• NEW YORK, Aug 27- Major U.S. stock indexes rose on Wednesday with the Standard& Poor's 500 holding around the 2,000 milestone, while bets the European Central Bank is on the brink of injecting more stimulus knocked the region's government bond yields to record lows.

  • *Ukraine tensions, month-end buying adds to bid. "There is a sympathy uptrade as Europe continues to rally, geopolitical concerns are still out there and there is no data to speak of," said Ian Lyngen, senior government bond strategist at CRT Capital in Stamford, Connecticut. Tensions in the Ukraine added some safety demand for U.S. debt.

  • *Upswing seen as intact but volume has been light. NEW YORK, Aug 27- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat open on Wednesday, as investors found few reasons to keep buying after a rally that has taken indexes to repeated records, even as there was little seen on the horizon that could derail the rally.

  • US STOCKS-Futures slightly higher with indexes at records Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 7:15 AM ET

    *Upswing seen as intact, but volume has been light. NEW YORK, Aug 27- U.S. stock index futures were slightly higher on Wednesday, suggesting the market's recent upswing that has taken indexes to repeated records, was set to continue with little on the horizon to derail the rally. Federal Reserve stimulus and the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

  • TOKYO, Aug 27- Japanese government bonds were mostly steady on Wednesday, underpinned by Bank of Japan purchases. The BOJ surprised some market participants in the morning when it offered to buy the new 40- year JGBs and 5- year to 10- year JGBs under its massive JGB purchase program.

  • SHANGHAI, Aug 27- China's foreign investment mix is changing, with portfolio investors buying more stocks but foreign direct investment falling to a two-year low on a slowing economy, rising business costs and anti-monopoly probes and crackdowns on foreign firms.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 26- U.S. banks will not be able to include municipal bonds in mandatory buffers of easy-to-sell assets under rules nearing final approval, a person familiar with the process said on Tuesday.

  • BNY Mellon, a financial intermediary between the Argentine government and its bond investors, in June held onto a $539 million interest payment owed to bondholders on the orders of a U.S. court. The Argentine government argued it had met its debt obligations and urged holders of exchange debt to pursue BNY Mellon for payment.

  • TREASURIES-Yields curve steepens on profit taking Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 3:24 PM ET

    *Ukraine tensions keep safety bid for U.S. debt. NEW YORK, Aug 26- Most U.S. "There has been recent flattening of the curve to the narrowest levels since January 2009, and some people are unwinding that trade," said Justin Lederer, an interest rate strategist at Cantor Fitzgerald in New York.

  • *Ukraine tensions keep safety bid for U.S. debt. NEW YORK, Aug 26- U.S. "It's tough for Treasuries to sell off here given what's going on in Europe," said Gennadiy Goldberg, interest rate strategist at TD Securities in New York.

  • *Digital Ally gains before bell, has tripled this month. NEW YORK, Aug 26- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Tuesday, with investors finding few reasons to buy after a rally in the previous session that took the S&P 500 above 2,000 for the first time.

  • LONDON, Aug 26- The euro hit its lowest level in nearly a year against the dollar and euro zone government bond yields fell on Tuesday on growing expectations the European Central Bank could ease monetary policy as soon as next week.

  • JGB yields dip as market tracks Treasuries, Bunds Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 11:29 PM ET

    TOKYO, Aug 26- Japanese government bond yields dipped on Tuesday, as the market followed declining yields in U.S. The Ministry of Finance will release the auction results at 0345 GMT. European government bonds have been rallying on expectations the European Central Bank will ease further to revive flagging economic growth.

  • Aug 25- Municipal bonds will no longer be part of the easily sellable assets that banks can use to show they are able to survive a credit crunch, Bloomberg reported, citing a person familiar with the matter. The Public Affairs Office of the Federal Reserve could not be reached out for comment outside of regular U.S. business hours.


  • NEW YORK, Aug 25- U.S. Treasuries yields dipped on Monday in light trading, as European bonds rallied on expectations the European Central Bank will use more stimulus to revive flagging growth in the region.

  • LONDON, Aug 25- Yields on most euro zone government bonds hit record lows on Monday as speculation grew that the European Central Bank was preparing a big programme of asset purchases to counter wilting inflation. Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Ireland and others saw their yields hit all-time lows.

  • LONDON, Aug 25- Euro zone bond yields fell sharply on Monday after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi boosted speculation that the monetary authority will eventually loosen its policy by printing money.

  • China mortgages: Safe play or Russian roulette? Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 12:07 AM ET

    The China property market's lack of mortgage securities has allowed it to skirt one of the systemic causes of the U.S. property crash, until now.

  • JGBs steady to firmer, curve flattens at long end Sunday, 24 Aug 2014 | 10:48 PM ET

    TOKYO, Aug 25- Japanese government bond prices were steady to slightly firmer on Monday, with the yield curve flattening at the longest end, helped by pension funds' month-end buying.