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Securities Derivatives

  • May 7- U.S. equity index futures rose on Sunday in the wake of a victory by the centrist candidate in the closely watched presidential French election, suggesting the benchmark S&P 500 will push further into record territory when trading reopens on Monday. S&P 500 emini futures gained 0.2 percent as trading reopened for the week. The rise came after independent...

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  • May 5- The S&P 500 and Nasdaq futures rose slightly on Friday after a report showed U.S. job growth rebounded sharply in April, signs of a tightening labor market that could seal the case for an interest rate increase next month. S&P 500 e-minis were up 1.25 points, or 0.05 percent, with 104,796 contracts traded, while Nasdaq 100 e-minis were up 3.5 points, or 0.06...

  • May 5- U.S. stock index futures were flat on Friday, with investors on the sidelines ahead of a crucial monthly jobs report that could influence the chances of an interest rate hike next month. *Shares of IBM tumbled 3 percent premarket after Warren Buffett said he had sold about a third of his stake in the company. *The report from the Labor Department, due at 8:30 a.m....

  • MELBOURNE, May 5- BHP Billiton is facing pressure from two activist shareholders over its $20 billion splurge on U.S. shale oil and gas fields, but may resist calls to dump the business just as oil prices are sliding. It's not necessarily the greatest time to be contemplating that, "said Brenton Saunders, an analyst at BT Investment Management, which owns BHP shares.

  • NEW YORK, May 4- Barington Capital renewed its pressure on cosmetics maker Avon Products Inc, calling on the company to search for a new chief executive, according to a release seen by Reuters on Thursday. Barington said its investor group includes NuOrion Partners AG. The New York based activist investor owned 2.8 million shares of Avon worth $14.5 million as of...

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  • NEW YORK, May 4- MetLife Inc has changed its derivatives trading strategy after two consecutive quarters in which losses from wrong-way trades hurt the insurer's profit. The largest U.S. life insurer has altered the "technique and structure" of certain hedges to make the company less sensitive to interest rate movements, Chief Executive Officer Steven...

  • NEW YORK, May 4- MetLife Inc said it has changed its derivatives trading strategy after two consecutive quarters where losses from wrong-way bets hurt the insurer's profits. The insurer reported after-tax net losses of $602 million in the first quarter and $3.2 billion in the fourth quarter related to its derivatives portfolio. The "ineffectiveness" alone...

  • *Refreshed hedging strategy to prevent free cash flow from falling interest rates- call. *Much of MetLife's first quarter derivatives loss was driven by strength in the u.s. Equity markets and separation of Brighthouse financial- call.

  • BRUSSELS, May 4- The European Commission is considering as a possible option the relocation of a big chunk of derivative clearing from London to the European Union after Britain leaves the bloc, but no decision has been taken yet, a top official said on Thursday. "At this stage we are not jumping to conclusions," Valdis Dombrovskis told a news conference.

  • May 4- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Thursday, a day after the Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged and expressed confidence in the strength of the economy. *Futures traders are now pricing in a 72 percent chance of rate hike in June, up from 63 percent before the Fed issued its statement, according to the CME Group's FedWatch Tool.

  • The company's net profit fell to $820 million, or 75 cents per share, in the first quarter ended March 31, from $2.20 billion, or $1.98 per share, a year earlier. The insurer recorded $602 million in net derivative losses in the quarter, reflecting changes in equity markets and interest rates. MetLife's operating income, which excludes investment and derivative...

  • May 3- U.S. stock index futures were lower on Wednesday after downbeat earnings reports from companies, including index-heavyweight Apple. *Shares of Apple dropped 1.8 percent to $144.89 in premarket trading, a day after the company reported a surprise fall in iPhone sales and forecast current-quarter revenue below estimates. *The Federal Reserve could...

  • *Wall Street seen opening lower after Nasdaq's record high Monday. LONDON, May 2- Forecast-beating company earnings and signs of underlying economic strength pushed European shares higher on Tuesday while tech stocks lifted Asian stocks to two-year highs as investors shrugged off sub-par Chinese factory activity data. However, index futures pointed to a...

  • May 2- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Tuesday ahead of the start of the Federal Reserve's two-day meeting and quarterly corporate results from Apple. *Shares of Apple were up 0.2 percent at $146.90 in premarket trading, after hitting a record high a day earlier. *Wall Street climbed on Monday, boosted by gains in marquee tech stocks, including Apple,...

  • May 1- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Monday after U.S. Congress negotiators hammered out a federal funding deal late on Sunday that would avert a government shutdown later this week. *The House of Representatives and Senate must approve the deal before the end of Friday, as must President Donald Trump, to keep the government funded through the end of Sept....

  • May 1- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Monday after U.S. Congress negotiators hammered out a federal funding deal late on Sunday that would avert a government shutdown later this week. *The House of Representatives and Senate must approve the deal before the end of Friday, as must President Donald Trump, to keep the government funded through the end of Sept....

  • *Futures up: Dow 1 pt, S&P 1.75 pts, Nasdaq 3.25 pts. April 28- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Friday as investors awaited the first-quarter report on gross domestic product, while assessing quarterly earnings. *Amazon rose 3.4 percent at $949.50 in premarket trading, while Google's parent Alphabet gained 4.2 percent to $929.05 after their...

  • SHANGHAI, April 28- Short foreign currency positions in forwards and futures versus the yuan held by China's central bank fell in March, the central bank said on Friday. The People's Bank of China held $12.094 billion of such positions with commercial banks as of the end of March, compared with $33.8 billion a month earlier, official data showed.