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  • US STOCKS-Futures edge up as investors await ECB, data Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 7:13 AM ET

    *F5 Networks down in premarket after results, outlook. NEW YORK, Jan 22- U.S. stock index futures gained slightly as investors awaited confirmation that the European Central Bank would announce new economic stimulus measures at a meeting on Thursday. *ECB President Mario Draghi will speak to the media at 8:30 a.m., and if the details of the plan are perceived as...

  • LONDON, Jan 22- Financial markets are primed for the European Central Bank to launch a quantitative easing programme on Thursday in an attempt to revive the moribund euro zone economy and inflation. If true, these would suggest total purchases of between 500 billion and just over 1 trillion euros. 1 trillion euros will be bullish, " Deutsche Bank co-CEO Anshu Jain...

  • BOSTON, Jan 22- Warning to mutual fund investors: the tax man is coming. U.S. investors in stock funds will take a big tax hit this year on capital gains that could top $300 billion after portfolio managers exhausted most of their loss reserves to offset several years of stock market advances. It's what you keep, " Boston- based Eaton Vance, which has nearly $300 billion...

  • TOKYO, Jan 22- Japanese government bond prices resumed rising on Thursday as investors picked up bargains after the market dipped in response to the Bank of Japan's decision to stand pat on monetary policy. Market activity was subdued as a wait-and-see mood prevailed ahead of the closely-watched European Central Bank meeting later in the day.

  • MEXICO CITY, Jan 21- The Latin American Integrated Market, or MILA, which comprises the bourses of Chile, Colombia, Peru and Mexico, plans to include debt instruments in 2016 and indexes for sectors such as mining and energy, top bourse officials said on Wednesday. Jose Oriol Bosch, chief executive of Mexico's stock exchange, said on the sidelines of an event at the...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 21- Family Dollar Stores Inc shareholders will vote on Thursday on an agreement to be bought by fellow discount retailer Dollar Tree Inc, possibly putting an end to a months-long tussle with Dollar General Corp.. Traders in the options market appear to be betting on a Dollar Tree win and have been positioning for Dollar General shares to come under...

  • *Yields rise on ECB bond purchase reports, Canada rate cut. Treasury yields rose on Wednesday as investors unwound positions on reports that European Central Bank has proposed 50 billion euros worth of monthly bond purchases, and after the Bank of Canada made a surprise interest rate cut. The Bank of Canada surprise cut played havoc, with the yield curve going...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 21- U.S. Treasuries fell in midday New York trade on Wednesday, pulling the yield up from near record lows, in reaction to reports the European Central Bank has proposed 50 billion euros worth of monthly bond purchases. "The market seems to be taking that as a positive risk-on event and so we are seeing equities higher, commodities higher, yields higher,"...

  • European shares rise for 5th day on ECB stimulus bets Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 12:42 PM ET

    LONDON/ PARIS, Jan 21- European shares rose for a fifth straight day to close at a seven-year high on Wednesday as speculation mounted about the size and timing of a sovereign bond-buying programme expected to be unveiled by the European Central Bank. A euro zone source told Reuters on Wednesday the ECB's Executive Board has proposed that the bank buy 50 billion...

  • But with doubts about whether Greece will stick to its EU, ECB and IMF-prescribed austerity policies after a cliff-hanger election on Sunday, some at the central bank would prefer not to include Greek bonds. For the top rating agencies, Standard and Poor's, Moody's, Fitch and DBRS, all of which upgraded Greece last year, any exclusion from ECB buying would pose a...

  • IBM outlook drags on Wall Street gains. *Gold above $1,300 for first time since August. NEW YORK, Jan 21- European and U.S. equities rose on Wednesday, lifted by news reports that the European Central Bank will announce a massive bond-buying program to boost the euro zone's flagging economy.

  • US 30- YEAR TREASURY BOND PRICES TURN NEGATIVE, YIELDS INCREASE TO 2.397 PERCENT.

  • US 30- YEAR TREASURY BONDS ERASE EARLIER PRICE GAINS, LAST YIELD 2.384 PERCENT.

  • JERUSALEM, Jan 21- Israel's central bank said on Wednesday the main risk to the stability of the country's financial system was the exposure of banks and households to a potential slump in house prices, which have nearly doubled since 2007.. The central bank said the financial system was also exposed to the underpricing of risks in the corporate bond market...

  • US THIRTY-YEAR TREASURY BOND YIELDS FALL AFTER ECB HEADLINES, LAST YIELD 2.355 PERCENT.

  • TREASURIES-Long bond prices gain, ECB meeting in focus Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 9:24 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Jan 21- Thirty-year bonds rallied on Wednesday and the yield curve flattened as investors anticipated Thursday's European Central Bank meeting, when the ECB is expected to announce purchases of government bonds to fight deflation and try to kickstart growth. The potential size of the program is seen at around 600 billion euros, according to a Reuters...

  • US STOCKS-Futures point to lower open as IBM weighs Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 9:08 AM ET

    *IBM shares fall after results, Netflix rallies. NEW YORK, Jan 21- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Wednesday after a disappointing outlook from IBM and as investors reduced their exposure ahead of an upcoming European Central Bank meeting that could result in new stimulus. ExxonMobil Corp was up 0.7 percent to $91.70 before the bell.

  • US STOCKS-Futures edge lower after weak IBM results Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 7:24 AM ET

    *IBM shares fall after results, Netflix rallies. NEW YORK, Jan 21- U.S. stock index futures edged lower on Wednesday as IBM fell after the company gave a tepid outlook, though other high-profile names like Netflix and UnitedHealth rose on their results. *Investors were also looking ahead to an upcoming European Central Bank meeting, at which new stimulative...

  • LONDON, Jan 21- Investors are piling into exchange-traded funds tracking Swiss shares after a 14- percent stock-market drop late last week, when the surprise lifting of a cap on the franc caused it to rally sharply against major currencies. A sample of 48 ETFs tracking Swiss shares recorded net inflows of $705 million in the two days following the Swiss National...

  • MOSCOW, Jan 21- Russia's Finance Ministry sold 1.11 billion roubles worth of its OFZ treasury bonds at a weekly auction, out of 5 billion roubles on offer, Reuters data showed on Wednesday. This was the ministry's first weekly treasury bonds auction this year. The ministry placed the bonds, maturing in May 2016, at an average yield of 15.27 percent.