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  • JGBs dip on rise in U.S. yields, share prices Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 9:45 PM ET

    TOKYO, Jan 30- Japanese government bond prices dipped on Friday as stock prices and U.S. bond yields rose and ahead of two long-dated bond auctions next week. The 10- year JGB yield rose a half basis point to 0.290 percent while the 20- year yield ticked up 1.0 basis point to 1.055 percent. Still, the market was supported by expectations of buying by the Bank of Japan,...

  • MELBOURNE/ NEW YORK, Jan 29- Macquarie Group Ltd is in talks to buy Jefferies Group LLC's commodities and financial derivatives brokerage, three sources said, as the Australian bank continues to expand its commodities business while rivals retreat. News of the talks come just a month after the U.S. investment bank, owned by Leucadia National Corp, said it was...

  • TREASURIES-Bond prices back up on strong jobless data Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 4:16 PM ET

    *Treasury sells $64 billion of new debt. NEW YORK, Jan 29- U.S. Treasuries fell on Thursday, with long-term yields backing away from record lows as U.S. jobless claims figures shrank to a 15- year low and investors made room for $64 billion of new government debt.

  • Decoding the jargon of mutual funds: a look from A to E Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 3:58 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Few industries slip into jargon as much as the investing world. As quickly as you can give your shoe size, mutual fund managers can rattle off their "active share" or "duration." Such terms have all the grace of a clog, but they can also give valuable information investors should consider before buying a fund.

  • *Belarus economy has been hit by economic turmoil in Russia. MINSK, Jan 29- Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko spooked bond markets on Thursday by speaking of a possible restructuring of $4 billion of Belarussian foreign debt falling due this year, then softened his comments to refer only to refinancing. During a marathon news conference the veteran...

  • TREASURIES-Prices turn down after rally, jobless data Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 10:40 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Jan 29- U.S. Other maturities were also mostly off, according to Thomson Reuters data. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 43,000 to a seasonally adjusted 265,000 for the week ended Jan. 24, the lowest since April 2000, the Labor Department said on Thursday.

  • LONDON, Jan 29- Credit ratings for a swathe of developing economies are at risk of falling into "junk" status and out of the top investment grade league, with up to a tenth of outstanding emerging market bonds possibly affected. Moreover, almost $1 trillion worth of securities would be affected if emerging entities with ratings of BBB/Baa2- two notches above junk-...

  • *Russia loses investment grade credit rating from S&P. *Brazil, Turkey, South Africa, Indonesia also at risk- bank. Russia this week became the first of the major economies to lose its investment grade status from Standard& Poor's, falling out off the top ratings category for credits deemed to have a low risk of default for the first time in a decade.

  • Belarus's Lukashenko urges bondholders not to worry Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 7:52 AM ET

    MINSK, Jan 29- Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Thursday that holders of the country's sovereign bonds should not be worried over Minsk's ability to service its obligations. "Some bondholders are worrying that we are in a pre-default situation. This doesn't mean anything, "Lukashenko told his annual briefing, referring to his earlier...

  • JGBs mostly flat, superlong zone underperforms Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 3:04 AM ET

    TOKYO, Jan 29- Benchmark Japanese government bonds were mostly flat on Thursday, while the superlong tenor was slightly weaker even as plunging stocks put a floor under bond prices. Japan's Nikkei stock average shed 1.1 percent after the Federal Reserve took an upbeat view on the U.S. economy and signalled that it remains firmly on track to raise interest rates...

  • SHANGHAI, Jan 29- China's index futures fell at the opening of trade on Thursday morning after sources told Reuters that regulators are launching a fresh investigation into margin trading at brokerages. The CSI300 stock index futures for February fell 1.8 percent to 3471.8 in early trade. The last time China regulators cracked down on margin lending,...

  • SAN JUAN, Jan 28- Puerto Rico is negotiating with at least two bond insurers to insure around $500 million of a planned $2 billion bond issue, which would extend the appeal of the sale beyond the hedge funds currently buying the U.S. commonwealth's debt, according to two sources close to the process. The island's Government Development Bank is in talks with MBIA's...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 28- The Federal Reserve on Wednesday said the U.S. economy was expanding "at a solid pace" with strong job gains in a signal that the central bank remains on track with its plans to raise interest rates this year. "The committee, in fact, was downright bullish on current economic conditions and the outlook," said Paul Edelstein, director of financial...

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-U.S. bonds rally after Fed; stocks retreat Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 4:40 PM ET

    *U.S. stocks end lower after Fed statement. NEW YORK, Jan 28- U.S. bond prices rallied, with the 30- year yield hitting a record low on Wednesday as investors bet U.S. rate hikes were less likely to start soon after the Federal Reserve said inflation was running below forecasts. Thirty-year bonds were last up 2-18/ 32 in price to yield 2.29 percent after setting a record...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 28- Bullish activity in Advent Software Inc's options surged weeks ahead of a report on Wednesday that U.S. financial software company SS&C Technologies Holdings Inc plans to buy Advent for about $2.3 billion. San Francisco- based Advent Software's shares jumped as much as 13 percent to an all-time high of $42.85 on Wednesday, after a Bloomberg...

  • TREASURIES-Prices jump on dovish view of Fed statement Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 4:11 PM ET

    *Inflation linked bond yields fall. NEW YORK, Jan 28- U.S. Thirty-year bonds were last up 2-18/ 32 in price to yield 2.29 percent after touching a new low of 2.273 percent, according to Thomson Reuters data.

  • US STOCKS-U.S. stocks fall after Fed statement, oil drop Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 3:26 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Jan 28- U.S. stocks fell on Wednesday, driven by extended losses in the S&P 500 energy sector, after the Federal Reserve said it will remain "patient" in deciding when to raise interest rates. Concluding their first policy-setting meeting of the year, Fed officials looked past the urgent moves made by other central banks this month to boost their struggling...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 28- The Federal Reserve on Wednesday said the U.S. economy was expanding "at a solid pace" as it largely looked through weakness overseas in a signal that it remains on track to raise interest rates later this year. The U.S. central bank repeated it would be "patient" in deciding when to raise benchmark borrowing costs from zero, where they have been...

  • LONDON, Jan 28- Nearly a quarter of all euro zone government bonds now have yields below zero, data from Tradeweb shows, a consequence of ECB schemes designed to channel money into the most credit-starved corners of the bloc's weak economy. European Central Bank policy-- including interest rates below zero and asset purchases-- has buoyed bond prices, knocking the...

  • TREASURIES-Prices mostly flat ahead of Fed Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 11:04 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Jan 28- U.S. Yields on the long bond have repeatedly set fresh lows this week and on Tuesday dipped to a record low of 2.328 percent, according to Thomson Reuters data. Yields on the 30- year issue favored by many non-U.S. investors touched a low on Wednesday of 2.364 percent in overseas trading before the New York open.