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  • TUNIS, Feb 6- Tunisia plans to issue around $1.8 billion in new foreign bonds with guarantees from the United States and Japan, and a $435 million sukuk, this year, in major steps to help its economy to recover after its 2011 uprising.

  • JGBs edge down ahead of 30-year auction Wednesday, 5 Feb 2014 | 10:24 PM ET

    TOKYO, Feb 6- Japanese government bonds eased in morning trade on Thursday in thin trading ahead of a 30- year auction later in the day. Cash activity was limited to transactions among dealers ahead of the monthly 30- year JGB auction, for which the Ministry of Finance will re-open the current issue number 41 for the regular settlement date.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 5- Pimco's Bill Gross, manager of the world's largest bond fund, reassured investors and clients on Wednesday that the departure of his heir apparent, Mohamed El-Erian, will not affect the performance of the firm.

  • *SPDR Gold Trust exchange-traded fund reports rare inflow. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Feb 5- Gold rose on Wednesday but failed to hold earlier gains of around 1.5 percent as a mixed bag of U.S. economic indicators left investors uncertain over the pace of recovery in the world's largest economy.

  • *Yields rise as ADP close to expectations. NEW YORK, Feb 5- U.S. "There is a bit of pent up selling pressure, there has been nothing but rallies over the last few weeks and I think this is the result of people looking forward to non-farm payrolls," said Aaron Kohli, an interest rate strategist at BNP Paribas in New York, adding that "rates have baked in a lot of negativity."

  • NEW YORK, Feb 5- While many are scrambling to deal with the fallout from the global slide in stocks, portfolio manager Timothy Drinkall at Morgan Stanley's Frontier Emerging Markets Fund is finding himself relatively unscathed.

  • US TREASURIES YIELDS HIT SESSION HIGHS AFTER DATA, 10- YEAR NOTE YIELDS RISE TO 2.65 PERCENT.

  • *Prices fall as ADP close to expectations. NEW YORK, Feb 5- U.S. "I think that most participants are looking for a stronger number, mainly so they can buy at higher yields," said Thomas di Galoma, co-head of fixed-income rates at ED&F Man Capital in New York.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 5- Pimco's Bill Gross, manager of the world's largest bond fund, said on Wednesday that the lower U.S. government deficit is slowing credit growth, a phenomenon that could hurt economic growth and risk assets.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 5- Charles Schwab Corp is taking broader aim at the retirement market with a new 401 platform that will allow participants to invest 100 percent of their plan in low-cost exchange-traded funds.

  • Greek yields drop on report EU mulling extending loans Wednesday, 5 Feb 2014 | 8:39 AM ET

    LONDON, Feb 5- Greek bond yields fell sharply on Wednesday after a media report said European Union officials were weighing extending the maturity of loans to Athens to 50 years, which could ease the debt burden on Greece.

  • *Tableau Software soars after results, outlook. NEW YORK, Feb 5- U.S. stock index futures fell slightly on Wednesday as traders awaited key data on the labor market and services sector. *U.S. data is being closely watched after a weak reading in the factory sector on Monday sent Wall Street into a tailspin and triggered a global equities selloff.

  • Superlong JGBs firm, yield curve flattens Tuesday, 4 Feb 2014 | 11:41 PM ET

    TOKYO, Feb 5- Superlong Japanese government bond prices firmed on Wednesday, flattening the yield curve further as some domestic pension funds bought 30- year bonds. On Thursday, the Ministry of Finance will hold its monthly auction for 500 billion yen of 30- year notes, reopening the current issue number 41 for the regular settlement date.

  • *Wall St steadier but US stock futures in the red. SYDNEY, Feb 5- Asian shares struggled to sustain the slimmest of rallies on Wednesday as a hesitant performance by the Japanese market fuelled fresh demand for safety in the yen and top-rated bonds.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 4- Standard& Poor's review of confidential information on Puerto Rico's finances led the ratings agency to make an unusually rapid downgrade of the U.S. commonwealth's debt, less than two weeks after warning the rating was at risk, its lead analyst said on Tuesday.

  • ANALYSTS' VIEW-Puerto Rico rating cut to junk by S&P Tuesday, 4 Feb 2014 | 7:04 PM ET

    Feb 4- Standard& Poor's on Tuesday cut its credit rating on Puerto Rico, dropping the cash-strapped U.S. territory's debt to junk-bond status on concerns about its ability to access capital markets. Puerto Rico is one of the $3.7 trillion municipal bond market's biggest issuers, with some $70 billion of bonds outstanding.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 4- Standard& Poor's on Tuesday cut its credit rating on Puerto Rico, dropping the cash-strapped U.S. territory's debt to junk-bond status on concerns about its ability to access capital markets.

  • Morgan Stanley to resolve MBS litigation     Tuesday, 4 Feb 2014 | 4:35 PM ET

    Morgan Stanley will resolve its mortgage backed securities litigation for $1.25 billion, reports CNBC's Kayla Tausche.

  • Feb 4- Standard& Poor's on Tuesday cut its credit rating on Puerto Rico, dropping the cash-strapped U.S. territory's debt to junk-bond status on concerns about its ability to access capital markets.

  • S&P cuts Puerto Rico debt to junk status Tuesday, 4 Feb 2014 | 3:48 PM ET

    Feb 4- Standard& Poor's on Tuesday cut its credit rating on Puerto Rico, dropping the cash-strapped U.S. territory's debt to junk-bond status on concern about its ability to access capital markets. S&P, which had placed Puerto Rico's rating on notice for a downgrade last month, said it now rates the Caribbean commonwealth at "BB+," one level below investment grade.