shut on Tuesday for Independence Day. *The Institute for Supply Management's U.S. factory activity for June is expected to have...

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    French bank Societe Generale has teamed up with the Singapore Exchange to introduce so-called "daily leverage certificates" into Asia.

  • MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan ticked down 0.1 percent, staying within a stone's throw of its two-year peak hit last week. European stock futures opened higher, with Germany's DAX futures up 0.6 percent, France's CAC futures adding 0.9 percent and Britain's FTSE futures advancing 0.4 percent. Pan-European Euro first 300 stock...

  • *Tokyo poll defeat for LDP negative for risk appetite- analysts. TOKYO, July 3- Tokyo shares posted modest gains on Monday, buoyed by an upbeat business sentiment survey and a stable dollar-yen exchange rate, but defeat for Japan's ruling party in a Tokyo poll checked investor risk appetite and capped the upside. But the result of the Tokyo Metropolitan assembly...

  • June 30- U.S. stock index futures were slightly higher on Friday, a day after Wall Street fell sharply, as investors awaited a slew of economic data, including on consumer spending, a key indicator for U.S. economy. On Wednesday, the tech-heavy Nasdaq posted its best day since Nov. 7. *The U.S. Commerce Department is likely to show a 0.3 percent rise in personal income,...

  • BEIJING, June 30- China's central bank said on Friday that its holdings of short foreign currency positions in forwards and futures versus the yuan shrank in May. The People's Bank of China held $6.044 billion of such positions with commercial banks as of the end of May, down from $11.544 billion one month earlier, official data showed. Friday's data also showed...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, June 27- Shareholders of Brazil's Vale SA approved a share conversion plan on Tuesday in a move that should boost transparency, give equal votes to all shares and limit government meddling in the world's No. 1 iron ore producer. Reuters reported the plan on Jan. 19, citing people familiar with it. The plan also puts a limit to the meddling of politicians...

  • *MYSTIC lung cancer trial results expected any day. *U.S. near-term put contracts outweigh call options 3.3 times. LONDON/ NEW YORK, June 27- Investors in drugmaker AstraZeneca have taken defensive positions in the options market ahead of eagerly awaited results of a major trial of a lung cancer treatment, which are due any day now.

  • June 27- U.S. stock index futures were lower on Tuesday as a selloff in technology shares continued, while investors awaited clues on interest rate hikes from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's talk in London. *Yellen is scheduled to take part in a discussion on global economic issues in London at 1 p.m. ET. *Minneapolis Fed head Neel Kashkari and Philadelphia Fed...

  • June 27- U.S. stock index futures were lower on Tuesday as a selloff in technology shares continued, while investors awaited clues on interest rate hikes from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's talk in London. *Yellen is scheduled to take part in a discussion on global economic issues in London at 1 p.m. ET. *Minneapolis Fed head Neel Kashkari and Philadelphia Fed...

  • June 26- U.S. stock index futures were higher as oil prices rebounded, while investors awaited economic data for a reading on the health of the economy. *Fed Chair Janet Yellen speaks on London on Tuesday and investors will look for any clues to the rate outlook, after mixed views from other Fed officials in recent days. *On Monday, San Francisco Fed President John...

  • June 26- U.S. stock index futures were higher as oil prices rebounded, while investors awaited economic data for a reading on the health of the economy. *Fed Chair Janet Yellen speaks on London on Tuesday and investors will look for any clues to the rate outlook, after mixed views from other Fed officials in recent days. *On Monday, San Francisco Fed President John...

  • June 23- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Friday as oil prices edged up and ahead of economic data and speeches by Federal Reserve policymakers. *Wall Street ended flat on Thursday, but healthcare stocks rallied as Senate Republicans unveiled legislation that would replace Obamacare with a plan that scales back aid to the poor and kills a tax on the...