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  • TREASURIES-Long bond drops after 30-year bond auction Thursday, 8 May 2014 | 3:10 PM ET

    NEW YORK, May 8- Thirty-year Treasuries sat out a modest U.S. bond market rally and dropped on Thursday after the government sold $16 billion of new long bonds at unexpectedly high yields.

  • *Assets of $159.3 bln as of end March vs $161.2 bln end of December. NEW YORK, May 8- Apollo Global Management LLC, manager of the largest private equity fund since the financial crisis, said on Thursday its buyout funds appreciated much less than before and that it saw more opportunities to increase its credit investment assets.

  • *Russia is worst performer this year in emerging bond index. *South Africa, Hungary and Turkey returning to favour. LONDON, May 8- Emerging market investors are dumping once-hot rouble bonds due to the threat of tougher sanctions hanging over Russia, shifting funds to the likes of South Africa, Hungary and Turkey which only recently had been unpopular.

  • NEW YORK, May 8- U.S. "No one's willing to make a commitment ahead of the auction," said Lou Brien, market strategist at FTN Financial in Chicago. Ten-year Treasury notes yielded 2.6107 percent in New York trading, up from Wednesday's closing 2.593 percent.

  • Changes aimed at making $700 trillion market safer. LONDON, May 8- Banks should get a breathing space of a few months to adjust to coming new rules on the clearing of derivatives deals, a top European Union regulator proposed on Thursday. The global derivatives market is worth around $700 trillion, with London and New York the biggest centres.

  • *Putin calls for pro- Moscow separatists to postpone secession vote. Risk assets were also underpinned by signs of easing tensions in Ukraine after Russian President Vladimir Putin called on pro- Moscow separatists to postpone a secession vote.

  • JGBs mostly down, investors position for 10-year sale Wednesday, 7 May 2014 | 11:20 PM ET

    TOKYO, May 8- Japanese government bond prices ended Thursday's morning session mostly lower, sending yields up slightly as investors positioned for the day's 10- year sale. As widely expected, the Ministry of Finance set the coupon of the new 10- year JGBs at 0.6 percent for the seventh straight month, re-opening the current issue number 333 for the second time.

  • *Putin calls for pro- Moscow separatists to postpone a secession vote. Federal Reserve chief and signs of easing tensions in Ukraine after Russian President Vladimir Putin called on pro- Moscow separatists to postpone a succession vote.

  • TREASURIES-Prices mostly up as Yellen stays dovish Wednesday, 7 May 2014 | 3:08 PM ET

    NEW YORK, May 7- U.S. Treasuries gained on Wednesday after America's top central banker said the world's largest economy remained on the mend but still required substantial monetary accommodation from Washington policymakers.

  • WisdomTree's Europe SmallCap Dividend Fund, which is up 8 percent year-to-date, and First Trust's Europe AlphaDEX Fund, which is up 6.7 percent year-to-date, are outperforming their benchmarks-- the MSCI Europe Small Cap Index, up 5.9 percent year-to-date, and the MSCI All Country Europe Investable Markets Index, up 3.7 percent, respectively.

  • *Worries that broader sanctions will include Russia corp debt. LONDON, May 7- Confusion over the legal implications of sanctions on Russia and worries about further, harsher restrictions from the West are making investors cautious about owning bonds issued by Russian companies.

  • NEW YORK, May 7- U.S. Treasury prices eased on Wednesday, lifting yields as the government readied a sale of $24 billion of new debt and traders braced for possibly market-rattling congressional testimony by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.

  • TOKYO, May 7- Tokio Marine& Nichido Fire Insurance, a significant investor in Japan's domestic assets, says markets should brace for some volatility in bond yields which have been depressed by the central bank's monetary easing. Tokio Marine& Nichido Fire is the core arm of Tokio Marine Holdings, one of Japan's big three non-life insurer groups.

  • JGBs little changed, 30-yr bonds tick up slightly Wednesday, 7 May 2014 | 12:48 AM ET

    TOKYO, May 7- Japanese government bond prices were little changed on Wednesday after a long weekend, showing muted reaction to a fall in Japanese share prices as investors still hesitate to chase them higher beyond current levels.

  • WASHINGTON, May 6- The U.S. derivatives regulator is working on a proposed rule for computer-driven trading, a commissioner at the agency said on Tuesday, after the agency asked market participants for insights on a long list of issues on the controversial practice.

  • NEW YORK, May 6- A federal appeals court in New York rejected appeals by UBS AG shareholders seeking to hold the Swiss bank liable for their losses for having concealed its exposure to risky mortgage-backed securities and helping clients evade U.S. taxes.

  • WASHINGTON, May 6- The U.S. derivatives markets regulator is preparing a proposed rule for automated trading, a senior regulator said, after earlier asking market participants for insights on a long list of questions.

  • NEW YORK, May 6- The 30- year bond and other long-maturity U.S. Treasuries rose on Tuesday in thin, meandering trade ahead of potentially market-moving congressional testimony by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.

  • WASHINGTON, May 6- A Senate panel will hold a hearing next week on high-frequency trading and other forms of automated trading in futures markets to see how regulators can keep derivatives markets safe, a spokesman said on Tuesday.

  • Bond-fund managers at Loomis Sayles, Fidelity and Eaton Vance are trouncing their benchmarks and almost all their peers by taking advantage of asset allocation rules that permit as much as 35 percent of their holdings in stocks.