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  • US STOCKS-Futures slightly higher ahead of Fed minutes Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 7:35 AM ET

    May 20- U.S. stock index futures were slightly higher on Wednesday, a day after the Dow closed at a record high for the second straight day and ahead of the release of minutes from last month's Federal Reserve meeting. The minutes are expected to be released at 2:00 p.m. ET. *A rate hike is not likely to be appropriate until early 2016, Chicago Fed President Charles...

  • TOKYO, May 20- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plan to cut the country's debt pile will rely on the Bank of Japan keeping government bond yields low for years to come, people involved in its crafting say, which could force the bank to maintain its massive monetary stimulus for longer than it wants. Abe has pledged to come up with plans to fix Japan's tattered...

  • SHANGHAI, May 20- China's Hubei province will auction 20 billion yuan of bonds ranging in tenor from three to 10 years on May 27, according to a notice posted on the website of one of the country's main bond clearing houses on Wednesday. Hubei will be the third province to auction municipal bonds in China this year following Jiangsu's auction on Monday and another...

  • HOUSTON, May 20- U.S. oil companies, still smarting from the crude price rout, are attracting a wave of new investment from unlikely sources- hedge funds and private equity firms flocking to the energy market for the first time to bet on a rebound. "You've got generalist funds that have never invested in energy coming out of the woodwork," Michael Ames, an energy...

  • JGBs edge down as Tokyo stocks hit 15-year high Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 12:59 AM ET

    TOKYO, May 20- Japanese government bond prices fell on Wednesday following a drop in U.S. Treasuries and as Tokyo stocks rallied to a 15- year high and dented the allure of safe-haven debt. The benchmark 10- year JGB yield rose 1.5 basis points to 0.395 percent, though it still remained some distance away from a two-month high of 0.470 percent struck earlier in the...

  • May 19- UBS AG must buy back an investor's Puerto Rico bond fund portfolio for $1 million, securities arbitrators ruled on Tuesday in a rare, lengthy rebuke of the firm's sales practices on the Caribbean island. A Financial Industry Regulatory Authority arbitration panel in San Juan found two UBS units liable to the investor, Juan Burgos Rosado, whose losses in...

  • Chaired by Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, its membership is comprised of the top U.S. regulators including Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White. The FSOC's report comes just one day before the SEC is slated to propose rules that would require mutual funds and other asset managers to report more details...

  • *Ukraine needs dollars, not words, from creditors- PM. KIEV, May 19- Ukraine passed a law on Tuesday that gives the government the right to halt payments to creditors as it wrangles over the terms for restructuring $23 billion of foreign debt. Ukraine is holding talks to restructure sovereign and state-guaranteed debt to plug a $15 billion funding gap, but...

  • Spanish debt chief sees market volatility subsiding Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 10:17 AM ET

    PARIS, May 19- The head of Spain's debt management agency said on Tuesday that recent volatility in bond markets would wane as it was not rooted in investor concerns about issuers' credit quality. Many market participants have struggled to explain the rout, with some attributing it to dwindling liquidity and others blaming rising inflation expectations after...

  • NEW YORK, May 19- Encouraging housing starts data and a bulge of corporate bond supply knocked U.S. "This morning's market action was driven by a pretty good housing starts number," said Stanley Sun, interest rate strategist at Nomura Securities International in New York. Investment-grade companies raised $18 billion in the debt market on Monday with more on the...

  • *PM says Ukraine needs dollars, not words, from creditors. Ukraine is holding talks to restructure sovereign and state-guaranteed debt to plug a $15 billion funding gap, but negotiations have soured in the past week, as bondholders repeated objections to any writedown on the principal owed and Kiev said that stance showed a lack of good faith.

  • Big bond funds see opportunities amid global rout Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 9:21 AM ET

    Much of that selling has come from players with shorter-term horizons such as hedge funds and momentum funds, however, and bond market giants PIMCO, Blackrock, Amundi and Aberdeen Asset Management told Reuters they have seen almost no outflows. But clients are cutting exposure to index-linked paper in favor of peripheral euro zone bonds or even subordinated...

  • WRAPUP 1-Faster ECB money-printing excites investors Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 8:37 AM ET

    *Signs that Greece is inching towards deal. FRANKFURT/ BRUSSELS, May 19- The European Central Bank will accelerate the pace of money printing to buy government bonds over the next two months, one of its top officials said, while voicing concern about recent swings on bond markets. "The Eurosystem is ready to go further if necessary...," Christian Noyer, who as governor of...

  • *China shares gain sharply on hopes for Beijing reforms. LONDON, May 19- The euro tumbled on Tuesday and the region's stocks and bonds jumped after the European Central Bank suggested it may speed up its 1 trillion euro bond-buying campaign slightly to account for lower market liquidity in high summer. The euro was back at $1.12 for the first time in a week and the...

  • FRANKFURT, May 19- The speed of the recent European government bond market selloff is worrying, a senior ECB rate setter said, although he added that overall the move was a normal correction as the more pessimistic growth and inflation assumptions were reversed. European Central Bank Executive Board member Benoit Coeure said the bank's asset buying would rise...

  • IFC eyes Panda bond issue in China this year Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 2:05 AM ET

    BEIJING, May 19- The International Finance Corp, the World Bank's private-sector arm, plans to sell so-called yuan denominated Panda bonds in China this year and is awaiting regulatory approval, a top official at the agency said on Tuesday. Jingdong Hua, vice president and treasurer of the International Finance Corp, said the IFC is having "close discussions" with...

  • JGBs ease on U.S. Treasuries, 5-yr bond auction Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 1:16 AM ET

    TOKYO, May 19- Japanese government bond prices dropped on Tuesday, taking cues from falls in U.S. bonds and briefly extending losses after an auction of five-year JGBs showed limited demand at the current levels. The auction of 2.5 trillion yen five-year JGBs drew tepid demand, with bid-to-cover ratio coming at 2.80, the lowest level in three and a half years.

  • *Less gloom on Europe soured bullish dollar, bond bets. NEW YORK, May 19- The dollar's four-week decline and a slump in bond prices has upset some assumptions about where global financial markets are heading, but haven't deterred most investors from staying faithful to their bets. "What we have really seen this month is a correction as opposed to a turn," said Mark...

  • *Jiangsu bond issue eases fears over local govt debt. SHANGHAI, May 19- China stocks bounced sharply off one-week lows on Tuesday, cheered by Beijing's 2015 guidelines for economic reform that prioritize further opening of the country's capital market and the restructuring of state enterprises. The guidelines, which target areas including the Shenzhen- Hong...

  • LOS ANGELES, May 18- San Bernardino's council approved a bankruptcy exit plan on Monday night that seeks to virtually eliminate the southern California city's pension bond debt while paying Calpers, the state pension system, in full. The Luxembourg- based bank EEPK, holder of the $50 million pension obligation bonds, Ambac Assurance Corp, which insures a portion...