NEW YORK, Dec 2- U.S. Stronger-than-expected manufacturing in the United States and abroad spurred selling in U.S. government debt as some traders reconsidered how soon the U.S. central bank might dial back its bond purchases, currently at $85 billion a month, if the economy grows further, albeit at a sub-par pace.
CHICAGO, Dec 2- Illinois will sell $350 million of bonds on Dec. 12, just over a week after the state legislature is expected to vote on a bill to rein in the state's huge public pension costs, the state announced on Monday.
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*Gabon debt seen less attractive than Nigeria, Angola. JOHANNESBURG, Dec 2- Gabon plans to raise at least $500 million via a new 10- year Eurobond to fund infrastructure investment and will buy back up to $140 million of its 2017 Eurobond, according to a preliminary prospectus seen by Reuters.
NEW YORK, Dec 2- U.S. Investors are evaluating when the Fed is likely to view the economic recovery as being strong enough to begin paring its $85 billion- a-month bond purchase program, after the U.S. central bank in September surprised investors, who were expecting a cut in purchases, by leaving it unchanged.
*China factory activity maintains steady growth. NEW YORK, Dec 2- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Monday in the wake of eight straight weeks of gains after mixed data on China and the euro zone and ahead of U.S. economic reports which could provide some clues on the strength of the recovery.
*China factory activity maintains steady growth. NEW YORK, Dec 2- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Monday after eight straight weeks of gains after mixed data on China and the euro zone and ahead of economic reports which could provide some clues on the strength of the U.S. recovery.
BEIJING, Dec 2- The United States may see further sovereign rating downgrades if it fails to improve its debt service capability, although a near-term cut looks unlikely, the head of Chinese credit rating firm Dagong said.
Dec 1- The U.S. Justice Department is not planning any penalties on a civil probe relating to allegations that large banks tried preventing competition in the credit default swaps market, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
NEW YORK, Dec 1- Investors poured $31.6 billion into all equity mutual funds and exchange-traded funds in November, favoring equities over bonds for a sixth straight month, data from TrimTabs Investment Research showed on Sunday.
*Investors, banks lend $22 billion in reverse repo facility. NEW YORK, Nov 29- U.S. "As market participants return from Thanksgiving, focus will be on the data calendar," economists at Jefferies said in a report on Friday.
*Markets to close early on Friday after Thanksgiving holiday. NEW YORK, Nov 29- Prices for U.S. Still, month-end buying could kick in later in the session, "but possibly less than originally thought given Wednesday's late buying," said Richard Gilhooly, an interest rate strategist at TD Securities in New York.
*Markets closing at 1 p.m., trading expected to be light. NEW YORK, Nov 29- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly higher open on Friday, with investors reluctant to make big bets in an abbreviated session, though major indexes remained on track for their third straight month of strong gains.
LONDON, Nov 29- The 30- year bond boom looks to be over but fears of a dramatic sell-off next year may be overstated. Assuming it stops the whole programme by September, bond buying by the G4 central banks would be cut by some $500 billion to $1.08 trillion in 2014, according to JP Morgan.
*Markets closing at 1 p.m., trading expected to be light. NEW YORK, Nov 29- U.S. stock index futures edged higher on Friday, with investors reluctant to make big bets in an abbreviated session, though major indexes remained on track for their third straight month of strong gains. Markets will close three hours early at 1 p.m., following an all-day closure on Thursday.
TOKYO, Nov 29- Japanese government bond prices dipped on Friday, with the 10- year yield on track to end three straight days of decline, while data showed Japan's consumer inflation accelerated to a five-year high in October. A further depreciation of the yen against the dollar and the euro, and resilient Tokyo stocks also had some negative impact on the JGBs.
TOKYO, Nov 28- Japanese government bonds were resilient on Thursday morning, ahead of a two-year debt auction, even though investors were in a "risk-on" mood with Tokyo shares jumping to a six-month high.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 27- Brazilian tycoon Eike Batista's oil company, OGX, lost 2.12 billion reais in the third quarter as it scrambled to start output from an offshore oil field that represents one of its last chances to remain afloat.
*Prices fall after Treasury sees low demand for $29 bln, 7- yr notes. NEW YORK, Nov 27- U.S. Treasuries prices added to losses on Wednesday after the Treasury sold $29 billion in seven-year notes to relatively low demand in the government's final sale of $96 billion in new coupon-bearing debt this week.
WASHINGTON, Nov 27- Sales of U.S. municipal bonds shrank to $23.16 billion this month, as debt refundings dropped sharply from a year ago, according to preliminary Thomson Reuters data released on Wednesday.