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  • LONDON, Feb 4- The U.S. dollar steadied on Wednesday after its worst day in more than a year, and a retreat in oil prices after four days of gains halted a rally in European stock markets. In Europe much attention is focussed on Greece, where shares fell 1 percent in early deals and government bond yields rose on a report that the European Central Bank is unwilling to...

  • Longterm JGB rout continues ahead of 30-year sale Wednesday, 4 Feb 2015 | 2:45 AM ET

    TOKYO, Feb 4- Japanese government bonds continued to fall on Wednesday, with the benchmark yield rising to a near eight-week high, and the superlong zone selling off a day after a 10- year note sale met surprisingly weak demand. Analysts at Morgan Stanley MUFG Research predicted that a tail of around 0.20 looked likely, given that volatility is so high.

  • *Greece's softer stance on debt soothes investor jitters. "A lot of factors were jacking up the back end of the yield curve," said Richard Gilhooly, interest rate strategist at TD Securities in New York. The bond sell-off began after Japan's Ministry of Finance sold 2.4 trillion yen 10- year JGBs to unexpectedly weak demand and news Greece's that new government...

  • *Rosneft faces $7 billion debt repayment to banks on Feb. 13. LONDON, Feb 3- Rosneft is raising money from Swiss trader Trafigura days before it must repay a $7 billion debt and squeezed by sanctions, industry sources said, seeking new options after a foray into the bond market fuelled a devaluation of the rouble. Now the Feb. 13 deadline for the repayment of another $7...

  • BERLIN, Feb 3- Greece's proposal to swap its foreign debt for growth-linked bonds is a disguised form of debt forgiveness, the leader of Germany's Eurosceptic Alternative for Germany party told Reuters on Tuesday. Greece will not be able to pay back its debts even if it is allowed to convert the debt because the economy has limited growth prospects as long as it...

  • *Greece's softer stance on debt soothes investor jitters. Meanwhile, Japan's Ministry of Finance sold 2.4 trillion yen 10- year JGBs to unexpectedly weak demand, pushing the spread between lowest and average bid prices to its widest in nearly 12 years. Wall Street dealers anticipated $25 billion in company debt this week, according to IFR, a unit of Thomson...

  • US STOCKS-Futures climb on hopes for Greek debt deal Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015 | 7:41 AM ET

    *Staples, Office Depot in advanced merger talks- WSJ. NEW YORK, Feb 3- U.S. stock index futures climbed on Tuesday, with the benchmark S&P 500 index set to continue a rally fueled by hopes of a deal on Greek debt. A source told Reuters that Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, in London to reassure private investors he was not seeking a showdown with Brussels over a...

  • LONDON, Feb 3- The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index rose on Tuesday to just below a seven-year high, lifted by hopes a standoff over Greece's debt would be resolved after its new government softened calls for a writedown. National Bank of Greece, Alpha Bank and Eurobank rose 15.1 to 21.8 percent. There are some signs that there might be a compromise in the making...

  • *European shares rise after Greece drops debt write-off call. *Greece leads euro zone bond yields lower, Bunds go below JGBs. Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said after meeting investors in London on Monday that the government would spare privately held bonds from losses.

  • *European shares rise after Greece drops debt write-off call. *Greece leads euro zone bond yields lower, Bunds go below JGBs. Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said after meeting investors in London on Monday that the government would spare privately held bonds from losses.

  • Athens' new government dropped calls for a write-off of its foreign debt and proposed swapping debt for growth-linked bonds. Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, in London to reassure private investors that he was not seeking a showdown with Brussels over a new debt agreement, said the new left-wing government would spare privately held bonds from losses, a...

  • European shares rally on hopes of Greek debt deal Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015 | 3:04 AM ET

    PARIS, Feb 3- European stocks rose early on Tuesday, lifted by hopes for an agreement on the Greek debt standoff after the country's new government dropped calls for a write-off of its foreign debt and proposed swapping debt for growth-linked bonds. Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, in London to reassure private investors that he was not seeking a showdown...

  • "The auction results triggered worries that those who have long positions on bonds may unwind their positions and have a big impact on other asset classes," said Nobuhiko Kuramochi, a strategist at Mizuho Securities. Market participants also said that sentiment for global growth has been sour, with the European Central Bank recently easing policy and, in the...

  • JGBs tumble after surprisingly weak auction results Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015 | 12:32 AM ET

    TOKYO, Feb 3- Japanese government bond prices plunged on Tuesday after an auction of 10- year JGBs drew surprisingly weak bids, helping to lift the benchmark yield to a six-week high. The Ministry of Finance's auction of 2.4 trillion yen 10- year JGBs drew unexpectedly weak demand, producing the lowest accepted price of 99.42, compared to market expectations of...

  • Feb 2- President Barack Obama on Monday put an initial four-year price tag of $1.3 billion on his proposal for a new type of municipal bond to spur public-private partnerships for infrastructure projects. In his $3.99 trillion U.S. budget proposal, the tax-exempt Qualified Public Infrastructure Bonds would cost $4.8 billion over about the next decade, from...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 2- U.S. Anxiety about deflation spreading across the euro zone and Greek leaders seeking looser terms on the country's 240 billion-euro bailout package from European policy-makers also underpinned demand for Treasuries, analysts said. Last month's return on Treasuries was the biggest since a 3.54 percent jump in December 2008, according to an...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 2- DoubleLine Funds, an investment firm that has been a major competitor to bond fund Pimco, whose co-founder Bill Gross was fired last year, on Monday reported a monthly record net inflow in January of $3.04 billion. The Los Angeles- based firm, whose co-founder Jeffrey Gundlach is Gross's fiercest rival in the bond market, said the previous strongest...

  • Last month's return on Treasuries was the biggest since a 3.54 percent jump in December 2008, according to an index compiled by Bank of America Merrill Lynch. "We are giving back some of the gains from the short-covering rally last week," said Suvrat Prakash, interest rate strategist at HSBC Securities USA in New York. Apple Inc. planned to raise $5 billion in the...

  • LONDON, Feb 2- Russian debt insurance costs and yield spreads on sovereign dollar bonds are near six-year highs, surpassing those of countries such as Pakistan whose credit ratings are several notches lower. Russia is rated Baa3 by Moody's and BBB- by Fitch, their lowest investment-grade ratings, while Standard& Poor's cut its rating to a "junk" grade BB+ last week.

  • US STOCKS-Futures point to modest gains at the open Monday, 2 Feb 2015 | 8:51 AM ET

    *Dow, S&P 500 coming off worst month since Jan 2014. NEW YORK, Feb 2- U.S. stock index futures pointed to slight gains at the open on Monday, suggesting a modest rebound following a decline last week, though a disappointing reading on consumer spending added to recent concerns over economic strength. Exxon Mobil Corp on Monday reported a profit drop of 21 percent,...