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  • Fitch upgrades Delta's credit rating Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 1:36 PM ET

    CHICAGO— Fitch is upgrading Delta's credit rating, citing its improved balance sheet, solid operating performance and better-than-expected free cash flow. Fitch boosted Delta Air Lines Inc.' s issuer default rating one notch in junk status to "BB" from "BB-." The Atlanta company's stock added $1.11, or 2.9 percent, to $39.03 in Friday afternoon trading.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 24- Standard& Poor's ratings agency affirmed Russia's sovereign rating on Friday at a notch above junk status, warning that a downgrade may follow if more sanctions are imposed on Moscow for its role in the Ukrainian conflict. S&P also said another cut might come if Russia's monetary policy or exchange-rate flexibility weakens.

  • *Rise in Wall Street stocks limits safety bids for bonds. Fears about Ebola intensified late Thursday on news that a doctor in New York City had tested positive for the virus after working with Ebola patients in West Africa. For now, traders and analysts reckoned the first Ebola case in New York, the largest U.S. city, is contained and the situation would not...

  • *Amazon tumbles, Microsoft climbs after earnings. NEW YORK, Oct 24- U.S. stock index futures fell on Friday, putting the S&P 500 on track to trim its weekly advance, following disappointing earnings from Amazon and as the first diagnosed case of Ebola in New York City raised concerns about the spread of the virus. Microsoft, up 2.6 percent at $46.17 before the opening...

  • *Amazon tumbles, Microsoft climbs after earnings. NEW YORK, Oct 24- U.S. stock index futures dipped on Friday, putting the S&P 500 on track to trim its weekly gain, following disappointing results from Amazon and as the first diagnosed case of Ebola in New York City raised concerns about the spread of the virus. *Microsoft, up 2.7 percent at $46.25 before the opening...

  • *BASF retreats after cutting 2015 earnings forecast. *Luxury goods group Kering falls after lower Gucci sales. LONDON, Oct 24- European shares pared early losses on Friday as investors bet the fallout for the banking sector from stress test results due on Sunday should be contained, and took a more measured view of New York's first case of Ebola.

  • LONDON, Oct 24- World stocks dipped on Friday, as European bank stress test results due at the weekend and New York City's first case of Ebola prompted investors to lock in profits after the best week for shares in well over a year. A doctor who treated Ebola patients in West Africa became the first person to test positive for the virus in America's largest city,...

  • JGBs bolstered by Ebola fears, BOJ operations Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 2:04 AM ET

    TOKYO, Oct 24- Japanese government bonds rose on Friday, with the benchmark 10- year yield dropping to a fresh 1-1/ 2- year low, as the Bank of Japan's operation adjustment underpinned the market and news that a New York doctor has tested positive for the Ebola virus undermined risk appetite. The central bank reduced the size of its bill purchasing operation to 2.25...

  • Nikkei gains capped by Ebola case in New York Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 10:21 PM ET

    *Nikkei advances on weak yen, Wall Street gains. *Helath stocks Airtech, Fujifilm rise. TOKYO, Oct 24- Japanese shares rose on Friday on the back of a weaker yen and Wall Street gains, but its advance was capped by reports of an Ebola case in New York City which sent U.S. stock futures lower.

  • Caterpillar, 3 M earnings underpin sentiment. TOKYO, Oct 24- U.S. stock futures tumbled while safe-haven assets such as the yen and U.S. bonds gained on Friday after media reported that a doctor who returned to New York City from West Africa has tested positive for Ebola. Asian shares also some ground with MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan...

  • TOKYO/ SYDNEY, Oct 24- The yen pulled away from two-week lows against the dollar on Friday on safe-haven bids as U.S. stock futures tumbled on reports that a New York doctor had tested positive for the Ebola virus. "I think, next week the market will be more event-driven, with the FOMC and the Bank of Japan, so the downside should be limited," he said, adding that support at...

  • TOKYO, Oct 24- U.S. stock futures and the dollar fell on Friday after reports that a New York doctor has tested positive for the Ebola virus. S&P e-mini futures skidded 0.6 percent, while the greenback was down 0.3 percent against the yen to 107.96 after dropping as low as 107.88. A physician with Doctors Without Borders who returned to New York City from West Africa,...

  • SHANGHAI, Oct 24- China is asserting control over once-chaotic local government financing by banning the use of opaque funding vehicles, but filling the gap with a huge expansion of the fledgling municipal bond market will raise a whole new set of problems. Chastened by promiscuous local investment in response to the 2008 global financial crisis, Beijing...

  • They are also profitable: In the third quarter, BlackRock Inc, the biggest provider of the funds, made $850 million in fees from its iShares ETFs, 30 percent of the $2.8 billion in revenue it reported. Last week, Janus Capital Group announced the acquisition of exchange-traded fund provider VelocityShares and Reuters exclusively reported last week that Goldman...

  • What to expect from your bond mutual fund Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 3:44 PM ET

    That's what bond mutual funds are for. When stock markets tumbled around the world last week, bond funds remained solid once again. They continued to inch ahead, while stock indexes swung up and down by more than 1 percent for five straight days.

  • BOSTON, Oct 23- Janus Capital Group Inc said on Thursday that third-quarter profit rose 25 percent, but the mutual fund company posted more outflows of investor cash as the arrival of star bond manager Bill Gross came too late to reverse the trend. Best known for its equity funds, Denver- based Janus late last month hired Gross from Pacific Investment Management Co,...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 23- The biggest names in the U.S. mutual fund business are lagging the little guys in nearly every major domestic stock category over the last month, showing that some of the best-known portfolio managers didn't anticipate the October sell-off. Last year, for example, Dennis Lynch, head of the $2 billion Morgan Stanley Small Company Growth fund, was...

  • Argentina issues $1 billion, 2-year bond Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 12:40 PM ET

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina— Argentina began offering a new two-year sovereign bond for $1 billion on Thursday, at a time when the government is desperately looking for fresh sources of financing. The obligations will be paid every semester on April 28 and October 28 at Argentina's official exchange rate. Argentina's economy is in recession, Central Bank reserves...

  • *Business data in Europe, China show mild improvement. *U.S. to reopen 30- year TIPS issue with additional $7 billion. Earlier, private gauges on business activities in Europe and China showed modest improvement in early October.

  • *Business data in Europe, China show mild improvement. Benchmark yields were on track to rise for a third straight session above 2.50 percent as the U.S. Labor Department said continued jobless claims fell to 2.35 million in the week ended Oct. 11, which was the lowest since December 2000. Earlier, private gauges on business activities in Europe and China showed...