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  • US STOCKS-Futures point to slight gains at open Thursday, 26 Dec 2013 | 8:55 AM ET

    *Futures shrug off report of fall in weekly jobless claims. *Surge of holiday packages delays UPS shipments. NEW YORK, Dec 26- U.S. stock index futures pointed to slight gains at the open on Thursday, suggesting the market's upward movement will continue, although trading was expected to be light following the Christmas holiday.

  • *Dow, S&P 500 coming off record closing highs. NEW YORK, Dec 26- U.S. stock index futures edged higher on Thursday, suggesting the market's upward movement will continue, although trading was expected to be light following the Christmas holiday.

  • TOKYO, Dec 26- The Bank of Japan will likely hold off on expanding its monetary stimulus until at least late next year and may consider adopting a policy that directly targets bond yield levels in the future, a former central bank board member said.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 24- Brazilian tycoon Eike Batista's Oleo e Gas Participacoes SA, formerly known as OGX, said on Tuesday it reached a deal with the majority of holders of bonds worth $3.8 billion, a breakthrough that could open the door for a successful restructuring of the bankrupt oil company.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 24- Brazilian tycoon Eike Batista's 0 leo E Gas Participacoes SA, formerly known as OGX, has reached a deal with the majority of holders of bonds totaling $3.8 billion, the company said in a statement late on Tuesday.

  • *U.S. bond trading ends early, to close Christmas Day. NEW YORK, Dec 24- U.S. The bond market closed at 2 p.m. EST on Tuesday, and will be closed Wednesday as well.

  • Dec 24- Puerto Rico's Senate by the thinnest of margins has approved an overhaul of the Caribbean island's deficit-ridden Teachers Pension Fund, which U.S. credit ratings agencies have said is essential to it holding onto its investment-grade bond ratings.

  • *U.S. bond trading to end early, to close Christmas Day. NEW YORK, Dec 24- U.S. The bond market will stop trading early at 2 p.m. EST, and will be closed Wednesday.

  • *Dow, S&P 500 closed at all-time highs Monday. *Market closes early, remains shut through Christmas Day. NEW YORK, Dec 24- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat open on Tuesday, as investors were reluctant to make big bets ahead of the Christmas Day holiday, with equity indexes at record highs.

  • US STOCKS-Futures flat ahead of short session Tuesday, 24 Dec 2013 | 7:31 AM ET

    *Dow, S&P 500 closed at all-time highs Monday. *Market closes early, remains shut through Christmas Day. NEW YORK, Dec 24- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Tuesday, as investors were reluctant to make big bets ahead of the Christmas holiday, with equity indexes at record highs.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 24- Applications for U.S. home mortgages fell for a second week and hit a 13- year low as mortgage rates rose due to a bond market sell-off following the Federal Reserve's decision to pare its bond purchase stimulus in January, an industry group said on Tuesday.

  • TOKYO, Dec 24- Japanese government bond prices inched higher on Tuesday morning, with the five-year and longer-dated sectors in demand on expectations the Bank of Japan's bond-buying programme will keep prices supported.

  • Japan to auction 155.1 trln yen JGBs in 2014/15 Monday, 23 Dec 2013 | 8:43 PM ET

    Dec 24- Japan's government said on Tuesday it plans to issue 155.1 trillion yen in government bonds in the fiscal year that begins next April, the first planned year-on-year reduction in JGB issuance into markets since 2008. Worried about its snowballing public debt, the Ministry of Finance also aims to extend the average maturity of its debt, by increasing 30- year bond sales by 1.2 trillion yen a year while reducing two-year notes by 2.4 trillion yen.

  • *Fed buys $1.58 bln in bonds due 2036-43. NEW YORK, Dec 23- U.S. The U.S. central bank said last Wednesday it would reduce the size of its bond purchase program by $10 billion to $75 billion in January.

  • United States Trustee Daniel McDermott named five creditors to the committee: Detroit's two pension funds, which are its largest unsecured creditors, bond insurer Financial Guaranty Insurance Company, contract administrator Wilmington Trust Company and an individual creditor, Jessie Payne.

  • *Spanish, Italian banks selling bonds before ECB review- traders. *Both countries' government bond yields rise faster than euro zone peers. LONDON, Dec 23- Spanish and Italian bond yields rose on Monday amid speculation that banks in both countries may reduce their holdings before the European Central Bank reviews their balance sheets next year.

  • *Fed to buy $1.25 bln- $1.75 bln bonds due 2036-2043. NEW YORK, Dec 23- U.S. "There was some poor positioning, people thought the curve would steepen out and you've seen some unwinds of the steepening trade, which has hurt the belly," said Justin Lederer, an interest rate strategist at Cantor Fitzgerald in New York.

  • CME GROUP SAYS TRADES IN MARCH 2013 ULTRALONG BOND FUTURES ABOVE 140-17/32 WILL BE ADJUSTED TO THAT LEVEL AFTER EARLIER SPIKE.

  • CME GROUP SAYS TRADES IN MARCH 2014 30- YEAR BOND FUTURES ABOVE 131-12/32 WILL BE ADJUSTED TO THAT LEVEL AFTER SPIKE IN OVERNIGHT TRADE.

  • *Apple up in premarket after iPhone deal with China Mobile. NEW YORK, Dec 23- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Monday, indicating that last week's rally would continue, with Apple Inc surging on a distribution deal with China Mobile.

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