• *Markets in cautious mood ahead of U.S. jobs report. LONDON, April 4- Investors took to the sidelines ahead of monthly U.S. employment data on Friday, with whisper numbers pointing to a strong showing, and the euro nursed losses after the European Central Bank opened the door to more aggressive easing, albeit not yet.

  • Greece hired a group of banks to manage the sale of a 2 billion euro five-year bond on Thursday, Thomson Reuters market service IFR reported, with sources suggesting the bonds will be issued sometime in April. Standard and Poor's and Fitch rank Greece six notches below investment grade at B+.

  • Arledge himself acknowledged on Wednesday that BNY Mellon is only in the early stages of a two-pronged strategy to gather assets from individual retail investors, but he pledged that the strategy will show tangible progress by this summer.

  • TOKYO, April 4- A global bond fund of Japan's Kokusai Asset Management, which has reigned as the top mutual fund in the country for more than 12 years, was knocked from the position by Fidelity's U.S. high-yield fund as investors become more enthusiastic about chasing higher returns.

  • North Las Vegas, Nevada, facing insolvency -Fitch Thursday, 3 Apr 2014 | 6:25 PM ET

    April 3- The city of North Las Vegas is nearing insolvency and could default on some of its $436 million of outstanding debt, Fitch Ratings warned on Thursday. City Councilman Wade W. Wagner is "cautiously optimistic" that North Las Vegas will pass a balanced budget, he told Reuters.

  • NEW YORK, April 3- Longer-dated U.S. The Labor Department said initial claims for unemployment benefits increased 16,000 to a seasonally adjusted 326,000 in the week ended March 29, exceeding economists' expectations of a rise to 317,000..

  • NEW YORK, April 3- Bill Gross, manager of the world's largest bond fund at Pimco, said on Thursday that asset returns will be in the low- to mid-single digits this year despite relatively positive economic growth.

  • WASHINGTON, April 3- The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission is investigating high-frequency traders to see if they were breaching the derivatives regulator's rules, its chief said on Thursday.

  • *Gold exchange-traded fund holdings up tad Wednesday. NEW YORK/ LONDON, April 3- Gold fell on Thursday as the euro dropped against the dollar after the European Central Bank kept interest rates on hold and pledged to use unconventional measures to combat low inflation.

  • US CFTC pledges swaps relief for public utilities Thursday, 3 Apr 2014 | 12:47 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 3- The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission plans to ease its new swaps rules to help public power utilities using swaps to hedge price risk, the head of the derivatives regulator said on Thursday.

  • 'Bond King' Gross writes an ode to his dead cat, Bob Thursday, 3 Apr 2014 | 10:52 AM ET

    April 3- Bill Gross, co-founder of bond fund giant Pimco and widely known as the "Bond King," has had a rough start to the year.

  • The Labor Department said initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 16,000 to a seasonally adjusted 326,000 in the week ended March 29, exceeding economists' expectations of a rise to 317,000..

  • LONDON, April 3- Slightly slower growth in euro zone business activity last month and unchanged interest rates on Thursday halted this week's European stock market rally in its tracks. Seventy of 72 economists polled by Reuters correctly predicted the European Central Bank would keep its main interest rate on hold at a record low 0.25 percent.

  • *Greece showing signs of pulling out of recession. LONDON, April 3- Greece is planning to return to the international bond market this month, four years after it became the first euro zone country to be bailed out and only two years since defaulting on its debts.

  • *Google dividend to take effect Thursday. NEW YORK, April 3- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Thursday, after the S&P 500 set a record for a second straight day, ahead of data on the labor market and services sector. International trade data is also due at 8:30 a.m..

  • JGBs slip after positive U.S. data boost investor morale Wednesday, 2 Apr 2014 | 10:44 PM ET

    TOKYO, April 3- Japanese government bonds edged down on Thursday after upbeat U.S. data sent U.S. The move reflected rising investor appetite to riskier assets as Wall Street shares hit all-time high following solid private-sector jobs and factory orders data.

  • BEIJING, April 3- China's rating agencies are likely to keep a long-held assumption of government bailouts built into most ratings despite the country's first domestic bond defaults and warnings from Beijing that there is no blanket guarantee of support.

  • *MannKind shares soar as diabetes drug gets FDA backing. NEW YORK, April 2- The S&P 500 closed at another record high on Wednesday as signs of steady private-sector hiring suggested that the economy was slowly building momentum after a winter-related pullback.

  • NEW YORK, April 2- U.S. The fact that the data did not disappoint pushed yields higher on the day, said Lou Brien, market strategist at DRW Trading in Chicago. In a separate report, Commerce Department data showed new orders for manufactured goods jumped 1.6 percent in February, the biggest rise since September.

  • *Athens sees full market return in 2016. *Athens could tap markets a second time this year. The Eurogroup of finance ministers met in Athens this week, attracting about 5,000 protesters who denounced the latest measures agreed with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund to try to make the economy more competitive.