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  • *Eurobond completes half of Turkey's 2014 borrowing. ISTANBUL, Jan 23- Turkey received a vote of confidence in its underlying economic health on Thursday, with foreign investors lapping up a $2.5 billion eurobond issue even as a corruption scandal swirled and the central bank intervened to prop up the lira.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 22- Morgan Stanley, rebuffed late last year by Puerto Rico officials over an offer to arrange a high-cost loan of up to $2 billion for the cash-strapped commonwealth, is now trying to pique investor interest in backing the idea, according to people briefed on the matter.

  • White House: No bailout for Puerto Rico Wednesday, 22 Jan 2014 | 5:06 PM ET
    A vacant building in the Santurce neighborhood of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

    The White House is not considering a financial bailout for Puerto Rico, an Obama administration official says.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 22- The White House is not considering a financial bailout for Puerto Rico, where chronic fiscal challenges have raised the specter of a Detroit- like bankruptcy, an Obama administration official said on Wednesday. Puerto Rico already pays the highest interest rates of any big municipal bond issuer.

  • *Fed bought $2.81 bln bonds due 2022-2023. NEW YORK, Jan 22- U.S. "Treasuries were largely following Bunds," said David Ader, head of government bond strategy at CRT Capital Group in Stamford, Connecticut.

  • U.S.-based stock funds attract $8.3 billion -ICI Wednesday, 22 Jan 2014 | 1:47 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Jan 22- Investors in U.S.-based mutual funds poured $8.3 billion into stock funds in the week ended Jan. 15, marking the biggest inflows in ten weeks on some strong U.S. economic reports, data from the Investment Company Institute showed on Wednesday.

  • *Russia, United States at odds over Assad's fate. MONTREUX, Switzerland, Jan 22- Syria's government and opposition, meeting for the first time, vented their mutual hostility on Wednesday but a U.N. mediator said the warring sides may be ready to discuss prisoner swaps, local ceasefires and humanitarian aid.

  • Rapeseed is the most important oilseed crop in Europe and Euronext already offers rapeseed futures that have become its second-largest agricultural derivatives market in Paris after milling wheat.

  • BEIJING/ SHANGHAI, Jan 22- German automaker Daimler AG will become the first foreign, non-financial company to issue bonds in China's domestic market, two sources close to the deal told Reuters on Wednesday.

  • JGB yields edge down, BOJ stands pat as expected Wednesday, 22 Jan 2014 | 2:28 AM ET

    TOKYO, Jan 22- Japanese government bond prices inched higher on Wednesday, though many real money accounts remained largely sidelined as the Bank of Japan was not active in the secondary market.

  • *Fed buys $1.39 billion long-dated Treasuries. Bond prices fell initially on worries stemming from an article in The Wall Street Journal that said the U.S. central bank will likely reduce its monthly purchases of Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities by another $10 billion to $65 billion.

  • Some traders attributed those worries stemming from an article in The Wall Street Journal that said the U.S. central bank will likely reduce its monthly purchases of Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities by $10 billion to $65 billion.

  • JERUSALEM, Jan 21- A deal that would cut Israeli shipping company Zim's debt by at least half will likely be signed by the end of this week, two sources close to the negotiations said on Tuesday. Following the latest restructuring and write-off, Zim's debt will fall to $1- $1.5 billion.

  • TOKYO, Jan 21- Japanese government bond prices edged down on Tuesday, with the five-year yield up ahead of an auction to sell 2.7 trillion yen worth of the similar maturities.

  • JGB yields inch high ahead of 5-year debt auction Monday, 20 Jan 2014 | 9:52 PM ET

    TOKYO, Jan 21- Japanese government bond prices edged down on Tuesday, with the five-year yield up ahead of an auction to sell 2.7 trillion yen worth of the similar maturities.

  • *Irish yields seen closing in on those of France, Belgium. LONDON, Jan 20- Ireland's five-year borrowing costs fell to their lowest in the 92- year history of the state on Monday as investors snapped up its bonds after Moody's restored the country's credit rating to investment grade.

  • HONG KONG, Jan 20- Mutual fund manager Franklin Templeton has hired a former hedge fund manager to expand its Asian line-up of products investing in lucrative alternative assets, joining its peers in tapping a rapidly growing market.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 20- After years of hiding under their desks, short sellers are re-emerging- slowly. Investors who make a living betting that stock prices will fall are happy to forget 2013: The S&P 500 gained nearly 30 percent while Credit Suisse's index of hedge funds with a dedicated short bias lost 25 percent.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 19- A data breach at Target Corp that exposed the credit card information of tens of millions of holiday shoppers was a major black eye for the retailer.

  • DUBLIN, Jan 17- Moody's Investors Service upgraded Ireland to investment grade on Friday, handing the government a major post-bailout boost and opening its already sought-after debt to investors prohibited from buying junk-rated paper.

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