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  • *Japan govt struggling with sales tax hike plan. TOKYO, Oct 29- Japan's plan to raise its sales tax for the second year in a row next year may not be positive for the country's credit rating if it snuffs out any chance of economic recovery, a senior official of Standard& Poor's said. "In general, it is better to raise taxes, but in Japan's case it may not be a positive if the...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct 28- Newly re-elected President Dilma Rousseff said on Tuesday that the Brazilian economy will recover in her second term and avoid a downgrade of its credit rating. Earlier on Tuesday, a senior analyst at Moody's Investors Service said the ratings agency was in no rush to decide whether to cut Brazil's rating but could act quickly if it...

  • City of Buenos Aires mulls financing options Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 5:53 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 28- The city of Buenos Aires is sounding out foreign investors on short-term funding as it looks to refinance upcoming maturities, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the meetings. US dollars would allow it to build a buffer to meet international bond maturities without draining Argentina's dwindling foreign exchange reserves.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct 28- Moody's is in no "rush" to decide whether to cut Brazil's credit rating but could act quickly if it sees re-elected President Dilma Rousseff is not making significant policy changes in her second term, a senior analyst with the firm said on Tuesday. Less than two months after the ratings agency threatened to downgrade Brazil if the government...

  • TREASURIES-Prices ease as Wall St rallies, Fed meets Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 2:49 PM ET

    *Bidding soft as Treasury sells $29 bln of 2- yr notes. NEW YORK, Oct 28- U.S. "The market is waiting on the FOMC," said Wilmer Stith, fixed income portfolio manager at Wilmington Trust in Baltimore, Maryland.

  • ROME/ MILAN, Oct 28- Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena may seek to delay repaying hundreds of millions of euros in state aid to help shore up its balance sheet as it explores strategic options which could include a merger, chairman Alessandro Profumo said on Tuesday. Profumo and Monte dei Paschi Chief Executive Fabrizio Viola met Economy Ministry officials on...

  • BMPS discussing capital options with government Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 1:18 PM ET
    The headquarters of the Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena S.p.A. (BMPS) , the oldest surviving bank in the world and Italy's third largest bank.

    Italy's Treasury has not ruled out extending repayment deadlines on hundreds of millions of euros in state aid to help troubled lender Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, a person close to the matter said.

  • *Brent oil steadies around $86 as weak dollar offsets data. NEW YORK, Oct 28- Global equity markets rose and bond prices eased on Tuesday on solid corporate earnings on both sides of the Atlantic and an upbeat U.S. consumer confidence report that more than made up for weak American housing and industrial data. With 245 companies in the S&P 500 having reported...

  • *Prices drop as equity markets rise. NEW YORK, Oct 28- U.S. "The market is waiting on the FOMC," said Wilmer Stith, fixed income portfolio manager at Wilmington Trust in Baltimore, Maryland.

  • ROME, Oct 28- Italy's Treasury has not ruled out extending repayment deadlines on hundreds of millions of euros in state aid to help troubled lender Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena as it struggles to raise fresh capital, a person close to the matter said on Tuesday. Officials, who declined to be cited by name, said Monte dei Paschi Chairman Alessandro Profumo and...

  • *Capital goods orders post largest fall in eight months. NEW YORK, Oct 28- U.S. stock index futures rose on Tuesday ahead of data on industrial production, home prices and consumer confidence and as the Federal Reserve prepared to begin a two-day meeting on monetary policy. *The economic schedule also includes S&P/Case-Shiller home prices for August at 9:00 a.m....

  • US STOCKS-Futures rise ahead of data, Twitter tumbles Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 7:48 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 28- U.S. stock index futures rose on Tuesday ahead of data on industrial production, home prices and consumer confidence and as the Federal Reserve prepared to begin a two-day meeting on monetary policy. *A busy economic schedule includes September data on durable goods at 8:30 a.m., S&P/Case-Shiller home prices for August at 9:00 a.m. and at...

  • TOKYO, Oct 28- Japanese government bond prices were little changed across the board on Tuesday, as a wait-and-see mood prevailed ahead of the Federal Reserve's meeting due to start later in the session. An auction of 2.7 trillion yen of two-year JGBs drew ample investor demand, highlighting the steadiness of the market under the Bank of Japan's extensive...

  • Oct 27- BlackRock on Monday became the latest asset manager to lower fees on some of its bond funds in recent weeks. BlackRock's fee cut, which follows similar changes by Lord Abbett and OppenheimerFunds, comes after the high-profile departure of Bill Gross from Pacific Investment Management Co in late September and could help the firm capture some of the...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 27- U.S. Treasury debt prices inched higher on Monday in a safe-haven bid on concerns about weak U.S. economic data and the steep drop in Brazil's stock market following the re-election of incumbent leftist Dilma Rousseff. "There is concern on the part of global investors about the likelihood that we do return to recession or growth that is...

  • Oct 27- BlackRock is lowering the fees on three of its bond funds, including its $4 billion Total Return Fund, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission Monday morning. BlackRock's move comes just weeks after the departure of Bill Gross from Pacific Investment Management Co.. "BlackRock regularly evaluates fund fees and expenses to...

  • MOSCOW, Oct 27- The rouble fell sharply on Monday, extending its decline and prompting renewed central bank support, despite getting a slight boost from Standard& Poor's decision to keep Russia's sovereign debt rating unchanged. "The Russian central bank is not yet able to stop the national currency's slide, neither with currency interventions, which are...

  • *Brazil concerns, ECB stress tests spook market. Treasury debt prices rose on Monday in a safe-haven bid on concerns about weak U.S. economic data and the steep drop in Brazil's stock market following the re-election of incumbent leftist Dilma Rousseff. "The bid in Treasuries has a little more to do with Brazil, following the re-election of Rousseff," said Tom di...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 27- Energy shares dragged Wall Street lower on Monday as crude prices fell further, while readings on the services sector and home sales came in below forecasts. Brent crude oil fell below $85 a barrel and U.S. crude dipped below $80 after Goldman Sachs slashed its price forecasts, citing abundant supply and lackluster demand. Shares of Brazilian...

  • Oct 27- BlackRock is lowering the fees on its Total Return Fund, Low Duration Fund and Core Bond Fund, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission Monday morning. "BlackRock regularly evaluates fund fees and expenses to ensure that they remain competitive as the marketplace evolves," a spokeswoman said in a statement. "By implementing the new...