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  • LONDON, Feb 3- The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index rose on Tuesday to just below a seven-year high, lifted by hopes a standoff over Greece's debt would be resolved after its new government softened calls for a writedown. National Bank of Greece, Alpha Bank and Eurobank rose 15.1 to 21.8 percent. There are some signs that there might be a compromise in the making...

  • *European shares rise after Greece drops debt write-off call. *Greece leads euro zone bond yields lower, Bunds go below JGBs. Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said after meeting investors in London on Monday that the government would spare privately held bonds from losses.

  • *European shares rise after Greece drops debt write-off call. *Greece leads euro zone bond yields lower, Bunds go below JGBs. Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said after meeting investors in London on Monday that the government would spare privately held bonds from losses.

  • Athens' new government dropped calls for a write-off of its foreign debt and proposed swapping debt for growth-linked bonds. Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, in London to reassure private investors that he was not seeking a showdown with Brussels over a new debt agreement, said the new left-wing government would spare privately held bonds from losses, a...

  • European shares rally on hopes of Greek debt deal Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015 | 3:04 AM ET

    PARIS, Feb 3- European stocks rose early on Tuesday, lifted by hopes for an agreement on the Greek debt standoff after the country's new government dropped calls for a write-off of its foreign debt and proposed swapping debt for growth-linked bonds. Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, in London to reassure private investors that he was not seeking a showdown...

  • "The auction results triggered worries that those who have long positions on bonds may unwind their positions and have a big impact on other asset classes," said Nobuhiko Kuramochi, a strategist at Mizuho Securities. Market participants also said that sentiment for global growth has been sour, with the European Central Bank recently easing policy and, in the...

  • JGBs tumble after surprisingly weak auction results Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015 | 12:32 AM ET

    TOKYO, Feb 3- Japanese government bond prices plunged on Tuesday after an auction of 10- year JGBs drew surprisingly weak bids, helping to lift the benchmark yield to a six-week high. The Ministry of Finance's auction of 2.4 trillion yen 10- year JGBs drew unexpectedly weak demand, producing the lowest accepted price of 99.42, compared to market expectations of...

  • Feb 2- President Barack Obama on Monday put an initial four-year price tag of $1.3 billion on his proposal for a new type of municipal bond to spur public-private partnerships for infrastructure projects. In his $3.99 trillion U.S. budget proposal, the tax-exempt Qualified Public Infrastructure Bonds would cost $4.8 billion over about the next decade, from...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 2- U.S. Anxiety about deflation spreading across the euro zone and Greek leaders seeking looser terms on the country's 240 billion-euro bailout package from European policy-makers also underpinned demand for Treasuries, analysts said. Last month's return on Treasuries was the biggest since a 3.54 percent jump in December 2008, according to an...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 2- DoubleLine Funds, an investment firm that has been a major competitor to bond fund Pimco, whose co-founder Bill Gross was fired last year, on Monday reported a monthly record net inflow in January of $3.04 billion. The Los Angeles- based firm, whose co-founder Jeffrey Gundlach is Gross's fiercest rival in the bond market, said the previous strongest...

  • Last month's return on Treasuries was the biggest since a 3.54 percent jump in December 2008, according to an index compiled by Bank of America Merrill Lynch. "We are giving back some of the gains from the short-covering rally last week," said Suvrat Prakash, interest rate strategist at HSBC Securities USA in New York. Apple Inc. planned to raise $5 billion in the...

  • LONDON, Feb 2- Russian debt insurance costs and yield spreads on sovereign dollar bonds are near six-year highs, surpassing those of countries such as Pakistan whose credit ratings are several notches lower. Russia is rated Baa3 by Moody's and BBB- by Fitch, their lowest investment-grade ratings, while Standard& Poor's cut its rating to a "junk" grade BB+ last week.

  • US STOCKS-Futures point to modest gains at the open Monday, 2 Feb 2015 | 8:51 AM ET

    *Dow, S&P 500 coming off worst month since Jan 2014. NEW YORK, Feb 2- U.S. stock index futures pointed to slight gains at the open on Monday, suggesting a modest rebound following a decline last week, though a disappointing reading on consumer spending added to recent concerns over economic strength. Exxon Mobil Corp on Monday reported a profit drop of 21 percent,...

  • *Dow, S&P 500 coming off worst month since Jan 2014. NEW YORK, Feb 2- U.S. stock index futures rose on Monday, indicating a modest rebound after a recent downward trend that culminated in January being the worst month for the Dow and S&P 500 in a year. *The S&P 500 has fallen more than 1 percent in three of the past four sessions, with volatility rising of late on weak economic...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 2- Investors who have been piling into real estate exchange-traded funds over the past year could be in for a rocky ride if the Federal Reserve raises interest rates later this year as expected. The record $10.7 billion in new money invested last year in ETFs that focus on real estate investment trusts, coupled with the $1.2 billion added so far this...

  • *Gold gained over 8 pct in Jan, best month in 3 years. SINGAPORE, Feb 2- Gold steadied near $1,280 an ounce on Monday, after posting its biggest monthly gain in three years, as a shaky outlook for the global economy preserved bullion's safe-haven draw. Weekend data showed China's factory sector shrinking in January for the first time since 2012. This report came...

  • TOKYO, Feb 2- Japanese government bond prices rose on Monday largely in sympathy with the likes of U.S. A decline in Tokyo's Nikkei and a regular bond purchasing operation by the Bank of Japan, a part of its extensive easing scheme, also maintained a steady appetite for JGBs. However, some caution ahead of Tuesday's 2.4 trillion yen 10- year JGB auction capped price...

  • *Meetings in Paris, London, Rome planned. ATHENS, Jan 31- New Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, striking a conciliatory note on debt talks after a turbulent start to office, has called the European Central Bank chief to assure him that Athens was seeking an agreement. But facing growing disquiet from partners led by Germany, Tsipras rang European Central Bank...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 30- Oil prices rallied on Friday following the sharpest weekly drop in U.S. oil rig count in nearly 30 years, while the dollar index ended January with its longest run of gains since the greenback was floated in 1971.. The S&P 500 was down 3.1 percent for January, its biggest monthly slide since January 2014. In a rally that may spur speculation that a...

  • TREASURIES-Prices jump on U.S. GDP growth wobble Friday, 30 Jan 2015 | 3:34 PM ET

    *Long bond, 10- year yields touch record lows. NEW YORK, Jan 30- U.S. That would be the long bond's best total return performance since September 2011, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch data.