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  • LONDON, Feb 25- Ireland has no problem in principle with the idea of swapping Greece's official debt for growth-linked bonds but would have to see the details of any proposal, Finance Minister Michael Noonan said on Wednesday. Euro zone finance ministers agreed on Tuesday to a four-month extension of Greece's EU/IMF bailout programme, subject to its economic...

  • FACTBOX-Global push for bank rules eyes finishing line Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 9:32 AM ET

    Feb 25- As the banking crisis fades in memory, only to be replaced by a lingering economic slowdown, governments have lost interest in financial reform despite warnings from experts that dangers remain. Main financial rules completed since 2007-9 crisis. *Making the $691 trillion financial derivatives sector safer: swap contracts must be reported as well as...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St set for flat open; Yellen, data on tap Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 8:59 AM ET

    *New home sales data expected at 10 a.m.. NEW YORK, Feb 25- U.S. stocks index futures pointed towards a flat open on Wednesday, after the Dow and S&P 500 climbed to their latest records, before a second day of testimony from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and data on the housing market. "There is a pregnant pause in the market this morning," said Peter Kenny, chief market...

  • LONDON, Feb 25- Irish and Portuguese bond yields hit all-time lows on Wednesday as fears about a Greek exit from the euro zone receded, leaving investors to refocus on the start in coming weeks of European Central Bank bond purchases. The move cements Ireland's recovery from the debt crisis and its return to capital markets after exiting an international...

  • ATHENS, Feb 25- Greece has no immediate problem with government liquidity, but faces trouble in making debt payments to the IMF and European Central Bank in the spring and summer, Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said on Wednesday. A finance ministry official said on Tuesday that Greece expected to start discussions immediately with its EU/IMF partners on...

  • MOSCOW, Feb 25- Russia's Finance Ministry sold 10 billion roubles of OFZ treasury bonds at auction on Wednesday at an average yield of 13.5 percent. It was the second week in a row that the Finance Ministry sold all of the bonds on offer, reflecting stronger demand. Following are details of the auction, taken from the Finance Ministry website:.

  • JGBs gains as U.S. bonds rise on Yellen's testimony Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 3:05 AM ET

    TOKYO, Feb 25- Japanese government bond prices rose on Wednesday, with yields hitting three-week lows, as U.S. Treasuries gained after investors interpreted Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's testimony as likely indicating a later date for rate hikes. The benchmark 10- year cash bond yield fell 3.5 basis points to 0.335 percent, hitting its lowest level...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 24- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared ready to give Edison International employees who accused the utility of favoring higher-cost mutual funds over lower-cost ones in its retirement plan a chance to revive some of their claims. There appeared to be consensus among the justices that a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in favor of...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 24- U.S. Treasuries prices rallied on Tuesday, erasing early losses after testimony from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen kept the door open for a later than midyear interest rate hike and a two-year note auction met with strong demand. In remarks to the Senate Banking Committee, Yellen described how the Fed's rate-setting policy committee would...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 24- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared set to revive certain claims in a class action lawsuit against Edison International by employees who accused the utility of favoring higher-cost mutual funds over-lower cost ones in its retirement plan. The case concerns a lawsuit filed by Glenn Tibble and other employees against Edison...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 24- U.S. In prepared remarks to the Senate Banking Committee released at 10 a.m. ET, Yellen described how the Fed's rate-setting policy committee will likely proceed in coming months in an effort to increase the Fed's flexibility and mute potential market reaction as the central bank approaches its "liftoff" date. "They're trying to give themselves...

  • LONDON/ NEW YORK, Feb 24- The dollar edged lower and bond yields fell after U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said on Tuesday it would be several months before the Fed expects to raise interest rates, while European equity markets gained after Greece produced a list of proposed economic reforms. "It's pretty evenhanded," said Thomas Simons, money market...

  • *Barclays move prompted by Moody's downgrade. LONDON, Feb 24- Barclays will remove Russian foreign currency debt from its global bond indexes, putting it off-limits for many international investors, after Moody's became the second agency to downgrade the country's credit rating to junk. "The downgrade does signal more limited access and higher costs for hard...

  • *Greece relief hurts safe-haven debt. Treasuries prices edged lower on Tuesday, giving back some of Monday's gains on uncertainty ahead of Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's testimony before the Senate and reduced appetite for safe-haven assets on greater relief over Greece. Yellen will give the central bank's semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the...

  • US STOCKS-Futures flat with Yellen on tap Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 7:51 AM ET

    *Yellen's two-day testimony before Congress to start at 10 a.m.. NEW YORK, Feb 24- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Tuesday, with the Dow and S&P 500 holding near record levels ahead of testimony by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and a flurry of economic data. *Yellen will give the central bank's semi-annual Monetary Policy Report to the Senate...

  • JGBs edge higher, bolstered by solid 40-year sale Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 1:25 AM ET

    TOKYO, Feb 24- Japanese government bonds firmed on Tuesday, bolstered by solid demand at a 40- year auction. The Ministry of Finance sold 399.5 billion yen worth of 40- year JGBs with a 1.7 percent coupon at a highest accepted yield of 1.550 percent. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen later in the day, which could offer clues on the timing of a U.S. interest rate hike as...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 23- U.S. Yellen will testify before Congress on Tuesday in a semiannual address on the economy and monetary policy to the Senate Banking Committee. "We did have a pretty meaningful sell-off," said Jonathan Lewis, chief investment officer at New York- based Samson Capital Advisors.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 23- U.S. stocks slipped from all-time highs on Monday, pulled lower by a sharp drop in crude oil prices, while European shares rallied on the conditional financial rescue for Greece hammered out at the end of last week. Yields on low-rated euro zone government bonds fell as the agreement reached late Friday eased concerns that Greece would leave the...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 23- U.S. Yellen will testify before Congress on Tuesday in a semiannual address on the economy and monetary policy before the Senate Banking Committee. "They don't have to hike in June, they don't have to hike in September, they hike when they need to hike," said George Goncalves, head of U.S. rates strategy at Nomura Securities International in New York, in...

  • BUENOS AIRES, Feb 23- Debt-holders who want to jumpstart restructuring talks with Argentina may have to wait until a court rules next month on whether to let a disputed bond payment go through, further extending a legal feud that has hobbled state finances. The case stems from Argentina's 2002 default on about $100 billion, which has weighed on Latin America's No....