TOKYO, Feb 25- The yield on the five-year Japanese government bond tumbled to another record low on Monday, and many market participants say further moves down are likely in light of rising expectations for more drastic easing steps from the Bank of Japan.
*Investors eye outcome of Italy election. LONDON, Feb 25- European shares added to a cautious recovery from multi-month lows early on Monday ahead of the end of voting in a closely-fought election in Italy, seen as crucial to efforts to dig the euro zone out of crisis.
LONDON, Feb 25- European index futures pointed to share gains on Monday on signs the United States will continue with ultra easy monetary policy, but uncertainty surrounding the Italian elections was likely to keep a lid on any upbeat sentiment.
TOKYO, Feb 25- Japan government bonds rose on Monday, with the benchmark yield dropping to its lowest in nearly 11 weeks and the five-year yield plumbing a fresh record nadir after sources said monetary easing advocate Haruhiko Kuroda will be tapped as central bank chief.
*On the supply side this week, the Treasury Department will offer $35 billion of two-year notes on Monday, followed by $35 billion of five-year debt on Tuesday, and then $29 billion of seven-year notes on Wednesday.
TOKYO, Feb 25- Japan government bonds rose on Monday, with the benchmark yield dropping to near an 11- week low and the five-year yield plumbing a fresh record nadir after sources said monetary easing advocate Haruhiko Kuroda will be tapped as central bank chief.
TOKYO, Feb 25- A weekly gauge of sentiment in the Japanese government bond market turned positive for the first time in eight weeks, bolstered by expectations of more easing from the Bank of Japan as well as month-end buying this week, the latest Thomson Reuters poll showed on Monday.
TOKYO, Feb 25- Five-year Japanese government bond yield hit a record low on Monday after sources said the Japanese government is likely to nominate Haruhiko Kuroda, an advocate of aggressive monetary easing, as its next central bank chief.
*Reform course in balance as Italy goes to polls. Will Italy elect a stable, reform-minded government? After a set of Fed minutes last week initially interpreted as hawkish, most economists expect Chairman Ben Bernanke to use an appearance before Congress to reaffirm that, in the words of St.
While Cyprus's financial needs are relatively low- estimated at 17.5 billion euros- a loan worth as much as the entire Cypriot economy would push debt up to as much as 140 percent of gross domestic product.
LONDON/ NEW YORK, Feb 22- Britain suffered its first ever sovereign ratings downgrade from a major agency on Friday when Moody's stripped the country of its coveted top-notch triple-A rating, dealing a major blow to finance minister George Osborne.
NEW YORK/ LONDON, Feb 22- Britain suffered its first ever sovereign ratings downgrade from a major agency on Friday, after Moody's stripped the country of its coveted top-notch triple-A rating, dealing a major blow to finance minister George Osborne.
Bernanke, who is the architect of the Fed's current near-zero interest rate policy and bond purchase program, will testify before the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday and the Housing Financial Services Committee on Wednesday. "
LONDON, Feb 22- Britain said on Friday it hopes to set up a currency swap line with China soon to help finance trade, a move that will enhance London's drive to become a leading offshore centre for yuan trade.
*Weak UK economy, risk of ratings downgrade also weigh. A couple of UK banks put out a' buy' recommendation for sterling on Friday, helping the pound. However, any rise is likely to prove temporary, given a grim outlook for the UK and growing evidence that the Bank of England is comfortable with a falling currency as it seeks to rebalance the economy.
NEW YORK, Feb 22- U.S. Treasuries were trading little changed in price on Friday with nothing in the way of U.S. economic data to influence the market as investors looked ahead to testimony next week from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.
*HP climbs after earnings, outlook. NEW YORK, Feb 22- U.S. stock index futures rose on Friday, indicating the S&P 500 would rebound after two days of losses, boosted by better-than-expected earnings from Hewlett-Packard and positive economic data from Europe.
LONDON, Feb 22- Sterling pulled away from a two-and-a-half year low against the dollar and rose against the euro on Friday as investors bought it back after sharp falls, though it remained vulnerable to renewed selling.
*HP climbs after earnings, outlook. NEW YORK, Feb 22- U.S. stock index futures rose on Friday, indicating the S&P 500 may halt a two-day losing skid, boosted by positive economic data from Europe and better-than-expected earnings from Hewlett-Packard.
TOKYO, Feb 22- Japan government bonds rose on Friday, with the benchmark yield dropping to a four-week low in line with firmer U.S. "The Bank of Japan will ease further, and the Fed will keep its easy policy for the time being, and this is supportive for bonds," said a fixed-income fund manager at a European asset management firm in Tokyo.