*Spain, France to hold "difficult" debt sales. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said the U.S. economy was growing fast enough to allow the central bank to trim its $85 billion monthly stimulus, with the goal of ending it in mid-2014.» Read More
NEW YORK, April 24- U.S. The U.S. Treasury Department sold $35 billion in new five-year notes in the afternoon.
If Tuesday's brief market plunge from the bogus Associated Press tweet sent your pulse racing, it might be time to find a good sedative.
*Hopes for new Italy government spur early bond sales. The U.S. Treasury Department will sell $35 billion in new five-year notes at 1:00 p.m., following average results at a two-year note sale on Tuesday.
The Baltimore company reported a net inflow of cash for the quarter of $3.3 billion, including inflows of $7.6 billion to its mutual funds. T. Rowe Price shares were down 4 percent to $73.19 in morning trading. T. Rowe Price has benefited from strong-performing funds and a growing retirement business.
*Bill auction buys Slovenia time, bailout still on cards. *Reform plans, bond issuance next crunch point for Slovenia. LONDON, April 24- The risk Slovenia may need an international bailout is unlikely to deter some yield-hungry bond investors, who believe it is in better shape than other troubled euro zone economies due to a relatively low debt.
*Hopes for new Italy government spur early bond sales. The move stoked hopes that national leaders would turn their focus toward solving the fiscal problems that have bogged down Italy, the euro zone's third-biggest economy, but doubts persisted over whether Letta could cobble together a broad-based coalition for a confidence vote by next week. "
TOKYO, April 24- Japan's Sumitomo Life Insurance Co may move more funds into foreign bonds for the current financial year ending in March 2014 if yields on Japanese government bonds stay at current lows, a senior company executive said.
NEW YORK, April 23- U.S. stock index futures turned negative on Wednesday following weaker-than-expected data on March durable goods. Futures had earlier risen, helped by some positive earnings results, including from Boeing Co.. S&P 500 futures dipped 0.1 point while Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 12 points and Nasdaq 100 futures fell 2 points.
April 24- Puerto Rico's new governor is trying to heal the Caribbean island's wounded public finances with an austere budget heavy with new taxes that could sap life from a wobbly economic recovery.
TOKYO, April 24- Japan's Sumitomo Life Insurance Co may move more funds into foreign bonds for the current financial year ending in March 2014 if yields on Japanese government bonds stay at current low levels, a senior executive of the company said on Wednesday.
*Germany plans to sell 30- year debt. While the move eases near-term political uncertainty in Italy, concerns remain that future potential clashes between the centre-left and the centre-right may hinder any reform efforts aimed at boosting growth and cutting debt.
TOKYO, April 24- Japanese government bonds slipped on Wednesday as surging stocks stoked risk sentiment, with the yield curve steepening as the superlong tenor underperformed.
*Asahi Life to be cautious on JGB buying this fiscal year.
WASHINGTON, April 24- The world's largest futures exchange has accused the top U.S. derivatives regulator of illegally sharing sensitive market data with outside researchers who then used the information to publish academic papers about high-frequency trading.
*Gold to retrace to $1,394- technicals. SINGAPORE, April 24- Gold rose more than 1 percent on Wednesday on bargain hunting after a drop in the previous session, but pressure from a firm U.S. dollar, strong equities and daily falls in holdings by exchange-traded funds looks set to cap prices.
SYDNEY, April 24- The euro languished at two-week lows in early Asian trade on Wednesday, having suffered a setback after disappointing economic news out of Germany fuelled talk of an interest rate cut by the European Central Bank.
NEW YORK, April 23- Stock and bond futures markets erupted after a false message sent on Twitter suggested the White House had been attacked on Tuesday.
*U.S., China, Germany factory data stoke growth concerns. Tuesday's data from the United States, China and Germany showed manufacturing activity either contracted or slowed in April, stoking worries of a deterioration in global demand in the second quarter for a third straight year. "
*SEC first proposed easing rules for ETFs in 2008. WASHINGTON, April 23- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission may revive a proposal that would make it easier and cheaper to launch certain kinds of exchange-traded funds, according to interviews with SEC staff.
*U.S. to sell $35 billion in new two-year supply. Factory data on the United States, China and Germany showed manufacturing activity in these major economies either contracted or slowed in April, stoking worries of a deterioration in global demand in the second quarter for a third straight year. "