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  • *Wall St slips, likely to pressure shares in Asia. SYDNEY, March 20- The U.S. dollar was holding hefty gains in Asia on Thursday as investors wrestled with the risk that U.S. interest rates could rise sooner and faster than previously thought, pressuring stock and bond prices.

  • HONG KONG, March 20- The slide in the yuan to near one-year lows has left it at critical levels for holders of an offshore derivatives product, exposing them to heavy losses that may fuel a further slide in the currency. Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley estimate a total of $350 billion of the products have been sold since last year.

  • *Gold falls as dollar gains after Fed statement. NEW YORK, March 19- Global equity markets ended lower on Wednesday while yields on U.S.

  • *Fed widely expected to pare bond purchases by $10 billion. NEW YORK, March 19- U.S. government debt prices sank on Wednesday on the perception that Federal Reserve policy-makers will start raising interest rates sooner than expected.

  • *Wall Street turns lower following Fed statement. Wall Street reacted with a modest selloff with major indexes falling to session lows shortly after the statement from the Fed's latest policy meeting.

  • *Central Bank cuts reserve requirements for franc deposits. KINSHASA, March 19- Democratic Republic of Congo will begin issuing longer debt maturities from April and slash reserve requirements for local currency deposits as it seeks to wean its economy off the U.S. dollar, a senior central bank official said on Wednesday.

  • NEW YORK, March 19- The world's major stock and bond markets were little changed on Wednesday as investors awaited comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen at the conclusion of the Fed's two-day policy meeting.

  • *Fed widely expected to pare bond purchases by $10 bln. NEW YORK, March 19- U.S. government debt prices were little changed on Wednesday as investors waited for the Federal Reserve to possibly change its guidelines on the timing of raising interest rates as job growth remains sluggish and inflation stays stuck below its target.

  • *Trade deficit Y800 bln, vs record Y2.8 trln in Jan. TOKYO/ OTSU March 19- Japan's annual export growth in February was short of market expectations and a Bank of Japan policymaker warned about the outlook as the world's third-largest economy faces a sales tax hike next month that could dent economic activity.

  • JGBs steady in thin trading ahead of redemptions Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 | 11:26 PM ET

    TOKYO, March 19- Japanese government bond prices were steady in thin trading on Wednesday, with most accounts sidelined after finishing their buying ahead of Thursday's quarterly JGB redemptions. The Bank of Japan offered to buy 170 billion yen in JGBs maturing in over 10 years, following the previous session's monthly 1.2 trillion yen sale of 20- year JGBs.

  • UPDATE 1-S&P upgrades MBIA, Assured Guaranty Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 | 6:19 PM ET

    NEW YORK, March 18- Standard& Poor's upgraded bond insurer MBIA Inc on Tuesday, saying it expects the company to gain market share and resume its prior role as a strong player in guaranteeing U.S. municipal debt.

  • *Putin says Russia does not want further Ukraine split. *Microsoft shares rally 4 pct, lead S&P 500. NEW YORK, March 18- Major world equity markets rose on Tuesday after comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin soothed anxiety that tensions over Ukraine could escalate, while U.S.

  • TREASURIES-Bond yields edge lower ahead of Fed meeting Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 | 3:46 PM ET

    NEW YORK, March 18- U.S. Treasuries yields edged lower on Tuesday on uncertainty ahead of the Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting and lingering concerns that East-West tensions surrounding Ukraine could escalate.

  • NEW YORK, March 18- U.S. Treasuries yields were mostly flat on Tuesday ahead of the Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting and after comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin eased tensions surrounding Ukraine. "Everybody's waiting with bated breath to see what the Fed comes back with," said Aaron Kohli, interest rate strategist at BNP Paribas in New York.

  • NEW YORK, March 18- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Tuesday, indicating the previous day's rally would continue after comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin eased concerns that tensions over Ukraine might escalate.

  • NEW YORK, March 18- U.S. stock index futures rose on Tuesday, rebounding off earlier weakness and indicating Monday's rally would continue after comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin eased concerns that tensions over Ukraine might escalate.

  • US STOCKS-Futures dip amid uncertainty over Ukraine Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 | 7:27 AM ET

    NEW YORK, March 18- U.S. stock index futures were flat on Tuesday, with investors reluctant to make big bets following a sharp rise in the previous session, amid continued uncertainty over Ukraine.

  • MOSCOW, March 18- Rosneft has not decided to launch a huge rouble bond issue to refinance its foreign debts, Russia's top oil producer said on Tuesday, playing down a newspaper report that said it was looking into a 2.4 trillion rouble bond issue.

  • JGBs dip, 20-year auction results eyed Monday, 17 Mar 2014 | 10:46 PM ET

    TOKYO, March 18- Japanese government bond prices dipped on Tuesday, following a general trend in which safe-haven assets were sold as investor anxiety over the Ukraine crisis receded for the time being. Treasury yields and then a rise in Tokyo stocks. The Ministry of Finance will release the auction results at 03:45 GMT.

  • El-Erian starts tweeting, but won't talk about Gross Monday, 17 Mar 2014 | 3:16 PM ET

    NEW YORK, March 17- Mohamed El-Erian, the former chief executive of Pimco, has taken to Twitter to express his views to the world, but he said on Monday he wants to steer clear of the drama surrounding his falling out with co-founder Bill Gross for now.