*Yield curve steepens from five-year lows. NEW YORK, July 31- Most U.S. "There is some month-end buying, both here and in Europe," said Dan Mulholland, managing director in Treasuries trading at BNY Mellon in New York.» Read More
*Hillshire to buy Pinnacle Foods for $6.6 billion. NEW YORK, May 12- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Monday, putting the S&P 500 within striking distance of record levels, though geopolitical concerns in the Ukraine could cap gains. *In the latest deal news, Hillshire Brands Co agreed to buy Pinnacle Foods Inc for about $6.6 billion.
*Hillshire to buy Pinnacle Foods for $6.6 billion. NEW YORK, May 12- U.S. stock index futures rose on Monday, putting the S&P 500 within striking distance of record levels, though geopolitical concerns in the Ukraine could cap gains.
TOKYO, May 12- Japanese government bonds weakened slightly on Monday, pushing yields higher, with sentiment pressured by supply concerns. The superlong zone weakened due to speculation that the Bank of Japan might reduce its bond purchases there under its massive asset-purchase programme, market sources said.
The main objector to the city's plan of adjustment is the investment firm Franklin Templeton, whose Franklin High Yield Tax-Free Income Fund and Franklin California High Yield Municipal Fund would receive less than a penny on the dollar.
May 9- The Pimco Total Return Fund, the world's largest bond fund, cut its holdings of U.S. mortgage securities for a third straight month in April to its lowest level since July 2010 on continued bets that the Federal Reserve will conclude bond purchases this year, data from the firm's website showed on Friday.
NEW YORK, May 9- U.S. "There's a little bit of profit-taking," said Kim Rupert, managing director at Action Economics in San Francisco. Thursday's 30- year auction, the last of three this week by the Treasury Department selling $69 billion of new debt, came with a high yield of 3.440 percent.
LONDON, May 9- Lower-rated euro zone bond yields fell to fresh record lows and the common currency slid further on Friday as investors positioned for more monetary stimulus from the European Central Bank.
SYDNEY, May 9- An Australian Bureau of Statistics employee and a National Australia Bank employee have been arrested over insider trading offences that authorities said netted them A $7 million on the foreign exchange derivatives market.
TOKYO, May 9- The Japanese government bond market was subdued on Friday, with super long maturities sagging slightly as dealers sold that tenor in preparation for next week's 30- year debt sale.
NEW YORK, May 8- Investors in U.S.-based funds pulled more than $7 billion out of stock funds in the week ended May 7, more than the two previous weeks' worth of net inflows, data from Thomson Reuters' Lipper service showed on Thursday. Investors pulled $8.6 billion out of stock exchange-traded funds while committing $1.6 billion to stock mutual funds.
NEW YORK, May 8- Investors in U.S.-based funds pulled $7 billion out of stock funds in the week ended May 7, more than the two previous weeks' worth of net inflows, data from Thomson Reuters' Lipper service showed on Thursday. Investors pulled $8.6 billion out of stock exchange-traded funds while committing $1.6 billion to stock mutual funds.
*Separatists ignore Putin calls to postpone Ukraine secession vote. European shares climbed 1.1 percent after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi was seen as opening the door to more stimulus measures in June.
NEW YORK, May 8- Thirty-year Treasuries sat out a modest U.S. bond market rally and dropped on Thursday after the government sold $16 billion of new long bonds at unexpectedly high yields.
*Assets of $159.3 bln as of end March vs $161.2 bln end of December. NEW YORK, May 8- Apollo Global Management LLC, manager of the largest private equity fund since the financial crisis, said on Thursday its buyout funds appreciated much less than before and that it saw more opportunities to increase its credit investment assets.
*Russia is worst performer this year in emerging bond index. *South Africa, Hungary and Turkey returning to favour. LONDON, May 8- Emerging market investors are dumping once-hot rouble bonds due to the threat of tougher sanctions hanging over Russia, shifting funds to the likes of South Africa, Hungary and Turkey which only recently had been unpopular.
NEW YORK, May 8- U.S. "No one's willing to make a commitment ahead of the auction," said Lou Brien, market strategist at FTN Financial in Chicago. Ten-year Treasury notes yielded 2.6107 percent in New York trading, up from Wednesday's closing 2.593 percent.
Changes aimed at making $700 trillion market safer. LONDON, May 8- Banks should get a breathing space of a few months to adjust to coming new rules on the clearing of derivatives deals, a top European Union regulator proposed on Thursday. The global derivatives market is worth around $700 trillion, with London and New York the biggest centres.
*Putin calls for pro- Moscow separatists to postpone secession vote. Risk assets were also underpinned by signs of easing tensions in Ukraine after Russian President Vladimir Putin called on pro- Moscow separatists to postpone a secession vote.
TOKYO, May 8- Japanese government bond prices ended Thursday's morning session mostly lower, sending yields up slightly as investors positioned for the day's 10- year sale. As widely expected, the Ministry of Finance set the coupon of the new 10- year JGBs at 0.6 percent for the seventh straight month, re-opening the current issue number 333 for the second time.
*Putin calls for pro- Moscow separatists to postpone a secession vote. Federal Reserve chief and signs of easing tensions in Ukraine after Russian President Vladimir Putin called on pro- Moscow separatists to postpone a succession vote.