• TOKYO, July 18- Asian shares sagged in early trading and a drop in Treasury yields pressured the dollar after news of a downed Malaysian airlines jet at the Ukraine- Russia border sent investors scurrying into defensive assets.

  • NEW YORK, July 17- Puerto Rico is fully committed to honoring its debts and expects to be able to access capital markets again possibly as soon as early 2015, officials of the U.S. The law led to a raft of debt downgrades and fears Puerto Rico may embark on full-scale restructuring of its more than $70 billion debt.

  • NEW YORK, July 17- Investors in U.S.-based funds poured $4.3 billion into stock funds in the week ended July 16, marking their biggest inflows in four weeks, data from Thomson Reuters' Lipper service showed on Thursday. Stock exchange-traded funds attracted all of new cash with inflows of $4.4 billion, while stock mutual funds posted $70.5 million in outflows.

  • Treasury prices rose on Thursday as investors sought a safe haven after news a Malaysian passenger plane came down over eastern Ukraine, an area of increasing conflict between the government and pro- Moscow rebels.

  • *Portugal Telecom considering lawsuit targeting BES. LISBON, July 17- Banco Espirito Santo could be sued over a loan that one of its founding family's holding companies failed to repay to Portugal Telecom, sources said on Thursday, as credit rating agencies downgraded the bank and its key shareholder.

  • Fed's Bullard says he worries about bond market bubble Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 2:40 PM ET

    OWENSBORO, Kentucky, July 17- St. Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard said on Thursday he worries about low bond yields and whether a bond bubble is forming. "Bond yields are extraordinarily low," Bullard told a business group in Owensboro, Kentucky, when asked whether the bond market was overbought and a bubble was forming.

  • NEW YORK, July 17- Fed Chair Janet Yellen may have surprised the markets this week by noting that valuations in some parts of the U.S. stock market look stretched but mutual fund managers mostly greeted her comments with a shrug.

  • *Russia assets fall as U.S., EU impose more sanctions. NEW YORK, July 17- Stock markets around the world on Thursday extended losses while safe-haven assets rose following news that a Malaysian airlines jet had crashed near in eastern Ukraine near the Russia border.

  • NEW YORK, July 17- U.S. Treasuries rose on Thursday after disappointing U.S. housing data showed the slowest pace of groundbreaking in nearly a year, driving yields lower and reinforcing a view that U.S. monetary policy will remain loose well into 2015..

  • US STOCKS-Futures dip after new Russia sanctions Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 7:38 AM ET

    *Morgan Stanley climbs in premarket after earnings. NEW YORK, July 17- U.S. stock index futures were lower on Thursday, in the wake of new U.S. and European Union sanctions on Russia and ahead of data on the labor and housing markets.

  • LONDON, July 17- Investment funds focused on emerging economies or high-yield debt may be unable to return investors' money promptly if turmoil hits markets, the Bank of England's financial stability chief warned on Thursday.

  • SHANGHAI, July 17- A little-known construction firm is at risk of becoming the first borrower to default in China's largest bond market, highlighting how Beijing's anti-corruption drive could aggravate financial pressure on the struggling real estate sector.

  • Benchmark JGBs steady, 30-year tenor outperforms Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 12:35 AM ET

    TOKYO, July 17- Benchmark Japanese government bond prices were steady on Thursday, while purchases by the Bank of Japan under its asset-buying easing programme lifted the superlong tenor. The BOJ offered to buy 30 billion yen of 25- year to 40- year JGBs, 100 billion yen of 10- year to 25- year JGBs and 400 billion of 5- year to 10- year JGBs.

  • SHANGHAI, July 16- A Chinese builder has warned its investors it may not be able to repay a $65 million debt due next week, possibly becoming the first borrower to default in the country's largest bond market and highlighting concerns over the construction sector.

  • WASHINGTON, July 16- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced late Wednesday it will meet July 23 to vote on final rules aimed at reducing investor risk in money market mutual funds. The SEC did not disclose details on how the rule will look. The SEC also said it will repropose a set of money fund rules that reference credit ratings.

  • NEW YORK, July 16- A U.S. judge said in New York on Wednesday that he would hear arguments next Tuesday related to the banks and payment agents caught up in Argentina's sovereign debt case as a potential default looms at the end of the month.

  • NEW YORK, July 16- U.S. benchmark Treasury yields edged lower on Wednesday, slipping back from an early boost delivered after data suggesting the world's largest economy is on solid footing. Prices are high and you have the Fed nicely priced in, "said David Ader, head of government bond strategy at CRT Capital Group in Stamford, Connecticut.

  • NEW YORK, July 16- Bank of America Corp agreed to pay the insurer American International Group Inc $650 million to settle long-running legal disputes over defective mortgage-backed securities that the bank sold in the run-up to the financial crisis.

  • BUENOS AIRES, July 16- Argentina is running out of time to broker a deal with "holdout" bondholder investors and stave off another painful debt default, lobbyists acting for the New York hedge funds suing the country said in a media ad on Wednesday.

  • U.S. senators urge Treasury to fix money fund tax concerns Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 11:28 AM ET

    In a series of three letters dated July 15 and seen by Reuters, Democratic Senators Bob Menendez of New Jersey and Mark Warner of Virginia and Republicans Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Mike Crapo of Idaho said the Treasury needs to issue quickly guidance because it will help inform both the public and the SEC.