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  • TOKYO, Nov 28- Japanese government bonds traded at a negative yield for the first time ever on Friday, thanks to the Bank of Japan's massive asset-purchase scheme as it seeks to stoke inflation and revive an economy that slipped into recession in the third-quarter. Negative yield is an unusual, but not uncommon occurrence- record-low interest rates in Europe, for...

  • Japan bond yield goes negative as BOJ faces oil threat Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 | 11:59 PM ET

    TOKYO, Nov 28- Japanese government bonds traded at a negative yield for the first time ever on Friday, thanks to the Bank of Japan's massive asset-purchase scheme as it seeks to stoke inflation and revive an economy that slipped into recession in the third-quarter. Negative yield is an unusual, but not uncommon occurrence- record-low interest rates in Europe, for...

  • *Longer-dated maturities capped by bounce in Tokyo shares. TOKYO, Nov 28- Yields on Japanese two-year government bonds fell below zero for the first time on Friday as the central bank continued to struggle to reflate the economy, while most other issues were steady, with gains in Tokyo stocks capping longer-dated maturities. Japan's three-month to one-year...

  • *Nigerian firms issued $5 billion hard currency bonds since 2007. Companies in Africa's largest economy have rushed in recent years to take advantage of rock-bottom global borrowing costs and investors' hunger for yield, selling some $5 billion in hard currency bonds since 2007, according to Thomson Reuters data. Of this more than $2 billion was raised this...

  • COLUMN-How JPMorgan struck gold with copper: Andy Home Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 | 8:59 AM ET

    JPMorgan was "outed" in the media as the controlling hand, which only fuelled further the whirl of speculation, given the same bank was proposing to launch an exchange-traded fund backed by physical copper. As is always the way with such things, JPMorgan declined to confirm or deny its involvement. Now, thanks to documents submitted to the U.S. Senate subcommittee...

  • Credit Suisse, Assured Guaranty settle US lawsuit Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 | 3:48 AM ET

    Credit Suisse has reached a confidential settlement with Assured Guaranty.

  • HONG KONG, Nov 27- Rapid reforms by Beijing allowing foreign companies to move funds from their China operations across borders relatively freely is boosting treasurers' confidence in using the yuan as the preferred currency for doing business. That has changed in less than three years with Beijing now allowing multinationals to transfer yuan out of China...

  • JGBs edge higher, with 10-yr yield at nearly 20-month low Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 10:53 PM ET

    TOKYO, Nov 27- Japanese government bonds inched higher on Thursday, taking the benchmark yield down to a level not seen since the days following the Bank of Japan's announcement of its massive easing programme in April 2013. The BOJ offered to buy a total of 800 billion yen of JGBs, including 400 billion yen of JGBs in the 5- year to 10- year zone, 240 billion yen of JGBs...

  • FOREX-Dollar dips versus yen, Aussie climbs on upbeat data Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 10:51 PM ET

    TOKYO, Nov 27- The dollar edged down against the yen on Thursday after lacklustre U.S. economic data pushed Treasury yields lower and dulled investor appetite for the greenback. The dollar was down 0.2 percent at 117.555 yen, continuing its slow retreat from a seven-year high of 118.98 struck a week ago. Thanksgiving, "said Junichi Ishikawa, a market analyst at IG...

  • TOKYO, Nov 27- The dollar edged down against the yen and euro in early trade on Thursday after lacklustre U.S. economic data pushed Treasury yields lower and dulled investor appetite for the greenback. The dollar was down 0.1 percent at 117.63 yen, continuing its slow retreat from a seven-year high of 118.98 struck a week ago. The euro stood little changed at...

  • Nov 26- Credit Suisse Group AG has reached a confidential settlement with Assured Guaranty Ltd on claims related to what the insurer said were defective loans underlying mortgage-backed securities, court documents showed. Assured Guaranty said it had filed to dismiss its lawsuit against Credit Suisse, according to a statement on its website.

  • PARIS, Nov 26- Some equity traders have been buying up' call' options on shares of oil majors ahead of Thursday's OPEC meeting, betting the cartel will spring a surprise cut in output to revive crude prices. The trade idea- which has very limited risk since it uses derivatives instead of buying shares- is a bet that sentiment towards the sector has become excessively...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 26- LeapFrog Enterprises Inc, the maker of educational electronics for kids whose missed sales estimates have pushed its shares down 30 percent this year, is attracting some big-name value fund managers who are betting the company will either rebound during the holiday season or be bought by a rival. If the company's newest product, a video game...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 26- Benchmark U.S. Treasury Trading at Barclays in New York. The Commerce Department said consumer spending increased 0.2 percent last month, while economists polled by Reuters had forecast a 0.3 percent gain, and also said non-defense capital goods orders excluding aircraft declined 1.3 percent last month.

  • *Markets will be closed Thursday for Thanksgiving holiday. NEW YORK, Nov 26- U.S. stock index futures pointed to slight losses at the open on Wednesday as jobless claims rose to their highest level since September, though market moves were light going into the Thanksgiving holiday. Shares could also some pressure after weak results from Hewlett-Packard Co and...

  • Stern Advice-The loss leaders of the investment world Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 8:30 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Nov 26- Every industry has its loss leaders, and the investment world is no different. Companies including Blackrock Inc, Vanguard and Charles Schwab have been competing to offer investors the lowest cost shares possible on these products. "We believe we will keep that client for a long time," said John Sturiale, senior vice president of product management...

  • *Markets will be closed Thursday for Thanksgiving holiday. NEW YORK, Nov 26- U.S. stock index futures were very slightly higher on Wednesday as investors looked ahead to a flurry of economic data that will be released throughout the morning, which could indicate whether the market's record levels are justified. *While tech shares could see some pressure...

  • India's state-owned bank to launch Islamic fund Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 2:24 AM ET

    NEW DELHI— India's largest state-owned bank will launch an Islamic equity fund next month aimed mainly at attracting investments from the country's 170 million Muslims.The Securities and Exchange Board of India, the country's capital markets regulator, recently allowed the government-owned State Bank of India and three mutual funds to launch Shariah...

  • TOKYO, Nov 26- Japanese government bond prices were steady to slightly lower on Wednesday, drawing little help from solid U.S. Treasuries overnight as investors stayed on the sidelines ahead of a 40- year bond auction. The current 10- year JGB yield stood flat at 0.445 percent while the 20- year yield rose 0.5 basis point to 1.225 percent.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 25- U.S. Month-end buying of Treasury notes boosted demand at the Treasury's auction of $35 billion in five-year notes, analysts said. "It was a vote of confidence in U.S. bonds versus other sovereign fixed income instruments," said Tyler Tucci, Treasury strategist at RBS Securities in Stamford, Connecticut, on the strong bidding.