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  • *Benchmark yields hit 2- month low after U.S. oil below $54. NEW YORK, Dec 16- The collapsing oil market spurred a fresh wave of safe-haven bids for U.S. government debt on Tuesday, sending the 30- year yield to its lowest in more two years as investors worried about how the plunge in crude prices might harm the global economy. With U.S. oil futures falling below $54 a...

  • *Benchmark yields hit 2- month low with U.S. oil below $54. NEW YORK, Dec 15- The collapsing oil market spurred a fresh wave of safe-haven bids for U.S. government debt on Tuesday, sending the 30- year yield to its lowest in more two years as investors worried about how the plunge in crude prices might harm the global economy. With U.S. oil futures falling below $54 a...

  • *Russi energy min shares OPEC view market will stabilize itself. A near- $20 drop in prices since OPEC declined to cut output at a Nov. 27 meeting has yet to prompt the Gulf members- who overruled calls for output cuts by poorer members such as Venezuela- to reverse course. Russia has said it would not cut production even if oil prices fell below $60 per barrel- far below...

  • US STOCKS-Futures tumble as oil, rouble slide further Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 8:19 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 16- U.S. stock index futures fell on Tuesday as a further slide in crude oil prices and the Russian rouble sent traders fleeing from risky assets. Brent crude lost more than 3 percent to $58.96 per barrel after hitting a low of $58.50 and U.S. crude was down almost 3 percent at $54.26 after hitting $53.80. "The market is reflecting a global macro concern...

  • Caesars skips bond payment as default looms Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 7:51 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 16- The operating subsidiary of gaming giant Caesars has inched closer to default after skipping a US $225 m coupon payment Monday on its second-lien bonds. Caesars Entertainment Operating Co, the main operating subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment Corp, did not make the payment due on the 10 percent bonds maturing 2028.. It has a 30- day grace period...

  • US STOCKS-Futures slide as oil, rouble crumble Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 7:33 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 16- U.S. stock index futures fell on Tuesday as a slide in the Russian rouble and crude oil prices sent traders fleeing risky assets. *Brent crude lost nearly 4 percent after hitting a low of $58.50 and U.S. crude was down 3 percent at $54.21 after hitting $53.80. *Plunging oil prices could heighten geopolitical tensions, trigger defaults by U.S. shale oil...

  • JAKARTA, Dec 16- Indonesia's government said on Tuesday it will buy government bonds back from the secondary market if needed as the rupiah slumps and government bond yields soar on the flight of capital from the country. Finance Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said the rupiah's fall was also caused by expectations of more hawkish statements coming out the...

  • TOKYO, Dec 16- Japanese government bond prices ticked up on Tuesday as sinking oil prices raised concerns over the global economic outlook, with the five-year yield falling to a record low following a strong auction result. The 2.7 trillion yen of five-year JGBs were sold at a higher price than market players had expected, triggering short-covering by traders.

  • *Oil prices fall to five-year lows on OPEC output decision. An early rebound in oil prices faded after OPEC exporters said they would not cut production despite worries about a supply glut. That's weighed on stocks and put a bid back in Treasuries, "said Ian Lyngen, senior government bond strategist at CRT Capital Group in Stamford, Connecticut.

  • *Oil prices fall to fresh five-year lows on OPEC output decision. An earlier rebound in oil prices faded after OPEC exporters said they wouldn't cut production despite worries about a supply glut. That's weighed on stocks and put a bid back in Treasuries, "said Ian Lyngen, senior government bond strategist at CRT Capital Group in Stamford, Connecticut.

  • *Company bonds fall as much as 4.3 cents in dollar as rouble slumps. LONDON, Dec 15- Dollar bonds of Russian companies suffered a fresh selloff on Monday, as the rouble's fall past the 60- per-dollar level and the threat of more sanctions fanned fears about future debt repayments. Adding to pressure on Russian markets was news that the U.S. Congress had passed a bill...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 15- U.S. Oil came back a bit and equities came back a bit, "said Mike Cullinane, head of Treasuries trading at D.A. Davidson in St. Petersburg, Florida.

  • US STOCKS-Futures jump early as crude prices rebound Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 7:39 AM ET

    *Petsmart to be acquired by private equity consortium. NEW YORK, Dec 15- U.S. stock index futures rose on Monday, following the worst week for the S&P 500 in more than two years, with investors focused on a rebound in crude oil prices which earlier hit a fresh 5-1/ 2- year low. *Shares of pet supply retailer PetSmart rose 4.2 percent in premarket trading after it agreed to...

  • JAKARTA/ SINGAPORE, Dec 15- The Indonesian rupiah tumbled to its lowest level since August 1998 on Monday as declining risk appetites and increasing demand for dollars to settle year-end foreign loan payments put pressure on the country's currency, bonds and shares. Bank Indonesia said that it was acting in both the foreign exchange and bond markets to help...

  • TOKYO, Dec 15- Japanese government bonds rose on Monday, taking their cue from weaker Japanese shares and stronger U.S. They were further underpinned by purchases by the Bank of Japan. The BOJ offered to buy 240 billion yen of JGBs in the 10- year to 25- year zone, and $160 billion of JGBs maturing in more than 25 years under its massive JGB purchase program.

  • PARIS, Dec 13- Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann said the European Commission's decision to give France longer to prove it is serious about economic reform and fixing its excessive public deficit risks damaging the credibility of the bloc's budget rules. "France announced that it will not reach the agreed deficit goal in 2015 and has clearly put back the...

  • JOHANNESBURG, Dec 13- South Africa's government defended its economic policies on Saturday after credit ratings agencies cited the country's low GDP growth and budget and current account deficits as weaknesses. Ratings agency Fitch maintained South Africa's BBB rating, two notches above junk status, in a review on Friday, but kept its negative outlook and...

  • OTTAWA, Dec 12- Canada's federal housing agency, CMHC, is raising, in some cases tripling, the fees it charges to guarantee mortgage-backed securities, part of a move to limit government exposure to the mortgage market and encourage the private sector. "This fee increase will narrow the funding cost difference between government-sponsored and private-market...

  • UPDATE 1-Fitch downgrades France ratings to 'AA' Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 4:59 PM ET

    Fitch noted that the government's budget-saving measures were not enough to change the credit ratings agency's projections of France's "government debt dynamics." The agency had said in October "it would likely downgrade the ratings by one notch in the absence of a material improvement in the trajectory of public debt dynamics following the European...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 12- U.S. Falling oil has pressured energy stocks and increased concerns about disinflation while slowing European growth has pushed down yields of German and U.K. government debt to record lows, making U.S. yields comparatively more attractive. "The selloff in crude oil is really pressuring bond prices higher... it's extremely deflationary," said Tom...