*Market optimistic Portugal will regain investment status. *Fitch to review Portugal credit rating after Europe close. "We could see Portugal moved up to investment grade later today and that could produce a bit of forced buying from index trackers or some accounts may have to up their Portugal exposure.» Read More
NEW YORK/ BUENOS AIRES, Sept 29- Argentina said on Monday that any sanctions for contempt of court, levelled against it for refusing to pay U.S. hedge funds suing over defaulted debt, would be illegal under international law.
LONDON, Sept 29- Greek government bond yields rose to their highest in almost two months on Monday as Athens' plans for an early exit from a bailout programme raised concerns about future financing and debt relief.
*Hong Kong civil unrest hurts risk assets, helps Treasuries. NEW YORK, Sept 29- Treasuries prices gained on Monday as civil unrest in Hong Kong weighed on global stock markets, and the yield curve flattened as investors bet that U.S. economic data would continue to improve.
The European Central Bank is expected to publish the outcome of its bank asset quality review on Oct. 26 in a bid to convince investors- after three previous "stress tests" failed to spot subsequent problems- that Europe's lenders have sifted out their risky holdings and now have enough capital to withstand any more financial crisis-style shocks.
NEW YORK, Sept 29- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a weaker open on Monday, with investors monitoring the continued civil unrest in Hong Kong for any potential impact on Chinese growth. China faced one of its biggest political challenges since the Tiananmen Square massacre as hundreds of democracy protesters faced down tear gas and police baton charges.
*Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq futures all down 0.6 pct. NEW YORK, Sept 29- U.S. stock index futures are pointing to a solidly lower open on Monday, but if recent trends hold, investors may use the decline as an opportunity to add to positions.
NEW YORK, Sept 29- U.S. stock index futures were lower on Monday, indicating Wall Street's recent weakness would continue amid ongoing civil unrest in Hong Kong.
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