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  • Kroger jumped after reporting better-than-expected earnings that were boosted in part by lower fuel costs. Joy Global, a manufacturer of mining equipment, fell sharply after it said that the worldwide plunge in commodity prices was hurting its business. ECB President Mario Draghi also said that the bank's planned 1 trillion euro stimulus program will start...

  • *AbbVie to buy Pharmacyclics for about $21 bln. *Costco climbs in premarket after results. NEW YORK, March 5- U.S. stock index futures edged up on Thursday, after two days of declines on the S&P 500, ahead of data on the labor market and factory orders.

  • Volatility draws billions into oil funds Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 7:34 AM ET
    A worker at Endeavor Energy Resources LP's Big Dog Drilling Rig 22 in the Permian Basin outside Midland, Texas, on Dec. 12, 2014.

    Billions of dollars are pouring into oil exchange-traded funds, as investors risk big losses and focus on the chance of huge rewards.

  • UPDATE 1-Volatility draws billions into oil funds Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 7:22 AM ET

    *USO says 80-90 pct of shares held by ETF hedge funds. LONDON/ NEW YORK, March 5- Billions of dollars are pouring into oil exchange-traded funds as investors, many of them small savers more familiar with stocks than commodities, risk big losses and focus on the chance of huge rewards. "They can be quite dodgy," said a British woman who buys and sells oil derivatives from a...

  • NEW YORK, March 5- Exchange-traded funds designed to let investors play China's bond markets, which are mostly closed to foreigners, are facing a slow start amid concerns about mainland issuers' credit quality, high property prices and the slowing economy. At more than $5 trillion, China's onshore fixed-income markets are outranked only by the U.S. and Japanese...

  • Volatility draws billions into oil funds Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 5:17 AM ET

    LONDON/ NEW YORK, March 5- Billions of dollars are pouring into oil exchange-traded funds as investors, many of them small savers more familiar with stocks than commodities, risk big losses and focus on the chance of huge rewards. Five of the biggest oil ETFs have seen their assets more than quadruple since July to $5.4 billion as the oil market has had a...

  • MINSK, March 5- Belarus plans to issue at least $700 million worth of domestic bonds denominated in foreign currency this year, Finance Minister Vladimir Amarin said on Thursday.

  • Issuers who aren't from China or Hong Kong account for about 70 percent of offshore yuan bonds and certificate of deposits in the primary market so far this year, Thomson Reuters data shows. Other foreign entities tapping the fledgling dim sum market in the past two months are Australia's Westpac Banking Corp, France's Air Liquide Finance, Germany's KfW...

  • MINSK, March 5- Belarus plans to issue at least $750 million worth of domestic bonds denominated in foreign currency this year, Finance Minister Vladimir Amarin said on Thursday.

  • Nikkei edges up, BOJ's ETF buying helps sentiment Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 9:28 PM ET

    *Rakuten falls after Goldman cuts rating. TOKYO, March 5- Japan's Nikkei share average edged up on Thursday after the central bank bought more exchange-traded funds, but gains were limited by investor caution ahead of U.S. jobs data on Friday. Ono Pharmaceutical Co, which co-develops cancer treatment drug Opdivo with Bristol Myers Squibb, jumped 8 percent after...

  • Feb. private payrolls growth weaker than expected. NEW YORK, March 4- U.S. The Institute for Supply Management, meanwhile, said its services index was 56.9 in February, up slightly from 56.7 in January and beating analysts' expectation for a reading of 56.5, according to a Reuters poll.

  • BOSTON, March 4- Mutual fund companies, including No. 2 Fidelity Investments, have slashed fees on their most popular funds by shifting billions of dollars into collective trusts not regulated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. "CITs are more opaque to the outside world because reporting requirements are not as stringent," said Michael Rawson,...

  • TOKYO, March 4- Japanese government bond prices were lower across the board on Wednesday in response to overnight weakness in U.S. Treasuries, although strong results in the Bank of Japan's debt buying operation helped trim losses. The BOJ bought one- to 10- year debt and the firm operation results released later in the session calmed sentiment bruised by...

  • NEW YORK, March 3- A U.S. judge on Tuesday said he would not yet rule on whether Citigroup Inc can process interest payments by Argentina on bonds issued under its local laws following the country's 2002 default. District Judge Thomas Griesa told the lawyers for Citigroup and holdout investors in a hearing in New York that he would not issue a decision on Tuesday...

  • NEW YORK, March 3- Investors yanked another $8.6 billion from the Pimco Total Return Fund last month, Pimco said on Tuesday in the latest indication the firm's flagship fund is still reeling from the sudden departure of co-founder Bill Gross last September. In an interview with Reuters on Tuesday, Pimco Group Chief Investment Officer Dan Ivascyn said: "We...

  • *Actavis launches $21 billion bond deal. *Exxon Mobil to sell $7 billion in debt. Pharmaceutical company Actavis Plc launched a $21 billion corporate bond deal, the second-largest on record, according to Thomson Reuters unit IFR.

  • NEW YORK, March 3- Pimco's top investment officer said on Tuesday that "late decision makers" are largely behind a rush of withdrawals from its flagship bond fund some five months after the departure of longtime manager Bill Gross, but the outflows should taper off before long. Ivasycn's comments came as the firm reported another $8.6 billion of outflows in...

  • NEW YORK, March 3- Investors yanked another $8.6 billion from the Pimco Total Return Fund last month, Pimco said on Tuesday in the latest indication the firm's flagship fund is still reeling from the sudden departure of co-founder Bill Gross last September. The fund had assets under management of $124.7 billion at the end of February, down from a peak of $292.9...

  • Euro zone bond yields edge up as ECB QE details eyed Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 11:22 AM ET

    *Markets waiting for operational details on QE. LONDON, March 3- Most euro zone bond yields bounced off record lows on Tuesday as investors waited for the European Central Bank to provide more details of its trillion euro quantitative easing programme later this week. "D-day is drawing near," said ING strategist Martin van Vliet, expecting more details on the...

  • *Actavis launches $21 bln bond deal. *Exxon Mobil to sell $7 bln in debt. Pharmaceutical company Actavis Plc launched a $21 billion corporate bond deal, the second-largest on record according to Thomson Reuters unit IFR.