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Futures News - WSJ.com: World Markets
From today, October 17, 2017
- China's Xi Approaches a New Term With a Souring Taste for Markets
As a Communist Party congress opens, the pro-market talk from President Xi Jinping?s first term has faded as China?s priorities turn to economic intervention and supporting state companies.
- After Bitcoin Crackdown, Cryptocurrencies Go Clandestine in China
As China curbs exchanges and attempts to limit private trading venues for digital currencies, sales pitches seeking as much as $100,000 per investor are taking place out of regulators? sight.
- Spanish Markets Sink, but Rest of Europe Still Afloat
Spanish shares and bonds tumbled for a third day amid concern the crisis spurred by Catalonia?s independence vote could escalate, but the turmoil has yet to significantly hit European debt markets.
- S&P Lowers China's Credit Rating
Standard & Poor?s lowered China?s sovereign credit rating, joining a growing chorus of alarm over the nation?s soaring debt levels despite government pledges to fend off financial risks.
- China's Postal Savings Bank Taps Overseas Investors
State-owned Postal Savings Bank of China is raising up to $7.6 billion in one of the largest-ever sales of offshore securities by a Chinese lender.
- Mexico Earthquakes Test Plan for Investors to Absorb Government Disaster Costs
Investors recently bought a catastrophe bond designed to minimize the financial hit to the Mexican government from earthquakes. They could now be on the hook for as much as $150 million after two major quakes struck the country in quick succession.
- Trump Expands North Korea Sanctions
President Donald Trump signed an executive order he said will expand U.S. authority to target individuals, companies and financial institutions involved in business with Pyongyang.
- Bitcoin 'Fugitives' Gather in Hong Kong to Skirt China's Curbs
China?s crackdown on cryptocurrencies isn?t stopping the industry?s enthusiasts from preaching their tune. Instead, it is emboldening them to find ways to circumvent the curbs.
- Meet the Earth's Largest Money-Market Fund
In just four years, a money-market fund created by an Alibaba affiliate has become the world?s largest, accruing 370 million account holders and $211 billion in assets. As its model is replicated, the government is enforcing new regulations.
- Trump Blocks China-Backed Fund From Buying U.S. Chip Maker
President Donald Trump blocked a Beijing-backed fund?s attempt to buy an American chip maker, signaling his administration will closely scrutinize Chinese efforts to invest in U.S. semiconductor technology.
- China Prepares Sale of $2 Billion in U.S.-Dollar Bonds
China is laying the groundwork for its first sale of U.S.-dollar sovereign bonds in more than a decade, a move toward expanding its ties with global investors as its economy improves.
- Bitcoin Exchanges Shut Down by Chinese Authorities
Chinese authorities are ordering domestic bitcoin exchanges to shut down, delivering a heavy blow to once-thriving trading hubs that helped popularize the virtual currency pushing it to recent record highs.
- U.K. Regulator Summons Standard Chartered Over Indonesian Bribery Allegations
The U.K. financial regulator has summoned Standard Chartered PLC officials to a meeting this week over a whistleblower?s claims of misconduct at an Indonesian power plant builder owned by the bank, people familiar with the matter said.
- Brazil Central Bank Cuts Selic Rate to 8.25%
Brazil?s central bank cut its benchmark lending rate by a full percentage point as prices increased at the slowest pace in almost 20 years, and signaled a smaller rate cut at its next monetary policy meeting.
- India's Markets Break Away From the 'Fragile Five' Pack
India?s stocks and currency have outperformed most large economies in the past six months as renewed confidence in the country?s relative economic and political stability have made it an emerging-market haven in uncertain times.
- 5 Tips to Remember When Buying Foreign Stocks
Non-U.S. stock funds are outperforming their American rivals, and it isn?t too late to jump in. Here?s how to do it right.
- China Bans Digital Coin Offers as Celebrities Like Paris Hilton Tout Them
Initial coin offerings are the latest financial-markets mania, capturing investors? imagination like dot-com startups once did years ago. But for all the hype, the risks are plentiful.
- China's Little Lenders Can't Grow Like They Used To
The future is dimming for smaller Chinese banks, as moves by Beijing to rein in financial risks force these lenders to cool off from a wave of financial experimentation that had given them new ways to expand.
- 1MDB Pays Balance of Missed Debt Installment
Malaysia?s state-investment fund paid the second tranche of a missed installment to an Abu Dhabi sovereign fund, a payment that could alleviate some concerns about Malaysian state securities for foreign investors.
- Germany's Small Lenders Gripe About Low Rates
Low interest rates continue to weigh on the earnings of Germany?s small lenders, a survey from the country?s central bank and financial supervisor showed.
- Emerging Markets Pick Up the Slack as Bigger Players' Demand for LNG Eases
Emerging nations in Asia are turning to imports of liquefied natural gas to offset dwindling domestic supplies, bolstering LNG trade in the region as demand from bigger markets eases.
- SEC Issues Subpoena to DryShips
The Securities and Exchange Commission has issued a subpoena to DryShips Inc., a once obscure Greek shipping company, for information tied to the company?s huge sale of stock over the past nine months.
- Major U.S. Clearinghouse Halts Settlement Services on Venezuelan Bonds
The Depository Trust & Clearing Corp., one of the largest securities clearing houses in the U.S., said it would no longer settle Venezuela bond trades, the latest blow for investors in the South American nation in the wake of U.S. sanctions.
- Hong Kong Brokers Make Final Stand Against Trading Floor's Demise
The Hong Kong stock exchange?s 31-year old trading hall is set to close this fall, but not without some pushback from its remaining tenants.
- Qatar Is Downgraded by Fitch as Blockade Takes a Toll
Confidence in Qatar?s creditworthiness took another hit as Fitch downgraded its debt, citing concerns the economic blockade imposed by Arab neighbors was unlikely to be lifted soon.
- Wanda Dismisses Reports Chairman Is Barred From Leaving China
Hong Kong-listed shares and bonds of billionaire Wang Jianlin?s Dalian Wanda plunged for the second time in two months, following what the company called rumors about its leader being barred from leaving China.
- Saudis, Russia Push to Extend Their Oil Output Cuts
Saudi Arabia and Russia are pushing to extend their deal to limit crude oil production for another three months, which would leave the output deal between OPEC and non-OPEC producers in place through the end of June, people familiar with the matter said.
- Chicago Exchange Sale Looks Shaky as China Tensions Rise
A Chinese-led group?s proposed $20 million acquisition of the Chicago Stock Exchange has raised concerns in the U.S. about the potential for market hacking and threats to Americans? financial data.
- Most Global Markets Start the Week Lower
Asia-Pacific equity markets struggled for direction after U.S. and European central bankers didn?t provide fresh policy guidance, though China-related stocks outperformed.
- China's Markets Can't Agree on How Good Nation's Economy Is
China?s financial markets are sending conflicting signals about the health of the world?s No. 2 economy, where a strengthening currency, buoyant stocks and soaring commodities contrast with the pessimism popular among the country?s bond investors.
- Libor's Demise Creates a Mortgage Mystery
Many adjustable-rate mortgages are tied to Libor, which is being phased out over five years. What will replace it remains unclear.
- Pakistan's Status Grows in Indexes
Index provider MSCI?s move to promote Pakistan to emerging market from frontier market could prompt more money to flow into the country.
- German ETFs Ride on More Than the Election
Stocks in Germany may experience volatility ahead of September election, but many believe they remain a good bet.
- Pound, Gilt Yields Slide as BOE Rate-Increase Expectations Ease
The pound and gilt yields fell as investors rowed back expectations that the Bank of England will raise interest rates in the coming months.
- Judge Rules Lehman Settlement, Affirmed in Emails, Is Enforceable
A New York federal judge refused to let a South Korean bank back out of a settlement with Lehman Brothers Holdings, finding that emails sent by lawyers for the banks were enough to enforce the deal.
- LSE Chief Backs Listing Rule Changes
The London Stock Exchange?s top executive endorsed the right of the U.K. securities regulator to consider changing its rules for sovereign-owned companies, a move that could make it easier to woo the listing of oil giant Saudi Arabian Oil Co.
- In Booming Global Markets, Japan Is Once Again Left Behind
In a year in which almost every major stock market has soared, the underperformers are few and far between. Japan is the most striking example.
- Venezuelan Default Fears Rise With Billions in Debt Coming Due Soon
Investors have been bracing for a Venezuela debt default for more than a year, but fallout from the country?s widely criticized election last weekend could prove to be the tipping point.
- OPEC's 'Catch-22': How to Unwind Its Deal to Cut Oil Output
OPEC and other big oil producers are facing a new high-wire act: how to keep the oil market calm if they decide to lift their output curbs and ramp production back up.
- Switzerland's First-World Problem: What to Do With $750 Billion
The Swiss central bank?s $750 billion in foreign-currency reserves has sparked a lively debate over how the money should be invested.
- Venezuela Bonds Fall After U.S. Announces Sanctions
Venezuelan bonds slipped Monday after the U.S. announced additional sanctions on the country but stopped short of targeting its oil sector.
- HSBC Launches $2 Billion Share Buyback as Profit Rises
HSBC said it would regularly buy back shares if it has extra capital, in the latest sign of strength from the global banking giant.
- Dollar's Fall Threatens Foreign Stock Markets
A surprise fall in the dollar is taking the fizz out of international stock markets and prompting investors to damp overseas expectations for the months ahead.
- Canada's Loonie Takes Flight
The Canadian dollar?known as the loonie for the bird on its single-dollar coin?is on a tear, and traders and investors are betting it will remain strong.
- At Long Last, Europe's Banks Are Stabilizing
Europe?s banks look to be stabilizing after several of the continent?s largest lenders reported solid if uninspiring results, signaling the sector?s grinding restructuring is starting to bear fruit.
- The Great Transatlantic Bond Divergence Unwind
For more than two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, U.S. and German bonds were like soldiers marching in step. That changed a few years ago, but signs are for this important trade to reassert itself.
- Strong Earnings Lift U.S. Stocks
The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed, bolstered by a flurry of upbeat corporate earnings. The blue-chip index added 0.5%.
- Venezuela Bonds Slide Following Sanctions Threat
Venezuelan bond prices tumbled to their lowest levels of the year, as default fears grew following U.S. President Donald Trump?s threat to impose sanctions on the country.
- Greece Returns to International Bond Markets
Greece said it would return to international bond markets for the first time in three years, seeking to swap a bond coming due in 2019 for a new one that will mature in 2022
- HNA's U.S.-Based Charity Is the Chinese Conglomerate's Largest Shareholder
One of China?s most acquisitive conglomerates, privately owned HNA Group, has unveiled a new ownership structure in a bid to eliminate doubt over who ultimately controls the group.
- Bitcoin Options Exchange Wins CFTC Approval
A bitcoin options exchange called LedgerX won approval from the U.S. CFCT to clear bitcoin options, making it the first U.S. federally regulated platform of its kind.
- Board Practices Hurt Banco Popular, Experts Say
Banco Popular was rescued by the European Central Bank after a bank run, but its problems ran much deeper, experts say.
- Here's the One Market Where Tech Stocks Aren't in Charge
Shares of technology companies have been on a tear this year, driving up stock markets around the world. One, however, has been a notable exception to this trend.
- Appeals Court Overturns Convictions of Two Traders in Libor Scandal
An appeals-court panel overturned the convictions of two former Rabobank traders in the scandal over attempted manipulation of the London interbank offered rate, saying the men?s Fifth Amendment rights were violated.
- Japan's Inflation Dream Slips Further Into Future
Japan?s central bank pushed back its forecast for reaching 2% inflation for a sixth time under Governor Haruhiko Kuroda, again highlighting the country?s struggle to achieve stable price growth.