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  • The Treasury Department auctioned $26 billion in three-month bills at a discount rate of 0.015 percent, down from 0.020 percent last week. Another $26 billion in six-month bills was auctioned at a discount rate of 0.075 percent, up from 0.065 percent last week. For a $10,000 bill, the three-month price was $9,999.62, while a six-month bill sold for $9,996.21.

  • SYDNEY, March 3- The U.S. dollar hovered just below a fresh 11- year peak against a basket of major currencies early on Tuesday, as rising Treasury yields helped it prevail against the euro in a choppy session. The index rose as the euro slid back below $1.1200 and as the greenback hit a near three-week high of 120.19 yen. The euro zone common currency last stood at...

  • WASHINGTON, March 2- Regulators shouldn't weaken a rule that limits banks' borrowing, a senior U.S. bank supervisor said on Monday, indicating a possible split with the derivatives watchdog over the issue. Tom Hoenig, second-in-command at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp, said he disagreed with the head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission who has...

  • NEW YORK, March 2- U.S. Pharmaceutical company Actavis on Monday was marketing bonds that are expected to total $22 billion, the second largest amount ever sold by a corporate borrower. "Corporate deals are weighing on the market, and we've heard of some allocation out of bonds into equities," said Sean Murphy, a Treasuries trader at Societe Generale in New York.

  • NEW YORK, March 2- DoubleLine Funds, an investment firm that has been a major competitor to bond fund Pimco, on Monday reported a net inflow of $1.59 billion in February, compared with a record net inflow in January of $3.04 billion. The Los Angeles- based firm, co-founded by Jeffrey Gundlach, said the DoubleLine Total Return Bond Fund, the firm's largest fund by total...

  • *China rate cut lifts Asia equities, gold. Wall Street kicked off March on a high note after a stellar February, when the benchmark S&P 500 Index registered its best monthly gain since October 2011. Asian stocks ended higher after China cut interest rates over the weekend, but European equities slipped from seven-year highs hit on merger activity in the telecom...

  • NEW YORK, March 2- U.S. Personal income rose by 0.3 percent in January though personal consumption fell by 0.2 percent, the U.S. Commerce Department said. It looks like that didn't really happen, "said Gennadiy Goldberg, an interest rate strategist at TD Securities in New York.

  • JOHANNESBURG, March 2- Angola's central bank will probably have to devalue the kwanza and raise interest rates this year as a sharp drop in oil prices saps foreign exchange supply, the Angolan unit of Africa- focused investment bank Imara Securities said on Monday. Oil-dependent Angola slashed $17 billion off its budget this year due to the drop in the price of...

  • US TREASURY YIELDS INCREASE AFTER PCE DATA, 10- YEAR NOTE YIELDS RISE TO 2.02 PCT.

  • UPDATE 1-Bets on oil rally highest since July -ICE Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 8:29 AM ET

    LONDON, March 2- Hedge funds and large speculators increased their bets on rising Brent crude oil prices last week to their highest for more than seven months, exchange data showed on Monday. Speculators increased their net long positions in Brent futures and options by 11,371 contracts to 182,783 in the week to Feb. 24, InterContinentalExchange data shows.

  • *Europe shares dip off lows as Vivendi weighs. China rate cut helps lift Asian equities, gold. LONDON, March 2- European shares slipped from seven-year highs on Monday, weighed down by merger activity in the telecoms sector, while Asian stocks edged up after China cut interest rates at the weekend.

  • JGBs edge down ahead of 10-year auction Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 4:06 AM ET

    TOKYO, March 2- Japanese government bonds edged down on Monday as investors prepared for the following day's monthly auction of 10- year JGBs, with the Bank of Japan's bond-buying operations providing some support to the market. The BOJ offered to buy 50 billion yen of JGBs maturing in one year, 240 billion yen in the 10- year to 25- year zone and another 140 billion...

  • MELBOURNE, March 2- London copper rose towards its highest in nearly two months on Monday after top metals user China cut interest rates at the weekend, but caution over faltering demand growth kept a lid on prices. *Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange traded little changed at $5,899 by 0123 GMT, having earlier jumped as much as 0.8 percent to $5,941 a...

  • Moody's downgrades Chicago's rating over pensions Saturday, 28 Feb 2015 | 10:41 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Moody's Investors Service has downgraded Chicago's credit rating to two levels above junk status, citing the city's $20 billion mountain of unfunded pension liabilities. "Regardless of outcome of the legal challenges to pension reforms, we expect Chicago's unfunded pension liabilities— and the costs of servicing those liabilities— to continue to...

  • Berkshire Hathaway's 4Q profit declines 17 percent Saturday, 28 Feb 2015 | 9:23 AM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— Berkshire Hathaway Inc. said Saturday that its fourth quarter profit slid 17 percent because of declines in the paper value of its investments and derivative contracts. Berkshire's quarterly profit declined to $4.16 billion, or $2,529 per Class A share, on $48.3 billion in revenue. Those were $3.96 billion, or $2,412 per share, which is up from $3.78...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 27- Chicago drew closer to a fiscal free fall on Friday with a rating downgrade from Moody's Investors Service that could trigger the immediate termination of four interest-rate swap agreements, costing the city about $58 million and raising the prospect of more broken swaps contracts. "This is an unfortunate wake-up call for anyone still asleep...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 27- Puerto rico's debt-laden power authority, Prepa, said on Friday that it will hold off on presenting a restructuring plan to creditors as it continues to negotiate an extension of forbearance agreements with bondholders and lenders. The current agreement, which expires on March 31, had called for a deadline of this Monday for Prepa to unveil a...

  • *Treasuries set for weakest month since May 2013. U.S. government securities have posted a combined loss of 1.6 percent in February through Thursday, according to Barclays data, the biggest decline since May 2013. "Growth isn't spectacular, but it's still very robust, and this completely and conclusively will support a Fed reaching normalization," said Edward...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 27- Chicago's rating downgrade to Baa2 by Moody's Investors Service on Friday could terminate four interest-rate swap agreements, costing the city about $58 million, according to the credit rating agency. The swaps, which the city uses to hedge interest-rate risk on its variable-rate bonds, can be ended by bank counterparties if Chicago's credit...

  • Q4 GDP revised lower to 2.2 pct. NEW YORK, Feb 27- U.S. That marked a downward revision from the 2.6 percent pace estimated last month, the Commerce Department said.