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  • NEW YORK, Oct 16- U.S. Treasuries prices fell on Thursday on profit-taking after the prior day's rally as Wall Street stocks rebounded. "We are seeing a giveback from yesterday," said Tyler Tucci, Treasuries strategist at RBS Securities in Stamford, Connecticut.

  • LONDON, Oct 16- British government bond prices suffered their biggest fall in over a year on Thursday, erasing almost all of Wednesday's strong gains, as traders rethought their view that the Bank of England would not raise interest rates next year. "The market is saying enough is enough, and you cannot justify given the economic outlook for the UK specifically, as...

  • *Investors fret at prospect of Greece going it alone. ATHENS/ FRANKFURT, Oct 16- The European Central Bank will loosen its terms for accepting security from Greek banks to allow them to tap more of its funding, offering the country's lenders support as stock and bond markets in Athens tumble. The current "troika" of inspectors made up of the ECB, the European...

  • CARACAS, Oct 16- The slump in global oil prices has heightened pressure on President Nicolas Maduro to enact politically risky reforms to bolster Venezuela's weak public finances and its ability to pay down debt. Crude prices under $85 have given new voice to reformers within Maduro's government, and critics outside, who say he needs to make urgent changes.

  • Average US 30-year mortgage rate at 3.97 percent Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 10:23 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Average U.S. mortgage rates tumbled this week. The 30- year loan hit its lowest level since June 2013 as Treasury bond yields marked new lows amid concern over global economic weakness. Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday that the nationwide average for a 30- year loan dipped to 3.97 percent from 4.12 percent last week.

  • *Ireland to lead peripheral economies. Oct 16- It is still unclear whether the European Central Bank's stimulus measures will have a material impact on inflation, according to economists in a Reuters poll, who said sovereign debt purchases could help boost the euro zone economy. The currency bloc is stuck in a quagmire of weak growth and falling inflation with...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 16- U.S. Benchmark 10- year notes, which added as many as three points in price during a fear-driven rally on Wednesday, were up on Thursday by 8/ 32 to yield 2.06 percent in early New York trade. "There is just no confidence on where the economy is headed, where the risks are," said Stan Shipley, fixed-income strategist at ISI Group in New York.

  • Spain misses bond sale target amid market jitters Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 7:45 AM ET

    MADRID— Spain sold fewer 10- year bonds than it had hoped in an auction Thursday, amid broader jitters in financial markets. The sale came as Spain's stock index was down nearly 4 percent. The rate for Spain's benchmark 10- year bond on the secondary market rose to 2.32 percent, from 2.1 percent Wednesday.

  • US STOCKS-Futures slump as selling pressure continues Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 7:41 AM ET

    *Netflix tumbles in premarket after quarterly results. NEW YORK, Oct 16- U.S. stock index futures tumbled on Thursday, after the S&P 500 closed at its lowest in six months, amid concerns about weak global demand and its potential impact on the U.S. economy and businesses. Netflix shares shares plunged 25.9 percent to $332.40 in premarket after it reported quarterly...

  • Borrowing costs jump for fragile euro zone states Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 6:58 AM ET

    *Spain misses target at auction, spreads widen. Greek government bonds were the hardest hit as a sell-off gripped financial markets for a second day, with 10- year yields rising to nearly 9 percent, while Spain missed its target at a bond auction due to weak demand from investors. This brought down borrowing costs of countries such as Greece, which was bailed out by...

  • BOSTON, Oct 16- Some of Wall Street's biggest names are licking their wounds as October lives up to its reputation as one of the market's roughest months. Morgan Stanley strategists said this week that their model portfolio through Monday had trailed the S&P by 3.6 percentage points due to bad bets on technology stocks, including GT Advanced Technologies, the...

  • FOREX-Dollar down sharply as yields plunge on growth fears Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 11:43 PM ET

    *More U.S. data in focus after Wall St's tumble overnight. TOKYO, Oct 16- The dollar was sharply lower on Thursday, its appeal deeply dented after poor U.S. data added to growth concerns that sent equities tumbling and Treasury yields plunging. "There are those out there buying the dollar on dips, but it is difficult for them to commit themselves unless U.S. equities...

  • JGBs gain on global growth scare, yields at 1-1/2-yr low Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 11:07 PM ET

    TOKYO, Oct 16- Japanese government bond prices nudged up on Thursday due to rising global growth concerns, pushing the benchmark 10- year yield to the lowest level in a year and a half. The move reflected flight-to-quality buying of bonds in the United States and Europe as investors grew wary of possible loss of momentum in the global economy.

  • *More U.S. data in focus after Wall St's tumble overnight. TOKYO, Oct 16- The dollar was sharply lower on Thursday, its appeal deeply dented after poor U.S. data sparked growth concerns that sent equities tumbling and Treasury yields plunging. "There are those out there buying the dollar on dips, but it is difficult for them to commit themselves unless U.S. equities...

  • TOKYO, Oct 16- The benchmark 10- year Japanese Government Bond yield fell to 1 1/ 2- year low of 0.475 percent on Thursday after disappointing U.S. economic data aggravated widening worries about a global slowdown.

  • 10- YEAR JGB YIELD FALLS TO 1 1/ 2- YEAR LOW OF 0.475 PERCENT!

  • "Technical market factors, not fundamentals, were at play here" during the bond market rally, BlackRock's chief investment officer of fundamental fixed income, Rick Rieder, said in a statement on Wednesday, blaming the bond market rally on large players unwinding bets on rising Treasuries yields in the futures markets. New York- based BlackRock, which oversees...

  • Key U.S. short-term rate rises in bond market rally Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 4:39 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 15- A key short-term U.S. interest rate rose to a two-month high on Wednesday, a glaring exception on a day when global bond yields fell broadly in one of the most volatile sessions in years because of a deteriorating outlook for the global economy. In the $5 trillion U.S. repurchase agreement market, the overnight interest rate for banks and Wall Street...

  • BRASILIA, Oct 15- Brazilian presidential candidate Aecio Neves will end a central bank currency swap program that has cushioned losses in the country's currency, the real, if he is elected later this month, Neves's choice for finance minister, Arminio Fraga, told Reuters on Wednesday. Neves, a centrist who has promised to rescue the economy from recession, is...

  • LONDON, Oct 15- Even though it's now widely accepted that the global economy is headed for years of at best slow, mediocre growth, the presumption of endlessly low interest rates has its doubters. As world policymakers headed home from the International Monetary Fund's latest financial summit shrouded in gloom and with few new ideas on how to reinvigorate their...