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  • NEW YORK, Nov 17- Any changes the Federal Reserve makes to its vast portfolio of bonds in the coming years is likely to have a bigger impact on U.S. financial and housing markets than any interest rate hike the U.S. central bank may make in 2015, Fannie Mae chief economist Doug Duncan said on Monday. The Fed's balance sheet stands at $4.22 trillion, including $2.46...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 6- The euro plunged to its lowest in more than two years against the dollar on Thursday after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi affirmed his pledge to use unconventional measures to stimulate a sluggish euro zone economy. This would effectively be an increase in the balance sheet of around 950 billion euros from the current level,...

  • *European stocks jump 1 percent, Wall Street starts flat. LONDON, Nov 6- The euro slumped to a two-year low and shares jumped on Thursday after ECB chief Mario Draghi fended off complaints about his leadership style and firmed up a promise of 1 trillion euros to revive the struggling euro zone economy. More reassuring U.S. jobs data also helped Wall Street turn...

  • FRANKFURT, Nov 6- The European Central Bank aims to increase the size of its balance sheet towards the levels of 2012, ECB President Mario Draghi said on Thursday, repeating language that has annoyed some policymakers at the bank by essentially setting a target for the expansion. Reuters reported earlier this week that some national central bankers were...

  • TOKYO/ SYDNEY, Nov 5- The dollar rose to a seven-year high against the Japanese yen on Wednesday after a victory by Republicans in the United States' mid-term elections raised hopes for an end to political gridlock in Washington, boosting sentiment for riskier assets. "Although the election results were not a complete surprise, the risk-on mood grew following...

  • Nov 2- Altice SA said it made a fully financed offer to buy the Portuguese assets of Portugal Telecom from Oi SA. "These assets comprise the existing business of Portugal Telecom outside of Africa and excludes Portugal Telecom's Rio Forte debt securities, Oi treasury shares and Portugal Telecom financing vehicles," Altice said. It said the offer values the assets...

  • 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...

  • COLUMN-Good-bye bond buying, hello volatility: James Saft Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 4:12 PM ET

    Oct 29- Saying QE is over is a bit like saying a flood is over when the water, up to your chin, stops rising. The Fed, which as expected pulled the trigger on the final taper on Wednesday, still controls a balance sheet it plans to keep steady at $4.5 trillion. And more to the point, though the statement included a bit of upbeat talk about employment, we are now looking at...

  • ROME/ MILAN, Oct 28- Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena may seek to delay repaying hundreds of millions of euros in state aid to help shore up its balance sheet as it explores strategic options which could include a merger, chairman Alessandro Profumo said on Tuesday. Profumo and Monte dei Paschi Chief Executive Fabrizio Viola met Economy Ministry officials on...

  • Oct 28- Miner and oil producer Freeport-McMoRan Inc said on Tuesday it is working toward reducing its debt to a targeted $12 billion by 2016 but that weak commodity and credit markets were making it tough to get good prices for assets. The Arizona- based company has sold nearly $5 billion worth of assets this year, including oil assets in Texas and copper mines in...

  • FRANKFURT, Oct 27- The European Central Bank's plan to buy private sector assets may fall short of its goal and pressure is likely to build for bolder action early next year, with government bond purchases an option, ECB sources said. ECB President Mario Draghi has said he wants the purchase plans, together with the provision of new cheap loans to banks, to increase...

  • *Deal would deconsolidate 2.6 bln euros of debt. MADRID, Oct 23- Spanish builder ACS will postpone until at least early 2015 a planned listing of its wind and solar power generating assets, a source with knowledge of the company's plans said on Thursday, joining a growing list of European firms pulling share offerings amid tough market conditions.

  • LONDON, Oct 21- Banks and shares in peripheral countries led a European rally on Tuesday after sources told Reuters the European Central Bank is considering buying corporate bonds to revive the region's economy. After a year-long review of Europe's 130 biggest banks, the ECB is set to announce on Oct. 26 which have valued their assets properly and which have not,...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 17- Morgan Stanley, which has spent three years throwing out bad apples from its fixed income trading portfolio, now wants to put the freed up money into businesses that bear healthier fruit. The bank's risk-weighted fixed-income trading assets have shrunk to $190 billion, close to its target of $180 billion by the end of next year, giving Morgan...

  • FRANKFURT, Oct 7- The European Central Bank has moved towards a "quantitative easing philosophy" but should not automatically use its remaining policy tools right away, Governing Council member Jens Weidmann said. ECB President Mario Draghi has said he wants to increase the central bank's balance sheet the towards levels it hit in early 2012- up to 1 trillion...

  • Parliamentary elections are due next May, with the last-minute pledges made to Scotland in an effort to keep the United Kingdom together expected to complicate the picture. It remains to be seen whether, despite the Scottish vote, investors will now require a greater risk premium to hold UK assets. *Scotland stays in UK, but Britain faces change.

  • Mining giants may hoard cash as iron ore prices sag Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 PM ET

    Stung by slower growth in China, global miners have reined in expansion plans and brought in new management to sell assets and drive their mines harder, raising hopes that BHP Billiton alone could hand back up to $8 billion to investors.

  • Sept 16- Bill Barrett Corp said it would exchange most of its acreage in Wyoming's Powder River Basin for oil-producing assets in Colorado, and also sell some natural gas assets in the state.

  • EU bank tests may miss trillion dollar risk - study Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 2:00 AM ET

    LONDON, Sept 10- Some European banks being checked by regulators for signs of capital weakness may be sitting on up to a trillion dollars of potentially unsafe assets because their holdings of sovereign bonds are not being fully risk assessed, a new study has found.

  • The aggressive shift sent short-term bond yields into negative territory in Germany, France, the Netherlands and Austria, giving investors an overwhelming incentive to sell euros for higher-yielding assets elsewhere.