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  • TOKYO, Dec 6- Japanese government bond prices faltered on Friday, with the benchmark futures contract hitting a seven-week low in the heaviest trading volume in more than six years, succumbing to pressure from rising U.S. and German bond yields.

  • SYDNEY, Dec 6- Asian shares spent much of Friday in a state of suspended animation as tension mounted ahead of jobs data that could make or break the case for an imminent scaling back in U.S. stimulus.

  • TOKYO, Dec 6- JGB prices dropped on Friday, with the 10- year yield rising to seven-week highs, after expectations the U.S. Federal Reserve could soon pare its bond-buying programme lifted U.S. and European bond yields. Investor demand for these new bonds is strong, as the Bank of Japan's massive bond buying is leading to a shortage of bonds, market players said.

  • *Airline expects H1 loss of A $250 million- A $300 million. SYDNEY, Dec 6- Embattled Qantas Airways Ltd was relegated to junk status by credit rating agency Standard& Poor's on Friday, a day after the Australian carrier issued a shock loss warning that sent its shares to a 16- month low.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 5- Investors in U.S.-based funds poured about $31 billion into money market funds in the week ended Dec. 4 amid uncertainty over the U.S. stock market's direction, data from Thomson Reuters' Lipper service showed on Thursday.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 5- Investors in U.S.-based funds poured about $31 billion into money market funds in the week ended Dec. 4 on uncertainty over the U.S. stock market's direction, data from Thomson Reuters' Lipper service showed on Thursday.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 5- Treasury yields hit three-month highs and U.S. stocks closed down for a fifth straight day on Thursday as robust economic and labor market data raised expectations of an imminent cutback in the Federal Reserve's stimulus.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 5- U.S. In addition, a report from the Labor Department showed initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 298,000 last week. "The bond market is saying tapering is coming," said Stan Shipley, bond strategist at ISI Group in New York.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 5- Treasury yields hit three-month highs and U.S. stocks edged lower on Thursday, under pressure for a fifth straight session, as robust economic and labor market data raised expectations of an imminent cutback of stimulus by the U.S.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 5- Treasury yields hit three-month highs and U.S. stocks edged lower on Thursday, under pressure for a fifth day, as robust data on the economy and the labor market raised expectations of an imminent cutback by the Federal Reserve of its stimulus.

  • *Fed buys $1.58 billion bonds due 2039 to 2043. NEW YORK, Dec 5- U.S. "The bond market is saying tapering is coming," said Stan Shipley, bond strategist at ISI Group in New York.

  • LONDON, Dec 5- Investors continued to turn their backs on commodity exchange traded products in November with some $2.1 billion in global outflows, capping a dismal year for the gold-dominated asset class which has lost out to a rally in equities.

  • *Fed to buy $1.25 billion to $1.75 billion bonds due 2036 to 2043. NEW YORK, Dec 5- U.S. "There was a significant drop in claims and a better than expected GDP number," said Sean Murphy, a Treasuries trader at Societe Generale in New York.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 5- U.S. stock index futures turned negative on Thursday after data showed the U.S. economy grew faster than initially estimated in the third quarter and jobless claims fell for a third straight week.

  • *China Mobile signs deal with Apple- report. NEW YORK, Dec 5- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Thursday, ahead of data on the labor market and economic growth that may help investors assess whether the Federal Reserve may accelerate its timetable to wind down its monetary stimulus.

  • LONDON, Dec 5- Dollar bonds issued by Ukrainian companies back in the easy-money times are taking a hit on doubts over the country's solvency and fears that a currency devaluation or capital curbs might propel firms into default.

  • LONDON, Dec 5- European shares looked to be stabilising after three days of sustained selling on Thursday, as focus turned to the European Central Bank's monthly meeting for any sign it is readying further support measures.

  • SYDNEY, Dec 5- Asian markets were mostly under water on Thursday as persistent speculation about the fate of U.S. stimulus lifted bond yields globally, while Japanese shares struggled to find their footing after a spill.

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares ship water, euro awaits ECB Wednesday, 4 Dec 2013 | 11:53 PM ET

    *Asian shares subdued after soft Wall St, Nikkei off again. SYDNEY, Dec 5- Asian markets were mostly under water on Thursday as never-ending speculation about the fate of U.S. stimulus lifted bond yields globally, while Japanese shares struggled to find their footing after a spill.

  • TOKYO, Dec 5- Japanese government bond prices ended the morning session steady to slightly lower on Thursday, tracking a fall in German bunds and U.S. In the Japanese market, buyers were cautious as the Ministry of Finance sells 2.4 trillion yen of 10- year JGBs with a 0.6 percent coupon. The auction results will be due at 12:45 p.m..

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