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Securities Derivatives

  • Feb 17- U.S. stock index futures fell for the second straight day on Friday, after a record-setting few days on Wall Street, as investors await clarity on economic policy and ahead of a long weekend. *The S&P 500 has rise about 5 percent so far in 2017, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average up 4 percent, mainly on signs of an improving economy and promises by President...

  • *China relaxes trading rules on stock index futures. SHANGHAI, Feb 17- Benchmark stock indexes in China and Hong Kong fell on Friday as investors took profits on resources shares, but losses were checked by strength in Chinese brokerage shares after authorities relaxed some rules on stock index futures trading. China's blue-chip CSI300 index fell 0.2 percent...

  • Feb 16- U.S. stock index futures dipped slightly on Thursday, as investors looked for fresh catalysts to keep up Wall Street's record-setting run as the outlook for the economy brightened. *The rally was sparked by President Donald Trump's vow last Thursday of a' phenomenal' tax announcement. *Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said rates may need to be raised at an...

  • Feb 15- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Wednesday, ahead of a blast of economic data and a day after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen painted a largely upbeat picture of the economy. *Yellen said on Tuesday, before the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, that delaying interest rate hikes would be unwise, but did not indicate when the Fed would raise rates.

  • TOKYO, Feb 15- Asian stocks scaled 19- month peaks on Wednesday thanks to a record-setting night on Wall Street after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen flagged a possible interest rate hike next month, keeping the dollar in pole position near three-week highs. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.8 percent, rising to its highest...

  • SAO PAULO, Feb 14- The Brazilian real strengthened to a seven-month peak on Tuesday after the central bank resumed currency intervention following a two-week pause. Should it maintain that pace until the end of the month, it will roll over $2.7 billion of the roughly $7 billion due next month. The central bank currently holds $26.5 billion worth of currency swaps...

  • Feb 14- U.S. stock index futures were flat on Tuesday, a day after Wall Street hit record highs and ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, which will be scrutinized for the central bank's plan on the timing of interest rate hikes. *Yellen gives a semiannual testimony before the Senate Banking Committee at 10:00 a.m. ET in Washington, facing...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 13- The U.S. derivatives regulator on Monday gave swaps dealers a six-month grace period to comply with a variation margin rule that becomes effective March 1, saying most companies are unprepared for the change. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission said it will not take an enforcement action against a swap dealer for failing to comply with...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 13- The U.S. derivatives regulator on Monday took a procedural step to make it easier for swaps dealers to comply with a variation margin rule that becomes effective March 1.

  • Feb 13- U.S. stock index futures hit record highs on Monday as the so-called "Trump trade", which sent Wall Street to record highs last week, looked set to pick up speed after a brief lull. *Wall Street's three main stock indexes closed at record highs on Thursday and Friday as optimism about the economy rose after President Donald Trump vowed to make a major tax...

  • Feb 10- U.S. stock index futures were slightly higher on Friday, a day after Wall Street hit record high on President Donald Trump's promise to unveil a tax reform plan in the coming weeks. *Jeb Hensarling, the Republican chairman of a key House of Representatives committee, laid out his plan to roll back Wall Street and consumer protection rules, which were put in...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 9- Soaring U.S. share prices and plunging market volatility measures may paint a picture of optimism, but there are signs in the equity options market that investors have started to question how long this goldilocks period can last. "Many investors are looking at the low levels of implied volatility and arguing that it is simply unsustainable given...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 9- Soaring U.S. share prices and plunging market volatility measures may paint a picture of optimism, but there are signs in the equity options market that investors have started to question how long this goldilocks period can last. "Many investors are looking at the low levels of implied volatility and arguing that it is simply unsustainable given...

  • LONDON, Feb 9- Banks and foreign exchange brokers in Britain face legal claims from small companies which allege they were mis-sold complex currency derivatives that soured when the pound fell after Britain's vote to leave the European Union, according to court filings and sources familiar with the cases. The law firm representing Newstar, Collyer Bristow,...

  • LONDON, Feb 7- Hedge funds have accumulated a large net long position in crude oil futures and options but the size of the position and its implications for future movements in prices are disputed. Hedge funds and other money managers had accumulated a net long position in the three main futures and options contracts linked to Brent and West Texas Intermediate...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 3- The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission said it ordered the Royal Bank of Scotland to pay an $85 million fine as part of a settlement reached on Friday to settle charges RBS tried to manipulate a key foreign exchange swaps benchmark rate. RBS tried to manipulate the U.S. Dollar International Swaps and Derivatives Association Fix rate...

  • LONDON, Feb 2- Attempts to relocate London- based financial markets as Britain leaves the European Union could pose big risks to the financial stability of the continent, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said on Thursday. Carney used derivatives as an example of a highly complex market dominated by London that requires constant supervision, which would be...

  • METLIFE SAYS LOOKING AT HEDGING STRATEGIESN EXAMINING VARIOUS OPTIONS AFTER Q4 DERIVATIVES LOSS DRIVEN BY INTEREST HIKE, ACCOUNTING RULES-CFO.

  • Feb 2- U.S. stock index futures fell on Thursday after the Federal Reserve gave little insight into whether it would raise interest rates at its next meeting, even as the central bank painted an upbeat picture of the economy. *The Fed left interest rates unchanged on Wednesday but gave no firm signal of a hike in March, as it awaits more clarity on President Donald...

  • Feb 1- Insurer MetLife Inc's fourth-quarter operating profit, which excludes a $3.2 billion derivative loss, fell short of analysts' estimates due to a drop in income in its U.S. retail unit and in Latin America. The derivate loss led to a net loss of $2.13 billion, or $1.94 per share, in the quarter ended Dec. 31, compared with a net profit in the both the year-ago and...