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  • NEW YORK, May 28- Some of the biggest names in the investment world have been whipsawed by the recent rise in global yields and the strength in the euro against the dollar, with investors bracing for more sharp moves later this year stemming from central bank actions. Pimco's flagship Total Return Fund, which lost its crown as the biggest bond fund in the world in...

  • TREASURIES-Long-dated yields edge higher on profit-taking Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 10:40 AM ET

    *Treasury to sell $29 bln in 7- yr notes. NEW YORK, May 28- U.S. long-dated Treasury yields edged higher on Thursday after traders took profit following a recent price rally, while data showing that U.S. weekly jobless claims unexpectedly rose drew some demand for short-dated notes. "We've seen some month-end buying all week," said Kim Rupert, managing director at...

  • LONDON, May 28- The European Central Bank said on Thursday that record low interest rates were putting insurance firms and banks under increasing pressure and warned that any sell-off in stocks and bonds could damage the euro zone's recovery. In its twice-yearly Financial Stability Review, the ECB also said risks from Greece for the euro zone's governments...

  • US STOCKS-Futures edge lower as Greece worries weigh Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 7:24 AM ET

    May 28- U.S. stock index futures were lower on Thursday, weighed down by concerns about Greece's ability to strike a deal with its creditors. *European officials downplayed talk that Greece and its lenders were drafting an agreement that would provide Athens much-needed debt relief. *Broadcom shares rose 0.85 percent to $57.64 in premarket trading after Avago...

  • KIEV, May 28- Ukraine on Thursday confirmed it was raising $1 billion by selling new bonds backed by the U.S. government and said the issue should contribute to cutting its international debt servicing costs. Near-bankrupt Ukraine is seeking to restructure $23 billion of foreign debt in order to make budget savings of $15.3 billion between 2015 and 2018 which...

  • JGBs edge down on profit-taking, short paper firm Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 2:44 AM ET

    TOKYO, May 28- Japanese government bond prices mostly ticked lower on Thursday on profit-taking, though short-term paper firmed after solid results in a two-year JGB auction. The 10- year cash Japanese government bond yield rose 1.0 basis point to 0.395 percent while the 20- year JGB yield increased 3.5 basis point to 1.215 percent. The move is a reversal of...

  • SHANGHAI, May 28- Zhuhai Zhongfu Enterprise Co. Ltd, a Chinese bottle manufacturer, is poised to become the fourth firm to publicly default in China's onshore bond markets today. The firm has not raised sufficient funds to fully repay principal and interest due to investors on May 28, company statements posted on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange website on May 27...

  • NEW YORK, May 28- Some of the biggest names in the investment world have been whipsawed by the recent rise in global yields and the strength in the euro against the dollar, with investors bracing for more sharp moves later this year stemming from central bank actions. Pimco's flagship Total Return Fund, which lost its crown as the biggest bond fund in the world in...

  • CHICAGO, May 27- Strong investor demand pushed yields lower for $674 million of Chicago bonds priced on Wednesday, but the city continued to pay a penalty for its shaky finances. Carole Brown, Chicago's CFO, said the four bond issues attracted $6 billion in orders. On May 12, Moody's Investors Service downgraded Chicago's credit rating to junk, due to an Illinois...

  • *Greece worries support Treasuries prices. Treasury yields edged lower on Wednesday on month-end buying and lingering concerns over Greece, while shorter-dated yields were mostly stable after the fears over Greece offset new supply. Concerns over Greece also spurred some demand for safe-haven Treasuries.

  • NEW YORK, May 27- Investors in U.S.-based mutual funds poured $4.3 billion into funds that specialize in international shares in the week ended May 20 as part of a continued rotation into European shares, data from the Investment Company Institute showed on Wednesday. "You had a substantial over-allocation to the U.S. over the last couple of years," said Bryan...

  • UPDATE 2-U.S. urges EU, IMF to be flexible with Greece Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 12:27 PM ET

    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew issued the warning on Wednesday in a stopover in London on his way to a meeting of Group of Seven finance ministers in Dresden, Germany. Finance ministers from the United States, Japan, Germany, France, Italy, Britain and Canada are meeting in Dresden on Thursday and Friday, and although Greece is not formally on the agenda, it will be...

  • CHICAGO, May 27- Underwriters initially priced $668 million of Chicago general obligation bonds on Wednesday with yields topping out at 6 percent for bonds due in 2042 with a 5.75 percent coupon, according to pricing scales obtained by Reuters. The four issues priced through senior underwriter Bank of America Merrill Lynch are part of Chicago's plan to...

  • The Treasury will sell $35 billion in five-year notes at 1 p.m. ET, the second round of this week's hefty $90 billion in new supply of U.S. government debt. Greece has to repay the International Monetary Fund 300 million euros on June 5, the first of four installments due in June that total 1.6 billion euros. "You're probably seeing both a reaction to the supply and a...

  • LONDON, May 27- Yields on Greek bonds fell and European shares extended their gains on Wednesday on the prospect of an accord between Greece and its creditors. A Greek government official told Reuters that the Brussels group of Athens' official creditors had started procedures to draw up a staff-level agreement. Greek 10- year government bond yields fell 42 bps...

  • Chicago bonds initially priced with top yield of 5.96 pct Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 10:02 AM ET

    CHICAGO, May 27- Underwriters initially priced $170.2 million of Chicago general obligation bonds on Wednesday with a top yield of 5.96 percent for bonds due in 2040 with a 5.75 percent coupon, according to a pricing scale obtained by Reuters. The bond sale is part of Chicago's plan to convert about $805 million of variable-rate debt to fixed rate and ending...

  • LONDON, May 27- The United States urged European negotiators not to miscalculate as they try to negotiate a debt deal with Greece's cash-strapped government, because the cost of a Greek exit from the euro zone was impossible to predict exactly. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew issued the warning on Wednesday in a stopover in London on his way to a meeting of Group of...

  • US STOCKS-Futures edge higher after dollar rally subsides Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 7:41 AM ET

    May 27- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Wednesday as the dollar retreated from its largest gain in two years and as worries about Greece receded. *Greece and its European creditors have also played down fears that Athens would default on a payment to the International Monetary Fund next week. *Michael Kors Holdings fell 11 percent to $53.92 after the...

  • Rush to dollar assets costing Japanese investors dear Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 5:12 AM ET

    TOKYO, May 27- Cash-rich Japanese banks are paying almost as much extra to borrow dollars on the currency swaps market as they did when they were fighting for survival two decades ago, due to their insatiable appetite for higher-yielding dollar assets. Their need for dollar funding is pushing up the cost, "said Makoto Noji, senior fixed-income strategist at SMBC...

  • JGBs shrug off firm stocks, track Treasuries' rise Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 3:37 AM ET

    TOKYO, May 27- Japanese government bond prices firmed on Wednesday, as overnight strength in U.S. Treasuries and solid results of the Bank of Japan's bond-buying operations offset the impact of stronger Japanese shares and a weaker yen. The BOJ offered to buy 400 billion yen of JGBs in the 5- year to 10- year zone, 240 billion of JGBs in the 10- year to 25- year zone, and...