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  • NEW YORK, Nov 21- U.S. Treasury long bond prices edged higher on Friday in line with gains in euro zone debt after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said the central bank is prepared to do more to stimulate a sluggish euro zone economy. U.S. government debt took a cue from European markets, where Draghi's comments lifted euro zone debt and pushed yields on...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 21- U.S. stock index futures rose on Friday, setting major indexes up for a fifth week of gains, after China's central bank cut its benchmark interest rate for the first time in more than two years to boost its cooling economy. *The People's Bank of China said it was cutting one-year benchmark lending rates by 40 basis points to 5.6 percent.

  • *Draghi says stronger recovery unlikely in coming months. *Short-term inflation expectations seen "excessively low". FRANKFURT, Nov 21- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi threw the door wide open on Friday for more dramatic action to rescue the euro zone economy, saying "excessively low" inflation had to be raised quickly by whatever means necessary.

  • TOKYO, Nov 21- The cost of insuring Japanese government debt has risen to a one-year high after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to postpone a tax hike sparked worries about the country's weak fiscal position. The spread on Japan's credit default swaps widened to 59.5 basis points over U.S. Japan's CDS has widened by 20 basis points in the last two...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 21- Middleby Corp, maker of high-end kitchen appliances for both professional and home cooks, has become a new favorite of fund managers as it benefits from changing American dining habits. That push away from Big Macs has spurred Middleby's revenue growth, which hit 14 percent in its current fiscal year, and prompted 81 mutual funds, including those...

  • JGBs edge up, BOJ buying helps longer-dated maturities Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 9:28 PM ET

    TOKYO, Nov 21- Japanese government bond prices edged up on Friday, lifted by slipping Tokyo shares and overnight gains in U.S. A regular operation by the Bank of Japan, through which large amounts of government debt is purchased for its monetary easing programme, also supported longer-dated JGBs. Tokyo's Nikkei skidded 0.9 percent as selling ahead of a long...

  • LONDON- NIGERIA HAS NO PLANS FOR EUROBOND IN 2015- FINANCE MINISTER.

  • Nov 20- Bill Gross just got a huge vote of confidence from legendary investor George Soros. Soros Fund Management LLC, which Soros chairs, has invested $500 million in an account run by Gross at Janus Capital Group Inc, the Denver- based firm said on its website on Thursday. Soros Fund Management approached Gross after he resigned from Pimco in late September, a...

  • *China, Europe data weigh on market. Treasury debt prices inched higher on Thursday as investors sought the safety of government bonds amid concerns about global growth following weak manufacturing data from China and Europe. "This one snapshot of inflation doesn't undo all the potential headwinds in China, Japan and Europe, and certainly we'll wait and see if...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 20- Six years of interest rate suppression by the U.S. "The high-yield market is sort of in a bubble and sooner or later there will be a price paid for that," said Carl Icahn, the billionaire investor who said he owns credit default swaps on high yield debt against the 5- year U.S. Martin Fridson, chief investment officer of wealth management firm Lehmann...

  • Treasury debt prices rose on Thursday, as investors sought the safety of government bonds amid concerns about global growth following weak manufacturing data from China and Europe. But pessimistic data out of Europe and China outweighed the impact of sturdy U.S. data. "This one snapshot of inflation doesn't undo all the potential headwinds in China, Japan, and...

  • TOKYO, Nov 20- Japanese government bond prices gained on Thursday on solid auction results, with the 30- year bond yield hitting a 1 1/ 2- year low. A 400 billion yen auction of reopened of JGBs maturing between five and 15 years drew firm bids, helping to support the market. Longest maturities continued to benefit from the Bank of Japan's decision to sharply boost...

  • Caesars, creditors consider turning unit into REIT Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 6:14 PM ET

    Caesars Entertainment proposed a restructure plan that would the debt of its largest unit into a real estate investment trust.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 19- Citigroup Inc is considering a sale of its index business, two sources familiar with the situation said on Wednesday, making it the latest bank to think about jettisoning benchmarking amid increased regulatory scrutiny. About $174 billion in exchange traded fund and mutual fund assets track Citigroup indexes, according to Morningstar.

  • Bond yields, which move inversely to prices, initially trimmed gains as the headlines from the Fed minutes showed a slightly dovish bent, according George Goncalves, head of U.S. rates strategy at Nomura Securities in New York. "On balance, the Fed's statement, released at the conclusion of its Oct. 29 meeting was surprisingly hawkish, a tone that was not maintained...

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Dollar, bond yields gain after Fed minutes Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 3:30 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Nov 19- The dollar hit a seven-year high against the yen on Wednesday and U.S. The tendency has been for the minutes to go the other way of the statement, said Robbert Van Batenburg, director of market strategy at Newedge in New York. The yen weakened further after the minutes were released, with the dollar rising as high as 118.0 yen, its highest since August...

  • Bond yields, which move inversely to prices, initially trimmed gains as the headlines from the Fed minutes showed a slightly dovish bent, according George Goncalves, head of U.S. rates strategy at Nomura Securities in New York. "On balance, the Fed's statement, released at the conclusion of its Oct. 29 meeting was surprisingly hawkish, a tone that was not maintained...

  • Canada says considering issuing more ultra-long bonds Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 3:14 PM ET

    OTTAWA, Nov 19- Canada is considering issuing more long bonds with a 50- year maturity, the country's department of finance said on Wednesday. "The government of Canada is considering issuing more ultra-long bonds, subject to favorable market conditions, through a reopening of the 2.75 percent Government of Canada bond maturing on December 1, 2064 using a...

  • UPDATE 1- Alibaba will sell debut bond on Thursday Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 3:12 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Nov 19- Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba will sell its first-ever bond on Thursday, a jumbo trade expected to be around US $8 bn in size that comes just two months after the company's record IPO. Alibaba, which has been sounding out investors this week in Asia, Europe and the US for what will be one of the most sought-after trades of the year, announced the deal...

  • Oplink options unusually active days before Koch deal Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 2:03 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Nov 19- Optical networking device maker Oplink Communications Inc attracted well-timed bets in the options market days before the company said it was being acquired by a Koch Industries unit for $445 million in cash. Oplink's shares were up about 14 percent at $24.18 on Wednesday after it said that Koch Optics Inc would buy it for $24.25 per share.