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  • *Yellen's testimony before Congress next week seen key. Treasuries prices rose on Friday, with benchmark yields hovering at their lowest in five weeks, on safe-haven demand stemming from intensified fighting in the Middle East and worries about problems at Portugal's biggest listed bank.

  • *Wells Fargo edges lower, but revenue tops forecasts. *Fastenal reports revenue below expectations. NEW YORK, July 11- U.S. stock index futures pointed to slight gains at the open Friday in a modest rebound from recent losses, though major indexes remained on track for their biggest weekly decline since April.

  • SINGAPORE, July 11- Trade and Development Bank of Mongolia, or TDBM, pulled a planned U.S. dollar bond offering because of financial market turmoil triggered by a debt crisis at Portugal's Banco Espirito Santo, IFR reported, citing a banking source.

  • JGBs steady; BOJ increases discount bill purchases Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 11:14 PM ET

    TOKYO, July 11- Japanese government bonds were steady in quiet trading on Friday, supported by the Bank of Japan's buying operations. Finance Minister Taro Aso said earlier on Friday that Japan's long-term interest rates are abnormally low, with the benchmark 10- year bond yield now trading at a 15- month low, reflecting global low interest rates.

  • BUENOS AIRES, July 10- Argentina said a team of technocrats, and not its economy minister, would attend a meeting in New York with a court-appointed mediator on Friday, as it seeks to resolve a dispute with holdout investors over its sovereign debt.

  • SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico July 10- Puerto Rico's top finance officials said on Thursday that the U.S. commonwealth will step up efforts to explain a new restructuring law to investors after a series of ratings downgrades and a rout in the island's bonds effectively shut it out of markets.

  • NEW YORK, July 10- Bill Gross, who runs the world's biggest bond fund at Pacific Investment Management Co, slightly reduced his holdings of U.S.

  • Money market fund assets rise $5.37 billion Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 5:55 PM ET

    Total U.S. money market mutual fund assets rose $5.37 billion to $2.58 trillion for the week that ended Wednesday, according to the Investment Company Institute. Assets in the nation's retail money market mutual funds rose $1.78 billion to $894.66 billion, the Washington- based mutual fund trade group said Thursday.

  • NEW YORK, July 10- Investors added more than $19 billion in new cash to U.S.-based stock and money market funds in the latest week as the second-quarter earnings season kicked off, data from Thomson Reuters' Lipper service showed on Thursday.

  • *Relatively weak auction of $13 billion of 30- year bonds. Treasuries prices rose on Thursday, with benchmark yields falling to their lowest in five weeks as investors scrambled for low-risk bonds on worries that problems involving Portugal's biggest listed bank may rekindle the region's financial woes.

  • LONDON, July 10- Concern about the health of a parent company of Portugal's largest bank hurt bonds from the euro zone's periphery on Thursday, curbing demand at Greece's second debt sale following its 2012 default.

  • Fidelity to cut nearly 500 printing and mailing jobs Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 10:34 AM ET

    BOSTON, July 10- Fidelity Investments, the No. 2 U.S. mutual fund company, told employees this week it will cut about 460 jobs, or 1 percent of its workforce, at its printing and mailing operations in Kentucky and Texas.

  • Portugal's worries spread, hurt demand at Greek debt sale Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 10:12 AM ET

    *Portugal's worries about BES group have regional reverberations. LONDON, July 10- Concern about the health of a parent company of Portugal's largest bank hurt bonds from the euro zone's periphery on Thursday, curbing demand at Greece's second debt sale following its 2012 default.

  • *U.S. to auction $13 billion of 30- year bonds. Treasuries prices rose on Thursday, with benchmark yields falling to their lowest in five weeks as investors scrambled for low-risk bonds on worries that problems around Portugal's biggest listed bank may rekindle the region's financial woes.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 9:21 a.m. EDT Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 9:21 AM ET

    US stock futures sink ahead of the opening bell; Portugal worries rattle world markets Applications for US unemployment benefits fall to 304,000, close to a 7- year low Global stocks mixed after China's export growth, Fed minutes; Indonesia up after election In Beijing, Kerry, Lew talk cyberhacking with Chinese officials amid new allegations Stigma versus green allure: Nuke professionals at Japan's Fukushima utility quit in droves Family Dollar hindered by restructuring charge in 3 Q, revenue tops analysts' estimates Boeing raises forecast for new aircraft demand, single-aisle planes lead the growth projection US wholesale sales likely rose at solid pace in May, economists forecast As global economy recovers, corporate deal values reach highest level since 2007 Costco sales at stores open at least a year up 6 percent, beat analysts' expectations

  • Greece raises cash in 3-year bond auction Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 8:02 AM ET

    ATHENS, Greece— Greece has raised 1.5 billion euros in an auction of three-year bonds, its second debt issue in three months after a long absence from the international markets. The finance ministry said Thursday it had accepted 1.5 billion euros of the 3 billion euros offered by investors, and that the yield had been set at 3.5 percent.

  • *Portuguese, Italian markets slide, weigh on Europe. NEW YORK, July 10- U.S. stock index futures fell sharply on Thursday as European shares tumbled on growth concerns after weak data out of Italy and concern over the health of Portugal's top listed bank.

  • JGBs slip after soft 30-year bond auction results Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 2:33 AM ET

    TOKYO, July 10- Japanese government bond prices were softer on Thursday, following weak results of a 30- year JGB auction, the first auction of that maturity after the Bank of Japan reduced buying in them last month. The results of the 700 billion yen, 30- year JGB auction were weaker than expected, as the lowest accepted price fell short of market expectations.

  • HONG KONG, July 10- As China hurries to extend the yuan's footprint beyond Hong Kong, it is also quickly opening up its domestic capital markets to foreign investors hungry for yield.

  • NEW YORK, July 9- U.S. This week's $61 billion in fixed-rate note supply will conclude with a $13 billion auction of 30- year bonds. "We need the Fed to change its tune on its monetary policy outlook in order for interest rates to go up," said Michael Materasso, co-chairman of the fixed income policy committee at Franklin Templeton in New York.