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  • *Bids emerge after yield rise on Fed patience on rate hike. NEW YORK, Dec 19- U.S. It is just stabilizing after two days of sitting near their recent highs, "said George Goncalves, head of U.S. interest rate strategy at Nomura Securities International in New York.

  • US STOCKS-Futures climb after two-day rally Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 8:29 AM ET

    *Brent holds near $60 a barrel. NEW YORK, Dec 19- U.S. stock index futures climbed on Friday, and the benchmark S&P 500 index was poised to continue to rally after its best two-day run in three years. *Brent crude oil rose hovered near $60 a barrel on Friday, recovering from near a 5-1/ 2- year low while WTI crude advanced 0.8 percent to $54.54.

  • TOKYO, Dec 19- Japanese government bond prices held mostly firm on Friday with two-year yield hitting a record low and yields up to four years staying below zero on expectations of a bond shortage next week, ahead of a large redemption. Treasuries dipped on the Federal Reserve's upbeat economic assessment, JGBs were well-supported because the Bank of Japan's...

  • *Investors buy record share at $16 bln TIPS auction. NEW YORK, Dec 18- U.S. Treasuries yields rose on Thursday as Wall Street shares rose a day after the U.S.

  • INTERVIEW-Tsipras vows to break Greece's "bad spell" Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 11:50 AM ET

    *Tsipras committed to keeping Greece in euro. In an interview at his party headquarters in a gritty Athens district, Tsipras sought to reassure markets wary of Syriza sweeping into power, saying he was committed to keeping Greece in the euro and keeping the budget balanced before debt costs. "The fear-mongering of 2012 and the fear today that if Syriza comes to...

  • TIPS breakeven rates slip before $15 bln auction. NEW YORK, Dec 18- U.S. Treasuries yields rose on Thursday as Wall Street stock prices rose a day after U.S.

  • *Oracle up in premarket after results. NEW YORK, Dec 18- U.S. stock index futures surged on Thursday, putting the S&P 500 on track to extend gains from the prior session, as oil prices showed signs of stabilizing and ahead of data on the labor market. Exxon Mobil rose 1.8 percent to $90.60 and the Select Sector Energy ETF gained 2.2 percent to $78.81 in premarket trading.

  • US STOCKS-Futures climb as oil rebounds; data on tap Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 7:32 AM ET

    *Oracle up in premarket after results. NEW YORK, Dec 18- U.S. stock index futures surged on Thursday, putting the S&P 500 on track to extend gains from the prior session, as oil prices showed hints of stabilizing and ahead of data on the labor market. Exxon Mobil rose 2 percent to $90.84 and the Select Sector Energy ETF gained 1.6 percent to $78.34 in premarket trading.

  • JGBs edge down, take cue from stocks and U.S. Treasuries Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 10:09 PM ET

    TOKYO, Dec 18- Japanese government bonds edged down on Thursday, taking their cue from firmer domestic equities as well as losses in U.S. Japan's Ministry of Finance set the coupon on the new notes at 1.2 percent, the lowest level since June 2003' s 0.8 percent, down from 1.4 percent at November's offering in that zone. Japan's Nikkei stock average was up 2.6 percent,...

  • The strong debt issuance outlook comes on top of a record year for the "dim sum" bond market which has seen 324 billion yuan in bond issuance so far this year, a 74 percent increase from 2013 volumes, according to Thomson Reuters data. "It's trade settlement that drives the dim sum bond market in the end," said Andrew Malcolm, capital markets partner at Linklaters in Hong...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 17- The S&P 500 scored its best day since October 2013 on Wednesday as the Federal Reserve gave an upbeat assessment of the U.S. economy and said it would take a patient approach toward raising interest rates. The Fed said it would take a "patient" approach in deciding when to bump borrowing costs higher, which Fed Chair Janet Yellen, at a news conference,...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 17- A tiny mutual fund based in Miami, a clutch of cruise line operators and a Canadian natural resources company rank among the early winners in the Obama administration's surprise move on Wednesday to thaw relations with Cuba. While the Cuban economy is small, with gross domestic product of roughly $70 billion, according to the World Bank,...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 17- The S&P 500 scored its best day since October 2013 on Wednesday as the Federal Reserve gave an upbeat assessment of the economy and said it would take a patient approach toward lifting interest rates. "This is the market saying,' Ah, I get it,' the Fed does not want to be in the business of disruption, this is a steady monetary policy and the Fed will continue...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 17- Pimco posted a record total outflow of $5.8 billion from its emerging market funds in the first 11 months of 2014, according to Morningstar data released on Wednesday. Pimco's funds have suffered from ill-timed investment bets in Russia, Ukraine, Brazil and Venezuela along with the ongoing flight by investors from emerging markets and the...

  • *FOMC stresses patience in normalizing interest rates. *Yellen sees boost for U.S. from oil drop, downplays risk. NEW YORK, Dec 17- U.S.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 17- A tiny mutual fund based in Miami, a clutch of cruise line operators and a Canadian natural resources company are the early winners in the Obama administration's surprise move on Wednesday to thaw relations with Cuba. While the Cuban economy is small, with gross domestic product of roughly $70 billion, according to the World Bank, comparable to...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 17- U.S.-listed exchange-traded funds tied to Russia rallied on Wednesday, providing some relief after the funds have been beaten down some 50 percent year-to-date. The SPDR S&P Russia ETF jumped 12.6 percent in Wednesday trading on the NYSE Arca exchange, while the iShares MSCI Russia Capped Index Fund gained 11.2 percent and the Market Vectors...

  • Pimco's funds have suffered from ill-timed investment bets in Russia, Brazil and Venezuela along with the ongoing flight by investors from emerging markets, exacerbated by the management shakeup following the dramatic departures of co-founder Bill Gross and Chief Executive Officer Mohamed El-Erian. The $9.8 billion Pimco Emerging Local Bond Fund, which...

  • Dec 17- Shares of the Herzfeld Caribbean Basin Fund jumped by nearly 40 percent to a seven-year high on record volume on Wednesday following reports that the Obama administration was preparing to announce sweeping changes to U.S. policy about Cuba. The fund, a closed-end mutual fund listed on Nasdaq under the ticker " CUBA," holds stocks and assets that fund...

  • TREASURIES-U.S. bond yields flat ahead of Fed statement Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 10:31 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 17- U.S. Fed Chair Janet Yellen will hold a press conference half hour later. "They have set up the path for a rate hike unless something really goes awry," said Robert Tipp, chief investment strategist at Prudential Fixed Income in Newark, New Jersey.