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  • HONG KONG, Dec 12- Chinese investors are pricing in the higher risk of lower-rated bonds after a debt market clampdown, a tentative but positive sign for regulators who want to restart productive investment without sparking a refinancing free-for-all. The debt repricing follows a clampdown on Monday by China's official bond clearing house on the corporate...

  • TOKYO, Dec 12- Japanese government bond prices edged higher on Friday, helped by the Bank of Japan's regular debt-buying operation. The central bank reduced its regular purchase of treasury bills to 500 billion yen from 750 billion yen at the previous operation. Tokyo's Nikkei gained 1.4 percent following overnight gains on Wall Street and helped cap JGB...

  • Dec 11- Caesars Entertainment Corp has reached a tentative deal with senior bondholders over a debt restructuring plan for its largest unit, Caesars Entertainment Operating Co, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The unit has about $18.4 billion in debt, mostly held by hedge funds that buy up debt of troubled companies,...

  • *Treasury sells $13 bln 30- yr bonds to strong demand. NEW YORK, Dec 11- Long bonds rallied and the yield curve was the flattest in six years on Thursday after the government auction for 30- year bonds saw strong demand, selling at the lowest yields since 2012. A reach for yield has pushed investors to seek out longer-dated U.S. debt, with few alternatives for...

  • BRASILIA/ SAO PAULO, Dec 11- The Brazilian government is working on a plan to help embattled state-controlled oil producer Petrobras borrow money through an offering of asset-backed securities before year end, Mines and Energy Minister Edison Lob√£o said on Thursday. The plan, under which the National Treasury and state-run power holding company Eletrobras...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 11- Intermediate-dated U.S. The Commerce Department said retail sales, excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services, increased 0.6 percent last month after an unrevised 0.5 percent rise in October. "It's the last piece of reliable data in front of the Fed," said Jim Vogel, an interest rate strategist at FTN Financial in Memphis,...

  • US TREASURIES YIELDS RISE SLIGHTLY AFTER DATA, 10- YEAR NOTE YIELDS INCREASE TO 2.17 PERCENT.

  • *Looking to raise 100- 150 mln stg in debt or equity-source. PARIS/ LONDON, Dec 11- Aston Martin is preparing to raise funds to expand its range of models into new areas including crossover SUVs, two sources with knowledge of the matter said, as the loss-making sports car maker steps up its turnaround efforts under a new boss. Aston Martin, James Bond's carmaker of...

  • *Fitch expects to downgrade Japan early next year. TOKYO, Dec 11- Fitch Ratings said it expects to downgrade Japan's credit rating sometime early next year after the government delayed a sales tax hike, which would follow a similar downgrade by Moody's as concerns grow about the country's unprecedented debt pile. Fitch wants to see what type of budget Japan...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 11- U.S. investors are zeroing in on exchange-traded funds that track master limited partnerships as a way to bet on long-term North American energy boom even as oil prices slide, convinced that these funds look relatively cheap and promise growth. Among the biggest MLP exchange-traded funds, the Alerian MLP ETF and the UBS ETRACS Alerian MLP...

  • Fiat Chrysler prices share offering at $11 each Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 12:09 AM ET

    Dec 11- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said it had priced an offering of 87 million common shares at $11.00 each as the carmaker seeks funds to cut debt and pay for an ambitious investment plan. The mandatory convertible securities will be issued in denominations of $100 each and will be converted into FCA common shares on Dec. 15, 2016, it said.

  • JGBs edge up as stocks dip, yields touch fresh lows Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 11:08 PM ET

    TOKYO, Dec 11- Japanese government bond prices inched higher on Thursday, sending some yields to fresh 20- month lows, as they took their cues from sagging stocks. Japan's key gauge of capital spending fell for the first time in five months in October in a sign that business investment may be losing momentum. That was its lowest level since early April 2013, in the...

  • US bond investors balk at Argentina swap offer Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 6:57 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 10- Argentina is struggling to win over US-based investors on a bond exchange designed to lower refinancing risks and possibly give it more leverage in negotiations with holdout creditors. "I don't think it makes sense to engage in the swap, when you can execute at better prices in the market," said Marco Santamaria, a portfolio manager at...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 10- The U.S. Treasury Department will begin asking foreign governments and central banks to report large holdings of U.S. federal debt, the Obama administration said on Wednesday. The policy was announced in a rule published in the Federal Register and takes effect on March 10. More recently, analysts have scratched their heads over Treasury data...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 10- Bill Gross, the closely watched bond investor, on Wednesday said the Federal Reserve will most likely begin raising U.S. interest rates in the middle of 2015 but fixed-income securities will not be hurt as much as people anticipate. The Janus Global Unconstrained Bond Fund, which Pimco co-founder Gross started managing in October, attracted an...

  • *Treasury sell $21 bln 10- year notes to strong demand. NEW YORK, Dec 10- U.S. "The market continues to trade very, very well," said Charles Comiskey, head of Treasuries trading at Bank of Nova Scotia in New York.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 10- The U.S. Treasury Department will require foreign governments and central banks to report large holdings of U.S. federal debt, the Obama administration said on Wednesday. The new rule was published in the Federal Register and takes effect on March 10. Foreign central banks and governments were exempt from the reporting requirements,...

  • DETROIT, Dec 10- Detroit will officially exit the biggest-ever U.S. municipal bankruptcy later on Wednesday, officials said, allowing Michigan's largest city to start a new chapter with a lighter debt load. The city will reissue $287 million of existing bonds and also borrow about $275 million from Barclays Capital to finance its exit from bankruptcy.

  • TREASURIES-Bond yields dip before 10-year note auction Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 10:55 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 10- U.S. Treasuries yields fell on Wednesday on safety buying as stocks and oil prices fell, and before a government auction of $21 billion in reopened 10- year notes, which is expected to see solid demand. Besides the $21 billion in reopened 10- year notes due to be sold on Wednesday, the Treasury will sell $13 billion in 30- year bonds on Thursday.

  • US TREASURIES YIELDS FALL AS STOCKS, OIL EXTEND LOSSES, 10- YEAR NOTE YIELDS FALL TO 2.20 PERCENT.