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  • Heightened tensions between the West and Russia ahead of Ukraine's weekend referendum in Crimea also drove a flight to quality into safe-haven bonds. The West has ramped up talks of sanctions while Russia has responded with promises of retaliatory measures.

  • Puerto Rico debt restructuring seen as inevitable Friday, 14 Mar 2014 | 7:09 AM ET
    A roofless colonial building is overtaken by vegetation in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.

    Few who have followed the Caribbean island's financial troubles doubt that a massive restructuring is in its future.

  • March 14- Puerto Rico pulled off a blockbuster of a bond sale this week, sparing it from the threat of imminent default, but few who have followed the Caribbean island's financial troubles doubt that a massive restructuring is in its future.

  • TOKYO, March 14- Japanese government bond prices were steady to slightly firmer on Friday as share prices in Japan and elsewhere dropped on concerns about heightened tension in Ukraine ahead of a weekend referendum in Crimea. The 10- year JGB futures rose 0.10 point to 144.67, while the benchmark 10- year cash JGB yield stood flat at 0.640 percent.

  • LONDON, March 13- Irish government bond yields hit record lows on Thursday as Dublin's first regular debt auction since its 2010 international bailout drew substantial demand, cementing a return to full access to borrowing markets.

  • Treasuries prices rallied to their highest levels in over a week on Thursday on heightened tensions over a U.S.-European response against Russia if a referendum in Ukraine's Crimea region goes ahead.

  • Ghana's cedi remains vulnerable due to unmet dollar demand. Ghana's cedi could hit fresh record lows next week on persistent unmet dollar demand by local firms for their imports, analysts said. Data on Wednesday showed that Ghana's consumer inflation rate increased to 14.0 percent in January, the highest since March 2010.

  • Treasuries prices edged lower on Thursday on better-than-expected U.S. retail sales and jobless claims data, but lingering concerns over China's economy and geopolitical tensions in Russia and Ukraine limited losses.

  • US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Futures extend gains after data Thursday, 13 Mar 2014 | 8:34 AM ET

    NEW YORK, March 13- U.S. stock index futures added to gains after data showed weekly initial jobless claims fell to a three-month low and retail sales rose slightly more than anticipated in February.

  • LONDON, March 13- Irish government bond yields hit new record lows on Thursday as Dublin's first regular debt auction since its 2010 international bailout found substantial demand and cemented the return of full access to borrowing markets.

  • *Ukraine tensions continue, Merkel warns Russia. NEW YORK, March 13- U.S. stock index futures advanced modestly on Thursday, putting the S&P 500 on track for a second day of gains, ahead of data on the labor market and consumer spending. *Advances were held in check by another round of limp data out of China, the world's second-biggest economy.

  • JGBs slip, futures pare losses after sharp morning drop Thursday, 13 Mar 2014 | 12:06 AM ET

    TOKYO, March 13- Japanese government bond prices slipped on Thursday, while JGB futures briefly fell as much as one point, on what appeared to be a single order, before paring losses. The Bank of Japan offered to buy a total of 570 billion yen in JGBs in two operations.

  • Shanghai Chaori Solar Energy Science and Technology Co Ltd failed last Friday to pay an 89 million yuan interest payment on a 1- billion-yuan, five-year bond it issued in 2012.. "The marketisation of defaults constitutes progress," said Chen Dongming, chief credit officer at China Lianhe Rating Co Ltd in Beijing.

  • NEW YORK, March 12- Puerto Rico's newly issued bonds rallied on Wednesday, a day after investors flocked to the high returns offered by the cash-strapped U.S. territory's $3.5 billion debt sale.

  • March 12- Wall Street watchdog FINRA said Wednesday it is struggling to find enough arbitrators to handle a mounting number of claims from investors who lost money in closed-end Puerto Rico bond funds.

  • *Copper hits near four-year lows. Treasuries prices rose in safe-haven bids on Wednesday on worries over the health of China's economy, which helped fuel strong demand at the U.S. government's 10- year Treasury note auction.

  • Senate confirms Wall Street critic as Treasury no. 2 Wednesday, 12 Mar 2014 | 12:28 PM ET
    Sarah Bloom Raskin

    The U.S. Senate approved Federal Reserve Governor Sarah Bloom Raskin to be the No. 2 official at the Treasury Department.

  • WASHINGTON, March 12- The U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved Federal Reserve Governor Sarah Bloom Raskin to be the No. 2 official at the Treasury Department, backing a critic of Wall Street to help coordinate an overhaul of financial regulations. The Senate approved the nomination by voice vote.

  • U.S. Senate confirms Wall Street critic as Treasury No. 2 Wednesday, 12 Mar 2014 | 12:17 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, March 12- The U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved Federal Reserve Governor Sarah Bloom Raskin to be the No. 2 official at the Treasury Department, backing a critic of Wall Street to help coordinate an overhaul of financial regulations. The Senate approved the nomination by voice vote.

  • *Ireland set to resume regular debt auctions on Thursday. LONDON, March 12- Ireland's yields hit record lows on Wednesday a day before it returns to market with its first regular bond auction since exiting an international bailout in December.