• TREASURIES-Prices steady before housing data, auctions Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 | 9:53 AM ET

    *Fed to buy $1 bln to $1.25 bln in debt maturing between 2036 and 2044. Treasury debt prices were steady on Wednesday as China's yuan stabilized after sharp falls on Tuesday, and as investors were hesitant to enter new trades while they looked for clarity on the state of the economy after a spate of weakening data.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St set to open higher, S&P 500 near record Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 | 9:00 AM ET

    *S&P 500 has been unable to close at a record this week. NEW YORK, Feb 26- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly higher open on Wall Street Wednesday, indicating the S&P 500 would again make a run at record levels that have been serving as resistance.

  • LONDON, Feb 26- German government bond yields held close to their 2014 lows on Wednesday even after investors shunned a second consecutive debt sale, suggesting they saw scant value in the "painfully" low returns on offer.

  • LUXEMBOURG, Feb 26- Luxembourg is talking to China about allowing mutual recognition of investment funds based in the two countries, a senior Luxembourg official said on Wednesday. China and Hong Kong are thought to be in the final stages of a mutual fund recognition programme, which allows funds domiciled in Hong Kong to be sold in China and vice versa.

  • TOKYO, Feb 26- Benchmark Japanese government bonds were steady on Wednesday, while superlong tenors weakened as the Bank of Japan bought less than usual in that zone in its purchasing operations. The yield on 10- year JGBs was flat on the day at 0.585 percent.

  • Some analysts said it showed investors were uncomfortable with the low returns in Germany. "The 30- year yield basically tells you that investors are not fearing any increase in inflation or a big pick-up in nominal growth," DZ Bank strategist Christian Lenk said.

  • BEIJING/ HONG KONG, Feb 25- China's corporate debt has hit record levels and is likely to accelerate a wave of domestic restructuring and trigger more defaults, as credit repayment problems rise.

  • Treasury sells $32 billion of 2- year notes. NEW YORK, Feb 25- U.S. Insurance companies and pension funds with extended investment horizons were likely buyers of the 30- year Treasuries, according to rate-strategist Boris Rjavinski at UBS in Stamford, Connecticut.

  • Last week it listed the first Exchange Traded Fund, or ETF, outside China that tracks the onshore bond market. Otherwise, the HKEx stands to lose ground as China moves towards its goal of full convertibility of the yuan, which would allow foreign investors to trade on mainland exchanges in Shanghai and Shenzhen, unfettered by quotas or other constraints.

  • UPDATE 1-PepsiCo launches USD2bn two-part bond Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014 | 2:34 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Feb 25- PepsiCo Inc made a huge splash in the US high-grade market on Tuesday, offering USD2bn of three-year and 10- year bonds to an investor base keen on fresh corporate debt. Pepsico's outstanding 1.25% August 2017 s are trading at a G-spread of 34 bp while its 2.75% March 2023 s are at G +94 bp.

  • MOSCOW, Feb 25- There is a small risk that Ukraine may default on $3 billion in Eurobonds that Russia recently acquired, Russia's Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak said on Tuesday.

  • LONDON, Feb 25- Ukraine's hryvnia fell to record lows against the dollar on Tuesday while its dollar bonds tumbled as concerns grew about the ability of the country to pay its debts in the near-term.

  • *Gains strongest in 30- year bond. *Focus on weak consumer confidence. NEW YORK, Feb 25- U.S.

  • *Home Depot shares gain in premarket after results. NEW YORK, Feb 25- U.S. stock index futures edged lower on Tuesday, with investors finding few reasons to buy following a rally that took the S&P 500 to an all-time intraday high.

  • HOUSTON, Feb 25,- Chesapeake Energy Corp ousted its former chief executive Aubrey McClendon last April after a governance scandal and a liquidity crisis.

  • BEIJING/ HONG KONG, Feb 25- China's corporate debt has hit record levels and is likely to accelerate a wave of domestic restructuring and trigger more defaults, as credit repayment problems rise.

  • Feb 24- Detroit's plan to deal with its $18 billion of debt and emerge from municipal bankruptcy would set a troubling precedent for the U.S. municipal bond market, Fitch Ratings said on Monday. "Fitch considers Detroit's plan of adjustment to be hostile to GO bondholders," the rating agency said in a statement.

  • Feb 24- Retirees, unions and others opposed to Detroit's financial restructuring plan will have a chance to argue their case at a trial starting in mid-June, according to an order on Monday by the judge overseeing the case. Detroit and its creditors have until Friday to file objections to U.S.

  • Treasuries prices fell on Monday, with some investors exiting the safe-haven asset class as Wall Street swung higher and worries dwindled about troubled developing economies such as Ukraine. "With signs of progress in Argentina and Ukraine... that causes people to leave Treasuries.