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  • *Europe set for busy day of data. Europe's stock markets had initially started brightly but began to fade as attention switched from company earnings from the likes of Siemens and Deutsche Bank to upcoming euro zone unemployment, business sentiment and German inflation data. Q2 gross domestic product data also due later that could reinforce the rate hike view,...

  • TOKYO, July 30- Japanese government bonds edged down on Thursday, tracking U.S. Treasuries which dropped after the U.S. Federal Reserve left the door open for an interest rate hike as early as September.

  • SHANGHAI, July 30- China stocks were mixed on Thursday after state media reported that Chinese banks were investigating their exposure to the stock market via wealth management products and loans backed by stock as collateral. China CSI300 stock index futures for August rose 0.3 percent, to 3,767, but remained in bearish territory at 157.23 points below the...

  • CHICAGO, July 29- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday proposed more than $2.5 billion of bond sales even as the city faces big budget deficits and the possibility that its already-low credit ratings could fall further. Under ordinances proposed to the city council, Chicago would sell up to $2 billion of senior lien general airport revenue bonds with $1.7...

  • MELBOURNE, July 30- London copper was flat on Thursday as a short-covering rally lost momentum, as a looming rate rise in the United States possibly as soon as September underpinned the dollar. *Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange traded flat at $5,328 a tonne by 0055 GMT, after closing a tad firmer in the previous session when prices hit the highest in...

  • July 29- MetLife Inc, the biggest U.S. life insurer, reported a 21 percent fall in quarterly profit, largely due to $593 million in derivatives losses. MetLife blamed rising interest rates and the weakening of the dollar against certain currencies for the after-tax derivatives losses in the three months ended June 30. Up to Wednesday's close of $57.22, MetLife's...

  • DETROIT— Standard& Poor's has boosted Detroit's rating on eight- to 15- year bonds the city plans to sell to improve public services. City officials said Wednesday that the better rating could get Detroit a lower interest rate and save $20 million in interest over the life of the bonds. The $245 million bonds are backed by city income tax revenue and were part of...

  • *Fed leaves interest rates unchanged. NEW YORK, July 29- U.S. "It looks like from the statement they slightly upgraded their language on the labor market," said Shyam Rajan, head of U.S. interest rate strategy at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

  • LONDON, July 29- It is barely two weeks since Greece was on the brink of crashing out of the euro, yet some investment banks are now encouraging investors to return to its bond market. Although question remain over whether Greece will be able to stick to the terms of a new deal or will be back at the ballot box within the year, markets have breathed a collective sigh of...

  • TREASURIES-Prices lower ahead of Fed rate statement Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 11:10 AM ET

    NEW YORK, July 29- U.S. "You are probably seeing some slight weakness, perhaps they are more optimistic, in a sense, that the Fed is going to go through with a September hike," said Dimitri Delis, fixed income strategist at BMO Capital Markets in Chicago. In mid-morning New York trade, the benchmark 10- year U.S.

  • *Wall Street seen following higher. *China stocks stabilize after Monday's 8 pct drop. The rise in Europe and most Asian markets overnight looked set to extend to U.S. markets where stock index futures pointed to Wall Street edging up 0.2 percent.

  • US STOCKS-U.S. futures higher ahead of Fed statement Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 7:28 AM ET

    July 29- U.S. stock index futures rose on Wednesday on hopes that Beijing could stem the rout in its markets and ahead of a statement from the U.S. *In a recent congressional testimony, Fed Chair Janet Yellen neither ruled out a September interest rate hike nor guided the market toward thinking it was a done deal. The statement is expected at 2 p.m. ET.

  • NEW YORK, July 29- Investors in U.S. municipal bonds are sitting on more cash than they have in years, in part because they're wary of the $3.7 trillion market at a time when interest rates are expected to rise. Between March 2014 and March 2015, cash rose by $6.2 billion to $31.9 billion, the biggest such jump in at least 10 years. "A lot of my investors who've been with me...

  • JGBs edge lower as Fed meeting outcome awaited Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 3:31 AM ET

    TOKYO, July 29- Japanese government bonds edged down on Wednesday, though moves were small as investors awaited the outcome of the U.S. Federal Reserve's meeting later in the session for clues to the timing of an expected interest rate increase. The Bank of Japan offered to buy 375 billion yen of JGBs in the 1- year to 3- year zone, 425 billion yen of JGBs in the 3- year...

  • HONG KONG, July 29- China stocks fell for a fourth day on Wednesday but losses were more subdued than earlier in the week after Beijing reiterated its determination to stabilise its wild equity markets. But China CSI300 stock index futures for August fell 1 percent to 3,646.4, or 150.37 points below the current value of the underlying index, pointing to...

  • China stocks slide for fourth day but futures steady Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 11:01 PM ET

    SHANGHAI, July 29- China stocks fell for a fourth straight session on Wednesday but losses were more subdued than earlier in the week, while futures markets steadied after the government announced more market support measures. China CSI300 stock index futures for August were little changed at 3,682.2, but still 118.71 points below the current value of the...

  • NEW YORK, July 28- U.S. The rout in China's stock market has heightened concern that the world's second-largest economy is heading for trouble despite emergency measures by the government to prop up prices, and has increased the attractiveness of relatively safe U.S. government bonds. "Treasuries selling started with the overnight trading after Chinese...

  • NEW YORK, July 28- Investors in social media shares have zeroed-in on Facebook Inc, piling into stock options to add bullish bets on the company in the days ahead of its Wednesday earnings. The ascent has made Facebook one of the ten largest S&P companies in terms of market capitalization, with the stock now worth more than $260 billion- surpassing decades-old...

  • NEW YORK, July 28- U.S. The rout in China's stock market has heightened concern that the world's second-largest economy is heading for trouble despite emergency measures by the government to prop up prices. "Treasuries selling started with the overnight trading after Chinese equities bounced off their lows, and that helped release some of the safe-haven bid in...

  • VIENNA, July 28- Austria's highest court on Tuesday overturned a law that wiped out some junior debtholders in defunct lender Hypo Alpe Adria, raising chances they could get part of their money back. Passed last year, the law effectively cancelled 890 million euros of subordinated debt guaranteed by Hypo's home province of Carinthia, a move that drew howls of...