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  • TREASURIES-Prices turn down after rally, jobless data Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 10:40 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Jan 29- U.S. Other maturities were also mostly off, according to Thomson Reuters data. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 43,000 to a seasonally adjusted 265,000 for the week ended Jan. 24, the lowest since April 2000, the Labor Department said on Thursday.

  • LONDON, Jan 29- Credit ratings for a swathe of developing economies are at risk of falling into "junk" status and out of the top investment grade league, with up to a tenth of outstanding emerging market bonds possibly affected. Moreover, almost $1 trillion worth of securities would be affected if emerging entities with ratings of BBB/Baa2- two notches above junk-...

  • *Russia loses investment grade credit rating from S&P. *Brazil, Turkey, South Africa, Indonesia also at risk- bank. Russia this week became the first of the major economies to lose its investment grade status from Standard& Poor's, falling out off the top ratings category for credits deemed to have a low risk of default for the first time in a decade.

  • Belarus's Lukashenko urges bondholders not to worry Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 7:52 AM ET

    MINSK, Jan 29- Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Thursday that holders of the country's sovereign bonds should not be worried over Minsk's ability to service its obligations. "Some bondholders are worrying that we are in a pre-default situation. This doesn't mean anything, "Lukashenko told his annual briefing, referring to his earlier...

  • JGBs mostly flat, superlong zone underperforms Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 3:04 AM ET

    TOKYO, Jan 29- Benchmark Japanese government bonds were mostly flat on Thursday, while the superlong tenor was slightly weaker even as plunging stocks put a floor under bond prices. Japan's Nikkei stock average shed 1.1 percent after the Federal Reserve took an upbeat view on the U.S. economy and signalled that it remains firmly on track to raise interest rates...

  • SHANGHAI, Jan 29- China's index futures fell at the opening of trade on Thursday morning after sources told Reuters that regulators are launching a fresh investigation into margin trading at brokerages. The CSI300 stock index futures for February fell 1.8 percent to 3471.8 in early trade. The last time China regulators cracked down on margin lending,...

  • SAN JUAN, Jan 28- Puerto Rico is negotiating with at least two bond insurers to insure around $500 million of a planned $2 billion bond issue, which would extend the appeal of the sale beyond the hedge funds currently buying the U.S. commonwealth's debt, according to two sources close to the process. The island's Government Development Bank is in talks with MBIA's...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 28- The Federal Reserve on Wednesday said the U.S. economy was expanding "at a solid pace" with strong job gains in a signal that the central bank remains on track with its plans to raise interest rates this year. "The committee, in fact, was downright bullish on current economic conditions and the outlook," said Paul Edelstein, director of financial...

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-U.S. bonds rally after Fed; stocks retreat Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 4:40 PM ET

    *U.S. stocks end lower after Fed statement. NEW YORK, Jan 28- U.S. bond prices rallied, with the 30- year yield hitting a record low on Wednesday as investors bet U.S. rate hikes were less likely to start soon after the Federal Reserve said inflation was running below forecasts. Thirty-year bonds were last up 2-18/ 32 in price to yield 2.29 percent after setting a record...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 28- Bullish activity in Advent Software Inc's options surged weeks ahead of a report on Wednesday that U.S. financial software company SS&C Technologies Holdings Inc plans to buy Advent for about $2.3 billion. San Francisco- based Advent Software's shares jumped as much as 13 percent to an all-time high of $42.85 on Wednesday, after a Bloomberg...

  • TREASURIES-Prices jump on dovish view of Fed statement Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 4:11 PM ET

    *Inflation linked bond yields fall. NEW YORK, Jan 28- U.S. Thirty-year bonds were last up 2-18/ 32 in price to yield 2.29 percent after touching a new low of 2.273 percent, according to Thomson Reuters data.

  • US STOCKS-U.S. stocks fall after Fed statement, oil drop Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 3:26 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Jan 28- U.S. stocks fell on Wednesday, driven by extended losses in the S&P 500 energy sector, after the Federal Reserve said it will remain "patient" in deciding when to raise interest rates. Concluding their first policy-setting meeting of the year, Fed officials looked past the urgent moves made by other central banks this month to boost their struggling...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 28- The Federal Reserve on Wednesday said the U.S. economy was expanding "at a solid pace" as it largely looked through weakness overseas in a signal that it remains on track to raise interest rates later this year. The U.S. central bank repeated it would be "patient" in deciding when to raise benchmark borrowing costs from zero, where they have been...

  • LONDON, Jan 28- Nearly a quarter of all euro zone government bonds now have yields below zero, data from Tradeweb shows, a consequence of ECB schemes designed to channel money into the most credit-starved corners of the bloc's weak economy. European Central Bank policy-- including interest rates below zero and asset purchases-- has buoyed bond prices, knocking the...

  • TREASURIES-Prices mostly flat ahead of Fed Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 11:04 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Jan 28- U.S. Yields on the long bond have repeatedly set fresh lows this week and on Tuesday dipped to a record low of 2.328 percent, according to Thomson Reuters data. Yields on the 30- year issue favored by many non-U.S. investors touched a low on Wednesday of 2.364 percent in overseas trading before the New York open.

  • US STOCKS-Futures up with Apple, Boeing; Fed eyed Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 7:49 AM ET

    *Yahoo unveils plan to spin off Alibaba stake. NEW YORK, Jan 28- U.S. stock index futures rose on Wednesday, boosted by earnings including from Apple and Boeing, while focus could shift later in the day to the Federal Reserve's first two-day policy meeting of the year. *Yahoo gained 6.7 percent after it unveiled plans to spin off its 15 percent stake in Alibaba Group...

  • MOSCOW, Jan 28- The Russian Finance Ministry sold 2.5 billion roubles of OFZ treasury bonds at auction on Wednesday at an average yield of 12.99 percent, out of the 5 billion roubles on offer, Reuters data showed.

  • STOCKHOLM, Jan 28- Sweden's central bank may be the next to adopt unconventional policies to fight falling prices, but it is unlikely to match the impact of others as the bond market is small, yields are low and banks are already flush with cash. The U.S. Federal Reserve and Bank of England have taken similar steps. While growth in Sweden looks relatively solid at an...

  • TOKYO, Jan 28- Japanese stocks rose to a fresh one-month high on Wednesday as expectations of strong corporate earnings and a weaker yen boosted investor sentiment. Market participants were also buying on expectations that Wall Street shares would recover Tuesday's losses on Wednesday, as U.S. stock futures rebounded during Asian hours.

  • JGBs slip ahead of Fed, superlongs fare better Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 11:51 PM ET

    TOKYO, Jan 28- Japanese government bond prices slipped on Wednesday as brokers reduced their positions ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve's policy announcement later in the day and as Japanese share prices rebounded from early losses. The 10- year JGB yield rose 2.5 basis points to 0.285 percent, while the five-year yield rose 1.5 basis point to 0.050 percent.