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  • LONDON, July 2- Top-rated euro zone government bond yields rose on Thursday as investors cut exposure before U.S. jobs data that may signal the Federal Reserve will raise rates later this year. The rally in peripheral euro zone bonds also stalled following Wednesday's defiant address by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras urging voters to reject a bailout...

  • US STOCKS-U.S. futures rise ahead of jobs data Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 7:33 AM ET

    July 2- U.S. stock index futures rose slightly on Thursday ahead of a critical job report that could feed into the U.S. *The Labor Department's closely watched report, normally issued on a Friday, will be released on Thursday at 8:30 a.m ET because of the Independence Day holiday. *European stock markets were in a limbo and the mood was one of caution with Greece just...

  • LONDON, July 2- Euro zone government bond yields rose on Thursday as Greek bailout talks stalled again and investors cut exposure before U.S. jobs data that may signal the Federal Reserve will raise rates later this year. A "no" vote may lead to Greece's leaving the euro zone; a "yes" vote would mean the euro zone would immediately get back to working on a deal, French...

  • A "no" vote could lead to Greece leaving the euro zone while its euro zone partners would immediately get back to working on a deal if the outcome was "yes," French Finance Minister Michel Sapin said. "With the exaggerated rally we saw this week there was too much optimism that a deal would be reached but it seems that markets are being more realistic now," said DZ Bank...

  • TOKYO, July 2- Decent demand at a 10- year sale underpinned Japanese government bond prices on Thursday, as yields took their cues from a drop in U.S. The Ministry of Finance's monthly auction of 2.4 trillion yen of 10- year JGBs with a coupon of 0.4 percent resulted in a lowest accepted price of 98.89. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday urged Greeks to...

  • SHANGHAI, July 2- The deputy head of the National Development and Reform Commission has given assurances that China's primary economic planning policy agency will not allow any enterprise bonds to default, China Securities Daily reported on Wednesday. Although China's onshore bond markets have seen defaults on corporate bonds and medium-term notes over...

  • BUZZ-China stocks rise at open Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 9:33 PM ET

    BUZZ- CHINA STOCKS RISE AT OPEN@** China stocks rise after regulators move to ease trading. **China CSI300 stock index futures for July rise 0.3 percent, to 4,228.2, -59.53 points below the current value of the underlying index. **The Hang Seng index adds 0.8 percent to 26,459.43.

  • BRASILIA, July 1- Brazilian senators on Wednesday debated alternatives to a 2010 law that requires state-run oil firm Petrobras to take a minimum 30 percent stake in new development contracts and function as operator in Brazil's subsalt oil areas. The current rules have been criticized for limiting foreign investment in the Subsalt Poligon, a region off...

  • BOGOTA, July 1- Colombia has ruled out conducting debt swaps with market participants this year, the director of public credit Ana Milena Lopez told Reuters on Wednesday. The government last month announced a debt swap between state entities for up to six trillion pesos that did not involve the market. "We are considering the possibility next year of monetizing...

  • Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac hike pay for their CEOs Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 12:49 PM ET
    Timothy J. Mayopoulos, president and chief executive officer of Fannie Mae (L), and Donald 'Don' Layton, chief executive officer of Freddie Mac (R).

    Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac disclosed huge pay raises for their CEOs, despite opposition from the Obama administration.

  • July 1- Municipal bond researchers at Franklin Templeton, whose funds are among the largest owners of Puerto Rico debt, on Wednesday predicted a "long and costly" legal battle as the Caribbean nation tries to restructure more than $70 billion in obligations. "At the very least, in our assessment, Puerto Rico can expect creditors to seek legal affirmation and...

  • FRANKLIN TEMPLETON ANALYSTS DON' T SEE PUERTO RICO'S PROBLEMS SPILLING OVER INTO THE REST OF U.S.

  • NEW YORK, July 1- Star bond fund manager Bill Gross will be getting help running his struggling Janus Capital Group Inc mutual fund from Kapstream Capital Pty Ltd's Kumar Palghat, Janus said on Wednesday after acquiring a majority stake in Kapstream. Gross, who began managing the Janus Global Unconstrained Bond Fund in October, will continue to be primary...

  • Treasuries prices fell on Wednesday as hopes of a Greece debt deal pared safe-haven bids for U.S. government bonds and a stronger-than-expected report on private jobs growth revived bets on a Federal Reserve rate hike later this year. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has told international lenders his government could accept their bailout offer if some...

  • July 1- Puerto Rico's distressed power authority, PREPA, avoided default on Wednesday by making a $415 million bond payment, but creditors cautioned if restructuring negotiations with the utility over its $9 billion debt deteriorate it would take legal action. Puerto Rico's governor, Alejandro Garcia Padilla, said on Monday he wanted to restructure the debt...

  • SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— Puerto Rico's troubled power company has been forced to sell bonds again to obtain capital and avoid defaulting on a $415 million debt payment due Wednesday amid a worsening economic crisis in the U.S. territory. The Electric Power Authority said it paid $153 million in cash and the remainder from its debt service reserve accounts.

  • July 1- Puerto Rico's distressed power authority, PREPA, avoided default by making a $415 million bond payment due on Wednesday, with some financing for liquidity provided by bond insurers that backed the payments, PREPA announced in a statement. "We are pleased we were able to reach an agreement that allowed us to make the payment to our bondholders today and...

  • TREASURIES-U.S. bonds slump on Greece, ADP jobs data Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 9:36 AM ET

    Treasuries prices fell on Wednesday as hopes of a Greece debt deal pared safehaven bids for U.S. government bonds and a stronger-than-expected report on private jobs growth revived bets on a Federal Reserve rate hike later this year. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has told international lenders his government could accept their bailout offer if some...

  • JGBs edge down as investors monitor Greek situation Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 2:53 AM ET

    TOKYO, July 1- Japanese government bond prices began the second half of the year on a slightly weaker tone on Wednesday, although the Bank of Japan's asset buying operations as well as wariness over developments in Greece's debt crisis underpinned the market. The BOJ bought 70 billion yen of JGBs maturing within one year, 375 billion of JGBs in the 1- year to 3- year...

  • Shanghai's top ETFs see strong inflows for second day Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 10:40 PM ET

    SHANGHAI, July 1- About 15 billion yuan flowed into Shanghai's top four exchange-traded funds on Tuesday, the second consecutive day of strong inflows into the blue chip-focused funds, strengthening expectations that state-backed investors are stepping in to arrest a two-week-long market plunge. During the prior session, nearly 10 billion yuan flowed into...