WASHINGTON— Interest rates on short-term Treasury bills were mixed in Monday's auction with rates on three-month bills dropping to the lowest level in nearly a year while rates on six-month bills were unchanged. The Treasury Department auctioned $24 billion in three-month bills at a discount rate of 0.015 percent, down from 0.020 percent last week.» Read More
NEW YORK, Sept 15- U.S. stock index futures were falling slightly on Monday after data showing China's factory output grew at the weakest pace in nearly six years in August triggered some downgrades in 2014 growth forecasts for the world's second-largest economy.
BUENOS AIRES, Sept 14- Argentina will pay holders of its restructured sovereign debt thanks to a bill passed by its Congress last week despite a U.S. court ruling, the country's economy minister told a local radio show on Sunday.
The total AUM of emerging market funds tracked by the Boston- based EPFR Global consultancy had risen to $1.4 trillion from $900 million before the Lehman crisis, it added. While these amounts are dwarfed by the AUM of funds dedicated to the United States or Europe, they are large relative to emerging stock and bond markets.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina— A law designed to restructure Argentina's debt and sidestep a U.S. court ruling that pushed the government into default could be difficult to apply and worsen the country's frail economy, analysts say.
SAO PAULO, Sept 12- Brazil's central bank will extend its currency intervention program into 2015 and may increase the rollover pace of expiring currency swaps to curb volatility in the real, a person on President Dilma Rousseff's economic team said on Friday.
NEW YORK, Sept 12- U.S. stocks fell on Friday weighed by energy shares as crude prices continued to fall, while high-yielding utilities and telecom shares also sold off as Treasury yields jumped.
*Spanish yields record biggest weekly rise since mid-2013. *S&P upgrades Greece to B from B-. LONDON, Sept 12- Spanish bond yields recorded their biggest weekly rise in more than a year on Friday as expectations of a U.S. interest rate hike exacerbated weakness triggered by concerns that Scotland's independence referendum was emboldening Catalan separatists.
*Scots vote, Ukraine tension bog down global stock prices. Nervousness about a Scottish vote next week on a split from the United Kingdom and tension between Russia and the West over Ukraine also weighed on stocks and other riskier investments, analysts said.
NEW YORK, Sept 12- U.S. The Commerce Department said retail sales increased 0.6 percent last month after an upwardly revised 0.3 percent gain in July.
NEW YORK, Sept 12- U.S. stock index futures indicated Wall Street may open slightly lower on Friday, as the latest economic data gave little insight into the health of consumer spending. Retail sales rose 0.6 percent in August, as expected, while the July report was revised to show growth of 0.3 percent rather than flat growth. Futures snapshot at 8:41 a.m. EDT:.
ATHENS, Greece— Greece has made its second successful return to the bond markets as the government revealed Friday that it was beating a key bailout budget target— and by a big margin.
NEW YORK, Sept 12- U.S. stock index futures were flat on Friday, with investors holding off on making big bets ahead of the release of key consumer data, though the Dow and S&P 500 were on track to snap a five-week streak of gains. *Investors are looking ahead to August retail sales data, due at 8:30 a.m. EDT, which are seen rising 0.6 percent.
Sept 12- The U.S. Treasury Department is monitoring banks that are shifting some of their trading operations overseas to avoid tough swaps rules in the country, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a source from the department.
TOKYO, Sept 12- Japanese government bonds mostly slipped slightly by midday on Friday, undermined by a weaker yen. Several corporate pension funds seemed ready to sell 20- year JGBs on strength, while a few domestic life insurers appeared willing to buy the current 30- year JGBs at a yield of 1.70% or above ahead of a massive quarterly redemption of JGBs on Sept. 22.
But she needs to route the funds through channels beyond the reach of the U.S. judge who ruled that Argentina must settle a legal fight with a group of New York hedge funds over unpaid debt from a massive 2002 default before servicing its performing debt.
NEW YORK— Your stock-fund manager wishes you'd buy more fun things. Most mutual funds are failing to keep up with broad market indexes again.
Treasury sold $13 billion in 30- year bonds to solid demand. "If it comes in stronger, the market will continue to ignore weak payrolls and focus on all the positive data we've seen," said Richard Gilhooly, an interest rate strategist at TD Securities in New York.
ACCRA, Sept 11- Ghana sold a $1 billion Eurobond on Thursday at a coupon rate of 8.125 percent, lower than analysts had expected given the fiscal difficulties faced by the West African producer of cocoa, gold and oil. Ghana sold Eurobonds in 2007 and in 2013, when the yield was 8 percent, but analysts expected a higher rate this time.
CARACAS, Sept 11- President Nicolas Maduro said Venezuela could meet all its obligations to bondholders, as he sought to quell market fears that the Socialist-run country may opt to default when $5 billion of its foreign debt falls due for repayment next month.
BUENOS AIRES, Sept 11- Argentina's Congress on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a debt bill aimed at defying a U.S. court ruling which tipped the country into default for the second time in 12 years. It also encourages investors to move their Argentine debt from the United States or other foreign jurisdictions to either Argentina or France via an exchange of debt.