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  • *Trade deficit Y800 bln, vs record Y2.8 trln in Jan. TOKYO/ OTSU March 19- Japan's annual export growth in February was short of market expectations and a Bank of Japan policymaker warned about the outlook as the world's third-largest economy faces a sales tax hike next month that could dent economic activity.

  • JGBs steady in thin trading ahead of redemptions Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 | 11:26 PM ET

    TOKYO, March 19- Japanese government bond prices were steady in thin trading on Wednesday, with most accounts sidelined after finishing their buying ahead of Thursday's quarterly JGB redemptions. The Bank of Japan offered to buy 170 billion yen in JGBs maturing in over 10 years, following the previous session's monthly 1.2 trillion yen sale of 20- year JGBs.

  • UPDATE 1-S&P upgrades MBIA, Assured Guaranty Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 | 6:19 PM ET

    NEW YORK, March 18- Standard& Poor's upgraded bond insurer MBIA Inc on Tuesday, saying it expects the company to gain market share and resume its prior role as a strong player in guaranteeing U.S. municipal debt.

  • *Putin says Russia does not want further Ukraine split. *Microsoft shares rally 4 pct, lead S&P 500. NEW YORK, March 18- Major world equity markets rose on Tuesday after comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin soothed anxiety that tensions over Ukraine could escalate, while U.S.

  • TREASURIES-Bond yields edge lower ahead of Fed meeting Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 | 3:46 PM ET

    NEW YORK, March 18- U.S. Treasuries yields edged lower on Tuesday on uncertainty ahead of the Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting and lingering concerns that East-West tensions surrounding Ukraine could escalate.

  • NEW YORK, March 18- U.S. Treasuries yields were mostly flat on Tuesday ahead of the Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting and after comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin eased tensions surrounding Ukraine. "Everybody's waiting with bated breath to see what the Fed comes back with," said Aaron Kohli, interest rate strategist at BNP Paribas in New York.

  • NEW YORK, March 18- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Tuesday, indicating the previous day's rally would continue after comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin eased concerns that tensions over Ukraine might escalate.

  • NEW YORK, March 18- U.S. stock index futures rose on Tuesday, rebounding off earlier weakness and indicating Monday's rally would continue after comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin eased concerns that tensions over Ukraine might escalate.

  • US STOCKS-Futures dip amid uncertainty over Ukraine Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 | 7:27 AM ET

    NEW YORK, March 18- U.S. stock index futures were flat on Tuesday, with investors reluctant to make big bets following a sharp rise in the previous session, amid continued uncertainty over Ukraine.

  • MOSCOW, March 18- Rosneft has not decided to launch a huge rouble bond issue to refinance its foreign debts, Russia's top oil producer said on Tuesday, playing down a newspaper report that said it was looking into a 2.4 trillion rouble bond issue.

  • JGBs dip, 20-year auction results eyed Monday, 17 Mar 2014 | 10:46 PM ET

    TOKYO, March 18- Japanese government bond prices dipped on Tuesday, following a general trend in which safe-haven assets were sold as investor anxiety over the Ukraine crisis receded for the time being. Treasury yields and then a rise in Tokyo stocks. The Ministry of Finance will release the auction results at 03:45 GMT.

  • El-Erian starts tweeting, but won't talk about Gross Monday, 17 Mar 2014 | 3:16 PM ET

    NEW YORK, March 17- Mohamed El-Erian, the former chief executive of Pimco, has taken to Twitter to express his views to the world, but he said on Monday he wants to steer clear of the drama surrounding his falling out with co-founder Bill Gross for now.

  • Yet Proofpoint Inc, a $1.6 billion market cap email security company, is catching the eye of fund managers by gaining share in a market that many investors have left for dead. Twenty-six small-cap funds added Proofpoint to their portfolios over the last quarter, a nearly 15 percent increase from the quarter before, Morningstar data show.

  • NEW YORK, March 17- U.S. Crimea formally applied to join Russia on Monday after its leaders declared a Soviet-style 97- percent result in favor of seceding from Ukraine in a referendum condemned as illegal by Kiev and the West that will trigger immediate sanctions.

  • NEW YORK, March 17- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a sharply higher open on Wall Street Monday, rebounding from a steep drop in the previous week, after Sunday's referendum over whether Crimea will join Russia passed without violence.

  • EXXON MOBIL ANNOUNCES FIVE-PART USD BENCHMARK BOND TO PRICE MONDAY.

  • US STOCKS-Futures sharply higher after Crimea vote Monday, 17 Mar 2014 | 7:19 AM ET

    NEW YORK, March 17- U.S. stock index futures rose on Monday, rebounding from a steep drop in the previous week, after Sunday's referendum over whether Crimea will join Russia passed without violence.

  • NEW YORK, March 17- In mid-February, a group of current and former Pimco employees were invited to a private farewell party for Mohamed El-Erian on March 10, to mark his impending departure as chief executive of the world's largest bond fund.

  • Treasuries prices edged higher on Friday on rising tensions between the West and Russia ahead of Ukraine's weekend referendum in Crimea, while data showing continued low inflation and weak consumer sentiment supported safe-haven bids.

  • Treasuries has led some to speculate that Russia has been cutting its dollar reserves ahead of possible sanctions from the West due to its role in the Ukraine crisis. "The speculation is that Russia is reducing its Treasuries holdings ahead of any possible sanctions," said Shaun Osbourne, chief foreign exchange strategist at TD Securities in Toronto.