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  • LONDON, July 26- Hedge funds and other money managers have begun to amass another large short position in futures and options contracts linked to the price of crude oil. Hedge funds increased their short positions in NYMEX WTI futures and options from 53 million barrels on May 31 to 141 million barrels on July 19, anticipating a further drop in prices.

  • July 26- U.S. stock index futures were flat on Tuesday as investors braced for a flurry of corporate earnings, including those of Apple, and ahead of the Federal Reserve's policy meeting. *The central bank will announce its decision at 2:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday. *Traders have priced in an 18.7 percent chance of a rate increase in September and 42.8 percent in...

  • NEW YORK/ CHICAGO, July 26- Record low interest rates so far have failed to spur a wave of new borrowing in the $3.7 trillion U.S. municipal debt market, with one exception: its weakest borrowers are seizing the opportunity to prop up their finances at costs they can afford. Some cash-strapped areas, including Illinois and low-rated Chicago, can also issue bonds for...

  • NEW YORK/ SAN FRANCISCO, July 26- The 1923 middle school building in Oregon's Corbett School District is so old that horses and trailers were used to dig the basement. The amount of debt sold so far this year in the $3.7 trillion market for U.S. municipal and state debt is less than in 2015 despite record-low borrowing rates. The yield on top-rated municipal 30- year...

  • HONG KONG, July 26- BNP Paribas, the world's fourth-largest securities custodian, expects foreign holdings of China's onshore bonds to jump by the end of this year thanks to the opening up of the interbank bond market and the inclusion of the yuan into the Special Drawing Rights basket. Overseas investors own a meagre 2 percent of China's bond market, much lower...

  • TOKYO, July 26- Japanese government bond prices rose on Tuesday, lifted by weaker Tokyo stocks and a firm 40- year debt auction. The benchmark 10- year JGB yield fell 1.5 basis points to a 10- day low of minus 0.260 percent, while the 30- year yield dipped half a basis point to 0.260 percent. Underlining solid investor demand for longer-dated JGBs that still offer...

  • NEW YORK/ SAN FRANCISCO, July 26- The 1923 middle school building in Oregon's Corbett School District is so old that horses and trailers were used to dig the basement. The amount of debt sold so far this year in the $3.7 trillion market for U.S. municipal and state debt is less than in 2015 despite record-low borrowing rates. The yield on top-rated municipal 30- year...

  • NEW YORK/ CHICAGO, July 26- Record low interest rates so far have failed to spur a wave of new borrowing in the $3.7 trillion U.S. municipal debt market, with one exception: its weakest borrowers are seizing the opportunity to prop up their finances at costs they can afford. Some cash-strapped areas, including Illinois and low-rated Chicago, can also issue bonds for...

  • Highest accepted yield 0.345 pct Issue price 102.04 yen Coupon rate 0.40 pct Bids accepted at highest yield 31.7647 pct Total bids 1.1559 bln yen Accepted bids 399.5 bln yen Issue date July 28, 2016 Maturity date March 20, 2056 Bid-to-cover ratio 2.89.

  • WASHINGTON— Interest rates on short-term Treasury bills were mixed in Monday's auction, with the rate on three-month bills unchanged and the rate on six-month bills falling to their lowest point in two weeks. The Treasury Department auctioned $37 billion in three-month bills at a discount rate of 0.320 percent, unchanged from the last week.

  • NEW YORK, July 25- Pimco has been reducing its exposure to junk bonds and investment-grade corporate debt following the latest credit rally, the firm's group chief investment officer, Dan Ivascyn, said on Monday. Britain's vote on June 23 to leave the European Union, known as Brexit, has compounded an uncertain global economic outlook. Last week, Newport Beach,...

  • *Longer-dated yields hold steady on Wall Street losses. NEW YORK, July 25- Short-dated U.S. Longer-dated Treasury yields followed Wall Street stocks lower, with traders wary of possible signals from the Federal Reserve about an interest rate increase later this year following its policy meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday.

  • NEW YORK, July 25- Demand at the latest U.S. two-year Treasury note auction on Monday was the weakest since December 2008 during the height of the global credit crisis as investors held off making bids ahead of the Federal Reserve's upcoming policy meeting. The Treasury Department will sell $34 billion of five-year notes on Tuesday and $28 billion seven-year...

  • SAO PAULO, July 25- Aurelius Capital Management LP has contacted bondholders in Oi SA's Netherlands- based units to challenge the basis of a prior restructuring accord that substantially lowered the recovery value of their bonds, seeking to gain clout in Brazil's biggest-ever bankruptcy reorganization. New York- based Aurelius, a distressed debt investment...

  • NEW YORK, July 25- Demand at the latest U.S. two-year Treasury note auction on Monday was the weakest since December 2008 during the height of the global credit crisis as investors held off making bids ahead of the Federal Reserve's upcoming policy meeting. The ratio of bids to the amount offered was 2.52, down from 2.72 at the prior two-year auction in June and the...

  • *Longer-dated yields fall after lower Wall Street open. Longer-dated Treasury yields followed Wall Street stocks lower, with traders wary of possible signals from the Federal Reserve about an interest rate increase later this year following its upcoming policy meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday. While the U.S. economic expansion has persisted in the...

  • Analysts and investors had raised questions about Sprint's financial position after majority owner SoftBank Corp agreed earlier this month to buy UK chipmaker ARM Holdings Plc for $32 billion. "We expect that we will have adequate sources to provide all the capital necessary to fund the business and repay the debt maturities due in FY 16," Chief Financial...

  • July 25- E* Trade Financial Corp said it would buy the parent of online brokerage OptionsHouse for $725 million in cash, as the company looks to better compete in derivatives trading. Chicago- based OptionsHouse currently operates 154,000 customer accounts and has $3.6 billion in customer assets, including $1.4 billion in cash. OptionsHouse is an indirect...

  • TOKYO, July 25- Japanese government bond prices edged up on Monday as a regular debt-purchasing operation by the Bank of Japan emboldened buyers, although caution ahead of an upcoming 40- year sale weighed on the longer-dated maturities. Japan's finance ministry will auction 400 billion yen of 40- year debt on Tuesday. Longer-dated JGBs that still yield above...

  • July 25- For other diaries, please see: Top Economic Events Polling unit diary Today in Washington Political and general news. DATE TIME COUNTRY AMOUNT AUCTION DETAILS. 25 July France Auction of BTF treasury notes.