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  • LONDON, Feb 17- Bonds issued by European blue chips such as EDF, Nestle and Royal Dutch Shell have slipped into negative-yield territory as investors seek refuge from sub-zero central bank rates. The European Central Bank's monetary easing measures- including a deposit rate at -0.2 percent and a pledge to buy 1 trillion euros of bonds- have turned bond markets on...

  • Concerns about Greece's debt negotiations and the conflict in Ukraine had triggered earlier safe-haven buying of Treasuries, but that dissipated in New York trading. Talks between Greece and euro zone finance ministers over the country's debt crisis broke down on Monday when Athens rejected a proposal to request a six-month extension of its...

  • MOSCOW, Feb 17- Russia regards the breach of a covenant on Ukrainian Eurobonds purchased by Russia as "force majeure," Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak said on Tuesday, Interfax news agency reported. The change in the rate of the hryvnia has entirely changed the model of calculation, "he said, reiterating that Russia did not intend to demand early redemption...

  • *Investors watching situations in Greece, Ukraine. NEW YORK, Feb 17- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a quiet open on Tuesday, the first trading session after the S&P 500 closed at a record high, although investors continued to watch the uncertainty over a Greek debt deal and a fragile Ukraine truce. Much of the advance came on signs of progress for the debt deal in...

  • LONDON, Feb 17- Greek financial markets slipped but kept their composure on Tuesday after debt talks with the euro zone broke down, on expectations that Athens and its European partners would eventually agree a compromise. Greek government bond yields rose as much as 80 basis points and stocks fell 1 percent-- limited moves by the standards of Greece's illiquid...

  • LONDON, Feb 17- Greek financial markets slipped but kept their composure on Tuesday after debt talks broke down, with the underlying expectation still being that Athens and its European partners will eventually agree a compromise. Government bond yields rose 60-80 basis points while stocks fell 2.6 percent- limited moves by the standards of Greece's...

  • *Oil prices firm on supply concern in Libya, Kurdistan. TOKYO, Feb 17- U.S. stock futures and many share markets in Asia retreated on Tuesday after talks between Greece and euro zone finance ministers broke down in acrimony, stoking fresh uncertainty over a bailout programme that Athens has rejected as "absurd". Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem, who...

  • TOKYO, Feb 17- Japanese government bond prices surged on Tuesday after a sale of 20- year debt drew ample investor demand and gave the wary market relief. At an auction of 1.2 trillion yen of 20- year JGBs, the bid-to-cover ratio, a gauge of demand, rose to 3.51 from 3.26 at the previous auction. The 10- year yield fell to a record low 0.195 percent late in January amid the...

  • *Investors still expect last minute deal to support Greece. TOKYO, Feb 17- U.S. stock futures and the euro tumbled in early Asian trade on Tuesday after talks between Greece and euro zone finance ministers broke down when Athens rejected a proposal to request a six-month extension of its international bailout programme. Australian shares slumped 0.6 percent,...

  • LONDON, Feb 16- A collapse in day-to-day trading in emerging bonds is forcing fund managers to increasingly rely on buy-and-hold investment strategies, with more and more of them unable to sell securities when they most need to do so. This may even worsen if near-zero or negative Western bond yields bring more entrants into emerging markets where, according to...

  • TOKYO, Feb 16- Japanese Government Bond prices dropped on Monday as traders reduced their positions ahead of a 20- year bond auction and as Japanese share prices advanced to their highest level in almost eight years. Many market players were cautious ahead of 1.2 trillion yen 20- year bond auction on Tuesday as all but one of JGB auctions in the past month drew...

  • Fitch cuts Austria's issuer default ratings to 'AA+' Friday, 13 Feb 2015 | 4:25 PM ET

    Feb 13- Fitch Ratings downgraded Austria's long-term foreign and local currency issuer default ratings to' AA+' from' AAA', saying government debt is expected to reach a higher peak than previously thought. "Within a short space of time the debt dynamics of Austria have deteriorated significantly," Fitch said on Friday. Despite the downgrade, Austria's very high...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 13- Argentina's defaulted bonds rallied Friday after a UK court ruling on their jurisdiction, surprising many in the market who saw little reason for optimism about the country's debt. Its euro and dollar-denominated bonds rose in secondary trade after a London judge said the euro notes fell under UK jurisdiction. Friday's ruling resulted from a...

  • *US 30-YEAR TREASURY BOND YIELDS HIGHEST SINCE JAN 5 Friday, 13 Feb 2015 | 10:42 AM ET
  • US 30- YEAR TREASURY BONDS EXTEND PRICE LOSSES TO A FULL POINT, YIELDS RISE TO 2.63 PCT.

  • *Yields rise on Greece hopes, strong German data. Greece agreed on Thursday to talk to its creditors about the way out of its hated international bailout in a political climbdown that could prevent its new leftist-led government running out of money as early as next month. "Greece continues to hang in the balance, it sounds like the talks have been a little bit more...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 13- U.S. stock index futures inched higher on Friday, with gains in the prior session having moved the S&P 500 to within 2 points of a closing record, after upbeat economic data from Germany and ahead of a reading on U.S. consumer confidence. *Germany grew 0.7 percent in the fourth quarter, more than double the expected 0.3 percent, pointing to a stronger...

  • TOKYO, Feb 13- Japanese government bond prices slid on Friday after a lackluster debt auction hit market sentiment already jittery after a recent rise in volatility. The Bank of Japan has absorbed large amounts of JGBs for its extensive monetary easing scheme, which has helped reduce liquidity but driven up volatility in the process. Investors will have to buy...

  • Feb 12- Standard& Poor's said on Thursday it had downgraded Puerto Rico's general obligation debt by three notches, deeper into junk territory, citing a judge's decision to void the U.S. commonwealth's plan for debt restructuring. The credit ratings agency lowered Puerto Rico's GO debt rating to B from BB, citing the island's potential inability to pay its debts,...