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  • NEW YORK, Nov 20- Six years of interest rate suppression by the U.S. "The high-yield market is sort of in a bubble and sooner or later there will be a price paid for that," said Carl Icahn, the billionaire investor who said he owns credit default swaps on high yield debt against the 5- year U.S. Martin Fridson, chief investment officer of wealth management firm Lehmann...

  • Oplink options unusually active days before Koch deal Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 2:03 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Nov 19- Optical networking device maker Oplink Communications Inc attracted well-timed bets in the options market days before the company said it was being acquired by a Koch Industries unit for $445 million in cash. Oplink's shares were up about 14 percent at $24.18 on Wednesday after it said that Koch Optics Inc would buy it for $24.25 per share.

  • *Cliffs Natural Resources shares slide. NEW YORK, Nov 19- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Wednesday following record closing highs for both the Dow and S&P 500 and ahead of housing data and minutes from the most recent Federal Reserve policy meeting. *Cliffs Natural Resources said it was looking to exit its Eastern Canadian iron ore operations,...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 18- The European Union will soon push back a deadline by which U.S. clearing houses need to comply with its rules, a source familiar with the matter said, taking the sting out of a dispute with America over how to regulate swaps. A European Commission spokeswoman told Reuters on Tuesday that an extension of the Dec. 15 deadline had been proposed, and...

  • Nov 18- CytRx Corp said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration placed a hold on enrolling new patients in clinical trials of its experimental cancer drug after a patient died, sending the company's shares down 11 percent in premarket trading. Patients already enrolled in the trials, currently in mid stage, will continue receiving the treatment, CytRx said.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 18- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Tuesday following a record close on the S&P 500 and ahead of producer inflation data. *Shares in Europe advanced, boosted by German analyst and investor sentiment, which rose in November for the first time in almost a year, raising hopes of an improvement in Europe's biggest economy.

  • MOSCOW, Nov 18- Russia's central bank said on Tuesday it would continue to limit rouble liquidity through its repurchase agreements and foreign currency swaps. "We do not propose to introduce legal restrictions on speculators, as we believe that does not make sense," the central bank said in e-mailed comments. "But we will continue to limit the provision of rouble...

  • RUSSIAN CENTRAL BANK SAYS WILL CONTINUE TO LIMIT VOLUME OF ROUBLE LIQUIDITY THROUGH FX SWAPS AND REPO OPERATIONS.

  • FDA puts partial hold on CytRx cancer drug trials Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 6:36 AM ET

    Nov 18- CytRx Corp said the United States Food And Drug Administration has placed a partial hold on clinical trials of its experimental cancer drug after a patient died. CytRx shares were down 10 percent in premarket trading. The patient received the drug, aldoxorubicin, under the company's expanded access program that makes promising drugs and devices...

  • *FTSEurofirst 300 up as PM Abe calls Japan election, delays tax rise. LONDON, Nov 18- European shares rose and bond yields fell on Tuesday on hopes that a snap election and delayed tax increase in Japan might lead to more economic stimulus measures, which also knocked the yen to its lowest since 2007.. The yen fell to a seven-year low against the dollar after Abe's...

  • LONDON, Nov 17- Hedge funds have been badly wrong-footed by the slide in oil prices over the past five months, and by trying to turn their positions around have accelerated the rout. By the middle of June, hedge funds had a net long position in WTI-linked futures and options contracts equivalent to almost 413 million barrels of crude oil, according to the U.S....

  • HONG KONG, Nov 17- Hong Kong shares opened up 0.9 percent on Monday as investors cheered the first day of trading of the landmark Shanghai- Hong Kong stock connect scheme. The Hang Seng index opened higher following a stronger opening in the index futures, which rose 1 percent. The trading link will let international investors trade Shanghai- listed shares...

  • LONDON, Nov 14- New rules aimed at making derivatives markets safer and more transparent need tweaking to stop the $690 trillion global market splitting up, a top American regulator said on Friday. Several shallower pools of trading are emerging in what had been one deep, efficient market as brokers outside the United States seek to avoid having to comply with...

  • Pimco flagship fund cuts US gov't holdings in Oct. Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 6:12 AM ET
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    Pimco's flagship Total Return fund ended October with a slight decrease in U.S. government-related holdings and a slight increase in mortgage-backed securities.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 12- Pimco's flagship Total Return fund, whose long-time manager Bill Gross unexpectedly departed on Sept. 26, ended October with a slight decrease in U.S. government-related holdings and a slight increase in mortgage-backed securities. The Pimco Total Return Fund had exposure of 35 percent in U.S. government-related securities in October, down...

  • US STOCKS-Futures lower after latest Dow, S&P records Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 7:41 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Nov 12- U.S. stock index futures were lower on Wednesday, putting major indexes on track to retreat after the Dow and S&P 500 closed at record highs for a fifth consecutive day. *Financial companies will be in focus after global regulators fined five major banks, including UBS, HSBC and Citigroup, $3.4 billion for failing to stop their traders from trying to...

  • *Swap limit of $2 bln to apply until end of November. MOSCOW, Nov 11- The Russian central bank said on Tuesday it was limiting banking sector rouble liquidity by temporarily cutting the size of its foreign exchange swap operations to the equivalent of $2 billion a day. Central Bank governor Elvira Nabiullina said on Monday that the bank was considering limiting...

  • *D.R. Horton posts quarterly earnings. NEW YORK, Nov 11- U.S. stock index futures advanced modestly on Tuesday, after the Dow and S&P 500 extended their streak of record closes for a fourth day. *D.R. Horton, the largest U.S. homebuilder, fell 1.6 percent to $23.05 before the opening bell after it reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue but earnings missed...

  • RUSSIAN ROUBLE TRIMS LOSSES AFTER C.BANK SAYS TO LIMIT ROUBLE LIQUIDITY VIA FX SWAPS.

  • RUSSIAN CENTRAL BANK SAYS WILL LIMIT ROUBLE LIQUIDITY VIA FX SWAPS.