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  • TOKYO, Dec 26- Japanese government bond prices were mostly lower on Friday as some investors booked profits ahead of the weekend, after the benchmark yield set a fresh record low earlier in the session. The Bank of Japan bought 400 billion yen of JGBs in the 5- year to 10- year zone under its massive asset purchase programme. Investors widely expect the central bank...

  • UPDATE 1-Russian rouble strengthens in thin trade Thursday, 25 Dec 2014 | 3:35 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Dec 25- Russia's rouble strengthened on Thursday as exporters sold foreign currency in response to government pressure and to meet tax payments, but trading volumes were thin as many Western markets were closed for the Christmas Day holidays. "We think the short-term upside for the rouble is limited," Dmitry Polevoy at ING Bank said in a note, also citing...

  • *Prices erase earlier losses, yield curve resumes flattening. NEW YORK, Dec 24- Long-dated U.S. "People are gaining confidence that the economy is on very solid ground, and the Fed is probably going to move earlier than June, and that all rates should rise," said Charles Comiskey, head of Treasuries trading at Bank of Nova Scotia in New York.

  • MOST TREASURIES ERASE EARLIER PRICE LOSSES, 30- YEAR BOND PRICES TURN POSITIVE.

  • US 30- YEAR TREASURY BONDS ERASE EARLIER PRICE LOSSES, YIELDS FALL TO 2.86 PERCENT.

  • Being choosy paid off for mutual-fund investors in 2014 Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 11:57 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Go big and stay home. Anyone who followed that strategy with their mutual funds in 2014 is likely sitting on another year of healthy returns. Funds that focus on stocks of the biggest companies were some of the year's strongest performers, while U.S. stock and bond funds generally did much better than their foreign counterparts.

  • TREASURIES-Bonds extend rout as rate hikes seen near Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 11:57 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 24- U.S. Yields held near session highs after the government sold $29 billion in seven-year notes to the lowest demand in 13 months. "People are gaining confidence that the economy is on very solid ground, and the Fed is probably going to move earlier than June, and that all rates should rise," said Charles Comiskey, head of Treasuries trading at Bank of Nova...

  • *Treasury to sell $29 bln seven-year notes. NEW YORK, Dec 24- U.S. "People are gaining confidence that the economy is on very solid ground, and the Fed is probably going to move earlier than June, and that all rates should rise," said Charles Comiskey, head of Treasuries trading at Bank of Nova Scotia in New York.

  • UPDATE 2-Rouble stable, but S&P downgrade warning weighs Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 8:42 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Dec 24- Russia's rouble stabilised on Wednesday, as exporters selling foreign currency countered the effect of a ratings agency saying it could downgrade Russia's sovereign debt to' junk' status as soon as next month. Late on Tuesday, Standard and Poor's revised Russia's credit ratings to creditwatch negative from negative, warning a deterioration in...

  • *Equity markets close at 1 p.m. in holiday-shortened session. NEW YORK, Dec 24- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Wednesday, after a five-day winning streak pushed the Dow and S&P 500 to new closing records and ahead of data on the labor market. *Equity markets will operate on a shortened trading schedule Wednesday, closing at 1 p.m. ahead of the Christmas...

  • *Rouble dips after S&P puts Russia on junk downgrade warning. LONDON, Dec 24- The strongest growth for the world's largest economy in over a decade meant there was plenty of pre-Christmas cheer in global markets on Wednesday, as stocks continued their strong run and the dollar hovered at an 8-1/ 2 year high. The data drove both the Dow Jones and the S&P 500 benchmark...

  • TOKYO, Dec 24- Japanese government bonds were mostly steady on Wednesday, with trading volumes in both cash and futures markets thin ahead of the long Christmas holiday weekend in the U.S. and Europe. The Bank of Japan refrained from offering to buy JGBs under its asset purchase programme. Market participants now expect the central bank to buy 400 billion yen of...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 23- Investors in U.S.-based mutual funds pulled $9.4 billion out of bond funds in the week ended Dec. 17 on profit-taking following gains in bonds this year, data from the Investment Company Institute showed on Tuesday. Funds that specialize in U.S. stocks posted $4.2 billion in outflows, while funds that mainly hold international shares posted $2.4...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 23- A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday threw out most of the claims in an investor lawsuit against Bank of New York Mellon Corp as trustee for subpar mortgage-backed securities involved in an $8.5 billion settlement by Bank of America Corp.. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said Bank of New York Mellon did not have to face claims stemming...

  • US 30- YEAR TREASURY BONDS EXTEND PRICE LOSSES TO TWO FULL POINTS, YIELDS RISE TO 2.848 PERCENT.

  • TREASURIES-Yields rise after tepid 5-year note auction Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 2:49 PM ET

    *Treasury to sell $29 bln seven-year notes on Wed. NEW YORK, Dec 23- U.S. The Commerce Department revised its estimate of gross domestic product growth to a 5.0 percent annual pace from 3.9 percent.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 23- The U.S. credit union regulator sued Wells Fargo& Co Tuesday, saying the bank failed to fulfill its duties as a trustee for certain residential mortgage-backed securities trusts that soured and brought down five credit unions. A Wells Fargo spokeswoman declined to comment on the lawsuit. Regulators said Wells Fargo, as trustee for those...

  • US TREASURY YIELDS HIT SESSION HIGHS AFTER FIVE-YEAR NOTE AUCTION, 10- YEAR YIELDS INCREASE TO 2.23 PERCENT.

  • US 30- YEAR TREASURIES EXTEND PRICE LOSSES TO A FULL POINT, YIELDS INCREASE TO 2.795 PERCENT.

  • The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York affirmed the 2013 ruling, which ordered the banks and Argentina to comply with subpoenas and information requests served by bondholders suing for full payment of debts after Argentina's $100 billion default in 2002.. The holdouts are creditors that declined to accept the terms of 2005 and 2010 Argentina debt...