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  • *Euro zone shares slide, but Wall Street subdued. NEW YORK, Dec 4- The euro rebounded and bond yields in the euro zone bounced off record lows on Thursday, after the European Central Bank put off until next year a decision about whether to increase economic stimulus, leaving investors uncertain. Stocks in the euro zone fell more than 1 percent and MSCI's measure of...

  • TREASURIES-Prices rise as ECB reduces growth forecasts Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 11:21 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 4- U.S. European Central Bank President Mario Draghi told reporters in Frankfurt that the ECB's Governing Council was unanimous in backing such potential steps as a government bond-buying program with new money. Treasuries initially rose on the ECB's actions and Draghi's comments but then slipped as investor reassessed the timing and...

  • U.S. swaps regulator wants tighter clearing house rules Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 11:17 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Dec 4- Regulators should consider tighter rules for clearing houses given their crucial role as guardians against market routs after the 2007-2009 credit crisis, a senior U.S. swaps regulator said on Thursday. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission should take a first step towards subjecting clearing houses to more standardized regular...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 4- When Bill Gross bolted Pimco in late September after months of mediocre performance in his Total Return Fund, clients including Wells Fargo& Co. and Charles Schwab Corp pulled over $61 billion from the Newport Beach, California- based money manager. For example, the two-year-old, $576 million JPMorgan Global Bond Opportunities Fund, received $346...

  • *Fed's Fischer says bond buying can also work for Europe. FRANKFURT, Dec 4- The European Central Bank will judge early next year whether it needs to take more action to revive the euro zone economy, President Mario Draghi said on Thursday. The ECB's Governing Council was unanimous in its willingness to launch measures such as a government bond buying programme...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 4- U.S. stock index futures ticked up on Thursday, with the Dow industrials nearing the 18,000 mark, ahead of news from the European Central Bank on whether it will further ease monetary policy. Dechra Pharmaceuticals recently launched its own treatment for the condition in Britain. *Workers in various industries are expected to stage strikes and...

  • LONDON, Dec 4- Euro zone bond markets are all but certain that the European Central Bank will expand its asset purchases to sovereign bonds in coming months to boost growth and lift stubbornly low inflation. The bank meets later on Thursday for the first time since ECB President Mario Draghi threw the door open for more drastic measures to ward off deflation.

  • *Fed's Fischer- bond buying can also work for Europe. FRANKFURT, Dec 4- The European Central Bank will make plain the euro zone's economic malaise after it meets on Thursday, with a rare public call from Washington adding to pressure for action to stop the bloc going into reverse. Federal Reserve's influential vice chair, Stanley Fischer, who broke with etiquette to...

  • HONG KONG, Dec 4- A hiatus in Hong Kong's yuan deposit growth has probably become more pronouced since the advent of a landmark stock connect scheme with Shanghai that saw money flow back to China, while a spate dim sum bond issues also has siphoned off yuan funds. Despite the stock connector's lukewarm start, there was a net outflow of 44.7 billion yuan from Hong...

  • JGBs edge down, taking cue from rising shares Wednesday, 3 Dec 2014 | 10:23 PM ET

    TOKYO, Dec 4- Japanese government bonds inched down on Thursday, taking their cues from rising equities, with the two-year and five-year yields edging up from the previous session's record lows. The Nikkei stock average also rose to its highest level since July 24, 2007, after a record close on Wall Street on Wednesday. The Bank of Japan refrained from offering to...

  • TREASURIES-Prices mostly steady as long bond gains Wednesday, 3 Dec 2014 | 3:41 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 3- U.S. Treasuries prices were little changed on Wednesday after two days of losses as traders awaited possible monetary policy shifts by the European Central Bank and a key report on U.S. unemployment. "The release of those pressures today are allowing the more natural buyers to emerge," said Guy LeBas, chief fixed income strategist at Janney...

  • A $425 million jackpot for Wall St whistleblowers Wednesday, 3 Dec 2014 | 1:29 PM ET

    There's a little known pot of cash the SEC has set aside for tipsters, says this former SEC lawyer, which could make whistleblowing quite lucrative.

  • LONDON, Dec 3- With an economy in meltdown, a currency that has tanked 45 percent and a possible sovereign default ahead, more and more of Ukraine's companies are finding themselves unable to repay overseas debt. While a relatively modest $12.4 billion in private sector debt falls due in 2015, according to International Monetary Fund estimates, it still exceeds...

  • TREASURIES-Prices steady ahead of ECB, U.S. jobs data Wednesday, 3 Dec 2014 | 10:49 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 3- U.S. "The market is pretty much in lockdown mode," said Eric Green, head of U.S. rates and research at TD Securities in New York. European Central Bank policymakers meet on Thursday and may announce asset buying, interest rate changes or other policy moves meant to help Europe's slumping economy.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St to open little changed ahead of data Wednesday, 3 Dec 2014 | 9:15 AM ET

    *ADP private payrolls just short of expectations. NEW YORK, Dec 3- U.S. stock index futures were little changed in low volume on Wednesday, indicating a flat open on Wall street, ahead of data on the services sector and as markets focus on the upcoming meeting at the European Central Bank. "I don't know if they're going to take a huge step but they are moving in that...

  • US STOCKS-Futures flat in low volume ahead of data Wednesday, 3 Dec 2014 | 7:29 AM ET

    *ADP private payrolls data due. NEW YORK, Dec 3- U.S. stock index futures were flat in low volume on Wednesday ahead of data on the services sector and as markets focus on readings on the U.S. economy and the upcoming meeting at the European Central Bank. *Separate readings on the health of the U.S. services sector are due shortly after the market open on Wall Street, while...

  • *Germany sells 2.5 bln euros of 5- year bonds. LONDON, Dec 3- Italian yields fell below 2 percent on Wednesday for the first time as markets expected the European Central Bank to pave the way for government bond purchases when it meets this week. You have a risk of a temporary setback if you get disappointment out of the ECB this week, "said Benjamin Schroeder, a rate...

  • HONG KONG, Dec 3- Europe's main funds regulator has introduced a "fast-track" procedure for approving mutual funds that wish to participate in a landmark Hong Kong-China equity trading scheme. Luxembourg's Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier will fast-track applications from mutual funds sold to retail investors, also known as UCITS, whose...

  • JGBs steady, supported by BOJ's regular purchases Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014 | 9:17 PM ET

    TOKYO, Dec 3- Japanese government bond prices were steady on Wednesday, held together by regular debt purchasing operations by the Bank of Japan. The BOJ on Wednesday offered to buy a total 800 billion yen of JGBs with the remaining maturities ranging from five years to over 25 years. Although still within distance of a 1-1/ 2 year low of 0.415 percent touched last...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 2- The Pimco Total Return Fund posted its 19th straight month of outflows in November, totaling $9.5 billion, but withdrawals are down dramatically since former Chief Investment Officer Bill Gross' exit. In November, the Pimco Total Return Fund bled $9.5 billion, but that compares with a record $27.5 billion of withdrawals in October and $23.5...