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Irritation with Moody's reflects China's sensitivity as it seeks foreign investors


BEIJING/HONG KONG China has tried to brush aside a rare cut to its credit rating by Moody's Investors Service as misinformed, but its reaction highlights its sensitivity to how it is being viewed just as it seeks more foreign capital in its equity and bond markets.


Daily Briefing: G7 braces for Trump in Sicily

LONDON Today's G7 summit takes place in a Sicilian resort at the foot of Mount Etna, still officially Europe's most active volcano.


Ballooning Chinese dollar borrowing a dilemma for index trackers

LONDON/HONG KONG Record-breaking dollar bond sales from Chinese companies are steadily increasing China's weight in global indexes, raising concerns about overexposure among investors who track them.


Banks and funds will never quite be forex friends

LONDON On U.S. election day last November, banking executive David Puth stood in line behind Woody Allen to vote in his Manhattan neighbourhood and then got on a plane to be shouted at for the rest of the day by a group of rich fund managers.


Central banks launch new FX code, aim at universal adoption

LONDON Regulators and leading financial firms launched a new code of conduct for global currency trading on Thursday, including measures aimed at forcing its universal adoption by the world's major financial institutions.


Shell, ConocoPhillips oil sands share selloff risks flooding market

CALGARY, Alberta Canadian equity markets risk being swamped with oil sands company shares this year as Royal Dutch Shell and ConocoPhillips prepare to offload C$6.8 billion (3.9 billion pounds) worth of stakes in two domestic producers, just months after acquiring them.


Foreign selling of German debt drying up, creating headache for ECB

LONDON Foreign holdings of German government bonds have fallen to their lowest since before the financial crisis in 2008, data suggests, a potential headache for the European Central Bank which buys the bulk of assets for its stimulus scheme from among the debt.


Rush of Australian securitized home loans tempts yield-starved Japanese

SYDNEY/TOKYO Australia has become the world's most active market for securitized home loans, with sales at their highest in a decade as lenders seek to take advantage of surging demand from yield-starved Japanese investors.


'War on sugar' takes toll; Asia, Brazil struggle to make up shortfall

LONDON/NEW YORK The "war on sugar" being waged by governments and consumers to combat public health emergencies like diabetes is slowing growth in global demand, which along with other factors could signal a fundamental shift in consumption ahead.

S&P may disconnect the telecom services sector index

NEW YORK The S&P 500 Telecommunications Services Sector index as-we-know it may have to hang up on investors, as its creators are considering a restructuring of the once-hot index which has shrunk to just four companies from 14.




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