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  • NEW YORK, Jan 23- Issuance of green bonds for companies working on battling climate change are booming, but investors say the label needs safeguards against bogus proposals that could sour retail buyers and wealth advisers just starting to tune into the securities. "The market is at a critical juncture, and it is important that certain standards and certain...

  • Venezuela eyes double-digit yield on Citgo debt sale Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 11:13 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Jan 23- Venezuela's US oil-refining unit Citgo will probably have to pay double-digit yields to lure investors into a US $2.5 bn financing package aimed at pumping new cash into its state-owned parent PDVSA. With some US $10 bn in debt payments due this year, cash-strapped Venezuela is pledging some of its most valuable assets abroad to raise new cash, as...

  • *UPS shares fall after outlook, Starbucks up on results. NEW YORK, Jan 23- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat open on Wall Street Friday, as early gains following a sharp rally in the previous session were offset by some weak corporate results. Wall Street jumped more than 1 percent on Thursday, an advance that returned the S&P 500 and Nasdaq to positive...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 23- U.S. Treasury yields fell on Friday as European government bond yields fell to record lows, a day after the European Central Bank said it would launch new stimulus in an effort to boost sagging regional growth and stave off deflation. "We're trading higher in sympathy with what's going on in Europe," said Ian Lyngen, senior government bond strategist...

  • *GE shares edge up after results, Starbucks rallies. NEW YORK, Jan 23- U.S. stock index futures edged up on Friday, following a sharp rally in the previous session that returned the S&P 500 and Nasdaq to positive territory for the year and put major indexes on track to break a three-week streak of declines. *Thursday's advance came after the European Central Bank...

  • Banks including Wells Fargo& Co and PNC Financial Services Group are contemplating steps like investing their extra cash at current low yields or using derivatives that pay off if rates stay low. Positioning for higher rates has cost the 20 largest U.S. banks somewhere between $2.5 billion and $3 billion of income each quarter, roughly 6 percent of their...

  • JGBs surge after ECB stimulus boosts government debt Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 9:33 PM ET

    TOKYO, Jan 23- Japanese government bond prices surged on Friday after the European Central Bank's launch of an unexpectedly bold bond-buying stimulus provided a boost for sovereign debt. The benchmark 10- year JGB yield sank 6 basis points to 0.255 percent, heading back towards a record low of 0.195 percent struck early in the week. A regular bond-purchasing...

  • NEW YORK— It looks like we really are giving the stock market another chance. Last year stock index mutual funds and exchange-traded funds attracted a net $166.6 billion, according to Morningstar. At the same time, $98.4 billion went in the opposite direction out of actively managed ones.

  • BOSTON, Jan 20- Fidelity's $110 Billion Contrafund has trimmed a roughly $7 billion stake in Google Inc because of portfolio manager Will Danoff's view that the stock faces a potentially choppy market over the short term. Contrafund is the largest U.S. mutual fund investor in Google's stock, which had been its top holding. But Google shares, down 11 percent over...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 22- The euro sank to a more than 11- year low against the dollar and a three-month low against the yen on Thursday after the European Central Bank launched a landmark bond-buying program that will pump hundreds of billions into a sagging euro zone economy. The ECB said it would buy government bonds from this March until the end of September 2016...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 22- Calling it a play on falling U.S. gas prices, the portfolio manager of the one of the top-performing large-cap value funds over the last decade recently purchased slightly more than 1 million shares of Dunkin' Brands Group Inc, parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins. Dunkin' Brands shares fell nearly 10 percent over two days after the...

  • FACTBOX-How ECB will print money and share the risk Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 12:55 PM ET

    FRANKFURT, Jan 22- The European Central Bank is launching a one-trillion-euro- plus money printing programme to bolster the flagging euro zone economy. That figure includes rebundled private debt, asset-backed securities and covered bonds, typically worth about 10 billion euros, on top of the roughly 50 billion euros in state bonds. *12 percent of the buying...

  • LONDON, Jan 22- European government borrowing rates plummeted to record lows, the euro weakened and stock markets rallied on Thursday after the European Central Bank launched a landmark bond-buying programme. The stubbornly stagnant euro zone economy and falling consumer prices in the currency bloc prompted the ECB to unveil a 60 billion euro a month...

  • BOSTON, Jan 22- Warning to mutual fund investors: the tax man is coming. U.S. investors in stock funds will take a big tax hit this year on capital gains that could top $300 billion after portfolio managers exhausted most of their loss reserves to offset several years of stock market advances. It's what you keep, " Boston- based Eaton Vance, which has nearly $300 billion...

  • Janus profit up after Gross helps bring inflows Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 11:30 AM ET
    Bill Gross during CNBC interview

    Denver asset manager Janus Capital Group said fourth-quarter profit rose 22 percent after hiring of star bond fund manager Bill Gross.

  • BOSTON, Jan 22- Star bond fund manager Bill Gross has pumped more than $700 million of his own money into the Janus Global Unconstrained Bond Fund, Janus Capital Chief Executive Dick Weil said on Thursday. "At the end of 2014, Bill had invested more than $700 million of his personal money in the Global Unconstrained Bond Fund," Weil said on a conference call.

  • LONDON, Jan 22- European government borrowing rates plummeted to record lows, the euro weakened and stock markets rallied on Thursday after the European Central Bank launched a landmark bond buying programme. The stubbornly stagnant euro zone economy and falling consumer prices in the currency bloc prompted the ECB to unveil a 60 billion euro a month...

  • Bill Gross invested more than $700 mln in Janus bond fund Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 10:18 AM ET

    BOSTON, Jan 22- Star bond fund manager Bill Gross has pumped more than $700 million of his own money into the Janus Global Unconstrained Bond Fund, Janus Capital Chief Executive Dick Weil said on Thursday. "At the end of 2014, Bill had invested more than $700 million of his personal money in the Global Unconstrained Bond Fund," Weil said on a conference call.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 22- U.S. The ECB said it would buy government bonds from this March until the end of September 2016 despite opposition from Germany's Bundesbank and concerns in Berlin that it could allow spendthrift countries to slacken economic reforms. "It's pretty aggressive, slightly more than the market was looking for," said Wilmer Stith, a fixed income...

  • US 10- YEAR NOTE YIELDS FALL TO 1.83 PCT, 30- YEAR BOND YIELDS DROP TO 2.43 PCT.