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  • HONG KONG/ SHANGHAI, Dec 29- The additional spread that investors demand for credit risk in China is at the highest level in nearly 15 months as investors in the country's corporate bond market start pricing in the impact of an ongoing crackdown on low-grade issuers. The spread between the one-year yield on AAA-rated bonds and those rated AA has widened to 112.4...

  • It was a year when Cynk Technology, a development-stage company with no revenue, was briefly worth $6 billion, and when a long-forgotten closed-end fund focused on Cuba- the Herzfeld Caribbean Basin Fund- saw more trading in one day in December than it had in six years. With a current market value of about $663 billion, if one were to pick a company that would be the...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 26- U.S. At the same time the Treasury sold $104 billion in new intermediate-dated supply. "Anytime bonds came out for sale everyone was backing up their bids and letting prices fall to where the auctions would attract sizable overseas interest," said Jim Vogel, an interest rate strategist at FTN Financial in Memphis, Tennessee.

  • *Markets on track for positive week, indexes near records. NEW YORK, Dec 26- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Friday, putting major indexes on track for a second straight weekly advance, though moves were likely to be slight with few market catalysts and many traders still out for the Christmas holiday. Wall Street has rallied of late, with both the...

  • *Markets on track for positive week, indexes near records. NEW YORK, Dec 26- U.S. stock index futures edged higher on Friday, putting major indexes on track for a second straight weekly advance, though moves were likely to be slight with few market catalysts and many traders extending their Christmas holiday. *Wall Street has rallied of late, with both the Dow and S&P...

  • TOKYO, Dec 26- Japanese government bond prices were mostly lower on Friday as some investors booked profits ahead of the weekend, after the benchmark yield set a fresh record low earlier in the session. The Bank of Japan bought 400 billion yen of JGBs in the 5- year to 10- year zone under its massive asset purchase programme. Investors widely expect the central bank...

  • UPDATE 1-Russian rouble strengthens in thin trade Thursday, 25 Dec 2014 | 3:35 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Dec 25- Russia's rouble strengthened on Thursday as exporters sold foreign currency in response to government pressure and to meet tax payments, but trading volumes were thin as many Western markets were closed for the Christmas Day holidays. "We think the short-term upside for the rouble is limited," Dmitry Polevoy at ING Bank said in a note, also citing...

  • *Prices erase earlier losses, yield curve resumes flattening. NEW YORK, Dec 24- Long-dated U.S. "People are gaining confidence that the economy is on very solid ground, and the Fed is probably going to move earlier than June, and that all rates should rise," said Charles Comiskey, head of Treasuries trading at Bank of Nova Scotia in New York.

  • MOST TREASURIES ERASE EARLIER PRICE LOSSES, 30- YEAR BOND PRICES TURN POSITIVE.

  • US 30- YEAR TREASURY BONDS ERASE EARLIER PRICE LOSSES, YIELDS FALL TO 2.86 PERCENT.

  • Being choosy paid off for mutual-fund investors in 2014 Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 11:57 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Go big and stay home. Anyone who followed that strategy with their mutual funds in 2014 is likely sitting on another year of healthy returns. Funds that focus on stocks of the biggest companies were some of the year's strongest performers, while U.S. stock and bond funds generally did much better than their foreign counterparts.

  • TREASURIES-Bonds extend rout as rate hikes seen near Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 11:57 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 24- U.S. Yields held near session highs after the government sold $29 billion in seven-year notes to the lowest demand in 13 months. "People are gaining confidence that the economy is on very solid ground, and the Fed is probably going to move earlier than June, and that all rates should rise," said Charles Comiskey, head of Treasuries trading at Bank of Nova...

  • *Treasury to sell $29 bln seven-year notes. NEW YORK, Dec 24- U.S. "People are gaining confidence that the economy is on very solid ground, and the Fed is probably going to move earlier than June, and that all rates should rise," said Charles Comiskey, head of Treasuries trading at Bank of Nova Scotia in New York.

  • UPDATE 2-Rouble stable, but S&P downgrade warning weighs Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 8:42 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Dec 24- Russia's rouble stabilised on Wednesday, as exporters selling foreign currency countered the effect of a ratings agency saying it could downgrade Russia's sovereign debt to' junk' status as soon as next month. Late on Tuesday, Standard and Poor's revised Russia's credit ratings to creditwatch negative from negative, warning a deterioration in...

  • *Equity markets close at 1 p.m. in holiday-shortened session. NEW YORK, Dec 24- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Wednesday, after a five-day winning streak pushed the Dow and S&P 500 to new closing records and ahead of data on the labor market. *Equity markets will operate on a shortened trading schedule Wednesday, closing at 1 p.m. ahead of the Christmas...

  • *Rouble dips after S&P puts Russia on junk downgrade warning. LONDON, Dec 24- The strongest growth for the world's largest economy in over a decade meant there was plenty of pre-Christmas cheer in global markets on Wednesday, as stocks continued their strong run and the dollar hovered at an 8-1/ 2 year high. The data drove both the Dow Jones and the S&P 500 benchmark...

  • TOKYO, Dec 24- Japanese government bonds were mostly steady on Wednesday, with trading volumes in both cash and futures markets thin ahead of the long Christmas holiday weekend in the U.S. and Europe. The Bank of Japan refrained from offering to buy JGBs under its asset purchase programme. Market participants now expect the central bank to buy 400 billion yen of...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 23- Investors in U.S.-based mutual funds pulled $9.4 billion out of bond funds in the week ended Dec. 17 on profit-taking following gains in bonds this year, data from the Investment Company Institute showed on Tuesday. Funds that specialize in U.S. stocks posted $4.2 billion in outflows, while funds that mainly hold international shares posted $2.4...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 23- A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday threw out most of the claims in an investor lawsuit against Bank of New York Mellon Corp as trustee for subpar mortgage-backed securities involved in an $8.5 billion settlement by Bank of America Corp.. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said Bank of New York Mellon did not have to face claims stemming...

  • US 30- YEAR TREASURY BONDS EXTEND PRICE LOSSES TO TWO FULL POINTS, YIELDS RISE TO 2.848 PERCENT.