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  • FRANKFURT, Sept 3- Greece has to pass a review of its bailout programme and show a commitment to reforms before the European Central Bank can start buying its bonds as part of the bank's asset purchase programme, ECB President Mario Draghi said on Thursday. Greece has so far been excluded from the quantitative easing programme due to its low credit rating but it...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 3- U.S. Thursday after a dovish outlook from the European Central Bank. The European Central Bank cut its inflation and growth forecasts for the euro zone and its president, Mario Draghi, said things could get worse.

  • Sept 3- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Thursday but investors remained wary of taking big positions a day before the release of the monthly jobs report, which may be a critical factor in the Federal Reserve's interest rate decision. *Some investors believe that the bout of recent market volatility caused by concerns about China's slowing economy might...

  • TOKYO, Sept 3- Japanese government bond yields hit a three-week high on Thursday as Tokyo stocks rallied and reduced the appeal of safe-haven debt, while overnight losses by U.S. The benchmark 10- year JGB yield touched 0.405 percent, highest since Aug. 11. Japan's Nikkei rose for the first time in four days as gains on Wall Street boosted sentiment and bargain...

  • The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is now pouring through the trading data from Aug. 24 to get a better idea of what might be done to dampen the volatility in ETFs, many of which saw their prices diverge widely from the stocks they were tracking, said a person familiar with the regulator's thinking. The SEC has been looking to adjust the rules for some time,...

  • CHICAGO, Sept 2- Illinois is eyeing a return to the U.S. municipal bond market this year after an absence of more than 15 months, even as the state struggles to address its many fiscal problems. Illinois last sold bonds in May 2014 with a $750 million general obligation bond issue. "If you throw out Puerto Rico, Illinois is by far the worst state in the nation," said Nick...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 2- U.S. safe-haven Treasuries prices slipped on Wednesday on greater risk appetite, with long-dated prices falling the most on continued speculation of foreign central bank selling. "We're down a little bit because stocks have shown some resiliency in the face of weaker data," said John Briggs, U.S. rates strategist at RBS in Stamford, Connecticut.

  • Illinois eyes bond sale this year, hires debt director Wednesday, 2 Sep 2015 | 2:23 PM ET

    CHICAGO, Sept 2- Illinois is eyeing a return to the U.S. municipal bond market this year after an absence of more than 15 months, even as the state struggles to address its many fiscal problems. Illinois last sold bonds in May 2014 with a $750 million general obligation bond issue. An impasse between Rauner and Democrats who control the House and Senate has left...

  • *China moves to steady its markets reduce fears. NEW YORK, Sept 2- U.S. "China has all hands on board and they are going to take any policy actions they need to do to stimulate their economy," said Stan Shipley, bond strategist at Evercore ISI in New York.

  • HONG KONG/ SHANGHAI, Sept 2- China has announced tougher rules on trading stock index futures and foreign exchange derivatives as it seeks to steady jittery markets whose weakness has raised concern over the health of the world's second-largest economy. But the way it has pushed through a raft of measures in recent weeks has heightened foreign investors'...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 2- Bond guru Bill Gross, who has long called for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates, said on Wednesday that U.S. central bankers may have missed their window of opportunity to hike rates earlier this year and doing so now could create "self-inflicted" instability. In his September Investment Outlook report, Gross wrote that his concept of a...

  • SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— The troubled state-owned Puerto Rico power company announced a restructuring plan Wednesday with some of its creditors that would provide breathing room for an island staggering under the weight of its public debt. "We will continue to work with the other creditor groups toward a comprehensive agreement that will benefit the people and...

  • *Ambarella falls as Q3 revenue forecast misses expectations. *Navistar falls on possibility of SEC lawsuit. Sept 2- U.S. stock futures pared some gains on Wednesday, but kept Wall Street on track to open higher, after weaker-than-expected private U.S. jobs data, raising the odds that the Federal Reserve would not raise interest rates this month.

  • Sept 2- U.S. stock index futures rose on Wednesday after fresh intervention from China to support its markets helped calm jittery investors, and ahead of U.S. private employment data. *Wall Street closed sharply lower on Tuesday, with renewed concerns about China's economy pushing major indexes down almost 3 percent and intensifying fears of a long-term...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 2- Puerto Rico's indebted public utility PREPA has reached a deal with a key bondholder group which would see them swap their bonds for new notes, receiving 85 percent of their existing bond claims, according to a statement from the utility. Widening the deal to include more creditors of PREPA, seen as a microcosm of Puerto Rico's broader fiscal...

  • Puerto Rico's PREPA reaches deal with bondholder group Wednesday, 2 Sep 2015 | 7:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Sept 2- Puerto Rico's indebted public utility PREPA has reached a deal with a key bondholder group which would see them swap their bonds for new notes, receiving 85 percent of their existing bond claims, according to a statement from the utility. The Ad Hoc bondholder group, which holds around 35 percent of PREPA's outstanding bonds, agreed to the deal.

  • HONG KONG/ SHANGHAI, Sept 2- China's central bank will require reserves to be set aside for purchases of all currency derivatives from October, according to a document seen by Reuters, as Beijing moves to make it more expensive to bet on more depreciation of the yuan. According to the People's Bank of China document seen on Wednesday, reserve ratios will be set at 20...

  • LONDON, Sept 2- The dollar rose on Wednesday as fragile global stock markets stabilised, taking the heat out of a rush to unwind carry trades that boosted the safe-haven yen and the low-yielding euro in recent weeks. The dollar was up 0.6 percent at 120.10 yen, rising from a low of 119.225 yen as European stock markets rose and U.S. stock futures were almost 1 percent...

  • SAN JUAN, Sept 1- Puerto Rico's public utility PREPA and a key bondholder group have reached the framework of a debt restructuring deal that would include a repayment reduction, or a so-called haircut, of up to 15 percent for bondholders, three people close to the talks said. PREPA, buckling under $9 billion in total debt, has been trying to negotiate a restructuring...

  • SHANGHAI, Sept 2- China's major stock indexes opened down on Wednesday, despite pledges by a number of brokerages to increase their stock invesment to support the market. China CSI300 stock index futures for September fell 2.1 percent, to 2,944.2, 291.12 points below the current value of the underlying index. The Hang Seng index in Hong Kong was down 1.0 percent, to...