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  • *Yields fall from two-week highs on global growth fears. *Five-year, 30- year yield curve flattest in six years. NEW YORK, Dec 8- U.S.

  • LONDON, Dec 8- Italy's borrowing costs rose slightly on Monday after its credit rating was cut nearly to junk though prospects of stimulus from Europe's central bank tempered the increase. Standard& Poor's downgraded Italy's rating to BBB- from BBB late on Friday, saying weak growth and poor competitiveness undermined the sustainability of its huge public...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 8- U.S. stock index futures dipped on Monday, indicating the S&P 500 may retreat from its latest record high, as soft data in China and Japan kindled global growth concerns. *Economic data showed China's exports rose at a slower than expected pace and imports dropped 6.7 percent in November, while Japan's economy shrank more than expected in the third...

  • US STOCKS-Futures fall after soft China, Japan data Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 7:37 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 8- U.S. stock index futures dipped on Monday, indicating the S&P 500 may retreat from a record high, as soft data in China and Japan stoked global growth concerns. *Merck& Co Inc said it would buy Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc in a deal valued at $9.5 billion. *European shares were lower after the data from China and Japan.

  • *China, Japan data add to global growth worries. LONDON, Dec 8- European stocks and the euro wallowed on Monday amid a stark warning about the currency bloc's economic prospects, keeping pressure on rock-bottom oil prices following weak data from Asia. That mirrored a move in Asia after China's trade performance in November was much weaker than expected and third...

  • *China trade data weak, Japan Q3 GDP revised even lower. LONDON, Dec 8- European stocks and government bonds dipped on Monday as weak data from Asia, a rating downgrade for Italy and the slump in oil prices stoked concerns about global growth. Europe's index of top shares, the FTSEurofirst, opened down 0.4 percent, mirroring a move in Asia after China's trade...

  • BlackRock Inc, the world's largest asset manager, and Manning& Napier are among the managers that use strategies such as shorting stocks and trading derivatives in some 401 retirement plans, including target date funds. J.P. Morgan Asset Management and Voya Investment Management are considering adding similar strategies, executives told Reuters.

  • JGBs slip on strong U.S. jobs data, weak yen Sunday, 7 Dec 2014 | 10:15 PM ET

    TOKYO, Dec 8- Japanese Government Bond prices slipped on Monday, sending their yields up 0.5 to 1.0 basis points, following surprisingly strong U.S. non-farm payroll data. Also denting JGBs, the yen weakened to its lowest level since July 2007, helping to underpin Tokyo share prices, while the bank of Japan did not offer to buy mid- to long-term JGBs on Monday, contrary...

  • SINGAPORE, Dec 8- Gold extended losses to a third session on Monday as a robust U.S. nonfarm payrolls report boosted the dollar to its highest in over five years, dulling bullion's appeal as a hedge. *Spot gold eased 0.2 percent to $1,189.94 an ounce by 0020 GMT. *Hedge funds and money managers boosted their bullish position in U.S. gold contracts to the highest since...

  • TREASURIES-Prices tumble on rosy U.S. jobs report Friday, 5 Dec 2014 | 3:45 PM ET

    *Two-year yield surges to highest since May 2011. NEW YORK, Dec 5- U.S. "This supports the view that the Federal Reserve will start hiking rates in the middle of next year," said Mohamed El-Erian, chief economic adviser at Allianz in Newport Beach, California.

  • ROME, Dec 5- Standard& Poor's cut Italy's sovereign credit rating on Friday from BBB to BBB-, just one notch above junk, saying weak growth and poor competitiveness undermined the sustainability of its huge public debt. As recently as June, the agency had confirmed Italy's BBB rating and forecast average growth of 1.0 percent over the three-year period.

  • ADDIS ABABA, Dec 5- Ethiopia said on Friday it had completed raising $1 billion with its debut Eurobond with a term of 10 years and coupon of 6.625 percent, adding that the offer was oversubscribed.

  • MILAN, Dec 5- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles began meeting U.S. investors on Friday after launching a $2.5 billion convertible bond issue and a share sale to reduce its debt pile and fund an ambitious investment plan. The newly created FCA, which moved its primary share listing to New York in October, wants to invest 48 billion euros over five years to turn Jeep, Maserati...

  • ANALYSIS-Markets question Argentina Boden swap Friday, 5 Dec 2014 | 12:11 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 5- News that Argentina is to carry out a liability management exercise to repurchase Boden bonds drew a mixed response this week as market participants questioned the economics of the trade. The fact that Argentina is addressing a looming US $6 bn- plus payment on its Boden 2015 s cheered those concerned about the sovereign's longer-term ability to...

  • *Two-year yield surges to highest since May 2011. NEW YORK, Dec 5- U.S. "This supports the view that the Federal Reserve will start hiking rates in the middle of next year," said Mohamed El-Erian, chief economic advisor at Allianz in Newport Beach, California.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 5- U.S. "This supports the view that the Federal Reserve will start hiking rates in the middle of next year," said Mohamed El-Erian, chief economic advisor at Allianz in Newport Beach, California. Treasuries, and traders shifted bets on Federal Reserve's first round of interest-rate increases to July 2015, compared with September 2015 before the report.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 5- U.S. stock index futures were mixed in volatile trading on Friday after November payrolls came in much stronger than anticipated, raising expectations a rate hike from the Federal Reserve may come sooner than previously thought. The U.S. dollar strengthened across the board and short-term interest-rate futures traders were pricing in the...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 5- U.S. stock index futures edged higher on Friday ahead of the key employment report for November, which investors awaited for clues on the strength of the world's largest economy and the next policy move from the Federal Reserve. *Data on durable goods and factory orders are both due shortly after trading begins on Wall Street. *American Eagle...

  • LONDON, Dec 5- Euro zone bond yields fell on Friday as markets shook off any disappointment over the lack of European Central Bank action at its December meeting. President Mario Draghi said the ECB will decide early next year whether to employ that monetary policy easing tool, known as quantitative easing. Draghi gave his clearest signal yet on Thursday that QE...

  • TOKYO, Dec 5- Japanese government bond prices edged higher on Friday as the market tracked an overnight surge in U.S. The 30- year yield fell 1.5 basis points to 1.400 percent as a regular JGB purchasing operation by the Bank of Japan supported superlong maturities. Treasuries gained overnight, lifted by a decline in U.S. equities and as European Central Bank...