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Investing Securities

  • LONDON, March 24- Big bond funds are becoming increasingly reluctant to lend to the euro zone's weakest members, looking past a crowded electoral calendar to an eventual winding down of the European Central Bank's ultra-loose monetary policy. In recent months, the funds have been hiking the premiums they demand to buy bonds from highly-indebted southern...

  • NEW YORK, March 24- A "massive amount of misconduct" in futures, options and swaps markets goes undetected because of insufficient data mining, Aitan Goelman, who until last month was enforcement chief for the top U.S. derivatives regulator, said in an interview. Goelman said a lack of resources meant the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission did not have the...

  • NEW YORK, March 24- U.S. Treasuries were steady on Friday as investors waited on a highly anticipated vote in Washington on healthcare reform, which is being seen as an indicator of whether the Trump administration will be able to pass fiscal stimulus. This is being seen as a good litmus test of the rest of Trumps agenda, said Gennadiy Goldberg, an interest rate...

  • March 24- U.S. stock index futures edged higher on Friday, helped by higher oil prices, and ahead of a closely watched vote on a healthcare bill seen as a test of President Donald Trump's ability to pass his legislative agenda through Congress. *Investors fear that if Trump fails to get the bill through the Republican-controlled Congress, it would mean his...

  • March 24- U.S. stock index futures edged higher on Friday, helped by higher oil prices, and ahead of a closely watched vote on a healthcare bill seen as a test of President Donald Trump's ability to pass his legislative agenda through Congress. *Investors fear that if Trump fails to get the bill through the Republican-controlled Congress, it would mean his...

  • *Spain's government bond yield falls to three-week low. LONDON, March 24- Euro zone government bonds edged lower on Friday, changing direction as investors took advantage of an early rise in yields to buy, sending yields back down. Spain's 10- year government bond yields led the reversal dropping to a three-week low of 1.677 percent, down 4 basis points on the day...

  • NEW YORK, March 24- A "massive amount of misconduct" in futures, options and swaps markets goes undetected because of insufficient data mining, Aitan Goelman, who until last month was enforcement chief for the top U.S. derivatives regulator, said in an interview. Goelman said a lack of resources meant the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission did not have the...

  • NEW YORK, March 24- Little-known Thrivent Financial, a Minneapolis- based asset manager that offers financial services to Lutherans, is hoping its recent streak of outperformance will make it stand apart at a time when steep investor outflows are prompting a wave of mergers throughout the mutual fund industry. The firm, which collectively manages $15 billion...

  • *Euro govt bond yields rise 1-4 bps across the board. LONDON, March 24- Investors sold euro zone government bonds on Friday as reports on private-sector activity in the bloc provided further signals of economic growth, strengthening the case for a withdrawal of monetary stimulus. "It will be a confirmation of the economic strength in the euro zone, and that means...

  • Treasury bond yields are set to rise this year, but not as much as many currently expected, according to a Reuters poll of top fixed-income strategists who appear skeptical the Federal Reserve will manage to raise rates several times more this year. Central banks, not finance ministries and their borrowing plans, will still wield the strongest influence on...

  • TOKYO, March 24- Japanese government bond yields ticked up on Friday, led by short-term bills and bonds, after the Bank of Japan acted to ease any shortage of short-term JGBs when the Japanese fiscal year ends on March 31. The BOJ on Friday sold 1.0 trillion yen of JGBs with a repurchase agreement, its first reverse repo operation in more than eight years, which it...

  • TOKYO, March 24- Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Friday he does not expect the central bank to raise its bond yield targets now, and will look at underlying trend inflation in guiding monetary policy. "If inflation in Japan accelerates sharply, at some point the BOJ may debate adjusting its interest-rate targets," Kuroda said at a Reuters Newsmaker...

  • TOKYO, March 24- The dollar edged up against the yen and euro on Friday, pulling away from recent lows, but gains were capped as investors focused on a showdown between U.S. Postponement of the vote from Thursday initially knocked the dollar and stock markets, but the dollar was given breathing space as Treasury yields turned higher after Wall Street shares...

  • March 24- For other diaries, please see: Top Economic Events Polling unit diary Today in Washington Political and general news. 28- Mar Germany Auction of 2- year Treasury note 28- Mar Italy Zero-coupon/BTPi auction 29- Mar United States Sale of 2- year floating rate notes 29- Mar United States Sale of 7- year notes 29- Mar Italy Bills auction 29- Mar Sweden...

  • March 24- For other diaries, please see: Top Economic Events Polling unit diary Today in Washington Political and general news. 28- Mar Germany Auction of 2- year Treasury note 28- Mar Italy Zero-coupon/BTPi auction 29- Mar United States Sale of 2- year floating rate notes 29- Mar United States Sale of 7- year notes 29- Mar Italy Bills auction 29- Mar Sweden...

  • NEW YORK, March 23- Investors eased off from "Trump trade" bets during the latest week, snatching the most money from bank sector funds in more than a year and stockpiling bonds, Lipper data for U.S.-based funds showed on Thursday. U.S.-based taxable bond funds absorbed $8.3 billion in cash during the week ended March 22, the most in eight months, while investors...

  • NEW YORK, March 23- Investors poured $8.3 billion into U.S.-based taxable bond funds during the latest week, Lipper data showed on Thursday, marking the largest inflows for the funds since last July.

  • BUENOS AIRES, March 23- Argentine Finance Minister Luis Caputo said demand for Swiss franc bonds had exceeded the 400 million Swiss francs the country sold on Thursday, and that the timing of a return to the global bond markets would depend on the advice of banks. Argentina plans to sell $10 billion in bonds on the international market this year.

  • SAO PAULO, March 23- A new reorganization plan from Brazil's debt-laden phone carrier Oi SA boosted shares on Thursday, but analysts continued to focus on the need for fresh capital after a heavy fourth-quarter loss. Oi's Chief Executive Marco Schroeder told Reuters that the company generates enough cash to meet financial obligations and make necessary...

  • TREASURY YIELDS TURN HIGHER AS WALL STREET CLOSES LITTLE CHANGED, 10- YEAR YIELD LAST AT 2.416 PCT.