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  • Investors in beat-up oil bonds lean on banks for rescue Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 1:00 AM ET

    BOSTON, Dec 17- Independent oil exploration and production companies are leaning heavily on bank credit lines to survive plunging crude prices, making it a nervous time for U.S. funds holding their junk-rated debt. 'said Francis Bradley III, a Greenberg Traurig attorney in Houston who specializes in energy company financing deals. " U.S. mutual funds hold an...

  • JGBs mostly flat, erase gains ahead of Fed meeting Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:42 AM ET

    TOKYO, Dec 17- Japanese government bond prices erased earlier gains to stay mostly flat on Wednesday as investors took profits ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve's policy meeting outcome. The 10- year JGB yield stood at 0.360 percent, up 0.5 basis point on the day after having fallen to 0.345 percent, its lowest level since April 2013.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 16- Vanguard Group became the largest U.S. fund manager by assets by persuading investors that they don't need to pay for a stock picker. Under lead manager James Stetler, the $615 million Vanguard Strategic Small Cap Equity Fund, for example, topped its index by 3.2 percentage points a year over the same period. An investor who put $10,000 into the...

  • *Benchmark yields hit two-month low after U.S. oil falls below $54 Long bond yield touches lowest since September 2012. NEW YORK, Dec 16- A cratering oil market fed investor worries about how plunging crude prices might harm the global economy on Tuesday and spurred a fresh wave of bids for low-risk U.S. government debt, sending the 30- year yield to its lowest in...

  • Ethiopia to expand energy, industry with Eurobond funds Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 12:56 PM ET

    ADDIS ABABA, Dec 16- Ethiopia plans to expand industry, sugar factories and power production using proceeds from its oversubscribed debut Eurobond that raised $1 billion, the finance minister said on Tuesday. Ethiopia is the latest African state to receive a strong response on its first foray into the international debt markets. Offering cheap labor and power...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 16- Vanguard Group became the largest U.S. fund manager by assets by persuading investors that they don't need to pay for a stock picker. Under lead manager James Stetler, the $615 million Vanguard Strategic Small Cap Equity Fund, for example, topped its index by 3.2 percentage points a year over the same period. An investor who put $10,000 into the...

  • *Benchmark yields hit 2- month low after U.S. oil below $54. NEW YORK, Dec 16- The collapsing oil market spurred a fresh wave of safe-haven bids for U.S. government debt on Tuesday, sending the 30- year yield to its lowest in more two years as investors worried about how the plunge in crude prices might harm the global economy. With U.S. oil futures falling below $54 a...

  • *Benchmark yields hit 2- month low with U.S. oil below $54. NEW YORK, Dec 15- The collapsing oil market spurred a fresh wave of safe-haven bids for U.S. government debt on Tuesday, sending the 30- year yield to its lowest in more two years as investors worried about how the plunge in crude prices might harm the global economy. With U.S. oil futures falling below $54 a...

  • *Russi energy min shares OPEC view market will stabilize itself. A near- $20 drop in prices since OPEC declined to cut output at a Nov. 27 meeting has yet to prompt the Gulf members- who overruled calls for output cuts by poorer members such as Venezuela- to reverse course. Russia has said it would not cut production even if oil prices fell below $60 per barrel- far below...

  • US STOCKS-Futures tumble as oil, rouble slide further Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 8:19 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 16- U.S. stock index futures fell on Tuesday as a further slide in crude oil prices and the Russian rouble sent traders fleeing from risky assets. Brent crude lost more than 3 percent to $58.96 per barrel after hitting a low of $58.50 and U.S. crude was down almost 3 percent at $54.26 after hitting $53.80. "The market is reflecting a global macro concern...

  • Caesars skips bond payment as default looms Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 7:51 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 16- The operating subsidiary of gaming giant Caesars has inched closer to default after skipping a US $225 m coupon payment Monday on its second-lien bonds. Caesars Entertainment Operating Co, the main operating subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment Corp, did not make the payment due on the 10 percent bonds maturing 2028.. It has a 30- day grace period...

  • US STOCKS-Futures slide as oil, rouble crumble Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 7:33 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 16- U.S. stock index futures fell on Tuesday as a slide in the Russian rouble and crude oil prices sent traders fleeing risky assets. *Brent crude lost nearly 4 percent after hitting a low of $58.50 and U.S. crude was down 3 percent at $54.21 after hitting $53.80. *Plunging oil prices could heighten geopolitical tensions, trigger defaults by U.S. shale oil...

  • JAKARTA, Dec 16- Indonesia's government said on Tuesday it will buy government bonds back from the secondary market if needed as the rupiah slumps and government bond yields soar on the flight of capital from the country. Finance Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said the rupiah's fall was also caused by expectations of more hawkish statements coming out the...

  • TOKYO, Dec 16- Japanese government bond prices ticked up on Tuesday as sinking oil prices raised concerns over the global economic outlook, with the five-year yield falling to a record low following a strong auction result. The 2.7 trillion yen of five-year JGBs were sold at a higher price than market players had expected, triggering short-covering by traders.

  • *Oil prices fall to five-year lows on OPEC output decision. An early rebound in oil prices faded after OPEC exporters said they would not cut production despite worries about a supply glut. That's weighed on stocks and put a bid back in Treasuries, "said Ian Lyngen, senior government bond strategist at CRT Capital Group in Stamford, Connecticut.

  • *Oil prices fall to fresh five-year lows on OPEC output decision. An earlier rebound in oil prices faded after OPEC exporters said they wouldn't cut production despite worries about a supply glut. That's weighed on stocks and put a bid back in Treasuries, "said Ian Lyngen, senior government bond strategist at CRT Capital Group in Stamford, Connecticut.

  • *Company bonds fall as much as 4.3 cents in dollar as rouble slumps. LONDON, Dec 15- Dollar bonds of Russian companies suffered a fresh selloff on Monday, as the rouble's fall past the 60- per-dollar level and the threat of more sanctions fanned fears about future debt repayments. Adding to pressure on Russian markets was news that the U.S. Congress had passed a bill...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 15- U.S. Oil came back a bit and equities came back a bit, "said Mike Cullinane, head of Treasuries trading at D.A. Davidson in St. Petersburg, Florida.

  • US STOCKS-Futures jump early as crude prices rebound Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 7:39 AM ET

    *Petsmart to be acquired by private equity consortium. NEW YORK, Dec 15- U.S. stock index futures rose on Monday, following the worst week for the S&P 500 in more than two years, with investors focused on a rebound in crude oil prices which earlier hit a fresh 5-1/ 2- year low. *Shares of pet supply retailer PetSmart rose 4.2 percent in premarket trading after it agreed to...

  • JAKARTA/ SINGAPORE, Dec 15- The Indonesian rupiah tumbled to its lowest level since August 1998 on Monday as declining risk appetites and increasing demand for dollars to settle year-end foreign loan payments put pressure on the country's currency, bonds and shares. Bank Indonesia said that it was acting in both the foreign exchange and bond markets to help...