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  • *Bond markets also hit, raising UK yields. LONDON, Feb 22- Sterling headed towards its biggest loss in almost six years against the dollar on Monday as traders homed in on narrowing bookmaker odds on a British exit from the European Union, but the weaker pound lifted UK blue chip stocks. The scale of the reaction on sterling, an almost 2 percent fall driven chiefly by...

  • New Chinese regulator is a reformer: Researcher

    Frederic Neumann, co-head of Asian economics research at HSBC, discusses Liu Shiyu, China's new chief securities regulator who replaces Xiao Gang.

  • TOKYO, Feb 22- Japanese government bond prices edged up on Monday, as sharp falls in swap interest rates surprised market players who were bracing for a softer market ahead of a 40- year bond auction the following day. The 10- year JGB yield fell 1.0 basis point to minus 0.005 percent while the five-year yield fell 1.0 basis point to minus 0.180 percent.

  • SHANGHAI, Feb 22- China major stock indexes opened up on Monday, as investors welcomed news over the weekend that the head securities regulator is being replaced. Xiao Gang was removed from his post as chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission and replaced by Liu Shiyu, chairman of the Agricultural Bank of China Ltd. China CSI300 stock index futures...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 19- The U.S. judge overseeing Argentina's litigation with hedge funds holding its defaulted bonds on Friday signaled his willingness to lift injunctions that restrict the country from paying off some debts, provided that he regains jurisdiction to do so. District Judge Thomas Griesa in Manhattan said it would serve the public interest to lift the...

  • BOSTON, Feb 19- U.S. ratings agency Standard& Poor's warned on Friday it may cut the credit rating of billionaire investor Carl Icahn's Icahn Enterprises to junk status after the portfolio absorbed heavy commodity sector losses in the last few months. The news weighed on Icahn Enterprises' stock price, pushing it down nearly 11 percent in afternoon trading to...

  • BOSTON, Feb 19- U.S. ratings agency Standard& Poor's warned on Friday it may cut the credit rating of billionaire investor Carl Icahn's Icahn Enterprises to junk status because the portfolio had suffered heavy losses in the last few months. The news hurt shares of Icahn Enterprises, which were down 5.7 percent in afternoon trading at $51.73.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 19- The New York Stock Exchange has withdrawn a proposal that would have allowed it to flag "aberrant" pricing of exchange-traded funds, according to a filing this week. In asking for permission for the new trading policy in October, NYSE said the nature of exchange-traded products mean they need a "different, and generally broader, set of circumstances...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 19- The New York Stock Exchange has withdrawn a proposal that would have allowed it to flag "aberrant" pricing of exchange-traded funds, according to a filing this week. The exchange in late January dropped a request with federal regulators that would have let it discourage traders and market-data companies from relying on ETF prices "that the...

  • NYSE HAS DROPPED A PROPOSAL THAT WOULD LET IT FLAG ABNORMAL TRADING IN ETFS- REGULATORS.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 19- Yields on shorter-dated U.S. The market has pulled in rate hike expectations a bit back into 2016, "said Gennadiy Goldberg, interest rate strategist at TD Securities in New York. The Labor Department said on Friday its Consumer Price Index, excluding the volatile food and energy prices, rose 0.3 percent last month, faster than the 0.2 percent...

  • before cenbank meeting@ SAO PAULO, Feb 19- Brazilian stocks dropped on Friday as oil prices resumed their decline, while shares of Santander Brasil SA slumped after rival Citigroup Inc announced plans to exit retail banking operations in Brazil, Argentina and Colombia. Shares of BM&F Bovespa SA fell after Brazil's sole financial exchange posted an unexpected...

  • TOKYO, Feb 19- Japanese government bond prices gained on Friday, supported by weakness in domestic equities and strong results of the Bank of Japan's bond buying operation. The 10- year Japanese government bond yield fell 2.0 basis points to minus 0.005 percent, slipping into the negative for the first time since Feb. 10. The BOJ's purchase of bonds totalling 1.27...

  • BOSTON, Feb 18- Fidelity Investments on Thursday said it took in a record amount of revenue but posted a lower profit in 2015 as the mutual fund company spent more on staffing and technology to battle tough competition from larger rivals. Closely-held Fidelity, known for managing millions of retirement and college savings plans, said operating income fell 6...

  • U.S.-BASED STOCK MUTUAL FUNDS POST $3.5 BLN OUTFLOW; STOCK ETFS POST $2.2 BLN OUTFLOW OVER WEEKLY PERIOD- LIPPER.

  • U.S.-BASED TAXABLE BOND MUTUAL FUNDS POST $2.3 BLN OUTFLOW; TAXABLE BOND ETFS ATTRACT $2.4 BLN INFLOW OVER WEEKLY PERIOD- LIPPER.

  • U.S.-BASED CORPORATE INVESTMENT-GRADE BOND FUNDS POST $1.1 BLN OUTFLOW OVER WEEK; FUNDS POSTED OUTFLOWS IN 12 OF 13 WEEKS-LIPPER.

  • U.S.-BASED TAXABLE BOND FUNDS ATTRACT $109 MLN INFLOW OVER WEEKLY PERIOD; FOURTH STRAIGHT WEEK OF INFLOWS- LIPPER.

  • *Wall Street dips as Wal-Mart weighs. NEW YORK, Feb 18- A gauge of stocks around the globe edged higher on Thursday, extending its best run of the year, as hopes for a stabilization in oil prices lifted emerging markets while earnings in Europe and the United States limited gains. Brent had earlier climbed above $35 a barrel and has gained more than 3 percent so far this...

  • LONDON, Feb 18- Money market funds in Europe that can no longer return all your cash remain popular with companies due to a lack of alternatives, even if an era of increasingly negative interest rates may demand a broader rethink of cash management. Outflows from the money market funds that keep the financial system flowing have stabilized, allaying concerns...