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  • Feb 4- The Templeton Global Bond Fund, one of the biggest investors in Ukraine bonds, weathered a 29 percent hit to the market value of its holdings in the worn-torn country's debt during the fourth quarter. The market value of the fund's Ukraine bonds fell to $1.8 billion at the end of December, down from $2.53 billion at the end of the third quarter, according to the...

  • Feb 4- The Templeton Global Bond Fund, one of the biggest investors in Ukraine bonds, weathered a 29 percent hit to the market value of its holdings in the worn-torn country's debt during the fourth quarter. The market value of the fund's Ukraine bonds fell to $1.8 billion at the end of December, down from $2.53 billion at the end of the third quarter, according to the...

  • MARKET VALUE OF TEMPLETON GLOBAL BOND FUND' S UKRAINE HOLDINGS FELL 29 PCT TO $1.8 BLN IN FOURTH QUARTER- FUND DISCLOSURE.

  • TEMPLETON GLOBAL BOND FUND HAS $69 BILLION IN NET ASSETS AND IS ONE OF UKRAINE'S BIGGEST DEBT HOLDERS.

  • PORTFOLIO MANAGER HASENSTAB MAINTAINED POSITIONS IN UKRAINE DEBT DESPITE COUNTRY'S TURMOIL, FALLING BOND PRICES.

  • US STOCKS-Futures dip after 2-day run; ADP data on tap Wednesday, 4 Feb 2015 | 7:43 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Feb 4- U.S. stock index futures dipped on Wednesday, after a two-day rally for the S&P 500 ahead of data on the labor market and the services sector. *Investors will eye the January private-sector employment report from payrolls processor ADP at 8:15 a.m. for signs of continuing improvement in the labor market. *Later in the session at 9:45 a.m., financial...

  • MOSCOW, Feb 4- Russia's Finance Ministry sold 7.34 billion roubles of OFZ treasury bonds at auction on Wednesday at an average yield of 13.89 percent, out of the 10 billion roubles on offer, Reuters data showed. The ministry sold more than at the previous week's auction, when it sold 2.5 billion roubles of bonds out of 5 billion roubles on offer.

  • MOSCOW, Feb 4- The Russian Finance Ministry sold 7.34 billion roubles of OFZ treasury bonds at auction on Wednesday at an average yield of 13.89 percent, out of the 10 billion roubles on offer, Reuters data showed.

  • LONDON, Feb 4- The U.S. dollar steadied on Wednesday after its worst day in more than a year, and a retreat in oil prices after four days of gains halted a rally in European stock markets. In Europe much attention is focussed on Greece, where shares fell 1 percent in early deals and government bond yields rose on a report that the European Central Bank is unwilling to...

  • Longterm JGB rout continues ahead of 30-year sale Wednesday, 4 Feb 2015 | 2:45 AM ET

    TOKYO, Feb 4- Japanese government bonds continued to fall on Wednesday, with the benchmark yield rising to a near eight-week high, and the superlong zone selling off a day after a 10- year note sale met surprisingly weak demand. Analysts at Morgan Stanley MUFG Research predicted that a tail of around 0.20 looked likely, given that volatility is so high.

  • *Greece's softer stance on debt soothes investor jitters. "A lot of factors were jacking up the back end of the yield curve," said Richard Gilhooly, interest rate strategist at TD Securities in New York. The bond sell-off began after Japan's Ministry of Finance sold 2.4 trillion yen 10- year JGBs to unexpectedly weak demand and news Greece's that new government...

  • *Rosneft faces $7 billion debt repayment to banks on Feb. 13. LONDON, Feb 3- Rosneft is raising money from Swiss trader Trafigura days before it must repay a $7 billion debt and squeezed by sanctions, industry sources said, seeking new options after a foray into the bond market fuelled a devaluation of the rouble. Now the Feb. 13 deadline for the repayment of another $7...

  • BERLIN, Feb 3- Greece's proposal to swap its foreign debt for growth-linked bonds is a disguised form of debt forgiveness, the leader of Germany's Eurosceptic Alternative for Germany party told Reuters on Tuesday. Greece will not be able to pay back its debts even if it is allowed to convert the debt because the economy has limited growth prospects as long as it...

  • *Greece's softer stance on debt soothes investor jitters. Meanwhile, Japan's Ministry of Finance sold 2.4 trillion yen 10- year JGBs to unexpectedly weak demand, pushing the spread between lowest and average bid prices to its widest in nearly 12 years. Wall Street dealers anticipated $25 billion in company debt this week, according to IFR, a unit of Thomson...

  • US STOCKS-Futures climb on hopes for Greek debt deal Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015 | 7:41 AM ET

    *Staples, Office Depot in advanced merger talks- WSJ. NEW YORK, Feb 3- U.S. stock index futures climbed on Tuesday, with the benchmark S&P 500 index set to continue a rally fueled by hopes of a deal on Greek debt. A source told Reuters that Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, in London to reassure private investors he was not seeking a showdown with Brussels over a...

  • LONDON, Feb 3- The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index rose on Tuesday to just below a seven-year high, lifted by hopes a standoff over Greece's debt would be resolved after its new government softened calls for a writedown. National Bank of Greece, Alpha Bank and Eurobank rose 15.1 to 21.8 percent. There are some signs that there might be a compromise in the making...

  • *European shares rise after Greece drops debt write-off call. *Greece leads euro zone bond yields lower, Bunds go below JGBs. Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said after meeting investors in London on Monday that the government would spare privately held bonds from losses.

  • *European shares rise after Greece drops debt write-off call. *Greece leads euro zone bond yields lower, Bunds go below JGBs. Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said after meeting investors in London on Monday that the government would spare privately held bonds from losses.

  • Athens' new government dropped calls for a write-off of its foreign debt and proposed swapping debt for growth-linked bonds. Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, in London to reassure private investors that he was not seeking a showdown with Brussels over a new debt agreement, said the new left-wing government would spare privately held bonds from losses, a...

  • European shares rally on hopes of Greek debt deal Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015 | 3:04 AM ET

    PARIS, Feb 3- European stocks rose early on Tuesday, lifted by hopes for an agreement on the Greek debt standoff after the country's new government dropped calls for a write-off of its foreign debt and proposed swapping debt for growth-linked bonds. Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, in London to reassure private investors that he was not seeking a showdown...