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  • 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.

  • CHICAGO, Feb 27- Moody's Investors Service on Friday cut Chicago's already-weak credit rating one notch to Baa2, citing the city's growing costs related to its big unfunded pension liability. The downgrade to Baa2, which is just two notches above the junk level, affects $8.3 billion of Chicago's general obligation bonds. Moody's warned the rating could fall...

  • *J.C. Penney tumbles after earnings. NEW YORK, Feb 27- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Friday, with major indexes on track for a fourth week of gains, ahead of readings on economic growth and consumer sentiment. *Later in the session at 10:00 a.m., the University of Michigan's final February reading on consumer sentiment is expected, along with pending...

  • LONDON, Feb 27- Euro zone government bond yields held just above record lows on Friday, as the latest round of inflation data before the ECB kick-starts its bond-buying program were likely to cement low long-term price growth expectations. Germany's harmonized annual inflation in January is expected to rise to minus 0.2 percent from minus 0.4 percent.

  • JGBs edge higher as BOJ buying lends support Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 2:03 AM ET

    TOKYO, Feb 27- Japanese government bonds edged higher on Friday, as the Bank of Japan's bond-buying operations offset any impact on sentiment from the Nikkei stock average's rise to a 15- year high. The BOJ offered to buy up to 400 billion yen of JGBs maturing in five to 10 years, 400 billion yen in the 3- year to 5- year zone, and another 400 billion yen in the 1- year to 3-...

  • The Voya Corporate Leaders Trust Fund, now run by a unit of Voya Financial Inc bought equal amounts of stock in 30 major U.S. corporations in 1935 and hasn't picked a new stock since. Some of its holdings are unchanged, including DuPont, General Electric, Procter& Gamble and Union Pacific. Others were spun off from or acquired from original components, including...

  • CPI in biggest drop since 2008; core inflation rises. NEW YORK, Feb 26- Global equities dipped on Thursday as investor enthusiasm was dampened by a pullback in oil prices related to rising inventories, while the dollar rose as economic data drove expectations that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates. The MSCI All-Country World equity index was down 0.2...

  • WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, Feb 26- A bill to give Puerto Rico's ailing public utilities a way to restructure debt under the U.S. bankruptcy code drew skepticism from congressional Republicans but support from Democrats, who said it would relieve the island's problems. The Republican-controlled Judiciary subcommittee on regulatory reform of the House of...

  • *Traders focus on higher U.S. core CPI for January. *Seven-year note auction meets with soft demand. NEW YORK, Feb 26- U.S.