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  • NEW YORK, Aug 3- The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board is modifying a controversial proposal that would require brokers and dealers to disclose how much above their cost they sell certain municipal bonds to small investors, the regulator's executive director said on Monday. Individual investors routinely pay as much as 5 percent more than...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 3- U.S. factory activity slipped in July and consumer spending advanced at its slowest pace in four months in June, indicating that the economy had lost some momentum recently. "We expect growth momentum to re-accelerate over the next few months, providing the Fed with the necessary confidence they need to raise rates in September," said Millan...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 3- U.S. long-dated and benchmark Treasuries yields hit their lowest levels in two months on Monday after weaker-than-expected U.S. economic data damped expectations that the Federal Reserve will hike interest rates in September. The Institute for Supply Management said its index of national factory activity fell to 52.7 in July from 53.5 the...

  • LONDON, Aug 3- Tom Hayes, a former UBS and Citigroup trader, was found guilty of charges of conspiracy to defraud on Monday as a jury delivered its verdict in the first trial of a defendant accused of Libor interest rate rigging. Hayes, a 35- year-old former yen derivatives trader, faces up to 10 years in jail for each count of conspiracy over the manipulation of the...

  • LONDON, Aug 3- Tom Hayes, a former UBS and Citigroup trader, was found guilty of charges of conspiracy to defraud on Monday as a jury delivered its verdict in the first trial of a defendant accused of Libor interest rate rigging. Hayes, a 35- year-old former yen derivatives trader, faces up to 10 years in jail for each count of conspiracy over the manipulation of the...

  • GREEK BLUE CHIP STOCK INDEX FUTURES OPEN DOWN 15.2 PCT BEFORE GREEK STOCK MARKET'S OPEN.

  • Asian spot iron ore does meet the technical definition of being in a bull market, having gained 25.4 percent between its record low of $44.10 a tonne on July 8 and the close of $55.30 on July 29. It's also worth noting that the so-called bull market was nowhere near as clear in the main iron ore derivative markets in Dalian and Singapore. Front-month Dalian futures...

  • TOKYO, Aug 3- Japanese government bond prices edged down on Monday on caution towards an upcoming 10- year debt auction, although gains by U.S. Treasuries and weakness in Tokyo stocks limited losses. Japan's finance ministry will offer 2.4 trillion yen of 10- year JGBs on Tuesday.

  • Texas Attorney General facing indictment: Report Saturday, 1 Aug 2015 | 2:50 PM ET
    judge holding gavel, Gavel, judge courtroom

    The Attorney General of Texas, Ken Paxton, was indicted on three charges earlier this week, NBC Dallas-Ft. Worth reported on Saturday.

  • Puerto Rico to miss debt payment, signalling default Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 8:10 PM ET
    The Puerto Rican flag flies near the Capitol building as the island's residents deal with the government's $72 billion debt on in San Juan, Puerto Rico

    Puerto Rico will miss a debt repayment Saturday, the government confirmed, as one of the largest ever US municipal debt restructurings beckons.

  • SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— Puerto Rico's government said Friday it would not make a $58 million bond payment due on the weekend and warned that the general fund will run out of liquidity by November if no action is taken. Alejandro Garcia Padilla warned several weeks ago that the government and state agencies cannot repay the $72 billion in public debt that hangs over...

  • CHICAGO, July 31- Budget deficits are projected to persist for Chicago as pension and debt costs gobble up more revenue, according to an annual financial analysis released by the city on Friday. If Illinois fails to enact legislation easing Chicago's payments to its public safety retirement systems, the deficit could be even higher. Chronic structural budget...

  • ANALYSIS-Liquidity risks overhang high-yield ETFs Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 4:14 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Aug 2- Shareholders in the AdvisorShares Peritus High Yield ETF who sold in late 2014 are probably not the last to pay up for liquidity risk, a growing hazard for some fixed-income investors bracing for the first Federal Reserve interest rate hike in nearly a decade. Fixed-income high yield ETFs have grown to $37 billion in assets, up from about $10...

  • July 31- Wall Street was mixed on Friday as a drop in energy companies' stocks was offset by expectations the U.S. Exxon Mobil shares fell 3.5 percent while Chevron was down 3.9 percent after reporting poor quarterly earnings due to weak oil prices. This definitely puts a lower probability on that, "said Stanley Sun, interest rate strategist at Nomura Securities...

  • NEW YORK, July 31- Puerto Rico on Friday planned to cover a payment due on debt owed by its development bank, a source familiar with the matter said, but the U.S. territory may still be short of the funds needed to pay all of the obligations due on Saturday. But Puerto Rico is expected to default on a $58 million payment on Public Finance Corporation bonds due Saturday...

  • Employment Cost Index barely rises in Q2. NEW YORK, July 31- U.S. The Employment Cost Index, the broadest measure of labor costs, rose 0.2 percent, marking the smallest increase in the index's 33- year history, the U.S. Labor Department reported.

  • Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla shocked investors in June when he said the island's debt- totaling $72 billion- was unpayable and required restructuring. Puerto Rico has flagged that it will likely skip a $58 million payment due Aug. 1 on its Public Finance Corporation debt, which has weaker investor protection than some other bonds.

  • NEW YORK, July 31- As traders, market pundits and economists jaw over whether the Federal Reserve this year will lift its benchmark lending rate for the first time in almost a decade, several corners of the U.S. bond market are not waiting around. Banks, money market mutual funds and other investors do not want to be stuck with low-yielding debt when the U.S. central...

  • Employment Cost Index barely rises in Q2. NEW YORK, July 31- U.S. The Employment Cost Index rose just 0.2 percent, the U.S. Labor Department reported, marking the smallest increase in the 33- year history of the index that is the broadest measure of labor costs.

  • Who needs the Fed? The rate hike cometh on its own Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 8:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK, July 31- As traders, market pundits and economists jaw over whether the Federal Reserve this year will lift its benchmark lending rate for the first time in almost a decade, several corners of the U.S. bond market aren't waiting around. Banks, money market mutual funds and other investors want to avoid being stuck with low-yielding debt when the U.S....