TOKYO, Sept 18- Japanese government bond prices dipped on Thursday on the back of a relatively sharp rise in U.S. The BOJ offered to buy 400 billion yen of JGBs in the 5- year to 10- year zone, 100 billion yen in the 10- year to 25- year zone, and 30 billion yen in the 25- year to 40- year zone under its massive JGB purchase program, as widely expected.» Read More
CARACAS, June 14- Venezuela is seeking to consolidate its three-tiered exchange rate system and refinance debt to improve maturity profiles, the economy vice president said in a statement on Saturday, underlining efforts to shore up the country's troubled finances.
*Treasury debt losses limited by Iraq tensions. Treasury debt prices drifted lower on Friday in thin trading, pressured by sharp losses in UK bonds after Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said interest rates could rise sooner than expected, as well as expectations of a rate hike from the Federal Reserve sooner than previously expected.
*Treasury debt losses limited by Iraq tensions. Treasury debt prices slid on Friday, pressured by sharp losses in UK bonds after Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said interest rates could rise sooner than expected, as well as expectations of an imminent rate hike from the Federal Reserve.
*Intel up on outlook, OpenTable soars on Priceline deal. NEW YORK, June 13- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly lower on Friday as some positive corporate news supported markets, though ongoing violence in Iraq gave investors pause.
*Hollande says France still matters in EU. *Diplomats, ministers say Paris absent on key issues. That is precisely what French President Francois Hollande did at a meeting of European Union leaders last month after his Socialist party's humiliating defeat by the hard right National Front in European Parliament elections.
TOKYO, June 13- Japanese government bond prices were mostly higher on Friday, after concerns over the crisis in Iraq boosted U.S. bond prices, with some investors rotating to 30- year maturities from the 10- year zone, as they awaited the outcome of a Bank of Japan policy meeting.
*Iraq tension worsens, spurs safety bid. NEW YORK, June 12- U.S. Bids totaled $35 billion for a 2.69 cover, the highest since February 2013.
*Treasury yields fall after auction, extend slide on Iraq. NEW YORK, June 12- Crude oil prices spiked on Thursday on supply concerns and equities sold off as violence threatened stability in Iraq. "If this conflict knocked out Iraq as an exporter, that would have significant impact on prices," said Christopher Bellew, a trader at Jefferies Bache.
June 12- Institutional investors having trouble finding bonds for their portfolios from the usual suppliers are accepting a higher degree of risk and pumping billions of dollars into exchange-traded bond funds, boosting asset management firms such as BlackRock, Pimco and State Street.
U.S. 30- YEAR BOND YIELDS DROP TO LOWEST IN A WEEK IN WAKE OF STRONG BOND AUCTION.
US 30- YEAR BOND, 10- YEAR NOTE YIELDS HIT SESSION LOWS AFTER AUCTION.
NEW YORK, June 12- U.S. Thursday's modest gains in Treasuries reversed earlier losses ahead of a key $13- billion U.S. 30- year bond auction, coming after two relatively weak sales earlier this week in the three-year and 10- year sectors. It's not a big enough of a miss, "said Stanley Sun, interest rate strategist, at Nomura Securities in New York.
*Retail sales rise less than expected in May. *Lululemon falls on results, Restoration Hardware up. NEW YORK, June 12- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat open on Thursday as a round of disappointing data gave investors few reasons to buy, even after the S&P 500' s biggest one-day drop in three weeks.
NEW YORK, June 12- U.S. stock index futures edged lower on Thursday after data showed retail sales rose less than expected and weekly initial jobless claims increased in the latest week.
*Geron rallies in premarket after FDA move. NEW YORK, June 12- U.S. stock index futures were flat on Thursday as investors looked ahead to data on retail sales and the labor market, taking a pause after the S&P 500' s biggest one-day drop in three weeks. *There could be catalysts at 8:30 a.m., with the release of retail sales and jobless claims data.
MADRID, June 12- Spanish billionaire Esther Koplowitz could sell some of her stake in the holding company that controls builder FCC as part of a debt restructuring deal, said a source who is working on the refinancing. FCC shares were the top gainers on Thursday morning on Spain's benchmark index, up 4.75 percent to 17.64 euros per share.