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  • FRANKFURT, Oct 21- The European Central Bank is considering buying corporate bonds on the secondary market and may decide on the matter as soon as December with a view to begin buying early next year, several sources familiar with the situation told Reuters. Asked about the possibility of making such purchases, an ECB spokesman said: " The Governing Council has...

  • ECB WORK ON BUYING CORPORATE BONDS ALREADY WELL UNDER WAY BUT NUMEROUS DETAILS UNDECIDED- SOURCES.

  • ECB CONSIDERING BUYING CORPORATE BONDS- SOURCES FAMILIAR WITH SITUATION SAY.

  • *Debut $400 million Eurobond in 2013 oversubscribed. LONDON, Oct 21- Rwanda still plans to launch another Eurobond to fund infrastructure projects in the fast-growing economy, though the size and timing of it is still being worked out, Finance Minister Claver Gatete said. Rwanda will also continue its quarterly issuance of local bonds in 2015 to deepen its...

  • JGBs rise modestly as Tokyo stocks fall back Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 10:30 PM ET

    TOKYO, Oct 21- Japanese government bond prices rose modestly on Tuesday as Tokyo stocks dipped after the previous day's surge, taking some of the pressure off the debt market. The benchmark 10- year JGB yield fell 0.5 basis point to 0.480 percent, creeping back towards an 18- month low of 0.465 percent hit last week when global growth concerns sent equities...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 20- U.S. "Both the Ebola scare and the expansion of ISIS have added jitters to the market and fear bids into the bond market," said Larry Milstein, head of government and agency trading at R.W. Pressprich& Co. in New York. "We feel the earliest is fourth quarter of next year when the Fed will take any action on rates," said Sean Simko, head of fixed-income...

  • BOSTON, Oct 20- The $108 billion Fidelity Contrafund continues to have a big appetite for Facebook Inc's stock, adding to its position in the social media company during the third quarter and praising its mobile ad revenue growth and "visionary management." The fund, which is the largest mutual fund owner of Facebook, disclosed adding to its position in its...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 20- Dan Fuss, vice chairman and senior portfolio manager at Loomis Sayles, said he purchased some below investment-grade credits during last week's sell-off at "reasonably priced levels," bringing his portfolio cash levels down to 22 percent from 26 percent. "We bought some at reasonably priced levels but not fantastically cheap," said Fuss, who helps...

  • FIDELITY CONTRAFUND, LARGEST MUTUAL FUND OWNER OF FACEBOOK, ADDED TO POSITION IN THIRD QUARTER-COMMENTARY LETTER.

  • LONDON, Oct 20- Portuguese government bond yields jumped on Monday as financial concerns over one of the country's largest listed companies and the approaching bankruptcy of the Espirito Santo family shook investor confidence in the fragile peripheral economy. The liquidation of the assets of Espirito Santo holding company Rioforte virtually ensures...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 20- U.S. Wall Street shares prices opened lower and European stocks declines on disappointing results from IBM and German business software maker SAP respectively. "It's a bit of a risk-off trade today, which is supportive of Treasuries," said Larry Milstein, head of government and agency trading at R.W. Pressprich& Co. in New York.

  • US STOCKS-Futures lower as weak IBM earnings weigh Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 8:04 AM ET

    *IBM slumps after quarterly results. NEW YORK, Oct 20- U.S. stock index futures were lower on Monday, on the heels of a fourth week of losses for the benchmark S&P 500, as quarterly results from IBM disappointed. IBM shares slumped 7 percent to $169.24 as the most actively traded stock on the New York Stock Exchange in premarket after the company's third-quarter...

  • US STOCKS-Futures fall after weak IBM earnings Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 7:49 AM ET

    *IBM slumps after quarterly results. NEW YORK, Oct 20- U.S. stock index futures were lower on Monday, following a fourth week of losses for the benchmark S&P, as quarterly results from IBM disappointed. *IBM shares slumped 7.7 percent to $168.10 in premarket trade after the company's third-quarter earnings fell well short of Wall Street expectations.

  • TOKYO, Oct 20- Tokio Marine& Nichido Fire Insurance expects to keep its Japanese bond holdings largely unchanged this fiscal year ending in March 2015, and might consider buying U.S. Tokio Marine& Nichido Fire is the core arm of Tokio Marine Holdings, one of Japan's big three non-life insurer groups. Yoshiaki Nakahara, deputy general manager of portfolio...

  • LONDON, Oct 20- Euro zone bond yields dipped on Monday after solid U.S. economic data eased some of the concerns over a slowdown in global growth that led to sharp sell-offs in peripheral debt last week. Signs that another recession may be brewing amidst a broader slowdown in global growth have caused investors to refocus on high debt levels in countries like...

  • JGB yields pull back from lows as Tokyo stocks rally Sunday, 19 Oct 2014 | 10:17 PM ET

    TOKYO, Oct 20- Japanese government bond yields pulled back from recent lows on Monday as a rally in Tokyo stocks dented demand for safe-haven debt. Market participants still expect the two-year yield to remain near record lows as the Bank of Japan's quantitative easing, through which it buys large amounts of short-term debt, has driven up demand for those...

  • BUENOS AIRES, Oct 17- Argentina will launch a new two-year sovereign bond on Oct. 23 for up to $1 billion, denominated in U.S. dollars and paid in the local peso currency, the Economy Ministry said in a statement on Friday. The new bond will have an annual coupon of 1.75 percent, the statement said, adding that the minimum amount to be launched on Thursday will be $500...

  • BOSTON, Oct 17- Taking a page from his last job, Eaton Vance's new Chief Equity Investment Officer bets that reorganizing his analysts into new teams will boost performance. Since joining the Boston company in April from Goldman Sachs, Edward Perkin has regrouped Eaton Vance's 27 stock analysts into teams meant to develop investment ideas that match the...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 17- U.S. That yield peak came after news the Thomson Reuters/ University of Michigan index of consumer sentiment unexpectedly rose in early October to more than a seven-year high. "The strong consumer confidence number, combined with yesterday's healthy drop in jobless claims, and the' don't end quantitative easing now' talk by Fed Governor Bullard, is...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 17- U.S. states and cities are urging regulators to let banks treat municipal bonds as liquid assets, arguing in a letter that munis are among the safest investments and "highly tradeable." "We urge your agencies to amend your recent decision to not treat municipal securities as High Quality Liquid Assets," said a letter, dated Oct. 16 and signed by...