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  • *Asian share activity light with Tokyo on holiday. SYDNEY, Jan 12- The U.S. dollar took an early dip on Monday as Asian investors caught up with a benign payrolls report and the subsequent slide in Treasury yields, though turnover was light with Tokyo on holiday. Share markets were opening lower following a soft finish on Wall Street though sentiment was supported...

  • *Fitch and S&P have Russia one notch above junk. *Russia seeks to avert downgrade, says dangers exaggerated. The Fitch agency cut its rating on Russia to' BBB minus' from' BBB' on Friday, citing a significant deterioration in the country's economic outlook due to the slump in oil prices and falling value of the rouble.

  • FRANKFURT, Jan 11- A landmark legal opinion this week will remind the European Central Bank of the limits it faces as it advances towards money printing, while a tumbling oil price saps inflation in debt-strained Europe. With expectations high that the ECB is on the verge of buying government bonds with new money to shore up the economy, an influential adviser to...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 9- U.S. U.S. government debt was also boosted by a fall on Wall Street, where stocks were down nearly 1 percent after two days of outsized gains. "Yes, we had job growth," said Sharon Stark, fixed income strategist at D.A.

  • TREASURIES-Prices climb as stocks, oil slide Friday, 9 Jan 2015 | 12:48 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Jan 9- U.S. Other stock markets in Europe and elsewhere also dropped as investors sought out less risky holdings. MSCI's all-country world stock index, a measure of equity markets in 45 countries, fell 0.71 percent.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 9- The dollar eased on Friday after an American labor market report suggested a go-slow approach to raising U.S. interest rates, while global equity markets fell on more weak data from Europe, adding to worries about tepid growth around the world. Investors remain concerned about the impact of lower oil prices and how that might expose certain trades...

  • TREASURIES-Prices inch up as U.S. wages drag Friday, 9 Jan 2015 | 10:58 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Jan 9- U.S. The five-cent drop in average hourly wages in December's employment data, which included a bigger-than-forecast increase in nonfarm payrolls and a decline in the U.S. unemployment rate to 5.6 percent, may delay a Fed rate hike. That keeps the Fed on hold; inflation is low, oil prices are low, the job market is improving but not in all the ways the Fed...

  • LONDON, Jan 9- The downgrading of Tesco's debt to "junk" status could limit its bargaining power on asset sales as well as symbolising the decline in fortunes of Britain's biggest retailer. That spoiled a day when Tesco's shares had risen as much as 15 percent after the grocer reported Christmas trading that was not as bad as feared and investors welcomed plans...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 9- The Janus Global Unconstrained Bond Fund, which Pimco co-founder Bill Gross started managing in October, attracted $176 million of inflows in December, down considerably from an estimated $770 million in the previous month, according to Morningstar data released on Friday. Janus Capital Group Inc drew overall inflows of $440 million in...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 9- The Janus Global Unconstrained Bond Fund, managed by closely watched investor Bill Gross, attracted $176 million of inflows in December, Morningstar data showed on Friday. Janus Capital Group Inc drew overall inflows of $440 million in December. The firm posted outflows of $4.6 billion for all of 2014, according to the data.

  • LONDON, Jan 9- The old financial market maxim "the trend is your friend" has rarely been more appropriate than when applied to the recent falls in oil, government bond yields and the euro, which have been nothing short of dramatic. But investors enjoying the ride should make sure their seatbelts are fastened: while the trend may well have further to run over the longer...

  • *AbbVie forecast 2015 earnings above expectations. NEW YORK, Jan 9- U.S. stock index futures were lower on Friday, after a two-day rally in equities put the S&P 500 back in positive territory for the new year and ahead of a key report on the labor market. *The S&P 500 added 3 percent over the last two sessions, retracing a good portion of its 4.2 percent loss in the previous...

  • *AbbVie forecast 2015 earnings above expectations. NEW YORK, Jan 9- U.S. stock index futures were lower on Friday, after a two-day rally in equities put the S&P 500 back in positive territory for the new year and ahead of a key report on the labor market. *AbbVie forecast 2015 earnings largely above analysts' average estimate after the close on Thursday, betting on its...

  • Vanguard execs issue warning on risks of deflation Friday, 9 Jan 2015 | 7:26 AM ET

    Executives at Vanguard Group warned that deflation is a real risk for the global economy while downplaying inflation concerns for the United States.

  • LONDON, Jan 9- The collapse in the oil price attracted bargain hunters to energy exchange-traded products in 2014, with inflows leaping in December even as the sell-off in oil intensified, global data from BlackRock and ETF Securities showed. Investors in the United States accounted for about 85 percent of the $3 billion- plus inflow into energy ETPs globally,...

  • LONDON, Jan 9- The downgrading of Tesco's debt to "junk" status could limit its negotiating power on potential asset sales as Britain's biggest retailer embarks on the long-awaited recovery plan designed to reverse its sliding fortunes. The move marks another fall from grace for Britain's biggest private employer, a staple of British pension funds that was...

  • JAKARTA, Jan 9- Indonesia has raised $4 billion in a U.S. dollar bond issue, taking advantage of the current low-yield environment and improving sentiment about the country and policies its new president is pursuing. With the improved terms on the new bonds, " Indonesia has to fork out a lower percentage than in a tough market," said Wellian Wiranto, an economist at...

  • TOKYO, Jan 9- The five-year Japanese government bond yield hit a record low just above zero percent on Friday on strong buying by the Bank of Japan, highlighting the scarcity of available bonds. While JGBs were capped in early trade by positive risk sentiment in global markets, the BOJ's buying on Friday of 400 billion yen in bonds maturing in three to five years...

  • BOSTON, Jan 9- Big European and American banks have found a productive place to park the energy sector's most distressed debt: the $2.7 trillion U.S. money market industry. Barclays Bank plc, Credit Suisse and Wells Fargo and others get overnight and short-term loans from companies that run money market mutual funds such as Fidelity Investments, BlackRock Inc,...

  • JAKARTA, Jan 9- Indonesia has raised $4 billion in a U.S. dollar bond issue, taking advantage of the current low-yield environment and improving sentiment about the country and policies its new president is pursuing. With the improved terms on the new bonds, " Indonesia has to fork out a lower percentage than in a tough market," said Wellian Wiranto, an economist at...