TOKYO, July 22- Longer-dated Japanese government bond yields inched up on Tuesday as the market braced for fresh supply of super long bonds. The Ministry of Finance will offer 1.2 trillion yen of 20- year JGBs on Wednesday. Treasuries were well supported by flight-to-quality bids amid ongoing tensions in Ukraine and Gaza.» Read More
July 21- The U.S. commonwealth of Puerto Rico asked a federal court to dismiss as premature a lawsuit filed by U.S. mutual funds that sought to strike down a recently enacted Puerto Rican law that the funds said posed a threat to American investors.
PUERTO RICO SEEKS DISMISSAL OF U.S.
NEW YORK, July 21- U.S. long-term Treasury debt prices rose on Monday on safe-haven demand increased by investors' caution over turmoil in the Middle East and growing geopolitical tension following the downing of a Malaysian Airlines aircraft in Ukraine.
WASHINGTON— Interest rates on short-term Treasury bills were mixed in Monday's auction with three-month bills unchanged and six-month bills dropping to their lowest level in three weeks. The Treasury Department auctioned $26 billion in three-month bills at a discount rate of 0.025 percent, unchanged from last week.
CHICAGO, July 21- All too often, I see investors heading in the wrong direction en masse. The Energy SPDR, which charges 0.16 percent for annual management expenses and holds Exxon Mobil Corp, Chevron Corp and Schlumberger NV, has climbed 22 percent in the past 12 months, with nearly one-third of that gain coming in the three months through July 18.
*U.S. 30- year bond yield falls to lowest since June 2013. Treasury debt prices rose on Monday on safe haven demand heightened by investor caution over turmoil in the Middle East and growing geopolitical tension following the downing of a Malaysian Airlines aircraft.
*EMC jumps on report of activist investor stake. NEW YORK, July 21- U.S. stock index futures edged lower on Monday as developments in Ukraine and Middle East looked to dominate trading amid a thin economic calendar. Fighters from Hamas, which controls Gaza, have repeatedly tried to infiltrate Israel over the past week through a network of hidden tunnels.
BEIJING, July 21- China signed a bilateral currency swap agreement worth 150 billion yuan with the Swiss central bank, which can invest up to 15 billion yuan in China's bond market. The Swiss National Bank is allowed to invest up to 15 billion yuan in China's interbank bond market under a quota given by the PBOC.
Treasuries held steady on Friday, taking in stride a weaker-than-expected U.S. consumer sentiment survey and holding onto the safe-haven flows stemming from the escalation of tensions in Ukraine and Israel in the last 24 hours.
Macedonia and South Africa successfully tapped bond markets on July 17, as buyers turned a blind eye to the ongoing Russian bond rout caused by U.S. sanctions and the bringing-down of a passenger plane on its border with Ukraine. And the bank crisis and resulting stock market tumble in Bulgaria made barely a ripple in neighbouring Romania or Hungary.
NEW YORK, July 18- U.S. stock index futures rose modestly on Friday, putting the S&P 500 on track to bounce from its biggest decline since April 10, ahead of data on consumer sentiment.
SHANGHAI, July 18- A Chinese construction company at risk of declaring a landmark bond default on nearly $65 million is getting local political support to hold off creditors and get cash, state media reported on Friday, citing sources at the struggling firm.
TOKYO, July 18- Japanese government bond prices were little changed on Friday, rising early on an overnight surge in U.S. The Ministry of Finance offered 270 billion yen of five-year JGBs on Friday.
TOKYO, July 18- Asian shares sagged in early trading and a drop in Treasury yields pressured the dollar after news of a downed Malaysian airlines jet at the Ukraine- Russia border sent investors scurrying into defensive assets.
NEW YORK, July 17- Puerto Rico is fully committed to honoring its debts and expects to be able to access capital markets again possibly as soon as early 2015, officials of the U.S. The law led to a raft of debt downgrades and fears Puerto Rico may embark on full-scale restructuring of its more than $70 billion debt.
Total U.S. money market mutual fund assets fell $10.22 billion to $2.57 trillion for the week that ended Wednesday, according to the Investment Company Institute. Assets in the nation's retail money market mutual funds fell $1.42 billion to $893.46 billion, the Washington- based mutual fund trade group said Thursday.
NEW YORK, July 17- Investors in U.S.-based funds poured $4.3 billion into stock funds in the week ended July 16, marking their biggest inflows in four weeks, data from Thomson Reuters' Lipper service showed on Thursday. Stock exchange-traded funds attracted all of new cash with inflows of $4.4 billion, while stock mutual funds posted $70.5 million in outflows.
Treasury prices rose on Thursday as investors sought a safe haven after news a Malaysian passenger plane came down over eastern Ukraine, an area of increasing conflict between the government and pro- Moscow rebels.
NEW YORK— Experts say bonds are less attractive than stocks. Investors are continuing to pour money into bond mutual funds despite the warnings from Wall Street. Investors noticed, and they plugged a net $3.48 billion into those funds last month, according to Morningstar.
*Portugal Telecom considering lawsuit targeting BES. LISBON, July 17- Banco Espirito Santo could be sued over a loan that one of its founding family's holding companies failed to repay to Portugal Telecom, sources said on Thursday, as credit rating agencies downgraded the bank and its key shareholder.