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  • NEW YORK, Oct 23- U.S. options market operators have agreed in recent months on the need for new automatic trading halts when stock options prices suddenly surge or plunge, in a bid to reduce excess volatility and blunt the impact of erroneous trades, according to five sources with knowledge of their discussions. There are currently 12 options markets in the...

  • BOSTON, Oct 21- U.S. corporate bond funds this year are adding Treasuries to their holdings at more than twice the rate of corporate debt amid concern that the struggling European economy and potential changes in Federal Reserve policy will drag down profits at U.S. corporations. Through September, corporate bond portfolios boosted their holdings of U.S....

  • JGBs steady, yield curve steepens a touch as supply weighs Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 10:21 PM ET

    TOKYO, Oct 23- Japanese government bond prices were little changed in limited trading on Thursday, with the yield curve steepening by a touch as extra supply weighed on the longer-dated maturities. The Ministry of Finance auctioned 400 billion yen of off-the-run 10- year and 20- year JGBs on Thursday through a regular sale intended to enhance market liquidity.

  • TOKYO, Oct 23- The dollar steadied on Thursday, hovering near a one-week high versus the euro, supported by a slight rise in Treasury yields following news of an uptick in U.S. inflation. Concerns over the health of the European banking sector also weighed on the euro and underpinned the dollar after media reported that 11 euro zone banks had failed stress tests run...

  • Wall Street fell as Boeing Co and Biogen Idec tumbled after their results disappointed investors, the two biggest drags on the S&P 500.. The retreat on Wall Street pulled MSCI's gauge of global equity performance lower, but European stocks closed higher, largely driven by earnings. GlaxoSmithKline rose 2.6 percent in London after saying it expects an Ebola...

  • BERLIN, Oct 22- Senior lawmakers from Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party heaped criticism on the European Central Bank on Wednesday following a Reuters report that it was considering the purchase of corporate bonds to spur growth. "The Governing Council has taken no such decision," an ECB spokesman said. Hans Michelbach of the Christian Social...

  • German lawmakers rip ECB over corporate bonds report Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 11:58 AM ET

    BERLIN, Oct 22- Senior lawmakers from Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party heaped criticism on the European Central Bank on Wednesday following a Reuters report that it was considering the purchase of corporate bonds to spur growth. Hans Michelbach of the Christian Social Union, the Bavarian sister party of the CDU, said Draghi was endangering the...

  • Both Yahoo Inc and Broadcom beat revenue expectations late Tuesday, putting the benchmark S&P 500 on track for its biggest five-day rally since December 2011. Yahoo rose 5.9 percent, Broadcom jumped 6.8 percent and GlaxoSmithKline rose 3.6 percent in London after saying it expects a vaccine against Ebola to be ready later this year. Both Yahoo and Broadcom...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 22- U.S. The U.S. Labor Department said its Consumer Price Index, the government's broadest inflation gauge, edged up 0.1 percent last month after falling 0.2 percent in August. "Given the anxious environment we are in, this report came as a bit of a balm," said Com Crocker, managing director of government and agency securities trading at Mesirow Financial...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 22- U.S. stock index futures were flat on Wednesday, implying that buyers were taking a pause following the biggest four-day rally for the S&P 500 since January 2013. Late Tuesday, both Yahoo Inc and Broadcom posted better-than-expected revenue growth. Yahoo rose 3.3 percent to $41.52 in premarket trading and was the Nasdaq's most active premarket...

  • TOKYO, Oct 22- The euro flirted with one-week lows on Wednesday following a Reuters report that the European Central Bank is considering buying corporate bonds, while recovery in risk appetite underpinned the dollar against the yen. The prospect of fresh ECB easing could restore the interest rate gap between Europe and the United States, helping to underpin...

  • JGBs inch down on higher Nikkei, weaker Treasuries Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 10:04 PM ET

    TOKYO, Oct 22- Japanese government bond prices inched down on Wednesday with the debt market weighed by a bounce in Tokyo stocks and overnight weakening by U.S. The Bank of Japan's regular bond-buying operation, through which it offered to purchase a total of 630 billion yen of JGBs on Wednesday, helped limit the debt market's losses. Tokyo's Nikkei climbed 1.5...

  • *U.S. housing data, tech earnings, China data help risk appetite, dent yen. TOKYO, Oct 22- The euro flirted with one-week lows on Wednesday following a Reuters report that the European Central Bank is considering buying corporate bonds, while recovery in risk appetite underpinned the dollar against the yen. The dollar had a three-month rally until September on the...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 21- Ford Motor Co said on Tuesday the company will drop the Pimco Total Return Fund from its 401 k plan as a result of the sudden departure of Bill Gross. Effective Nov. 14, 2014, the Pimco Total Return Fund is being removed from Ford's investment lineup. " Gross, one of the bond market's most renowned investors and the former manager of the flagship Pimco...

  • SINGAPORE/ SHANGHAI, Oct 22- The Shanghai Gold Exchange is working on plans for China's first forwards and options in gold, sources say, potentially putting China ahead in the race to set an Asian pricing benchmark that might eventually rival the London gold fix. China, which overtook India last year to become the world's biggest consumer of gold, bans trading in...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 21- Raymond James Financial Inc is preparing to offer exchange-traded funds free of transaction fees, ratcheting up its competition for assets against similar programs in place at Charles Schwab Corp and TD Ameritrade Holding Corp.. The St. Petersburg, Florida- based company is to begin offering nearly 120 commission-free ETFs next month to its...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 21- The euro fell sharply against the dollar on Tuesday after Reuters reported the European Central Bank was looking at buying corporate bonds as soon as December in its efforts to revive the stagnating euro zone economy. "Headlines on the market today about the ECB potentially buying corporate bonds has reinvigorated attention on the downside...

  • *China Q3 growth slowest since 2009 but less weak vs forecast. NEW YORK, Oct 21- U.S. Treasuries prices fell on Tuesday as less worrisome data on China and a report on the European Central Bank possibly moving to buy regional corporate bonds allayed some concerns about the global economy and reduced safe-haven bids for low-risk government debt.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 21- If you are the kind of steadfast investor who buys a mutual fund and holds it forever, prepare to pay for your loyalty next April, when you settle up your 2014 tax bill. That is true of stock mutual funds that sold off last week after carrying forward big gains from 2013, and also may be true of the popular Pimco Total Return Fund, which was thrown a curve...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 21- The euro fell sharply against the dollar on Tuesday after Reuters reported the European Central Bank was looking at buying corporate bonds as soon as December in its efforts to revive the stagnating euro zone economy. "Headlines on the market today about the ECB potentially buying corporate bonds has reinvigorated attention on the downside...