• *Russia calls for U.N. meeting on Ukraine- reports. NEW YORK, May 2- Yields on U.S. 30- year bonds dropped to their lowest in more than 10 months on Friday, falling for a fourth straight session, as concerns about Russia and Ukraine overshadowed an upbeat U.S. employment report.

  • *Russia calls for U.N. meeting on Ukraine- reports. NEW YORK, May 2- Yields on U.S. 30- year bonds dropped to the lowest in more than 10 months in volatile trading on Friday after reports that Russia had called for a meeting of the United Nations Security Council over a Ukrainian army operation in the southeastern city of Slaviansk.

  • FRANKFURT, May 2- Allianz shareholders will publicly press its top executives next week to address the underperformance of its Pimco fund management unit in the hope that the German insurer will look more closely at management problems there.

  • *Dollar up, Wall Street higher. *Russia, Ukraine crisis keeps caution high. NEW YORK, May 2- Early stocks gains on Wall Street faded and investors retreated to long-dated government debt on Friday, as enthusiasm over strong headline U.S. jobs growth was undercut by flat wages and a decline in the number of people looking for work.

  • NEW YORK, May 2- U.S. The headline jobs figure handily beat Wall Street's expectations for an increase of just 210,000.. "The market perceives the unemployment numbers as good on quantity, but bad on quality," said Guy Lebas, chief fixed income strategist, at Janney Montgomery Scott in Philadelphia.

  • *Dollar up, Wall Street futures, European shares rise. *Russia, Ukraine crisis keeps caution high. LONDON, May 2- A strong pace of U.S. jobs growth pushed Wall Street stock futures and the dollar higher on Friday, knocking bonds lower as it helped relieve some anxiety among investors also watching the escalating unrest in Ukraine.

  • NEW YORK, May 2- U.S. stock index futures trimmed earlier gains on Friday with the S&P 500 e-mini futures turning negative with less than half an hour left until the opening bell.

  • *Astrazeneca rejects Pfizer's raised bid of $106 bln. NEW YORK, May 2- U.S. stock index futures were little changed Friday on caution ahead of the key U.S. nonfarm payrolls report for April.

  • JGBs firm, supported by buying ahead of holiday Thursday, 1 May 2014 | 11:54 PM ET

    TOKYO, May 2- Japanese government bond prices were mostly firm on Friday, with most tenors supported by buying ahead of a long holiday weekend in Japan. Tokyo markets will be closed for Japan's Golden Week string of holidays, and will reopen from next Wednesday. The yield on 30- year JGBs turned modestly weaker after the Bank of Japan's purchase operations.

  • New Jersey has now fallen into single-A category with two of the three major Wall Street credit rating agencies. Standard& Poor's Ratings Services cut New Jersey to A+ last month, citing budget tricks, the state's sizable imbalance, "bullish" revenue assumptions and pressure from growing pension obligations.

  • NEW YORK, May 1- Invesco Ltd, which oversees the PowerShares line of exchange-traded funds, said on Thursday its first-quarter profit fell 15.5 percent, pressured by an increase in operating expenses that included a fine from British regulators. The fine reduced Invesco's quarterly diluted earnings per share by 7 cents, the company said.

  • ISM manufacturing rises but offset by construction data. NEW YORK, May 1- U.S. On Thursday, the Institute for Supply Management said its index of national factory activity rose to 54.9 in April from 53.7 in March.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, May 1- Gold fell on Thursday on fresh outflows from gold exchange-traded funds, extending losses from the previous day when the Federal Reserve reinforced its view in the U.S. economy's prospects and reduced its monthly bond purchases, as expected.

  • TREASURIES-U.S. 10-year yields tumble to two-week low Thursday, 1 May 2014 | 11:04 AM ET

    NEW YORK, May 1- U.S. benchmark Treasury yields fell to their lowest in two weeks on Thursday in a market that continued to cover short positions ahead of Friday's all-important U.S. nonfarm payrolls report.

  • TOKYO, May 1- Japanese government bond futures rose slightly on Thursday, taking their cue from overnight gains in U.S. The Ministry of Finance offered 300 billion yen of off-the-run super long JGBs in a liquidity-enhancing auction.

  • *Nikkei bounces as Wall St proves resilient to poor US GDP. SYDNEY, May 1- Share markets edged higher on Thursday as investors wagered the U.S. economy was on the mend after a shockingly weak start to the year, yet a drop in both the dollar and Treasury yields suggested not everyone was convinced.

  • April 30- MetLife Inc, the largest U.S. life insurer, reported a 36 percent rise in net income, helped by a derivative gain linked to credit spreads, but operating earnings fell short of market expectations as claims increased.

  • NEW YORK, April 30- U.S. The U.S. bond market posted its fourth straight month of gains in April led by bids for long-dated debt due to worries about Ukraine. The Barclays' Aggregate index, a gauge of U.S. investment-grade bonds, rose 0.60 percent in April, bringing year-to-date gains to 2.45 percent.

  • Thank you, Michael Lewis: HFT trader Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 | 11:07 AM ET
    Michael Lewis's latest book, 'Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt,' tells the story of the Canadian banker who uncovered the underhanded and illegal practices carried out by some high-frequency traders on Wall Street.

    Mary Jo White even said Michael Lewis was wrong—the markets AREN’T rigged. Still, this HFT trader has a big thank you for the “Flash Boys” author.

  • TREASURIES-Yields slide as weak U.S. GDP growth weighs Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 | 9:41 AM ET

    NEW YORK, April 30- U.S. Data from the U.S. Commerce Department showed GDP for the first three months of the year expanded at just a 0.1 percent annual rate, the slowest since the fourth quarter of 2012, weighed down by the cold weather.