• Ukraine tensions diminish, safety buying abates. Treasury debt prices were flat on Wednesday as weather-clouded data sidelined investors and tensions in Ukraine calmed.

  • Russia's military mobilisation on Ukraine's borders over the past week was an echo of the sort of geopolitical event that used to send international investors scurrying for cover over the past 50 years. Gold prices jumped 2 percent; the U.S. dollar and Treasury bonds strengthened alongside other top-rated securities such as German government bonds.

  • ECB may be wary of QE due to differing bond market impact Wednesday, 5 Mar 2014 | 12:25 PM ET

    LONDON, March 5- The European Central Bank may hesitate to print money to ward off the threat of deflation because of concerns about the widely differing impact such a step could have on euro zone debt markets. Expectations are growing that the ECB, which holds a policy meeting on Thursday, will follow the Bank of England, the U.S.

  • *Ukraine conflict calms, safety buying abates. Treasury debt prices fell on Wednesday, as the market shrugged off weak reports on growth in the jobs market and service sector and tensions in Ukraine calmed.

  • *Societe Generale says lawsuit's claims unsubstantiated. In the filing with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan dated March 3, New York resident Kevin Maher, who says he bought and sold gold and gold futures and options, alleged the banks overseeing the benchmark- Societe Generale, Deutsche Bank, Barclays, Bank of Nova Scotia and HSBC- colluded to manipulate it.


  • TOKYO, March 5- Japanese government bond prices weakened in thin trading as risk assets rallied after remarks from Russian President Vladimir Putin allayed fears of an imminent military conflict in Ukraine. The benchmark 10- year JGB yield rose 1.5 basis points to 0.610 percent while the 20- year yield rose 1.5 basis points to 1.435 percent.

  • *Default would be first-ever in China's domestic bond market. The warning by Shanghai Chaori Solar Energy Science and Technology Co Ltd highlights the rising credit risk in China, where record levels of corporate debt are likely to accelerate a spate of restructuring and trigger more defaults.

  • Fitch rates Puerto Rico's $3.5 billion GO Bonds 'BB' Tuesday, 4 Mar 2014 | 3:55 PM ET

    March 4- Fitch assigned a' BB' rating to Puerto Rico's planned issuance of up to $3.5 billion general obligation bonds, citing weakness in the country's economy, high debt and unfunded pensions. Puerto Rico's governor signed a bill on Tuesday authorizing the bond sale. It also affirmed its' BB' rating on Puerto Rico's $10 billion of outstanding GO bonds.

  • NEW YORK, March 4- U.S. Treasury debt prices extended losses on Tuesday as Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country would use military force in the Ukraine only as a last resort, prompting a reversal in Monday's flight to safe assets.

  • WASHINGTON, March 4- The White House on Tuesday asked Congress to ramp up funding for the U.S. securities regulator, but caused an outcry from the top derivatives regulator by scaling back its prior request for a boost for that agency.

  • *A respite in the Ukraine crisis pressures prices. Putin on Tuesday also ordered troops involved in a military exercise in western Russia, close to the border with Ukraine, back to their bases, apparently seeking to ease East-West tension over fears of war in the former Soviet republic.

  • NEW YORK, March 4- Bill Gross, manager of the world's largest bond fund at Pimco, said Tuesday that risk assets should outperform cash this year and post higher returns if central banks can convince investors that easy money policies are stimulating growth.

  • *RadioShack sales tumble, will close stores, shares pummeled. NEW YORK, March 4- U.S. stock index futures rallied on Tuesday after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered troops involved in a military exercise near the Russian border with Ukraine back to their bases, easing East-West fears of a possible war in the region.

  • NEW YORK, March 4- U.S. stock index futures rallied on Tuesday after President Vladimir Putin ordered troops, involved in a military exercise near the Russian border with Ukraine, back to their bases, easing East-West fears of a possible war in the region.

  • JGBs mixed ahead of 10-yr auction, curve flattens Monday, 3 Mar 2014 | 10:09 PM ET

    TOKYO, March 4- Japanese government bonds were narrowly mixed on Tuesday morning as the market looks to the result of a 10- year JGB auction later in the day. The yield curve flattened as a few buyers bought the longest maturities.

  • SAN JUAN, March 3- Puerto Rico's legislature on Monday approved government plans to raise up to $3.5 billion in general obligation bonds, clearing the way for a sale as soon as this week. But at the Puerto Rico deal, non-traditional municipal bond buyers such as hedge funds that are able to take on the added risk are expected to dominate.

  • March 3- Mutual fund manager Bruce Berkowitz, founder of Fairholme Capital Management, is pressing the boards of the mortgage-finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to let investors have a bigger say in how the companies are run.

  • NEW YORK, March 3- The crisis in Ukraine sent the Russian stock market tumbling on Monday, delivering a blow to already-punished portfolio managers who took outsized bets on eastern Europe this year, but generously rewarding those who had shorted the country.

  • NEW YORK, March 3- JPMorgan Chase& Co will pay $400 million to settle lawsuits brought by bond insurer Syncora Guarantee Inc over toxic mortgage-backed securities, according to the insurer. Brian Marchiony, a spokesman for JPMorgan, declined on Monday to comment on the Syncora settlement.