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  • BOSTON, Nov 3- Portfolios run by T. Rowe Price Group and Fidelity Investments are the largest mutual fund investors in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, according to recent fund disclosures. Alibaba's IPO in late September initially raised $21.8 billion, and its stock surged 38 percent in its stock market debut. Alibaba shares were up nearly 4 percent on Monday, trading...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 3- U.S. stock index futures pointed to slight losses at the open on Monday, with investors taking a pause following a sharp rally on Friday that took the Dow and S&P 500 to record levels. Equities have been strong of late, with the Dow last week posting its biggest weekly gain since January 2013 and the S&P coming off its biggest two-week jump since...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 3- U.S. stock index futures ticked lower on Monday, with investors taking a pause following a sharp rally on Friday that took the Dow and S&P 500 to record levels. *Equities have been strong of late, with the Dow last week posting its biggest weekly gain since January 2013 and the S&P coming off its biggest two-week jump since December 2011.

  • Nov 3- Apple Inc is planning an investor call on Monday ahead of a potential bond sale, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a banker working on the deal. Apple, which is yet to sell bonds in any other currency than dollars, is considering issuing in euros, the report said. Apple could not immediately be reached for comments outside regular U.S. business hours.

  • SINGAPORE/ SYDNEY, Nov 3- The yen fell to a fresh seven-year low against the dollar on Monday, extending a massive sell-off sparked by the Bank of Japan's surprise decision to boost its already huge bond-buying stimulus. Sellers also took aim at the Australian dollar following a weak official survey on China's manufacturing sector and a surprisingly large fall...

  • Nov 1- Voters in several U.S. states will decide the fate of $44.7 billion in borrowing and other budget measures on Tuesday, with investors in the $3.7 trillion municipal bond market focused mainly on large offerings in California and New York. "Just two states, California and New York, are presenting voters with meaningful bond measures for approval," Peter Hayes,...

  • *U.S. wages in Q3 post largest rise in six years. NEW YORK, Oct 31- U.S. "In the long run, we think rates are way too low," said Hugh Lamle, president of M.D. Sass in New York.

  • BUENOS AIRES/ NEW YORK, Oct 31- Argentina's debt default spread to its Par bonds on Friday after the country failed to complete an interest payment, raising the risk that creditors could demand that the country's cash-strapped government immediately repay all of its debt. Argentina deposited a $161 million payment with a newly appointed local trustee last...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 31- Investors worldwide poured $20.4 billion into stock funds in the week ended Oct. 29, the largest in more than a year, data from a Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research report showed on Friday. U.S-focused stock funds worldwide posted $14.5 billion of inflows, mostly via exchange-traded funds, the largest in 58 weeks, according to the report,...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 31- U.S. Investors were already in a risk-seeking mode going into the close of Thursday's session on reports Japanese pension funds would increase allocations to Japan's stock market. That helped Wall Street end the day on a positive note.

  • BUENOS AIRES/ NEW YORK, Oct 31- Argentina's debt default spread to its Par bonds on Friday after the country failed to complete an interest payment, raising the risk that creditors could demand that its cash-strapped government immediately repay all of its debt. Argentina had already defaulted in July on its Discount notes, but holders of the Par bonds are more...

  • US STOCKS-Futures rally after BOJ ramps up stimulus Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 7:19 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 31- U.S. stock index futures rallied on Friday after the Bank of Japan significantly ramped up its stimulus program just days after the U.S. *At the same time, Japan's $1.2 trillion Government Pension Investment Fund announced new allocations for its portfolio, including raising its holdings of domestic and foreign stock holdings to 25 percent each...

  • *Benchmark 10- yr yield touches 18- month low. TOKYO, Oct 31- Super long Japanese government bonds rallied and the yield curve bull-flattened on Friday after the Bank of Japan unexpectedly announced fresh monetary easing steps that included boosting the amount of longer-dated debt it buys. As part of extra stimulus, the central bank decided to increase its...

  • LIMA, Oct 30- Peru said it sold 7.41 billion soles worth of new 10- year bonds, to be settled in dollars, with a 5.7 percent coupon on Thursday- making its first foray into global markets since 2012.. Taken together with the reopening of a 2050 dollar-denominated global bond to raise $500 million, the two deals marked the biggest splash that Peru has ever made in the...

  • JAKARTA, Oct 31- Indonesia's mining-to-telecoms conglomerate Bakrie Group will negotiate with creditors to restructure part of its $8 billion in debt rather than sell major assets, people familiar with its strategy say. Some creditors sued one Bakrie company in New York while a Jakarta supplier has asked an Indonesian court to supervise a debt...

  • TOKYO, Oct 31- Japanese government bond prices were little changed on Friday, with the recent slow but steady advance halted by sizeable gains in Tokyo shares. The market took in stride a report that Japan will approve a plan by the Government Public Investment Fund to reduce the weighting of its JGB funds to 35 percent from the current level of roughly 60 percent.

  • GDP grows 3.5 percent in Q3; Treasuries briefly cut gains. NEW YORK, Oct 30- U.S. "It didn't help that we had an uninspiring seven-year auction," said David Keeble, global head of interest rates strategy at Credit Agricole in New York.

  • *Visa, MasterCard both rally after results. NEW YORK, Oct 30- U.S. stocks rallied on Thursday, boosted by a strong reading on quarterly economic growth and on the back of upbeat earnings reports including Visa, which accounted for nearly 150 points in the Dow industrials. "End of year for mutual funds is most likely going to be selling losers and continue to buy winners,"...

  • GDP grows 3.5 percent in Q3; Treasuries briefly cut gains. NEW YORK, Oct 30- U.S. "It's a beat, but GDP was propped up by defense spending," said Tom di Galoma, head of rates and credit trading at ED&F Man in New York.