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  • A handful of the Nov. 4 races such as the dead heat in Illinois, possibly the most fiscally dysfunctional state, shape up as de facto referendums on reform and their results could make municipal bond investors alter their bets. "People are not so much voting for governor in some of these states but how they want the pensions addressed," said Craig Brandon, Co-Director...

  • TOKYO, Oct 30- Japanese government bond prices eased slightly on Thursday after U.S. Still, the market was firmly supported by the Bank of Japan's massive JGB buying with many expecting the BOJ to ease policy further sometime in the future. "We think the BOJ could take additional easing steps tomorrow, when we are likely to have data showing slowing inflation in the...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 29- The Depository Trust& Clearing Corp on Wednesday dropped a lawsuit against the U.S. swaps regulator, a court document showed, ahead of what two sources said was a possible rule change by the agency. DTCC, which performs back-office services for the Wall Street banks that own it, last year sued the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which...

  • UPDATE 1-MetLife beats profit estimates as premiums rise Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 4:51 PM ET

    Oct 29- MetLife Inc, the largest U.S. life insurer, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by higher premiums and gains tied to its derivatives program. MetLife said earlier this month that it would fight a plan by the U.S. risk council to designate it as a firm whose demise could risk global finance, a tag that brings far greater regulatory...

  • *Fed statement still consistent with mid-2015 hike- Barclays. NEW YORK, Oct 29- U.S. benchmark 10- year debt yields rose to three-week highs on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve ended its asset purchase program and said recovery in the world's largest economy remained largely on track despite weakness in other parts of the world. "Bottom line is that this is a bit...

  • LONDON, Oct 29- Anyone betting on another "Great Rotation" of investment flows out of bonds and into stocks is in for disappointment: it's not happening, and isn't going to. "The equity cult and the bond cult can live side by side," according to Citi. U.S. mutual funds' net investment flows in stocks over a five-year rolling period troughed at round $550 billion net outflow...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 29- U.S. stocks were mixed, while the dollar and government bond yields rose on Wednesday, after the Federal Reserve announced the end of its stimulus program in a statement that also noted the improvements in the U.S. labor market. The Fed, as expected, said it will no longer add to its holdings of Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities,...

  • UPDATE 1-DTCC drops case in U.S. swaps regulator data row Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 12:29 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Oct 29- U.S. market operator the Depository Trust& Clearing Corporation dropped its lawsuit against the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission in a dispute about access to potentially lucrative trading data, a court document showed on Wednesday. The change of heart was because the CFTC, which regulates the trading of swaps and futures, is...

  • TREASURIES-Yields rise as traders eye Fed announcement Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 10:23 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 29- U.S. Volumes in U.S. debt were light, with the benchmark 10- year Treasury note down 6/ 32 in price and yielding 2.305 percent in early New York dealings. "Everyone's being a little bit cautious," said Natan Magid, strategist at BMO Capital Markets in New York.

  • *Orbital Sciences falls after rocket explosion. NEW YORK, Oct 29- U.S. stock index futures were mixed on Wednesday, with S&P 500 and Nasdaq futures weighed by a sharp decline in Facebook shares, and ahead of a statement from the U.S. In a typical quarter since 1994, 63 percent of companies beat estimates, according to Thomson Reuters data.

  • *Orbital Sciences falls after rocket explosion. NEW YORK, Oct 29- U.S. stock index futures dipped on Wednesday, weighed by a sharp decline in Facebook Inc shares and ahead of a statement from the U.S. *In an otherwise data-light session, the Fed is likely to announce that it will no longer add to its holdings of Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities,...

  • TOKYO, Oct 29- Japanese government bonds edged lower on Wednesday as investors took their cue from stronger equities and on news that Japan's $1.1- trillion public pension fund has reduced its holdings of JGBs. The Government Pension Investment Fund, the world's largest public pension, allowed domestic bonds to fall below half of its portfolio for the first...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 29- The U.S. The Fed is likely to announce at the end of a two-day meeting that it will no longer add to its holdings of Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities, halting the final $15 billion in monthly purchases under a program that at its peak pumped $85 billion a month into the financial system. Its balance sheet has swollen to more than $4...

  • *Japan govt struggling with sales tax hike plan. TOKYO, Oct 29- Japan's plan to raise its sales tax for the second year in a row next year may not be positive for the country's credit rating if it snuffs out any chance of economic recovery, a senior official of Standard& Poor's said. "In general, it is better to raise taxes, but in Japan's case it may not be a positive if the...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct 28- Newly re-elected President Dilma Rousseff said on Tuesday that the Brazilian economy will recover in her second term and avoid a downgrade of its credit rating. Earlier on Tuesday, a senior analyst at Moody's Investors Service said the ratings agency was in no rush to decide whether to cut Brazil's rating but could act quickly if it...

  • City of Buenos Aires mulls financing options Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 5:53 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 28- The city of Buenos Aires is sounding out foreign investors on short-term funding as it looks to refinance upcoming maturities, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the meetings. US dollars would allow it to build a buffer to meet international bond maturities without draining Argentina's dwindling foreign exchange reserves.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct 28- Moody's is in no "rush" to decide whether to cut Brazil's credit rating but could act quickly if it sees re-elected President Dilma Rousseff is not making significant policy changes in her second term, a senior analyst with the firm said on Tuesday. Less than two months after the ratings agency threatened to downgrade Brazil if the government...

  • TREASURIES-Prices ease as Wall St rallies, Fed meets Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 2:49 PM ET

    *Bidding soft as Treasury sells $29 bln of 2- yr notes. NEW YORK, Oct 28- U.S. "The market is waiting on the FOMC," said Wilmer Stith, fixed income portfolio manager at Wilmington Trust in Baltimore, Maryland.

  • ROME/ MILAN, Oct 28- Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena may seek to delay repaying hundreds of millions of euros in state aid to help shore up its balance sheet as it explores strategic options which could include a merger, chairman Alessandro Profumo said on Tuesday. Profumo and Monte dei Paschi Chief Executive Fabrizio Viola met Economy Ministry officials on...

  • BMPS discussing capital options with government Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 1:18 PM ET
    The headquarters of the Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena S.p.A. (BMPS) , the oldest surviving bank in the world and Italy's third largest bank.

    Italy's Treasury has not ruled out extending repayment deadlines on hundreds of millions of euros in state aid to help troubled lender Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, a person close to the matter said.