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  • Sept 8- Hundreds of hedge funds, mutual funds and other institutional investors lined up on Monday to hear Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's management pitch the company's shares, as the Chinese e-commerce giant kicked off a two-week IPO marketing blitz.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 8- Shares of China- based Vimicro International Corp are up more than 14 percent amid a spike in bullish call buying on Monday. Options volume on Vimicro is up to nearly 42 times the normal level, with 2,551 calls and 37 puts traded, according to data from options analytics firm Trade Alert.

  • *Confidence wanes over Ukraine ceasefire. The ceasefire, which took effect on Friday evening, was largely holding on Monday in eastern Ukraine, but comments from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko vowing to defend the eastern port of Mariupol kindled traders' skepticism.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 8- U.S. stock index futures are indicating slight losses at the open on Monday, though major indexes remain near record levels and the equity market's recent momentum appears intact. Among the biggest movers on Monday is Hertz Global Holdings Inc, up 5.2 percent to $29.95 after it said its chief executive had stepped down for personal reasons.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 8- U.S. stock index futures are modestly lower on Monday, but indexes remain near record levels, suggesting an upward momentum for equities that Morgan Stanley expects to continue. From current levels, Morgan Stanley's new target represents upside of 5.8 percent.

  • US STOCKS-Futures edge lower after five-week rally Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 7:10 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Sept 8- U.S. stock index futures are slightly lower on Monday, with investors finding few reasons to extend a long-running rally that has taken indexes to repeated records amid overseas concerns and few domestic catalysts.

  • HOUSTON, Sept 8- In June 2013, activist investors got the board of SandRidge Energy Inc to fire its CEO Tom Ward, arguing that he had mismanaged the Oklahoma City company and destroyed billions in shareholder value.

  • TOKYO, Sept 8- Japanese government bond prices edged up on Monday, supported by U.S. job data out late last week not leading to a major shift in the U.S. monetary policy outlook. The market was also supported by the Bank of Japan's buying in JGBs.

  • *Traders see first Fed hike in July 2015. NEW YORK, Sept 5- Benchmark U.S. "This means that the U.S. economy is still in healing mode," said Putri Pasqualy, managing director and senior credit strategist at Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company in Irvine, California.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 5- Leveraged exchange-traded funds, designed to magnify short-term returns, have fallen out of favor this year as investors who had embraced them are finding costs excessive in a calm market that is not rewarding bets on wild daily swings.

  • BUENOS AIRES, Sept 5- Many investors are interested in swapping global Argentine bonds for paper governed by local law, the government said on Friday, a day after the Senate approved the proposed debt exchange as a way to circumvent U.S. court rulings.

  • *Traders see first Fed hike in July 2015. NEW YORK, Sept 5- Benchmark U.S. Non-farm payrolls rose just 142,000 last month, far below expectations of 225,000, the Labor Department said on Friday.

  • *Gap falls in premarket after August sales. NEW YORK, Sept 5- U.S. stock index futures fell on Friday, putting the S&P 500 on track for its first lower week out of five, as investors awaited the monthly employment report.

  • *Consumer-facing UK shares to suffer on rate hike concerns. Although the timing and scale of any rate rise remains uncertain, some investors are pulling back from the UK consumer goods sector on perceptions that credit-fuelled demand will be squeezed in the short term.

  • TOKYO, Sept 5- Japanese government bond yields rose to six-week highs on Friday as weaker U.S. Treasuries and firmer Tokyo stocks dampened bond market sentiment. Treasury yields rose overnight after German bund yields made an about-turn and edged up despite the European Central Bank's surprise monetary easing.

  • Mexico's Pemex issues over $2 billion worth of debt Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 9:37 PM ET

    MEXICO CITY, Sept 4- Mexican state oil company Pemex has topped up three local debt issues to raise some 28 billion pesos, the company said on Thursday. The three issues had maturities of between 4 1/ 2 and 11 years and the sale was about 2.7 times oversubscribed, with 75 billion pesos worth of bids put in, Pemex said.

  • SYDNEY, Sept 5- The euro was deep under water on Friday having suffered its steepest daily fall in three years after the European Central Bank stunned markets by cutting interest rates and embarking on a trillion-euro asset-buying binge.

  • *Focus shift to U.S. payrolls data, ceasefire talk in Minsk. NEW YORK, Sept 4- U.S. August payrolls data and scheduled talks in Minsk aimed at ending a five-month war between Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 4- A Manhattan federal judge said on Thursday that investors may pursue a lawsuit accusing 12 major banks of violating antitrust law by fixing prices and restraining competition in the roughly $21 trillion market for credit default swaps.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 4- The euro sank on Thursday after the European Central Bank unexpectedly cut ultra-low interest rates even further and said it would start buying loans and bonds next month to prop up the continent's struggling economy.