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Securities Derivatives

  • Near-dated options contracts on the S&P 500 Index paint a picture of calm even though a Le Pen win would be akin to the populism that brought Brexit to Britain and roiled global markets. Opinion polls forecast Le Pen will do well in the first election round but lose the May 7 run-off to centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron, but a high number of undecided voters means...

  • Near-dated options contracts on the S&P 500 Index paint a picture of calm even though a Le Pen win would be akin to the populism that brought Brexit to Britain and roiled global markets. Opinion polls forecast Le Pen will do well in the first election round but lose the May 7 run-off to centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron, but a high number of undecided voters means...

  • *Weekly jobless claims falls the most in two years-data. April 6- U.S. stock index futures added to their gains on Thursday after data showed U.S. jobless claims posted the biggest drop in almost two years last week, further pointing to the strength of the labor market and the overall economy. A Labor Department report showed 234,000 Americans applied for jobless...

  • April 6- U.S. stock index futures edged up on Thursday, a day after Wall Street saw its biggest reversal in 14 months following signals that the Federal Reserve could start unwinding its balance sheet this year. *Investors also shied away from making big bets ahead of a potentially tense two-day meeting, starting Thursday, between President Donald Trump and his...

  • April 5- U.S. stock index futures rose on Wednesday after solid private employment data underscored the strength of the economy, helping partially offset investors' worries on President Donald Trump's ability to deliver on his policy plans. Also weighing on investors' minds is Trump's ability to deliver on tax reform and other pro-business promises after...

  • *Europe, Asia shares fall; Wall St seen opening lower. Wall Street also looked set to open in the red, according to index futures. "There was a tragedy in Russia and there may be some hedging-type buying ahead of the French presidential debate and also French elections in three weeks," said Yujiro Goto, currency analyst with Nomura in London, on the yen's surge.

  • April 4- U.S. stock index futures fell on Tuesday as investors fretted over the ability of President Donald Trump to deliver on his policy plans, and the outcome of his potentially tense meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping later this week. *Trump, known to have a protectionist stance on trade, has held out the possibility of using trade as a lever to secure...

  • *Qatar to develop world's largest gas field shared with Iran. Qatar declared a moratorium in 2005 on the development of the North Field, which it shares with Iran, to give Doha time to study the impact on the reservoir from a rapid rise in output. The vast offshore gas field, which Doha calls the North Field and Iran calls South Pars, accounts for nearly all of Qatar's...

  • April 3- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Monday, with investors awaiting the earnings season to see if corporate profits justify lofty valuations, and, more immediately, a meeting between President Donald Trump and China's Xi Jinping. *The week ends with an action-packed Friday when the Labor Department issues it March U.S. jobs report and...

  • March 31- U.S. stock index futures were slightly lower on Friday as investors prepared to lock in gains, with Wall Street set for its best first quarter in four years. *A raft of strong economic data and the possibility of fiscal stimulus under President Donald Trump has driven Wall Street to record highs since his election. *The S&P is trading at about 18 times...

  • March 31- U.S. stock index futures were slightly lower on Friday as investors prepared to lock in gains, with Wall Street set for its best first quarter in four years. *A raft of strong economic data and the possibility of fiscal stimulus under President Donald Trump has driven Wall Street to record highs since his election. *The S&P is trading at about 18 times...

  • NEW YORK, March 30- A federal judge on Thursday said Wells Fargo& Co must face litigation seeking to hold it responsible for billions of dollars of claimed investor losses stemming from its alleged failures as a trustee overseeing risky residential mortgage-backed securities. District Judge Katherine Polk Failla in Manhattan said the plaintiffs, including...

  • March 30- U.S. stock futures pared losses, setting up Wall Street to open little changed on Thursday as the upwardly revised fourth-quarter GDP growth rate underscored strength in the domestic economy. Gross domestic product increased 2.1 percent, compared with the previously reported 1.9 percent, the Commerce Department said. Investors have been assessing...

  • March 30- U.S. stock index futures were slightly lower on Thursday as investors awaited key economic data, including a final reading on fourth-quarter GDP numbers, and speeches by a host of Federal Reserve officials. *Investors have been assessing what the Republicans' failure to pass a healthcare bill means for tax reform and the rest of President Donald...

  • Big banks will be implementing new margin rules soon

    New risk margin rules for swaps under G-20 objectives are expected to go ahead, says Scott O'Malia, CEO at ISDA.

  • Are financial regulations getting tighter?

    Scott O'Malia, CEO at ISDA, talks about financial regulations and the mitigation of risk in the swaps market.

  • An engineer opens valves on the Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) Bicentennial deep sea crude oil platform in the waters off Tamaulipas, Mexico.

    As oil-exporting countries continue to navigate stubbornly weak crude prices, Mexico is trying to get ahead of the game by hedging its oil bets.

  • Buying short-term Bund volatility is a good opportunity: Expert

    The bund is set to break out, creating an opportunity for investors, says Quentin Baker, fixed income derivatives trader at Mako Financial Markets.

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande (L) and European Union Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

    French president that it would be unacceptable for clearing— a crucial stage in trading of derivatives and equities— to take place in the UK.

  • Here's how to make money in the market

    Gerry Fowler, multi-asset strategist at Standard Life Investments, shares his advice for investors in the current buy-and-hold environment.