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  • TOKYO, Dec 15- Japanese government bonds rose on Monday, taking their cue from weaker Japanese shares and stronger U.S. They were further underpinned by purchases by the Bank of Japan. The BOJ offered to buy 240 billion yen of JGBs in the 10- year to 25- year zone, and $160 billion of JGBs maturing in more than 25 years under its massive JGB purchase program.

  • PARIS, Dec 13- Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann said the European Commission's decision to give France longer to prove it is serious about economic reform and fixing its excessive public deficit risks damaging the credibility of the bloc's budget rules. "France announced that it will not reach the agreed deficit goal in 2015 and has clearly put back the...

  • JOHANNESBURG, Dec 13- South Africa's government defended its economic policies on Saturday after credit ratings agencies cited the country's low GDP growth and budget and current account deficits as weaknesses. Ratings agency Fitch maintained South Africa's BBB rating, two notches above junk status, in a review on Friday, but kept its negative outlook and...

  • OTTAWA, Dec 12- Canada's federal housing agency, CMHC, is raising, in some cases tripling, the fees it charges to guarantee mortgage-backed securities, part of a move to limit government exposure to the mortgage market and encourage the private sector. "This fee increase will narrow the funding cost difference between government-sponsored and private-market...

  • UPDATE 1-Fitch downgrades France ratings to 'AA' Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 4:59 PM ET

    Fitch noted that the government's budget-saving measures were not enough to change the credit ratings agency's projections of France's "government debt dynamics." The agency had said in October "it would likely downgrade the ratings by one notch in the absence of a material improvement in the trajectory of public debt dynamics following the European...

  • Panel says RadioShack making debt payments Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 2:43 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A trade group ruled Friday that RadioShack has not failed to make debt payments, despite a lender accusing the troubled electronics retailer of violating terms on a $250 million loan. The ruling means that investors who had bought derivatives as insurance against a RadioShack default were not entitled to payouts. Earlier this month, RadioShack...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 12- U.S. Falling oil has pressured energy stocks and increased concerns about disinflation while slowing European growth has pushed down yields of German and U.K. government debt to record lows, making U.S. yields comparatively more attractive. "The selloff in crude oil is really pressuring bond prices higher... it's extremely deflationary," said Tom...

  • LIMIT ON ROUBLE LIQUIDITY VIA FX SWAPS IS PART OF BANK'S STRATEGY TO RESTRICT' SPECULATIVE' ATTACKS ON ROUBLE- CENTRAL BANK.

  • RUSSIAN CENTRAL BANK SAYS TO KEEP LIMIT ON ROUBLE LIQUIDITY VIA FX SWAPS TO STABILISE CURRENCY MARKET.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 12- U.S. stock index futures fell on Friday, putting the benchmark S&P 500 on track to snap seven weeks of gains, after oil prices fell and Chinese data disappointed. *Brent crude slipped to a low of $62.75, its lowest since July 2009, and was last down 0.6 percent at $63.30. WTI crude dropped below $60 a barrel and was last down 1 percent at $59.37 as worries...

  • US STOCKS-Futures lower on China data, oil decline Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 7:48 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 12- U.S. stock index futures fell on Friday, putting the S&P 500 on track to snap a seven-week run of gains, as oil prices declined and after disappointing data in China. *Brent crude slipped to a low of $62.75, its lowest since July 2009, and was last down 0.6 percent at $63.30. WTI crude dropped below $60 a barrel and was last down 1 percent at $59.37 as worries...

  • Dodd-Frank battle over banks erupts anew in DC Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 7:40 AM ET
    Then-Sen. Chris Dodd (L) and then-Rep. Barney Frank at the signing of the Dodd-Frank act in 2010.

    The move to roll back Dodd-Frank regulations of big banks has drawn the wrath of Democrats ... and even Republicans. The NYT reports.

  • *ArcelorMittal booked block of iron ore trades in Sept. LONDON, Dec 12- Top steelmakers ArcelorMittal and Tata Steel are dipping their toes into iron ore derivatives, marking a crucial milestone in developing trade for the world's second-largest commodity after oil. Although the steelmakers continue to say publicly they do not use such products, sources said...

  • HONG KONG, Dec 12- Chinese investors are pricing in the higher risk of lower-rated bonds after a debt market clampdown, a tentative but positive sign for regulators who want to restart productive investment without sparking a refinancing free-for-all. The debt repricing follows a clampdown on Monday by China's official bond clearing house on the corporate...

  • TOKYO, Dec 12- Japanese government bond prices edged higher on Friday, helped by the Bank of Japan's regular debt-buying operation. The central bank reduced its regular purchase of treasury bills to 500 billion yen from 750 billion yen at the previous operation. Tokyo's Nikkei gained 1.4 percent following overnight gains on Wall Street and helped cap JGB...

  • Dec 11- Caesars Entertainment Corp has reached a tentative deal with senior bondholders over a debt restructuring plan for its largest unit, Caesars Entertainment Operating Co, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The unit has about $18.4 billion in debt, mostly held by hedge funds that buy up debt of troubled companies,...

  • CBS extends CEO Moonves' contract another 2 years Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 3:56 PM ET

    NEW YORK— CBS is extending the contract of President and CEO Leslie Moonves for another two years, through June 2019. The new deal still calls for him to be an adviser to CBS for five years when his contract expires, and he will have an option to start a production company under the CBS banner. Shares of New York- based CBS reached an all-time high of $68.10 in March, but...

  • *Treasury sells $13 bln 30- yr bonds to strong demand. NEW YORK, Dec 11- Long bonds rallied and the yield curve was the flattest in six years on Thursday after the government auction for 30- year bonds saw strong demand, selling at the lowest yields since 2012. A reach for yield has pushed investors to seek out longer-dated U.S. debt, with few alternatives for...

  • Why rift on derivatives is blocking US budget bill Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 2:07 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— At the heart of the impasse in Congress over a must-pass spending bill is a provision involving the sorts of high-risk investments that ignited the 2008 financial crisis. The provision is part of a broader Republican drive to erode the Dodd-Frank financial regulation law, which Congress enacted in 2010 to try to tighten regulation and prevent...

  • Americans' wealth slips in 3Q as stock values fall Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 12:04 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Americans' net worth slipped in the July-September quarter as shrinking stock portfolios overwhelmed a solid gain in home values. U.S. household wealth declined 0.2 percent in the third quarter to $81.3 trillion, the Federal Reserve said Thursday. Americans' stock and mutual fund portfolios shrank $700 billion.