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*Fed to buy $850 mln- $1.1 bln bonds due 2036-2044. NEW YORK, May 13- U.S. While the market was disappointed, "the number is not as bad as the headline," said Charles Comiskey, head of Treasuries trading at Bank of Nova Scotia in New York, noting the rise from March's 1.5 percent growth figure showed still-solid growth.
*AT&T in talks to buy DirecTV, sources say. NEW YORK, May 13- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat open on Tuesday as investors found few reasons to keep pushing shares higher with major indexes coming off record closes and economic data painting a mixed picture of the economy.
US TREASURIES YIELDS FALL AFTER RETAIL SALES DATA, 10- YEAR NOTES YIELDS DROP TO 2.63 PERCENT.
MADRID, May 13- Spain raised billions of euros for both public and corporate coffers on Tuesday, taking advantage of massive demand for euro zone peripheral debt as economic concerns ease and investors search for yield.
TOKYO, May 13- Japanese government bond prices were steady on Tuesday, supported by tight market conditions due to the Bank of Japan's massive bond buying despite a rally in Tokyo shares. The 10- year JGB futures ticked down 0.05 point in price to 145.05, with firm bids seen at 145 and below.
NEW YORK, May 12- U.S. "The Fed has made it pretty clear that they are going to continue to taper, so the market is looking for any type of news or data that might establish the view of when a rate rise might occur," said Jason Rogan, a managing director in Treasuries trading at Guggenheim Securities in New York.
Despite myriad concerns about Chinese stock markets, real estate and banking systems, the long view on China is still bullish. For one, Neena Mishra, director of ETF research for Zacks Investments in Chicago, sees a little slowing in China in the near term.
But Dovish comments from European Central Bank President Mario Draghi and still low inflation are putting a curb on yield curve steepening.
*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.