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  • *Gilead Sciences plunges, hitting biotech names. NEW YORK, March 21- Biotechnology stocks suffered their worst day since October 2011 on Friday, raising questions among investors whether the sector is finally running out of momentum.

  • WASHINGTON, March 21- Brazil, France and Mexico are expected to file papers in the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday backing Argentina in its legal battle with bondholders who refused to take part in debt restructurings from the country's 2002 default, according to a source familiar with the litigation.

  • WASHINGTON, March 21- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen was likely just repeating the views of private analysts and investors when she said the central bank could raise interest rates six months after ending a bond-buying program, a top policymaker said on Friday.

  • NEW YORK, March 21- Longer-dated U.S. The yield curve has flattened since Wednesday, when Fed Chair Janet Yellen said the central bank could raise rates six months after its current bond-buying program ends.

  • BOGOTA, March 21- Colombia's central bank on Friday held its benchmark lending rate unchanged for a 12th straight month, as expected, as it seeks to maintain monetary stimulus while inflation remains benign.

  • YIELD GAP BETWEEN 2- YEAR TREASURIES AND 30- YEAR BONDS FALLS TO 317 BPS, NARROWIST SINCE JULY.

  • US 30- YEAR TREASURIES EXTEND PRICE GAINS TO A FULL POINT, YIELDS FALL TO 3.61 PERCENT.

  • LONDON, March 21- Nasdaq OMX's new London- based derivatives exchange has achieved 10 percent market share in one of its contracts, a level of liquidity that will draw more market participants to connect, its chief executive said.

  • Pimco launches first closed-end fund in Canada Friday, 21 Mar 2014 | 1:40 PM ET

    March 21- Pacific Investment Management Co on Friday launched the Pimco Global Income Opportunities Fund, one of the largest closed-end funds to list on the Toronto Stock Exchange, according to a statement by the firm.

  • *Ghana also put hold on planned 2014 $1 bln Eurobond. ACCRA, March 21- Ghana has cancelled plans to issue a 5- year domestic bond worth 300 million cedis this month, the central bank said on Friday, a move analysts said was to avoid a further spike in already high yields. Abalo said Ghana's finance ministry had made the decision not to go ahead with the auction.

  • MOSCOW, March 21- Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Friday that Russia may cancel its foreign borrowing plans for 2014 and reduce issuance of domestic debt if the country's borrowing costs rise. Western sanctions imposed on Russia over its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region could make borrowing more expensive and push up bond yields, he said.

  • *Fed to buy $1 bln- $1.25 bln bonds due 2036-2044. Louis Fed President James Bullard, Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher, Minneapolis Fed President Narayana Kocherlakota and Fed Governor Jeremy Stein.

  • *Nike shares fall in premarket after outlook. NEW YORK, March 21- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly higher open on Friday, with major indexes on track for a week of strong gains, though geopolitical concerns remained in view as the tenuous situation in Ukraine continued.

  • *Launch of two palladium ETFs in South Africa lifts metal. LONDON, March 21- The price of autocatalyst metal palladium hit its highest since August 2011 on Friday as a miners' strike in South Africa ground on and concerns grew that the standoff between major producer Russia and the West over Ukraine could escalate.

  • *Nike shares fall in premarket after outlook. NEW YORK, March 21- U.S. stock index futures edged higher on Friday, with major indexes on track for a week of strong gains, though geopolitical concerns remained in view as the tenuous situation in Ukraine continued.

  • Muni investors are still worried about the outcomes of the financial struggles of Detroit and Puerto Rico. Reuters asked a number of 2014 U.S. Lipper Fund Awards' winners for answers.

  • NEW YORK, March 20- Yields on U.S. 2- year Treasuries hovered near their highest in six months on Thursday, a day after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signaled the central bank might raise U.S. interest rates sooner than expected.

  • COLUMN-After the Fed: What investors should do now Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 3:59 PM ET

    CHICAGO, March 20- For active income investors, the next year or so will be a trying time of tough love. On Wednesday, Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen signaled that interest rates may rise as early as next spring, and the market reacted with force, continuing a pullback that began nearly a year ago.

  • NEW YORK, March 20- The dollar rose to a three-week high against other major currencies on Thursday after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen surprised world markets by signalling that increases in U.S. interest rates were not as far away as most had thought.

  • FOREX-Dollar widens gains after Yellen surprise on rates Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 11:42 AM ET

    NEW YORK, March 20- The dollar powered higher against other major currencies on Thursday after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen surprised world markets by signalling that increases in U.S. interest rates were not as far away as most had thought.