BRIEF-Adage capital partners reports 5.56 pct passive stake in Fred's Inc
* Adage Capital Partners L.P. reports 5.56 percent passive stake in Fred's Inc as on February 21, 2017 Source text:(http://bit.ly/2lSOCcj) Further company coverage:
PARIS Nov 30 France's AMF stock market watchdog is in the midst of a formal investigation into criticism made by U.S. research firm Muddy Waters against French retailer Casino which should last a few more months, a source close to the matter said on Wednesday.
"The probe has been under way since the start of the year. The AMF is conducting in-depth investigations on a complex matter. It implies checking the communication of the two protagonists in the case and assessing whether there has been a violation or not," the source told Reuters.
In December 2015, Muddy Waters had criticised Casino's accounting practices, saying the supermarket retailer was "dangerously leveraged" and managed for the short-term, prompting the worst slide in seven years in Casino's stock price.
Casino has rejected Muddy Waters' criticism and, having raised the issue with the AMF, said it reserved the right to take legal action. (Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; Editing by Jean-Michel Belot and Sudip Kar-Gupta)
(Recasts with Eurodollar bets, adds details throughout) Feb 24 Speculators' net bearish bets on Eurodollar futures reached a record peak on Tuesday, signaling increased expectations the Federal Reserve will step up its pace of interest rate increases on signs of an improving U.S. economy, Commodity Futures Trading Commission data released on Friday showed. The margin of speculators' bearish bets over "long" bets grew to 2.587 million contracts on Tuesday from 2.438 million a
Feb 24 Speculators reduced their net bearish bets on U.S. 10-year Treasury note futures as they weighed whether the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates in March, according to Commodity Futures Trading Commission data released on Friday. The amount of speculators' bearish, or short, positions in 10-year Treasury futures exceeded bullish, or long, positions by 302,299 contracts on Feb. 21, according to the CFTC's latest Commitments of Traders data. A week earlier, spe