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  • NEW YORK, Dec 31- The U.S. bond market could enjoy a solid 2015, but don't expect a repeat of the spectacular run that some fixed-income sectors enjoyed this year, investors said on Wednesday. U.S. government debt that matures in 20 years and beyond is on track for a 27 percent return for 2014, according to Barclays, in a year when the S&P 500 index has gained nearly 15...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 31- U.S. Treasuries returned 4.95 percent in 2014 while long bonds astounded with a 27.23 percent return, according to data by Barclays from Tuesday's close. Bonds gained on Wednesday after the Institute for Supply Management-Chicago Business Barometer for December declined to 58.3, its lowest reading since July.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 31- Sales of new U.S. municipal bonds in 2014 will exceed 2013' s total, Thomson Reuters data showed on Wednesday, a twist ending to a year that began with shrinking supply. Preliminary data shows issuance for 2014 was likely $314.95 billion, 1 percent more than the $311.86 billion sold in 2013. The increase was from refinancing, with refunding bonds...

  • TREASURIES-Treasuries post best year since 2011 Wednesday, 31 Dec 2014 | 9:34 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 31- U.S. There was the realization that economic growth at the end of 2013 wasn't going to bring upward momentum into this year, "said Jim Vogel, an interest rate strategist at FTN Financial in Memphis, Tennessee. The shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines flight over Ukraine in July also created a strong safety bid for U.S. bonds as it brought home the scale...

  • Dec 31- U.S. stock index futures opened slightly higher on Wednesday, suggesting Wall Street would end a strong year with minor gains in a seasonal trend of modest moves and low volume.

  • *Trading expected to be light in final day of the year. NEW YORK, Dec 31- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly higher open on Wednesday, suggesting Wall Street would end a strong year with minor gains in a seasonal trend of modest moves and low volume. The commodity is at its lowest since May 2009.

  • US STOCKS-Futures tick up as strong 2014 draws to a close Wednesday, 31 Dec 2014 | 7:28 AM ET

    *Trading expected to be light in final day of the year. NEW YORK, Dec 31- U.S. stock index futures edged higher on Wednesday, suggesting Wall Street would end a strong year with minor gains, though the seasonal trend of modest moves and low volume looked set to continue. Down about 46 percent for the year, oil prices are on track for their biggest annual decline since...

  • Treasury prices gained on Tuesday as stocks were weaker and investors kept a cautious tone due to uncertainty over Greece's future in the euro zone. The left-wing Syriza party, which opposes Greece's EU/IMF bailout and is leading in opinion polls ahead of an election next month, has said it wants to abandon many of the drastic spending cuts that are central to...

  • Dec 30- So-called "smart beta" funds, the fastest-growing segment of the exchange-traded fund market, are sold as index funds but are actively- sometimes frenetically- traded portfolios that can whipsaw investors and often fail to deliver the outsized returns their issuers promote. Over the last one- and three-year periods, they have on average lagged their...

  • BUENOS AIRES, Dec 30- Crunch time for Argentina fixing its debt default will almost certainly not be January, as many investors had hoped, but a year later once the country's next president takes office and tries to get the ailing economy moving again. Despite a U.S. court order to fully repay the $1.3 billion debt plus interest, Argentina insists the hedge funds...

  • 'Smart' ETFs collect assets, but not winning records Tuesday, 30 Dec 2014 | 12:46 PM ET

    Dec 30- The fastest-growing segment of the exchange-traded fund market, so-called "smart beta" funds, are sold as index funds but are actively- sometimes frenetically- traded portfolios that can whipsaw investors and often fail to deliver the outsized returns their issuers promote. Over the last one- and three-year periods, they have on average lagged their...

  • LONDON/ SINGAPORE, Dec 30- Copper dipped back on Tuesday near to its lowest in 4-1/ 2 years on persistent concerns about a looming surplus and slowing growth in China, and as oil and equities fell. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange traded down 0.32 percent in official midday rings at $6,270 a tonne, within sight of the 4-1/ 2 year low of $6,230 a tonne hit on...

  • Treasury prices gained on Tuesday as stocks were slightly weaker and investors kept a cautious tone due to uncertainty over Greece's future in the euro zone. The left-wing Syriza party, which opposes Greece's EU/IMF bailout and is leading in opinion polls ahead of an election next month, has said it wants to abandon many of the drastic spending cuts that are...

  • *Further upside seen as limited after recent gains. NEW YORK, Dec 30- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Tuesday, suggesting the market's recent trend of modest moves and low volume would continue in the next-to-last trading day of the year. The stock market will be closed on Thursday for the New Year's.

  • *Further upside seen as limited after recent gains. *Trading volume expected to be light in holiday week. NEW YORK, Dec 30- U.S. stock index futures were slightly lower on Tuesday, suggesting the market's recent trend of slight moves and low volume would continue in the final trading days of the year.

  • JGBs pare gains and dip ahead of 10-year sale Monday, 29 Dec 2014 | 11:20 PM ET

    TOKYO, Dec 30- Japanese government bond prices shed early gains and dipped on Tuesday on caution ahead of next week's 10- year debt sale. Japan's finance ministry will auction 2.4 trillion yen of 10- year JGBs on Jan. 6. Financial markets in Japan will be closed from Wednesday, Dec. 31, to Friday, Jan. 2, and will resume trading on Monday, Jan. 5.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 29- Petrobras, Brazil's state-run oil company, could be declared in technical default on some of its foreign debt as early as Tuesday if bondholders pursue efforts to force it to speed up its assessment of losses in a giant corruption scandal. The push, led by New York- based Aurelius Capital, applies to $54 billion of Petrobras bonds governed by...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 29- U.S. On Monday, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras failed to get enough support for his nominee, Stavros Dimas, and called for a national election on Jan. 25. "That is one of the main reasons we are trading a bit better here... there is more of a risk-off feel, given the headlines out of Greece," said Sean Murphy, a Treasuries trader at Societe Generale in New...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 29- Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras could be declared in technical default on some of its foreign debt as early as Tuesday if bondholders adhere to a campaign to force it to speed up its assessment of losses in a giant corruption scandal. The campaign, which is being led by New York- based Aurelius Capital, applies only to the $54 billion...

  • *Moscow honoured international Eurobond debts in 1998. Optimists will point to Russia's 1998 crisis, when oil hovered at $10 a barrel and hard currency reserves fell below $15 billion. Through crippling recession, rouble collapse and a huge domestic debt default, Russia faithfully honoured its international' Eurobond' debts.