TOKYO, Dec 13- Japanese government bond prices fell across the curve on Friday, with 7- to 10- year maturities hit most heavily, following a fall in the yen to six-month lows against the dollar. The fall in JGBs came despite the Bank of Japan buying bonds with maturities of up to 10 years.» Read More
Dec 12- Bank of America Corp has agreed to pay $131.8 million to settle U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charges that its Merrill Lynch unit misled investors about collateralized debt obligations it structured and sold.
LONDON, Dec 12- The bet paid off in Ireland and it paid off in Hungary but star bond investor Michael Hasenstab's faith in distressed countries honouring their sovereign debts faces an even bigger test in Ukraine. For the moment at least the fate of a $5 billion- plus punt on Ukraine government debt by the Franklin Templeton manager does not look promising.
Dec 12- Bank of America Corp has agreed to pay $131.8 million to settle U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charges that its Merrill Lynch unit misled investors about collateralized debt obligations it structured and sold. Bank of America did not admit or deny wrongdoing. Bank of America bought Merrill on Jan. 1, 2009.
*Market pricing in less than 15 pct risk of senior bail-in. *Contagion effects hugely underestimated- analysts. LONDON, Dec 12- European Union plans to force bond investors take their share of losses in failing banks by 2016 could risk undermining appetite for bank debt and make it more difficult for weaker lenders to fund themselves, credit market experts said.
*Fed to buy $3- $4 billon Treasuries due 2019-2020. NEW YORK, Dec 12- U.S. The news on retail sales compounded earlier selling tied to investors making room for a supply of $13 billion worth of 30- year bonds, the last leg of this week's $64 billion in coupon-bearing government debt.
NEW YORK, Dec 12- U.S. stock index futures rebounded after earlier declines to turn positive as investors digested a flurry of data, including weekly jobless claims and retail sales.
NEW YORK, Dec 12- U.S. stock index futures held losses Thursday after mixed data reports showed a rise in retail sales while import prices indicated inflation remained subdued, and jobless claims saw their largest weekly increase in more than a year.
*Facebook to join S&P 500. *Hilton Worldwide raises over $2.3 bln in record hotel IPO. NEW YORK, Dec 12- U.S. stock index futures dipped on Thursday, setting Wall Street up for a third day of losses, as investors awaited a batch of economic data that may provide clues on how soon the Federal Reserve will start trimming back its stimulus efforts.
AMSTERDAM, Dec 12- Dutch market regulators said on Thursday they have stepped up supervision of financial institutions to evaluate the risk of possible manipulation of currency, commodities and derivatives markets.
LJUBLJANA, Dec 12- Slovenia issued a 1 billion euro bond on Wednesday to help raise the funds to recapitalise its ailing banks, Finance Minister Uros Cufer said on Thursday.
TOKYO, Dec 12- Japanese government bond prices were steady to firmer on Thursday, helped by a fall in Tokyo share prices as well as structural support from the Bank of Japan's massive bond buying. The market is also bolstered by the BOJ's two-year asset purchase scheme, in which it buys more than 7 trillion yen of JGBs every month.
*U.S. to sell $13 billion 30- year bonds on Thursday. Treasury debt prices fell on Wednesday as the market built in a price concession for the Treasury's $13 billion 30- year bond auction on Thursday, the final leg of the three-part $64 billion sale of government debt this week.
BOSTON, Dec 11- Capital gains pain has arrived for U.S. mutual fund investors. "In many respects, it's a good news story," said Joel Dickson, a senior investment strategist at Vanguard Group. Fidelity's $16 billion Magellan Fund plans to distribute capital gains of $5.52 a share in 2013. That is up from just 2 cents a share in 2012, according to fund disclosures.
WASHINGTON, Dec 11- Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc will pay $100 million to resolve U.S. probes into whether the bank violated U.S. sanctions laws against Iran, Sudan, Burma and Cuba, U.S. authorities said on Wednesday. The bank entered into agreements with the U.S. Federal Reserve, the U.S. Treasury Department and the New York State Department of Financial Services.
"But the proposal does not increase the federal government debt ceiling, which Congress will need to raise again by 7 February to give the Treasury the borrowing capacity it needs to meet its payment obligations and avoid further recourse to extraordinary measures," Fitch said.
BOSTON, Dec 11- Capital gains pain has arrived for U.S. mutual fund investors. Fidelity's $16 billion Magellan Fund, for example, plans to distribute capital gains of $5.52 a share in 2013. That is up from just 2 cents a share in 2012, according to fund disclosures.
*Costco shares drop after profit misses estimates. NEW YORK, Dec 11- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Wednesday as investors assessed a provisional budget deal reached in Washington and its potential impact of an expected wind-down of Federal Reserve stimulus.
MILAN, Dec 11- Italy's one-year borrowing costs inched higher at an auction on Wednesday from the record low they hit a month ago, as banks step up repayment of longer-term European Central Bank loans and reduce excess liquidity on money markets. On Wednesday, Italy sold the planned 5.5 billion euros in bills, meeting requests for 1.6 times that amount.
TOKYO, Dec 11- Japanese government bond prices were slightly higher on Wednesday against a backdrop of moderately firmer U.S. Treasuries overnight and weaker Tokyo stocks. Buying by the Bank of Japan also lent support.