LONDON, May 15- The euro hit a six-week low against the dollar on Wednesday after data showing the euro zone economy contracted more than expected in the first quarter of the year, strengthening the case for another interest rate cut.
TOKYO, May 15- Japanese government bond prices fell for the fourth straight session on Wednesday, with the 10- year bond yield hitting a one-year high, as investors reassess their long-held assumptions of low growth and low inflation in Japan.
TOKYO, May 15- The dollar eased slightly against the yen on Wednesday after hitting its highest level since October 2008 in the previous session, but retained its broad strength, emboldened by signs of a firm recovery in the U.S. economy and rising Treasury yields.
TOKYO, May 15- The Bank of Japan offered on Wednesday to pump a massive amount of cash into the Tokyo money market in an attempt to soothe a spike in government-bond yields. The central bank announced on Wednesday it will offer 800 billion yen in one-month funds and 2 trillion yen in one-year funds on Friday.
TOKYO, May 15- Japanese government bond prices dropped sharply for a fourth straight session on Wednesday, as a relentless fall in the yen and rise in Japanese share prices force investors to rethink long-held assumptions that interest rates will stay low forever.
*Sony surges as U.S. fund calls on to spin off unit Exporters lead the gains on further weakening of yen. TOKYO, May 15- Japan's Nikkei share index rose 2.2 percent to break above 15,000 on Wednesday, with Sony Corp surging after a proposal from a U.S. activist fund to list its entertainment unit sent its U.S.-listed shares soaring 10 percent.
May 15- Gold inched up on Wednesday to snap four sessions of decline as the U.S. dollar eased and selling by exchange-traded funds halted, but strong share prices looked set to cap gains. *Gold had climbed 0.11 percent to $1,426.96 an ounce by 0014 GMT.
TOKYO, May 15- The dollar edged lower in early Asian trade on Wednesday but stayed close to its highest point against the yen in four and a half years on signs of an improving U.S. economy and rising Treasury yields. The dollar bought 102.24 yen, down about 0.1 percent but still not far from 102.42 yen on Tuesday on the EBS trading platform.
*Sony option and share volume far above normal on Monday. *Sony option volume hits records Monday, Tuesday- Trade Alert.
*Sony option and share volume far above normal on Monday. May 14- A surge in option market bets on Sony Corp just before a large hedge fund investor announced a big stake and called for a major restructuring of the company has raised concerns that some traders may have had advance word of the news.
May 14- The U.S. budget deficit is shrinking more quickly than previously estimated, the Congressional Budget Office said on Tuesday, which will likely help postpone the effective deadline for raising the U.S. debt limit.
*Fed buys $3.31 bln in longer-dated Treasuries. NEW YORK, May 14- Prices of U.S. It's all about equities, "said Dimitri Delis, interest-rate strategist at BMO Capital Markets in Chicago.
TOKYO, May 15- A three-day rout in the bond market has raised concerns that the Bank of Japan is getting more than it bargained for, by prodding investors to shift money out of the safety of government bonds faster than the government expected.
NEW YORK, May 14- Goldman Sachs Group Inc won dismissal on Tuesday of fraud claims brought by a bond insurer over a CDO tied to subprime mortgage securities called Abacus.
NEW YORK, May 14- The yen and the euro both fell against the dollar on Tuesday for a fourth straight session, with the yen hitting its lowest level against the dollar in 4-1/ 2 years, on signs that the U.S. economy is improving.
NEW YORK, May 14- The yen fell against the dollar on Tuesday for a fourth straight session, hitting its lowest level in 4-1/ 2 years as signs that the U.S. economy is improving and a global equities rally favored the greenback.
*Fed buys $3.31 bln in longer-dated Treasuries. NEW YORK, May 14- Prices of U.S. "It's all about equities," said Dimitri Delis, interest-rate strategist at BMO Capital Markets in Chicago.
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NEW YORK, May 14- Prices for U.S. A report over the weekend in The Wall Street Journal fueled views that the Fed could be preparing to hit the brakes. We have inflation going to 1 percent by this summer, "said John Briggs, a Treasuries strategist with RBS in Stamford, Connecticut.