• NEW YORK, March 7- U.S. Employers added 175,000 jobs to their payrolls last month after creating 129,000 new positions in January, the Labor Department said on Friday.

  • NEW YORK, March 7- U.S. stock index futures added to gains after a better-than-expected reading on employment data for February. S&P 500 e-mini futures rose 7.5 points and were above fair value, a formula that evaluates pricing by taking inL1N0M40YEto account interest rates, dividends and time to expiration on the contract.


  • MILAN, March 7- A Milan appeals court has acquitted four international banks, including JPMorgan and UBS, found guilty in an earlier trial of mis-selling derivatives to the city of Milan.

  • *FireEye shares decline after secondary offering. *Cerberus Capital to buy Safeway; Safeway shares slip. President Barack Obama over Moscow's military intervention in Crimea, saying Russia could not ignore calls for help from Russian speakers in Ukraine.

  • SHANGHAI, March 7- The threat of China's first domestic bond default has prompted Suining Chuanzhong Economic Technology Development to delay a one billion yuan debt issue and two other companies have halted deals blaming market volatility.

  • WASHINGTON, March 6- Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis President James Bullard had the biggest impact on bond markets of all Fed policymakers in 2013, according to a new tally.

  • Treasury debt prices fell on Thursday as fears over a war in Ukraine abated, helping drive benchmark yields to their highest levels in a week, and as traders prepared for Friday's key non-farm payrolls report. Markets await the results from a referendum vote due in 10 days that will decide whether Crimea will become a part of Russia.

  • WASHINGTON, March 6- Three nominees to head the U.S. derivatives regulator met little pushback in the Senate on Thursday as the agency heads into quieter waters after the departure of Gary Gensler, the former chief who was deemed overly aggressive by big banks and other critics.

  • WASHINGTON, March 6- Individual investors have been fleeing the U.S. municipal bond market for more than a year, and data released by the Federal Reserve on Thursday shows they now hold the smallest amount of the debt in more than seven years.

  • German Bund yields rise, euro jumps as ECB holds fire Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 11:39 AM ET

    *Diplomatic talks on Ukraine also weigh on Bunds. LONDON, March 6- German government bond yields rose and the euro hit a 10- week high against the dollar on Thursday after the European Central Bank took no fresh steps to ease monetary policy in the face of persistently low inflation.

  • Patience wearing thin with French reform results Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 10:48 AM ET

    *EU Commission subjecting France to enhanced monitoring. PARIS, March 6- France is facing pressure to deliver on long-promised, deep budget savings in the next couple of weeks to keep the increasingly strained faith of its EU partners, bond markets and ratings agencies.

  • *Traders unwind Ukraine bids before Friday payroll data. Treasury debt prices fell on Thursday as investors unwound safe-haven bids spurred by the Ukraine crisis ahead of Friday's key nonfarm payrolls report and following data showing fewer Americans than expected filed new claims for jobless benefits.

  • ECB decision to leave rates unchanged weighs on Bunds Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 8:30 AM ET

    *Diplomatic talks in Ukraine also weigh on safe-haven debt. LONDON, March 6- German government bond yields rose on Thursday, led higher by the European Central Bank's decision to keep interest rates on hold and as talks to resolve the crisis in Ukraine dampened demand for safe-havens.

  • TOKYO, March 6- Japan's $1.26- trillion public pension fund need not cling to the safety and paltry yields of government bonds, advisers to the fund said on Thursday, in another sign that it will shift more money into stocks and other risky assets.

  • *Calming in Ukraine weighs on safe-haven German debt. LONDON, March 6- German government bond yields rose on Thursday as talks to resolve the crisis in Ukraine were seen easing tension, lifting global appetite for risk and weighing on demand for safe-haven debt.

  • US high-grade bond market in second-biggest week ever Wednesday, 5 Mar 2014 | 5:27 PM ET

    NEW YORK, March 5- The red-hot US high-grade bond market priced US $19.3 billion more debt on Wednesday, pushing the week's tally so far to US $43.95 billion- the second-busiest week ever recorded. Only the week of September 13 2013 was bigger at US $65.265 billion- and that was due to Verizon's US $49 billion bond issue, the largest bond ever.

  • Ukraine tensions diminish, safety buying abates. Treasury debt prices were flat on Wednesday as weather-clouded data sidelined investors and tensions in Ukraine calmed.

  • Russia's military mobilisation on Ukraine's borders over the past week was an echo of the sort of geopolitical event that used to send international investors scurrying for cover over the past 50 years. Gold prices jumped 2 percent; the U.S. dollar and Treasury bonds strengthened alongside other top-rated securities such as German government bonds.

  • ECB may be wary of QE due to differing bond market impact Wednesday, 5 Mar 2014 | 12:25 PM ET

    LONDON, March 5- The European Central Bank may hesitate to print money to ward off the threat of deflation because of concerns about the widely differing impact such a step could have on euro zone debt markets. Expectations are growing that the ECB, which holds a policy meeting on Thursday, will follow the Bank of England, the U.S.