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  • Shrinking liquidity exposes markets to crunch Friday, 1 May 2015 | 5:13 AM ET

    LONDON, May 1- The calm on global financial markets masks a growing threat to their smooth functioning should shrinking liquidity morph into an outright crunch in response to a U.S. interest rate rise or some other shock. Some analysts blamed the sell-off on a lack of liquidity, with Commerzbank going so far as to call it a "flash crash". Analysis from GreySpark...

  • TOKYO, May 1- Japanese government bond prices extended losses on Friday as the market continued to feel the heat from a sobering rout in German Bunds. The two-year yield climbed half a basis point to 0.005 percent, its rise slowed by the Bank of Japan's regular debt-purchasing operation centred on short-end JGBs. The Japanese financial markets will be closed...

  • DIARY-Government Debt Auctions to June 30 Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 8:03 PM ET

    01 May Japan Auction for Enhanced-liquidity 04 May 1350 France Auction of BTF treasury notes 04 May Netherlands DTC Auction 05 May Belgium Auction of treasury bills 06 May Sweden Auction of Government bonds 06 May Germany 5 bln Eur Auction of 2- year Federal Note. 11 May Norway Auction of treasury bills 11 May Germany 2 bln Eur Auction of treasury bills 11 May...

  • *Some movement in Greece debt talks trims safety bids. NEW YORK, April 30- U.S. The month ended with a diminished appetite for safe-haven assets on Thursday, after Greece made its biggest concessions yet in an effort to clinch a deal with its creditors to avert bankruptcy reduced safe-haven bids for Treasuries and Bunds.

  • *Some movement in Greece debt talks pare safety bids. News of the biggest concessions yet from Greece in an effort to clinch a deal with its creditors to avert bankruptcy reduced safe-haven bids for Treasuries and German Bunds. The four-day rise in benchmark U.S. yields has been part of this week's global bond market sell-off, in which traders have either booked...

  • JGBs fall on retreat in Bunds and Treasuries Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 3:43 AM ET

    TOKYO, April 30- Japanese government bond prices dropped on Thursday after U.S. and European bonds suffered big losses following upbeat European economic data, but sharp falls in Japanese share prices helped to limit losses in JGBs. The yield on the 10- year JGBs rose as much as 5.0 basis points to 0.345 percent at one point, its highest level in two weeks, before...

  • However, the situation is changing as the landmark Shanghai- Hong Kong stock connect scheme saw robust southbound flows in the past few weeks, which greatly eased the offshore yuan market's tight liquidity. The stock connect has brought in a net 50 billion yuan into Hong Kong in the past month, according to Reuters calculations, thanks to increased demand for...

  • ATHENS, April 30- Ratings agency Moody's on Thursday cut Greece's credit rating deeper into junk territory due to uncertainty over whether the indebted country will be able to reach a deal with its international lenders in time to meet upcoming debt repayments. Moody's said it downgraded Greece's government bond rating to' Caa2' from' Caa1' and assigned it a "...

  • April 29- Moody's Investors Service said it downgraded Greece's government bond rating to' Caa2' from' Caa1', citing uncertainty whether the troubled country would be able to reach an agreement with official creditors in time to meet its upcoming debt repayments.

  • *U.S. sells $29 bln 7- year notes to solid demand. NEW YORK, April 29- The U.S. "A lot of the action was driven by the sell-off in European bonds," said Kathy Jones, fixed-income strategist at Charles Schwab in New York.

  • NEW YORK, April 29- Former Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke is joining bond giant Pimco as a senior advisor, as the firm seeks to bolster its star power following the departure of co-founder Bill Gross. The move may be questioned by some competitors who had criticized the Fed during Bernanke's reign for being too close to Pimco, whose full name is Pacific...

  • *U.S. to sell $15 bln 2- year FRN, $29 bln 7- year notes. NEW YORK, April 29- U.S. People are looking to unload some longs, "said Sean Murphy, a Treasuries trader at Societe Generale in New York.

  • *Low yields cut list of bonds ECB can buy under QE. *ECB may have to raise purchase limits. LONDON, April 29- A shrinking pool of eligible bonds may soon require the European Central Bank to rework its campaign to inject 1 trillion euros of new money into the euro zone economy.

  • *GoPro jumps after forecasts comes in above estimates. April 29- U.S. stock index futures fell further on Wednesday after data showed that the U.S. economic growth stalled in the first quarter and ahead of the outcome of the two-day Federal Reserve meeting. The low-rate environment is a bubble in itself and its like riding a balloon until the pin pops, "said Andre...

  • LONDON, April 29- The euro and German bond yields rose to their highest level in weeks on Wednesday, after data showed that a measure of bank lending across the bloc stopped shrinking in March and consumer inflation expectations rose for the first time this year. The euro traded above $1.10 and the 10- year German bond yield rose as high as 0.25 percent.

  • US STOCKS-Futures down ahead of Fed statement, GDP data Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 7:18 AM ET

    April 29- U.S. stock index futures were lower on Wednesday as investors await the outcome of the two-day Federal Reserve meeting and ahead of U.S. economic growth numbers for the first quarter. The statement is expected at 1400 p.m. EDT. *Twitter shares were up 0.5 percent at $42.48 in premarket trading.

  • *Europe shares dip on earnings, follow Asia down. LONDON, April 29- Stocks fell in Europe on Wednesday, following Asian stocks lower, while the dollar held near two-month lows before a Federal Reserve policy statement expected to show the U.S. central bank in no hurry to raise interest rates. The euro was up 0.1 percent at $1.0994, having hit a three-week high on...

  • NEW YORK, April 29- A major funds company is putting directors on notice: if you adopt poison pill anti-takeover measures without shareholder approval, you will be blacklisted. Since October, Dimensional Fund Advisors, the eighth largest U.S. mutual fund firm with $398 billion in assets, has been sending warning letters to companies whose stock it owns and who...

  • There's a crowding out effect, "said Stanley Sun, interest rate strategist at Nomura Securities International in New York. Large corporate deals competed for investors' dollars, with Amgen and Oracle bringing out multi-part issues worth $3.5 billion and $10 billion, respectively, according to IFR, a Thomson Reuters unit. The Treasury Department sold $35...

  • *U.S. to sell $35 bln 5- year notes as FOMC sets to meet. NEW YORK, April 28- U.S. "The deals are weighing on the market whether it's rate-locking or just an increase in net supply," said Sean Murphy, a Treasuries trader at Societe Generale in New York.