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  • LONDON, April 27- Greek two-year government bond yields dropped around 250 basis points on Monday after Athens reshuffled its team handling talks with European lenders and the International Monetary Fund. "The Eurogroup meeting in Riga showed Varoufakis was more or less isolated and it seems that Tsipras has understood that," said Felix Herrmann, a market...

  • NEW YORK, April 27- U.S. Treasuries prices fell on Monday as investors made room for the upcoming $26 billion of two-year notes, part of this week's $90 billion in fixed-rate government debt supply. I don't think the data are there for them to be tweaking things, "said Brian Rehling, chief fixed-income strategist at Wells Fargo Advisors in St. Louis, Missouri.

  • *Applied Materials falls after merger called off. April 27- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a modestly higher open on Monday after the Nasdaq and S&P 500 chalked up record high closes on Friday and ahead of Apple's results after the close. "So far, both the economic data and earnings data has been weaker-than-expected and so that means that an imminent rate hike...

  • Fitch downgrades Japan citing economic concerns Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | 7:56 AM ET

    Fitch Ratings has lowered Japan's credit rating as the country continues to wrestle with staggering debt. Japan's debt is the largest among developed nations and more than twice the size of its economy. Fitch said Monday that Japan's main credit and rating weakness is due to its high and rising level of government debt.

  • *Fitch downgrades Japan to A, five notches below best rating. *Doubts remain over how Japan can reduce debt burden. TOKYO, April 27- Fitch Ratings downgraded Japan's credit rating by one notch after the government failed to take steps in this fiscal year's budget to offset a delay in a sales tax increase, the agency said on Monday.

  • *World shares hit new high, Greece worries pull Europe down. LONDON, April 27- World shares hit a new high on Monday, led by China, though the global rally faded in Europe as investors looked ahead to central bank meetings in the United States and worried over Greece. The FTSEurofirst 300 index was down 0.4 percent, hit by concern about a lack of progress in talks between...

  • TOKYO, April 27- Japanese government bonds weakened on Monday as selling interest at the Bank of Japan bond-buying operations picked up ahead of upcoming holidays and the BOJ policy meeting later this week. On Monday, the BOJ offered to buy 375 billion yen of 1- year to 3- year JGBs, 375 billion yen of 3- year to 5- year JGBs, and 400 billion yen of 5- year to 10- year JGBs...

  • *Greece, creditors wrestle over reforms to reach debt deal. The absence of a breakthrough in debt negotiations between Greece and its creditors also underpinned safe-haven demand for low-risk government debt, analysts said. "We expect the FOMC to leave everything on the table and maintain a similar tone to the last statement," said Ira Jersey, head of U.S. interest...

  • NEW YORK, April 24- Healthcare companies on a seven-year tear have been top performers so far in 2015, helping to push broad stock indexes to record levels, but traders are now looking to protect themselves from a selloff as they await major earnings reports in the sector. Companies reporting first-quarter earnings next week include Bristol-Meyers Squibb Co,...

  • MONTREAL, April 24- When Scott O'Malia, chief executive officer of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, took the stage at the trade group's 30th annual general meeting this week, he explained the strength of ISDA as "in a word, relevance." ISDA has been central to the growth of privately traded derivatives, fighting off regulation in the 1990 s,...

  • *Greece, creditors wrestle over reforms to reach debt deal. The absence of a breakthrough in debt negotiations between Greece and its creditors also underpinned safe-haven demand for low-risk government debt, analysts said. "We expect the FOMC to leave everything on the table and maintain a similar tone to the last statement," said Ira Jersey, head of U.S. interest...

  • *Xerox slumps as it cuts forecast. *Comcast shares up after it calls off Time Warner Cable merger. April 24- U.S. stocks were set to open higher on Friday as strong results from tech behemoths Google, Amazon and Microsoft set the Nasdaq Composite on track to extend its run after surpassing on Thursday a 15- year-old record.

  • April 24- U.S. stock index futures rose on Friday as strong results from tech behemoths Google, Amazon and Microsoft set the Nasdaq Composite on track to set a record closing high for the second straight day. *Amazon shares jumped 10 percent to $429.50 in premarket trading after the e-commerce company's revenue came in above estimates. *Microsoft shares rose 3.3...

  • Zhao Yang, fund manager of Bosera Asset Management Co, which is launching a mutual fund to invest in the city's markets, said he expected inflows from Chinese mutual funds and insurers to continue, and the valuation gap between Hong Kong and China- listed stocks to narrow further. His view was echoed by brokerage China Investment Securities, who wrote on Friday: "In...

  • *Japan's top life insurer says to restrain yen bond buying. TOKYO, April 24- Nippon Life, Japan's biggest private life insurance company, plans to keep fresh investment in domestic bonds to a minimum and allocate more funds to risk assets such as foreign bonds in the year to March, a senior executive said on Friday. The 10- year Japanese government bond yield hovered...

  • TOKYO, April 24- Japanese government bond yields hit multi-month lows on Friday as the Bank of Japan's regular debt-buying operation and firmer U.S. Investors took heart after the BOJ bought 2.5 trillion yen of short-term bills in a regular debt-purchasing operation. Uneasiness about Greece and its future in the euro zone have also underpinned safe-haven...

  • NEW YORK, April 23- New Jersey's capital city, Trenton, has canceled a bond refunding sale because its credit downgrade on Monday left it unable to save enough money for the deal to meet legal standards, Trenton's finance director told Reuters. Cash-strapped Trenton had planned to sell about $17.8 million of general improvement and sewer utility refunding...

  • NEW YORK— Here's a trick question: Are Spanish stocks up or down this year? For someone sitting in a Barcelona cafe, the answer is obviously up. The dollar's value has climbed against the Argentine peso, the New Zealand dollar and almost everything in between.

  • NEW YORK, April 23- U.S. "The weaker economic data certainly helped pulled some bids back into the market," said Andrew Richman, fixed income strategist at SunTrust Private Wealth Management in Palm Beach, Florida. Uneasiness about Greece and its future in the euro zone also underpinned safe-haven demand for Treasuries.

  • TREASURIES-U.S. yields stabilize after market selloff Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 9:45 AM ET

    NEW YORK, April 23- U.S. Analysts blamed the market downdraft on a combination of factors, including a perceived hawkish tilt in the minutes of the Bank of England's previous meeting as well as investors paring heavy holdings in Bunds due to the European Central Bank's bond purchase programs, and concerns about Greece striking a deal with its creditors.