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  • Feb. private payrolls growth weaker than expected. NEW YORK, March 4- U.S. The Institute for Supply Management, meanwhile, said its services index was 56.9 in February, up slightly from 56.7 in January and beating analysts' expectation for a reading of 56.5, according to a Reuters poll.

  • BOSTON, March 4- Mutual fund companies, including No. 2 Fidelity Investments, have slashed fees on their most popular funds by shifting billions of dollars into collective trusts not regulated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. "CITs are more opaque to the outside world because reporting requirements are not as stringent," said Michael Rawson,...

  • TOKYO, March 4- Japanese government bond prices were lower across the board on Wednesday in response to overnight weakness in U.S. Treasuries, although strong results in the Bank of Japan's debt buying operation helped trim losses. The BOJ bought one- to 10- year debt and the firm operation results released later in the session calmed sentiment bruised by...

  • NEW YORK, March 3- A U.S. judge on Tuesday said he would not yet rule on whether Citigroup Inc can process interest payments by Argentina on bonds issued under its local laws following the country's 2002 default. District Judge Thomas Griesa told the lawyers for Citigroup and holdout investors in a hearing in New York that he would not issue a decision on Tuesday...

  • NEW YORK, March 3- Investors yanked another $8.6 billion from the Pimco Total Return Fund last month, Pimco said on Tuesday in the latest indication the firm's flagship fund is still reeling from the sudden departure of co-founder Bill Gross last September. In an interview with Reuters on Tuesday, Pimco Group Chief Investment Officer Dan Ivascyn said: "We...

  • *Actavis launches $21 billion bond deal. *Exxon Mobil to sell $7 billion in debt. Pharmaceutical company Actavis Plc launched a $21 billion corporate bond deal, the second-largest on record, according to Thomson Reuters unit IFR.

  • NEW YORK, March 3- Pimco's top investment officer said on Tuesday that "late decision makers" are largely behind a rush of withdrawals from its flagship bond fund some five months after the departure of longtime manager Bill Gross, but the outflows should taper off before long. Ivasycn's comments came as the firm reported another $8.6 billion of outflows in...

  • NEW YORK, March 3- Investors yanked another $8.6 billion from the Pimco Total Return Fund last month, Pimco said on Tuesday in the latest indication the firm's flagship fund is still reeling from the sudden departure of co-founder Bill Gross last September. The fund had assets under management of $124.7 billion at the end of February, down from a peak of $292.9...

  • Euro zone bond yields edge up as ECB QE details eyed Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 11:22 AM ET

    *Markets waiting for operational details on QE. LONDON, March 3- Most euro zone bond yields bounced off record lows on Tuesday as investors waited for the European Central Bank to provide more details of its trillion euro quantitative easing programme later this week. "D-day is drawing near," said ING strategist Martin van Vliet, expecting more details on the...

  • *Actavis launches $21 bln bond deal. *Exxon Mobil to sell $7 bln in debt. Pharmaceutical company Actavis Plc launched a $21 billion corporate bond deal, the second-largest on record according to Thomson Reuters unit IFR.

  • *Iraq faces $21 billion budget deficit in 2015. BAGHDAD, March 3- Iraq is discussing a possible bond issue worth nearly $6 billion with Deutsche Bank and Citibank as part of its efforts to cover a huge projected budget deficit this year, Finance Minister Hoshiyar Zebari said. State revenues have tumbled along with falling oil prices just as Iraq faces a costly...

  • Euro zone bond yields pinned at lows with ECB eyed Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 3:53 AM ET

    LONDON, March 3- Most euro zone bond yields held near record lows on Tuesday as investors waited for details of the European Central Bank's trillion euro quantitative easing programme that kicks off later this week. While a rally in low-rated debt that pushed yields in Spain, Italy and Portugal to record lows on Monday eased, investor focus remained fixed on the...

  • JGBs sag on lukewarm 10-year sale, weaker Treasuries Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 12:45 AM ET

    TOKYO, March 3- Japanese government bond prices sagged on Tuesday, weighed down by lukewarm demand at a 10- year debt sale and overnight retreat by U.S. The Bank of Japan's extensive debt purchases as part of its monetary easing drove the 10- year yield to a record low of 0.195 percent in January but has also sucked up liquidity and made the market volatile, sending...

  • *Yield spike on Wall Street rally, mixed data help dollar. SYDNEY/ TOKYO, March 3- The dollar hit a fresh 11- year peak against a basket of major currencies on Tuesday, as rising Treasury yields helped it prevail over its peers. In addition to Wall Street shares hitting fresh record highs on Monday, a batch of mixed data overnight was seen by some as a driving the rise in...

  • SYDNEY, March 3- The U.S. dollar hovered just below a fresh 11- year peak against a basket of major currencies early on Tuesday, as rising Treasury yields helped it prevail against the euro in a choppy session. The index rose as the euro slid back below $1.1200 and as the greenback hit a near three-week high of 120.19 yen. The euro zone common currency last stood at...

  • WASHINGTON, March 2- Regulators shouldn't weaken a rule that limits banks' borrowing, a senior U.S. bank supervisor said on Monday, indicating a possible split with the derivatives watchdog over the issue. Tom Hoenig, second-in-command at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp, said he disagreed with the head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission who has...

  • NEW YORK, March 2- U.S. Pharmaceutical company Actavis on Monday was marketing bonds that are expected to total $22 billion, the second largest amount ever sold by a corporate borrower. "Corporate deals are weighing on the market, and we've heard of some allocation out of bonds into equities," said Sean Murphy, a Treasuries trader at Societe Generale in New York.

  • NEW YORK, March 2- DoubleLine Funds, an investment firm that has been a major competitor to bond fund Pimco, on Monday reported a net inflow of $1.59 billion in February, compared with a record net inflow in January of $3.04 billion. The Los Angeles- based firm, co-founded by Jeffrey Gundlach, said the DoubleLine Total Return Bond Fund, the firm's largest fund by total...

  • *China rate cut lifts Asia equities, gold. Wall Street kicked off March on a high note after a stellar February, when the benchmark S&P 500 Index registered its best monthly gain since October 2011. Asian stocks ended higher after China cut interest rates over the weekend, but European equities slipped from seven-year highs hit on merger activity in the telecom...

  • NEW YORK, March 2- U.S. Personal income rose by 0.3 percent in January though personal consumption fell by 0.2 percent, the U.S. Commerce Department said. It looks like that didn't really happen, "said Gennadiy Goldberg, an interest rate strategist at TD Securities in New York.