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  • US TREASURY YIELDS FALL TO SESSION LOWS BEFORE YELLEN SPEECH, 10- YEAR NOTE YIELDS FALL TO 1.95 PCT.

  • LONDON, March 27- With signs of a revival in euro zone growth failing to lift government bond yields off historic lows this week, investors have started to fear the ECB's asset-purchase scheme may be inflating a dangerous bubble. Since the European Central Bank launched its trillion euro quantitative easing program early this month, data has broadly beaten...

  • NEW YORK, March 27- U.S. Gross domestic product expanded at a 2.2 percent annual rate, unrevised from last month's forecast, the Commerce Department said on Friday in its third GDP estimate. The most important component, personal consumption, was revised higher, however, and that was expected, "said Lou Brien, a market strategist at DRW Trading in Chicago.

  • US TREASURY YIELDS FALL AFTER GDP DATA, 10- YEAR NOTE YIELDS DROP TO 1.974 PCT.

  • *Dow Chemical to spin off unit, merge it with Olin. NEW YORK, March 27- U.S. stock index futures dipped on Friday, setting indexes up for a full week of daily declines, as the dollar index added to the previous session's rebound ahead of a speech from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. *Dow Chemical shares jumped near 8 percent in premarket trading after it announced the...

  • *Ukraine wants bondholders to accept debt writedown. *Entire IMF-led bailout for Ukraine at risk. Moscow bought the bonds from Kiev before a pro-Russian president was forced from power early last year, opening a rift which widened with the annexation of Crimea and a separatist rebellion in eastern Ukraine.

  • *Market optimistic Portugal will regain investment status. *Fitch to review Portugal credit rating after Europe close. "We could see Portugal moved up to investment grade later today and that could produce a bit of forced buying from index trackers or some accounts may have to up their Portugal exposure.

  • TOKYO, March 27- Japanese government bonds skidded sharply on Friday, as investors sold both cash bonds and futures before the end of Japan's fiscal year. The benchmark 10- year yield added 5 basis points to 0.375 percent, after soaring as high as 0.405 percent, its highest since March 18. "It's a strange market today," said Tadashi Matsukawa, head of Japan...

  • NEW YORK, March 27- A 4 percent decline in biotechnology stocks on Wednesday sent the Nasdaq Composite Index to its largest one-day loss in nearly a year, and some investors are betting that the once-hot sector has further to fall. Overall, a screen of about 1,650 mid-cap U.S. companies shows biotech stocks, on average, have a short interest ratio of about 11.6...

  • FUNDVIEW-Pre-IPO tech fund returns 28 pct in first year Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 4:14 PM ET

    March 26- The first mutual fund giving mom-and-pop investors easy access to the private market for tech startups turned a year old this week, capping a year of big gains and raising the question for would-be buyers: Is this a good deal or a danger? For $2,500, anyone can buy into the $32 million SharesPost 100 Fund, and get a portfolio of roughly 20 tech companies three...

  • NEW YORK— Conditions were nearly perfect for municipal bonds last year, leading to sizeable returns. Perfection never lasts, though, and managers of municipal-bond funds are forecasting more modest returns in upcoming years. "Definitely manage those expectations," says Diederik Olijslager, who co-manages the $3.9 billion USAA Tax Exempt Intermediate-Term...

  • TREASURIES-Weak seven-year auction sends yields higher Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 2:40 PM ET

    NEW YORK, March 26- U.S. Treasury prices fell and benchmark 10- year note yields rose above 2 percent on Thursday after the government saw tepid demand for a $29 billion sale of seven-year notes, a day after a weak five-year note auction. "This is the 10th of the last 11 that has stopped with a similar tail.... seven-year note auctions in general haven't been going...

  • But a U.S. regulator cited the email as evidence that Nomura Holdings Inc and RBS made false statements about mortgage securities they sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The FHFA's case is the first to reach trial out of 18 lawsuits the regulator filed in 2011 over some $200 billion in mortgage-backed securities that various banks sold Fannie Mae and Freddie...

  • *Ukraine wants bondholders to accept debt writedown. LONDON, March 26- A legal conundrum is threatening plans to ease Ukraine's debt burden and possibly its entire $40 billion IMF-led bailout: should a $3 billion Eurobond held by Russia be classed as commercial paper, or as bilateral sovereign debt? Moscow bought the bonds from Kiev before a pro-Russian...

  • NEW YORK, March 26- The New York Federal Reserve officials tasked with prying interest rates off the floor have been meeting with bankers and traders to plot how best to do it, amid deep uncertainty over how much control they will really have over short-term lending markets. With the U.S. central bank expected to raise rates later this year, Simon Potter and his team...

  • US 10- YEAR TREASURY YIELDS RISE OVER 2 PERCENT AFTER WEAK SEVEN-YEAR NOTE AUCTION.

  • US BENCHMARK 10- YEAR TREASURY NOTE YIELDS INCREASE AFTER SEVEN-YEAR NOTE AUCTION TO 1.991 PCT.

  • US TREASURIES YIELDS RISE AFTER SEVEN-YEAR NOTE AUCTION, SEVEN-YEAR NOTE YIELDS INCREASE TO 1.788 PCT.

  • US THIRTY-YEAR TREASURY BONDS EXTEND PRICE LOSSES TO A FULL POINT, YIELDS RISE TO 2.566 PERCENT.

  • FRANKFURT, March 26- Rock-bottom interest rates could erode insurers' earnings power and financial strength for years to come, putting an end to a string of stronger-than-expected rises in dividends, analysts said in reports published on Thursday. Moody's said life insurers in Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Taiwan were the most exposed to interest rate...