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  • NEW YORK, Nov 24- Longtime Wall Street strategist Richard Bernstein hasn't quite gotten used to investors' reactions when he tells them his favorite asset class for 2015 is the same as in 2014- high- yield municipal bonds. Nevertheless, Bernstein said on Monday he sees high-yield munis as an undervalued asset class, with yields in some cases rivaling or exceeding...

  • LONDON, Nov 24- Financial institutions that settle trillions of dollars of derivative contracts a day may need to hold more capital to stop them requiring a government bailout if they fail, a senior Bank of England official said on Monday. "There is... an important question as to whether CCPs are resolvable in their current forms, and... whether changes to the liability...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 24- Prices of U.S. Treasury will sell $28 billion in two-year notes, $13 billion in two-year floating rate notes, $35 billion in five-year notes and $29 billion in seven-year notes. Traders sold fewer shorter-dated Treasury notes than 30- year Treasury bonds since they had become less sensitive to signs of when the Federal Reserve will raise...

  • *Kenya issued $2 bln Eurobond on Irish exchange in June. DIANI, Kenya, Nov 24- Kenya could cross-list its $2 billion Eurobond on the Nairobi bourse, Deputy President William Ruto said on Monday, telling investors that the yield on Kenyan debt is likely to fall as inflation eases. "I'm happy now that the stock exchange in Kenya is prepared to work with us as government to...

  • *RenaissanceRe to buy Platinum for $1.9 bln. NEW YORK, Nov 24- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Monday, indicating that major indexes would move further into record territory on the back of multiple merger deals and hopes that China will take further accommodative monetary policy action. Equities closed a fifth straight week of advances Friday,...

  • US STOCKS-Futures rise, boosted by merger activity Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 8:14 AM ET

    *RenaissanceRe to buy Platinum for $1.9 bln. NEW YORK, Nov 24- U.S. stock index futures rose on Monday, indicating that major indexes would move further into record territory, on the back of multiple merger deals and hopes that China will take further accommodative monetary policy action. Equities closed a fifth straight week of advances Friday, with the Dow and S&P...

  • Distressed opportunities in Europe     Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 7:17 AM ET

    Discussing the likelihood of a distressed cycle for the U.S. market, with Glenn August, Oak Hill Advisors CEO. August says his firm has $4 billion of capital in Europe.

  • US STOCKS-Futures higher, building on recent gains Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 7:14 AM ET

    *RenaissanceRe to buy Platinum for $1.9 bln. NEW YORK, Nov 24- U.S. stock index futures rose on Monday, indicating the market's recent strength would continue during a week that's expected to see light action ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday. *Equities closed a fifth straight week of advances Friday, with the Dow and S&P 500 ending at closing records on...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 24- U.S. fund firms are taking extra measures to make sure they don't get stuck holding hard-to-sell bonds in the event that fixed income markets see a massive race to the exits when interest rates start to rise. Over the past few months a growing number of asset managers, including Neuberger Berman, Natixis Global Management and T. Rowe Price have been...

  • Issuers face a Dec. 1 deadline to report disclosure violations to the Securities and Exchange Commission in the regulator's latest stab at strengthening regulation of the $3.7 trillion municipal market. In the last two years, the SEC has charged cities, school districts and even a state with failing to disclose required information. Next year the SEC plans on "...

  • Treasury long bond yields fell on Friday in thin trading, in line with declines in the eurozone after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said the central bank was prepared to do more to stimulate the sluggish eurozone economy. U.S. government bonds took a cue from European markets, where Draghi's comments lifted eurozone debt and pushed yields on...

  • LONDON, Nov 21- British insurer Aviva said on Friday it had agreed terms on a possible deal to buy rival Friends Life for 5.6 billion pounds, as British pension reform puts pressure on insurance companies to find new business. Aviva's all-share offer of 0.74 shares for every Friends Life share implies a 15 percent premium to the closing price on Friday.

  • Nov 21- British insurer Aviva said on Friday it had agreed terms on a possible deal to buy rival Friends Life for 5.6 billion pounds, as British pension reform puts pressure on insurance companies. Aviva's all-share offer of 0.74 shares for every Friends Life share implies a 15 percent premium to the closing price on Friday. Friends Life shareholders would also...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 21- U.S. Treasury long bond prices edged higher on Friday in line with gains in euro zone debt after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said the central bank is prepared to do more to stimulate a sluggish euro zone economy. U.S. government debt took a cue from European markets, where Draghi's comments lifted euro zone debt and pushed yields on...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 21- U.S. stock index futures rose on Friday, setting major indexes up for a fifth week of gains, after China's central bank cut its benchmark interest rate for the first time in more than two years to boost its cooling economy. *The People's Bank of China said it was cutting one-year benchmark lending rates by 40 basis points to 5.6 percent.

  • *Draghi says stronger recovery unlikely in coming months. *Short-term inflation expectations seen "excessively low". FRANKFURT, Nov 21- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi threw the door wide open on Friday for more dramatic action to rescue the euro zone economy, saying "excessively low" inflation had to be raised quickly by whatever means necessary.

  • TOKYO, Nov 21- The cost of insuring Japanese government debt has risen to a one-year high after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to postpone a tax hike sparked worries about the country's weak fiscal position. The spread on Japan's credit default swaps widened to 59.5 basis points over U.S. Japan's CDS has widened by 20 basis points in the last two...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 21- Middleby Corp, maker of high-end kitchen appliances for both professional and home cooks, has become a new favorite of fund managers as it benefits from changing American dining habits. That push away from Big Macs has spurred Middleby's revenue growth, which hit 14 percent in its current fiscal year, and prompted 81 mutual funds, including those...

  • JGBs edge up, BOJ buying helps longer-dated maturities Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 9:28 PM ET

    TOKYO, Nov 21- Japanese government bond prices edged up on Friday, lifted by slipping Tokyo shares and overnight gains in U.S. A regular operation by the Bank of Japan, through which large amounts of government debt is purchased for its monetary easing programme, also supported longer-dated JGBs. Tokyo's Nikkei skidded 0.9 percent as selling ahead of a long...

  • LONDON- NIGERIA HAS NO PLANS FOR EUROBOND IN 2015- FINANCE MINISTER.