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  • US STOCKS-Futures little changed after volatile session Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 7:43 AM ET

    *Costco, Toll Brothers edge up after earnings. NEW YORK, Dec 10- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Wednesday, a day after stocks staged an intraday rally to end nearly flat after a decline of as much as 1.3 percent. *Stocks shook off worries about global weakness and political turmoil in Greece on Tuesday to erase a sharp decline as energy and technology...

  • LONDON, Dec 10- Oil prices were anchored at a five-year low on Wednesday and European stocks recovered from the previous day's selloff after a similar rebound in Chinese shares prompted by hopes that weak inflation will bring more monetary policy easing in China. "watching equities, oil and Greece." At 0845 GMT Britain's FTSE 100 was up 0.5 percent at 6563 points,...

  • TOKYO, Dec 10- Japanese government bond prices rose on Wednesday with the benchmark yield declining to a 20- month trough as investors sought the safety of debt when Tokyo shares tumbled. The benchmark 10- year JGB yield fell 2 basis points to 0.395 percent, lowest since April 2013. Tokyo's Nikkei sank 2.6 percent as political uncertainty in Greece spooked world...

  • SINGAPORE, Dec 10- Gold was trading close to a seven-week peak on Wednesday, boosted by safe-haven bids as the dollar weakened on cautious comments by U.S. *Spot gold had eased 0.2 percent to $1,228.18 an ounce by 0051 GMT. *Dennis Lockhart, head of the Atlanta Federal Reserve, said he was in no rush to drop the Fed's pledge to keep interest rates near zero for a "...

  • DIARY- Government Debt Auctions to Jan 29 Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 7:03 PM ET

    Dec 10- For other related diaries, please see;. *=All times in GMT unless stated otherwise, For Australia time is updated as Local time. Date Time Country Amount Auction Details---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 10 Dec 0120 Japan 2- month discount bill auction 10 Dec United States Sale of 10- year notes 10 Dec Sweden Auction of Government Bonds 10 Dec Germany 4 bln Eur Auction of 2- year Federal Note 10...

  • SHANGHAI, Dec 10- "High leverage, low thresholds!" The website, Jinfuzi.com, will let investors borrow up to 10 times their principal with only 2,000 yuan down in order to buy stocks and futures. Ordinary investors, who conduct 60-80 percent of China's stock trades, charged into the market after a surprise interest rate cut by Beijing on Nov. 21, and brokerages and...

  • US 30- YEAR TREASURY BONDS EXTEND PRICE GAINS TO A FULL POINT, YIELDS FALL TO 2.85 PERCENT.

  • TREASURIES-Bonds gain safety bid as stocks fall Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 9:23 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 9- U.S. government bonds rallied and 30- year Treasury yields dropped to their lowest in two months on Tuesday as falling equity markets and oil prices increased demand for safe haven U.S. debt. China's official bond clearing house also rattled markets by tightening collateral rules. "There's a flight to quality bid that is overwhelming any of the...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 9- U.S. stock index futures declined on Tuesday, putting the S&P 500 on track to extend losses after suffering its biggest drop since Oct. 22 in the prior session on concerns about global growth. Oil prices have been under pressure as the dollar has strengthened and OPEC decided against an output cut. *U.S.-listed shares of Seadrill gained 3.1 percent to...

  • US 30- YEAR TREASURY BOND YIELDS ROP TO 2.867 PERCENT, LOWEST SINCE OCT 16.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 9- U.S. stock index futures declined on Tuesday, putting the S&P 500 on track to extend losses after suffering its biggest drop since Oct. 22 in the prior session on concerns about global growth. *U.S.-listed shares of Seadrill gained 4.5 percent to $12.09 before the opening bell. John Fredriksen, the biggest owner of the offshore driller, purchased...

  • LONDON, Dec 9- Greek share and sovereign bond markets plunged on Tuesday after the government brought forward a presidential vote, in a political gamble that heightened uncertainty over the country's transition out of its IMF/EU bailout. Athens stock exchange's main index was down 8.9 percent, setting it on course for its sharpest one-day drop since 2009. An...

  • SHANGHAI, Dec 9- Chinese shares plunged on Tuesday, sharply reversing course from a two-week rally fueled in part by speculation the central bank would further ease policy, with a key stock index recording its biggest fall since the depths of the global financial crisis. The gyrations follow the People's Bank of China's surprise November interest rate cut in...

  • TOKYO, Dec 9- Japanese government bond prices rose on Tuesday after a smooth auction of 30- year debt swept aside investors' fears that demand for the new paper might be lacklustre. Investors were cautious ahead of Tuesday's sale of 700 billion yen of 30- year JGBs, as yields nearing historical lows made the bonds relatively expensive. "The fact that the tail at the...

  • TOKYO, Dec 9- Japanese government bond prices edged higher on Tuesday, lifted by overnight gains in U.S. Treasuries and sagging Tokyo shares. Tokyo's Nikkei share average stepped back from 7-1/ 2- year highs on Tuesday, as a retreat on Wall Street and a rebound in the yen prompted investors to book gains after a seven-session winning streak.

  • SHANGHAI, Dec 9- China Development Bank's 10- year bond yields rose around 30 basis points at market open, traders said, after China's government bond clearing house surprised markets on Monday with a clampdown on the corporate bond business. China Securities Depository and Clearing Corp said in an announcement after market close on Monday that only...

  • *Five-year, 30- year yield curve flattest in six years. NEW YORK, Dec 8- The U.S. "It's basically just follow through from Friday's number, the curve is seeing massive flattening," said Kri Bayha, a front-end Treasuries trader at Societe Generale in New York.

  • BlackRock Inc, the world's largest asset manager, and Manning& Napier are among the managers that use strategies such as shorting stocks and trading derivatives in their target-date funds. J.P. Morgan Asset Management and Voya Investment Management are considering adding similar strategies, executives told Reuters. About 41 percent of 401 plan...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 8- The Janus Global Unconstrained Bond Fund, which Pimco co-founder Bill Gross started managing in October, attracted an estimated $770 million in November, bringing assets to more than $1.2 billion, according to Morningstar data released on Monday. Last month, Soros Fund Management LLC, which famed investor George Soros chairs, invested $500...

  • Cubist options unusually active before Merck deal Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 12:50 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 8- Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc options had one of their most active weeks this year last week ahead of Monday's announcement that Merck& Co will buy Cubist for a hefty premium. Merck said it will pay $102 a share for Cubist, 37 percent above the Lexington, Massachussetts, company's closing share price of $74.36 on Friday. Implied volatility jumped to...