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  • Nov 5- Prudential Financial Inc, the second-largest U.S. life insurer, reported a quarterly profit that fell short of market estimates by a wide margin, mainly due to losses tied to its derivatives program. The company reported operating earnings on an adjusted basis of $2.20 per share, well below the average analyst estimate of $2.41 per share.

  • BRASILIA, Nov 5- The Brazilian Senate approved a bill on Wednesday that lowers the debt burden of states and municipalities, opening the way for regional governments to spend more at a time of growing concern about the country's fiscal health. The bill, which was supported by government lawmakers as well as the opposition, will add pressure on newly re-elected...

  • Argentina Par holders eye group to control acceleration Wednesday, 5 Nov 2014 | 4:02 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Nov 5- Holders of Argentina's defaulted Par bonds are banding together to increase their leverage with the sovereign, using the threat of possible payment acceleration to solidify their position. About a dozen funds have been in talks with Chicago law firm Kirkland& Ellis, sources told IFR, with an eye to gaining at least 50% control over a single bond...

  • Nov 5- Charles Schwab Corp. has dropped the Pimco Total Return Fund from its Schwab Managed Portfolios mutual fund platform, a spokeswoman said Wednesday, citing organizational changes at Pacific Investment Management Company as the catalyst for the change. Charles Schwab Investment Advisory, the division that manages the Managed Portfolios platform,...

  • *Stocks rise as Republicans take control of U.S. Senate. NEW YORK, Nov 5- U.S. Benchmark yields approached the 3-1/ 2 week highs set earlier this week as Wall Street opened higher partly on news that Republicans took over control of the U.S. Senate after Tuesday's elections.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 5- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Wednesday after the Republican Party took control of the Senate in the midterm elections, as expected, and following a report on the labor market that was stronger than expected. Futures rose on relief that the election results were clear, with the upcoming Senate majority party not in doubt.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 5- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Wednesday after the Republican Party took control of the Senate in the midterm elections, as had been expected, while investors looked ahead to data expected to show improvement in the labor market. *Futures rose on relief that the election results were clear, with the upcoming Senate majority party not in...

  • LONDON, Nov 5- Sweeping Republican party wins in U.S. mid-term elections pushed the dollar to a seven-year high against the yen and lifted U.S. stock futures on Wednesday, as more soft data from China left oil at its lowest in four years. Republicans rode a wave of voter discontent to secure control of the U.S. Senate and strengthen their grip on the House of...

  • BOJ to survey JGB dealers on functioning of bond market Wednesday, 5 Nov 2014 | 3:47 AM ET

    TOKYO, Nov 5- Acting in the wake of the surprise expansion of its quantitative easing programme, the Bank of Japan said on Thursday that it will survey government bond dealers once a quarter to check how well the debt market is functioning and collect views on yields. Last Friday, the BOJ announced that it was expanding its quantitative easing by increasing...

  • TOKYO, Nov 5- The dollar and U.S. stock futures pushed higher on Wednesday after Republicans scored a sweeping victory in U.S. mid-term elections, while Asian shares wilted and oil prices extended losses after more soft economic data from China. Financial spreadbetters expected the equities gloom to lift in early European trade, predicting Britain's FTSE 100...

  • Nov 5- New York State voters appeared set to approve a controversial plan to raise $2 billion in a bond sale to spend on technology and facilities improvements at schools in the state, according to the state's website and local media. With 86 percent of election districts reporting, 48.5 percent of votes favored the bond, nearly 30 percent were against, and 22...

  • BMPS discussing capital options with government Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 1:18 PM ET
    The headquarters of the Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena S.p.A. (BMPS) , the oldest surviving bank in the world and Italy's third largest bank.

    Italy's Treasury has not ruled out extending repayment deadlines on hundreds of millions of euros in state aid to help troubled lender Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, a person close to the matter said.

  • ECB looking at corporate bond buys: Sources Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 6:55 AM ET
    Euro logo sign European Central Bank ECB Frankfurt Gerrmany

    The European Central Bank is considering buying corporate bonds on the secondary market, deciding as soon as December.

  • Goldman Sachs in talks to buy ETF provider: Sources Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 11:37 PM ET

    Goldman Sachs is in discussions to acquire IndexIQ, an exchange-traded fund provider, according to three sources familiar with the situation.

  • No more 'too big to fail'? Banks shut loophole Saturday, 11 Oct 2014 | 5:45 PM ET
    A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange September 15, 2008 in New York City.

    The financial derivatives industry has agreed to a rule change to help regulators to wind down failed banks without destabilizing markets.

  • Never, ever do this, Cramer warns Tuesday, 7 Oct 2014 | 6:14 PM ET

    There’s something Jim Cramer doesn’t want you to do. Ever.

  • China mortgages: Safe play or Russian roulette? Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 12:07 AM ET

    The China property market's lack of mortgage securities has allowed it to skirt one of the systemic causes of the U.S. property crash, until now.

  • Here's why Treasury yields will keep on falling Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 8:46 AM ET
    Bond traders

    Why experts say you shouldn't bet against the U.S. bond market rally anytime soon.

  • DoubleLine's Gundlach: Short homebuilder ETFs now Friday, 8 Aug 2014 | 5:47 PM ET
    DoubleLine Capital CEO Jeffrey Gundlach speaks at the Bloomberg Markets 50 Summit in New York.

    Home ownership rates in will likely fall to levels last seen in the 1980s as millennials wait longer to form households, DoubleLine's Gundlach said.

  • China's offshore debt market not yet a global play Tuesday, 5 Aug 2014 | 7:51 PM ET

    China's bond market is booming with record issuance and strong demand, but it has been a speculative play dominated by Chinese issuers and investors.