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  • European stocks are set to start cautiously with spreadbetters expecting Britain's FTSE 100 to open flat, Germany's DAX to rise 0.13 percent, and France's CAC 40 to open flat. A U.S. interest rate hike, ordinarily a sign of a healthy global economy, would now come at the worst possible time for export-oriented Asian countries which are grappling with the twin...

  • Taiwan stocks edge down; ETFs on China market surge Wednesday, 4 Nov 2015 | 11:54 PM ET

    TAIPEI, Nov 5- Taiwan stocks were barely changed on Thursday as investors paused after recent gains, but exchange traded funds targetting Chinese stocks surged- tracking China's market rallies. As of 4:38 GMT, the main TAIEX index was 0.1 percent lower at 8,851.58 points, after closing at 8,857.02 in the previous session. The Taiwan dollar firmed T $0.232 to T...

  • TOKYO, Nov 5- Asian shares stumbled on Thursday after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said a December interest rate hike in the United States is a "live possibility", sending short-term U.S. bond yields to 4-1/ 2- year highs and pushing the dollar broadly up. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dropped 0.5 percent, led by 1.2 percent fall in...

  • Nov 4- Active fund managers' skill in timing bear markets may be enough to balance their costs and other shortcomings. That's the upshot of a new paper, but before you get too excited, the implication may simply be for investors to be more or less indifferent to the active vs. passive debate. A new study from J. Spencer Martin of the University of Melbourne and George J....

  • *Yellen points to December rate liftoff. NEW YORK, Nov 4- U.S. two-year Treasury yields hit their highest in four and a half years on Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the U.S. economy was "performing well" and could justify an interest rate hike in December. U.S two-year note yields hit 0.8200 percent, their highest level since April 2011.

  • Portuguese bonds rally as opposition talks stumble Wednesday, 4 Nov 2015 | 11:08 AM ET

    LONDON, Nov 4- Portuguese government bond yields fell sharply on Wednesday amid signs that talks between opposition parties have stalled a week before a vote in which they promised to join forces and topple the minority government. In Portugal, the yield on the benchmark 10- year government bond fell 6 basis points to 2.52 percent. German 10- year Bund yields- the...

  • *Treasury to sell $26 bln in 2- yr notes. NEW YORK, Nov 4- Short-term U.S. The ADP data was "an indication that the payrolls could come close to the estimate, which would keep the Fed on track to raise rates in December," said Lou Brien, market strategist at DRW Trading in Chicago.

  • MILAN, Nov 4- French tycoon Xavier Niel said on Wednesday he was acting independently in his investment in Telecom Italia and held options equivalent to a 15.14 percent stake in the Italian phone group as of Nov. 3 but no voting rights. In a statement issued on Wednesday at the behest of Italian market watchdog Consob, Niel provided details on the derivative...

  • SYDNEY, Nov 4- The dollar held on to modest gains on Wednesday having firmed against the euro and yen on rising Treasury yields, but it was the contrasting fortunes of the Antipodean currencies that stole the show. A further decline in dairy prices and soft jobs data all but sealed the kiwi's fate as the worst major performer, while a slightly more upbeat outlook on...

  • SYDNEY, Nov 4- The dollar held on to modest gains on Wednesday having firmed against the euro and yen as on rising Treasury yields, but it was the contrasting fortunes of the Antipodean currencies that stole the show. A further decline in dairy prices and soft jobs data all but sealed the kiwi's fate as the worst major performer, while a slightly more upbeat outlook...

  • *Illinois' last bond sale was in May 2014. ALGONQUIN, Ill., Nov 3- District 300, Illinois' sixth-largest public school system, has been waiting a decade for state dollars to complete a construction and improvement project that began with voter approval of $185 million of bonds in 2006.. District 300 had been counting on $30 million to $40 million in state construction...

  • FOREX-U.S. bond yields, factory data boost dollar Tuesday, 3 Nov 2015 | 3:58 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Nov 3- The dollar edged higher on Tuesday, spurred by rising U.S. bond yields and generally in-line U.S. economic data that fed investor expectations for a Federal Reserve interest rate hike before year end. The greenback rose 0.6 percent to trade at $1.0945 against the euro and was up 0.3 percent against the yen to 121.16 yen per dollar.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 3- U.S. benchmark and short-dated Treasury yields hit over six-week highs on Tuesday on continued expectations of a December Federal Reserve interest rate hike, while surging corporate issuance contributed to long-dated yields touching six-week highs. Analysts said expectations for a December rate hike have risen since the U.S. central bank...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 3- Bill Gross, the closely watched bond investor, on Tuesday warned that the flatness of the Treasury yield curve could have harmful effects on lending across all credit markets, stunting growth in U.S. corporate profits. Gross, who oversees the $1.4 billion Janus Global Unconstrained Bond Fund, said in his latest Investment Outlook that the Federal...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 3- U.S. "It's just people taking chips off the table in terms of preparing for a rate hike in December," said Charles Comiskey, head of Treasuries trading at Bank of Nova Scotia in New York. Yields on benchmark 10- year Treasury notes hit 2.2070 percent, their highest level since Sept. 21, while yields on Treasury notes maturing between 2-7 years hit their...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 3- Bank of America Corp, the No. 2 U.S. bank, has agreed to sell its $87 billion money-market fund business to BlackRock Inc in one of the cash-management industry's largest deals ever. "Combining our business together with the Bank of America assets and distribution puts us in a unique competitive position," said Tom Callahan, co-head of global cash...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 3- Bill Gross, the closely watched bond investor, on Tuesday warned that the flatness of the Treasury yield curve could have harmful effects on lending across all credit markets, resulting in stunted profit growth in the United States. In his latest Investment Outlook, Gross, who oversees the $1.4 billion Janus Global Unconstrained Bond Fund, said the...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 2- Bill Gross just got a huge vote of "no confidence" from billionaire investor George Soros. Soros Fund Management LLC, which Soros chairs, pulled its roughly $500 million from an account run by Gross at Denver- based Janus Capital Group Inc, a source familiar with the matter said on Monday. The $500 million had been managed through a private investment...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 2- Bill Gross just got a huge vote of "no confidence" from billionaire investor George Soros. Soros Fund Management LLC, which Soros chairs, pulled its roughly $500 million from an account run by Gross at Denver- based Janus Capital Group Inc, a source familiar with the matter said on Monday. The $500 million had been managed through a private investment...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 2- Benchmark 10- year Treasury yields hit their highest in over five weeks on Monday, while shorter-dated yields reached the highest in over six weeks on continued expectations of a possible Federal Reserve rate hike in December. "It's just still continued follow-through from the Oct. 28 Fed statement," said Justin Hoogendoorn, head of fixed income...