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  • SHANGHAI, April 28- China's Ministry of Finance has warned of slowing tax revenue growth and told local authorities to hasten issuance of newly-approved municipal bond debt- signalling official concern over provincial budgets at a critical time for the economy and planned fiscal reforms. In a statement, the Ministry of Finance urged local finance bureaus to "...

  • TOKYO, April 28- Japanese government bond prices edged down ahead of an upcoming Bank of Japan meeting amid some ebb in expectations that the central bank will further ease monetary policy. The JGB market took a downgrade to Japan's credit rating by Fitch Ratings in its stride, as the decision was well anticipated. Fitch Ratings late on Monday downgraded Japan by...

  • Rates mixed at weekly US Treasury bill auction Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | 5:22 PM ET

    The Treasury Department auctioned $24 billion in three-month bills at a discount rate of 0.020 percent, down from 0.025 percent last week. Another $24 billion in six-month bills was auctioned at a discount rate of 0.095 percent, up from 0.090 percent last week. For a $10,000 bill, the three-month price was $9,999.49, while a six-month bill sold for $9,995.20.

  • NEW YORK, April 27- U.S. No one is expecting the Fed to do anything, "said Gene Tannuzzo, portfolio manager at Columbia Management in Minneapolis. Bond prices had also fallen as investors made room for $26 billion of two-year notes, part of this week's $90 billion in fixed-rate Treasuries.

  • *Amgen's fall drags downs biotech stocks. Amgen shares dropped 3.2 percent to $162.53 after U.S. Food and Drug Administration staff reviewers said Amgen's skin cancer immunotherapy cannot be considered for an accelerated review at this time, citing concerns over the design and results of a key study. The healthcare sector is being dragged down by reports on...

  • LONDON, April 27- Hedge funds and other money managers raised their bets on rising Brent crude oil prices for a fifth week in a row to a new record, exchange data showed on Monday. Speculators increased net long positions in Brent futures and options by 8,351 contracts to 271,929 in the week to April 21, InterContinental Exchange data showed, the highest level since...

  • 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...