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  • Though some portfolio managers including Pimco and Van Eck Global have pared their exposure in recent months, Venezuela remains among the largest positions for U.S. funds that focus on emerging market debt. The $4.6 billion TCW Emerging Markets Income Fund also has kept an overweight position, with 5 percent of assets invested in Venezuela.

  • *Europe agrees on way forward for Greece. *Apple rises after Icahn letter. NEW YORK, Feb 11- U.S. stock futures rose late on Wednesday after Europe agreed on a way forward with Greece on debt negotiations that had been holding back U.S. investors worried about European stability.

  • TREASURIES-Prices turn lower on possible Greek agreement Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 | 5:42 PM ET

    Treasury debt prices reversed early gains and turned lower on Wednesday after a news report that Greece had reached an agreement in principle with euro zone countries over its finances. CNBC reported late on Wednesday that an agreement in principle between Greece and other euro zone governments was in place. But two official sources told Reuters that, while...

  • Feb 11- United State's largest life insurer MetLife Inc reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit due to gains from investments and derivatives, reflecting falling interest rates and a rising dollar. MetLife reported net investment gains of $230 million in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, compared with a loss of $178 million a year earlier.

  • TREASURIES-Long maturities get lift from U.S. debt sale Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 | 3:30 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Feb 11- Long-dated U.S. Treasury debt prices rose on Wednesday, getting a boost from a well-received $24 billion auction of new 10- year notes that drew heavy foreign buying. The 30- year long bond rose 10/ 32 to yield 2.56 percent, according to Thomson Reuters data.

  • TREASURIES-Price decline takes 10-year yield over 2 pct Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 | 11:25 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Feb 11- U.S. Yields on 10- year Treasuries last stood at 2.0141 percent, reflecting a price decline of 6/ 32. It was the highest yield on notes since January 9, according to Thomson Reuters data. Trading was moderate, in part because of a holiday in Japan, and focused on the note sale scheduled for later on Wednesday, according to Ian Lyngen, senior government...

  • CARACAS, Feb 11- Venezuela's dollar-denominated bonds tumbled across the board on Wednesday after the government announced a new foreign exchange platform that was widely seen as insufficient to resolve the country's economic crisis. "The persistence of large distortions in the FX market will make it more difficult for the government to make necessary...

  • *One-in-four chance Greece exits monetary union. Feb 11- The euro zone's bout of deflation will last for most of this year despite the European Central Bank's decision to buy government bonds, according to a Reuters poll that also gave a one-in-four chance of Greece leaving the currency area in 2015.. The findings from a survey of economists taken this week are...

  • GRAPHIC-Markets price in more pain for Nigerian naira Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 | 9:50 AM ET

    LONDON, Feb 11- Nigeria's naira fell against the dollar for the eighth day in a row on Wednesday, the longest losing streak since the 1998 Russian crisis, and derivatives market pricing shows no sign of a turn on the horizon. Pressure on the currency of Africa's largest economy began with last year's oil price collapse and has been compounded by the weekend...

  • SINGAPORE, Feb 11- Gold struggled to recover from overnight losses on Wednesday as a stronger dollar offset safe-haven bids over uncertainties about Greece's future in the euro zone. *The dollar hovered at one-month highs versus the yen early on Wednesday, bolstered by gains in Treasury yields, while uncertainty over a new debt deal for Greece kept a cloud over...

  • Feb 10- Puerto Rico's lawmakers have scrapped a statutory cap on the interest the island would pay on a roughly $2 billion bond deal in a bid to make it more appealing to hedge fund investors. Eliminating the interest rate cap was "necessary to make viable a successful transaction in the capital markets because of current market conditions and the current value...

  • Feb 10- Puerto Rico's lawmakers have scrapped a statutory cap on the interest the island would pay on a roughly $2 billion bond deal in a bid to make it more appealing to hedge fund investors. Puerto Rico's House approved the measure on Tuesday after the Senate backed it late the previous day. The move comes after a federal judge voided a local law that was key to...

  • BUENOS AIRES, Feb 10- Argentina has failed to pay interest to holders of defaulted debt who agreed last year to receive payment locally instead of abroad in order to sidestep U.S. court rulings, an investor association said. The South American country tipped back into default in July after refusing to settle with a small group of U.S. hedge funds that were awarded...

  • SYDNEY, Feb 11- The dollar hovered at one-month highs versus the yen early on Wednesday, bolstered by gains in Treasury yields, while uncertainty over a new debt deal for Greece kept a cloud over the euro. Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker, an inflation hawk, said a June hike was an "attractive option" and San Francisco Fed President John Williams said economic...

  • Ten-year Treasury notes on Tuesday yielded as much as 2.016 percent, a high last seen on January 9, and were last trading at 1.9897 percent, falling 12/ 32 in price, according to Thomson Reuters data. "That's four consecutive down days, and we are still showing some of the hangover from the good nonfarm payrolls report on Friday," said Guy LeBas, chief fixed income...

  • Feb 10- It may not take a Greek default or Chinese slump to end the bull market if we get something as prosaic as a strong U.S. recovery. That's despite the Fed itself forecasting something quite different: with the median Fed official expecting interest rates at 2.5 percent by January 2017, against the 1.375 percent priced in by futures markets.

  • Feb 10- Ratings agencies Fitch and Standard& Poor's warned on the long-term ratings of four Greek banks as uncertainty surrounds Greece getting financial support from the European Central Bank. The European Union aims to clinch an interim debt deal with Greece although there are "low expectations" for a breakthrough at meetings of ministers and EU leaders...

  • Venezuela says ready to pay March bond payments Tuesday, 10 Feb 2015 | 11:36 AM ET

    CARACAS, Feb 10- Venezuela has the cash ready to make debt payments due in March, Finance Minister Rodolfo Marco said on Tuesday. "I want to inform the country and the world, we already have the resources to pay the maturities of the bonds in March 2015," he said at a news conference. The 1 billion euro Global 2015 issue comes due on March 16.

  • Ten-year Treasury notes on Tuesday yielded as much as 2.016 percent, a high last seen on January 9, and were last trading at 1.9897 percent, falling 12/ 32 in price, according to Thomson Reuters data. "That's four consecutive down days, and we are still showing some of the hangover from the good nonfarm payrolls report on Friday," said Guy LeBas, chief fixed income...

  • *Euro under pressure over Greece. Treasury yields, while the euro was weighed down by official comments and media reports on the progress of discussions over a new debt deal for Greece. The euro sank below $1.13 in morning trade in Europe, but recovered some of its losses after a report said European officials would make a compromise proposal to give Athens...