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  • NEW YORK, April 16- U.S. Treasury yields fell slightly on Thursday as weak housing data added to concerns over slowing U.S. economic growth, while the standoff between Greece and its creditors also added a safety bid to the debt. "We turned a little bit on the housing data, which was weaker than expected, and it's getting harder to blame the weather," said market...

  • ATHENS, April 16- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told Reuters on Thursday he was "firmly optimistic" his government would reach an agreement with foreign creditors by the end of April despite friction over issues such as pension and labour reform. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, among Tsipras's harshest critics, went so far as to say on...

  • US TREASURY YIELDS DECLINE AFTER HOUSING STARTS, JOBLESS CLAIMS DATA, 10- YEAR NOTE YIELDS FALL TO 1.87 PERCENT.

  • LONDON, April 16- Euro zone government borrowing costs slid to new lows on Thursday, a day after the European Central Bank pledged to fulfill its 1 trillion-euro bond-buying program and as Greece's financial predicament deteriorated sharply. But the widening rift between Greece and its creditors over a deal that would unlock funds for Athens and prevent a...

  • Greek bond yields soar as debt default fears swell Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 7:34 AM ET

    LONDON— Mounting fears of a Greek debt default sent the country's borrowing costs surging higher Thursday and prompted one prominent U.K. bookmaker to stop taking bets on the possibility of Greece leaving the euro. Greece owes the IMF around 1 billion euros in repayments next month. "What is concerning is how quickly these' informal' talks could turn into serious...

  • April 16- BlackRock Inc, the world's largest money manager, reported an 8.7 percent rise in first-quarter profit, boosted by positive flows into its exchange-traded funds. On an adjusted basis, BlackRock earned $4.89 per share, handily beating analysts' average estimate of $4.52, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Net inflows totaled $68.7 billion as...

  • April 16- BlackRock Inc, the world's largest money manager, reported an 8.7 percent rise in first-quarter profit, boosted by positive flows into its exchange-traded funds. On an adjusted basis, BlackRock earned $4.89 per share, handily beating analysts' average estimate of $4.52, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Net inflows totaled $68.7 billion as...

  • LONDON, April 16- Euro zone government borrowing costs slid to new lows on Thursday, a day after the European Central Bank pledged to fulfill its 1 trillion euro bond-buying program, although regional stocks took a step back from this week's multi-year peaks. Investors also fretted about the deepening crisis in Greece. Credit rating agency Standard& Poor's...

  • Hong Kong stocks rise as more China inflows expected Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 4:11 AM ET

    "Investors should continue to build positions in Hong Kong due to its extremely low valuation, relative market isolation and significant underperformance compared with its Chinese comrades," Hong Hao, chief strategist with BOCOM International, wrote on Thursday. HSBC said in a report that Chinese mutual funds could raise 500 billion yuan from local...

  • Benchmark JGBs pare losses after solid 20-year sale Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 2:49 AM ET

    TOKYO, April 16- Benchmark Japanese government bonds slipped slightly on Thursday but were well off their session low after solid demand at an auction of 20- year JGBs. The benchmark 10- year yield inched up half a basis point to 0.325 percent, after earlier rising to a nearly one-week high of 0.350 percent. The Ministry of Finance offered 1.2 trillion yen of 20-...

  • WASHINGTON, April 15- Iraq has decided to issue $5 billion in international bonds and is negotiating the terms, Iraqi Finance Minister Hoshyar Zebari said on Wednesday, one of several measures as it seeks to relieve the pressure of low oil prices on its finances. At a meeting with reporters in Washington, Zebari said Iraq was negotiating with Citigroup Inc's...

  • WASHINGTON, April 15- Iraq has decided to issue $5 billion in international bonds and is negotiating the terms, Iraqi Finance Minister Hoshyar Zebari said on Wednesday, in an effort to relieve the pressure of low oil prices on the government's finances. "We are negotiating with Citibank and Deutsche Bank on that," Zebari said at a meeting with reporters in...

  • NEW YORK, April 15- Creditors of Puerto Rico's troubled power authority, PREPA, will give the utility another 15 days leeway under an agreement aimed at staving off a messy default, PREPA confirmed in a statement on Wednesday. Creditors accepted that proposal, PREPA said, as the sides debate how to restructure PREPA's $9 billion in debt. Earlier PREPA said the...

  • NEW YORK, April 15- U.S. Treasury Department data on Wednesday showed Japan edged out China in February as the largest holder of U.S. Japan eclipsed China as the largest Treasury holder for the first time since August 2008. Japan's holdings actually declined in February, to $1.224 trillion, from $1.238 trillion the previous month, while China's also fell, to $1.223...

  • NEW YORK, April 15- Creditors of Puerto Rico's troubled power authority, PREPA, are planning to give the utility another 15 days leeway under an agreement aimed at staving off a messy default, sources familiar with the creditors' thinking said on Wednesday. Creditors plan to accept that proposal as sides debate how to restructure PREPA's $9 billion in debt, said...

  • NEW YORK, April 15- U.S. That has at the margin supported the Treasury market, "said Dan Mulholland, head of Treasuries trading at Credit Agricole in New York. New York Federal Reserve data also showed that growth in manufacturing activity in New York state unexpectedly contracted in April, weakening for a third straight month as the pace of new orders fell to a...

  • ATHENS, April 15- The ratings agency Standard& Poor's on Wednesday cut Greece's credit rating deeper into junk territory, citing worsening economic conditions due to prolonged negotiations between the country and its lenders. Greece has been locked in talks with its EU and IMF creditors on economic reforms for months and risks running out of cash within weeks...

  • WASHINGTON, April 15- Greece can return to debt sustainability without another haircut for creditors, the head of the European monetary union's bailout fund said on Wednesday. Klaus Regling, head of the European Stability Mechanism, said Greece was benefiting from long debt maturities and low borrowing costs, which saved the country billions of euros.

  • NEW YORK, April 15- U.S. That has at the margin supported the Treasury market this morning, "said Dan Mulholland, head of Treasuries trading at Credit Agricole in New York. New York Federal Reserve data earlier showed that growth in manufacturing activity in New York state also unexpectedly contracted in April, weakening for a third straight month as the pace of new...

  • US TREASURY YIELDS FALL TO SESSION LOWS AFTER DATA, 10- YEAR NOTE YIELDS DECLINE TO 1.88 PERCENT.