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  • SHANGHAI, Dec 9- Chinese shares plunged on Tuesday, sharply reversing course from a two-week rally fueled in part by speculation the central bank would further ease policy, with a key stock index recording its biggest fall since the depths of the global financial crisis. The gyrations follow the People's Bank of China's surprise November interest rate cut in...

  • TOKYO, Dec 9- Japanese government bond prices rose on Tuesday after a smooth auction of 30- year debt swept aside investors' fears that demand for the new paper might be lacklustre. Investors were cautious ahead of Tuesday's sale of 700 billion yen of 30- year JGBs, as yields nearing historical lows made the bonds relatively expensive. "The fact that the tail at the...

  • TOKYO, Dec 9- Japanese government bond prices edged higher on Tuesday, lifted by overnight gains in U.S. Treasuries and sagging Tokyo shares. Tokyo's Nikkei share average stepped back from 7-1/ 2- year highs on Tuesday, as a retreat on Wall Street and a rebound in the yen prompted investors to book gains after a seven-session winning streak.

  • SHANGHAI, Dec 9- China Development Bank's 10- year bond yields rose around 30 basis points at market open, traders said, after China's government bond clearing house surprised markets on Monday with a clampdown on the corporate bond business. China Securities Depository and Clearing Corp said in an announcement after market close on Monday that only...

  • *Five-year, 30- year yield curve flattest in six years. NEW YORK, Dec 8- The U.S. "It's basically just follow through from Friday's number, the curve is seeing massive flattening," said Kri Bayha, a front-end Treasuries trader at Societe Generale in New York.

  • BlackRock Inc, the world's largest asset manager, and Manning& Napier are among the managers that use strategies such as shorting stocks and trading derivatives in their target-date funds. J.P. Morgan Asset Management and Voya Investment Management are considering adding similar strategies, executives told Reuters. About 41 percent of 401 plan...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 8- The Janus Global Unconstrained Bond Fund, which Pimco co-founder Bill Gross started managing in October, attracted an estimated $770 million in November, bringing assets to more than $1.2 billion, according to Morningstar data released on Monday. Last month, Soros Fund Management LLC, which famed investor George Soros chairs, invested $500...

  • Cubist options unusually active before Merck deal Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 12:50 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 8- Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc options had one of their most active weeks this year last week ahead of Monday's announcement that Merck& Co will buy Cubist for a hefty premium. Merck said it will pay $102 a share for Cubist, 37 percent above the Lexington, Massachussetts, company's closing share price of $74.36 on Friday. Implied volatility jumped to...

  • *Yields fall from two-week highs on global growth fears. *Five-year, 30- year yield curve flattest in six years. NEW YORK, Dec 8- U.S.

  • LONDON, Dec 8- Italy's borrowing costs rose slightly on Monday after its credit rating was cut nearly to junk though prospects of stimulus from Europe's central bank tempered the increase. Standard& Poor's downgraded Italy's rating to BBB- from BBB late on Friday, saying weak growth and poor competitiveness undermined the sustainability of its huge public...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 8- U.S. stock index futures dipped on Monday, indicating the S&P 500 may retreat from its latest record high, as soft data in China and Japan kindled global growth concerns. *Economic data showed China's exports rose at a slower than expected pace and imports dropped 6.7 percent in November, while Japan's economy shrank more than expected in the third...

  • US STOCKS-Futures fall after soft China, Japan data Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 7:37 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 8- U.S. stock index futures dipped on Monday, indicating the S&P 500 may retreat from a record high, as soft data in China and Japan stoked global growth concerns. *Merck& Co Inc said it would buy Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc in a deal valued at $9.5 billion. *European shares were lower after the data from China and Japan.

  • *China, Japan data add to global growth worries. LONDON, Dec 8- European stocks and the euro wallowed on Monday amid a stark warning about the currency bloc's economic prospects, keeping pressure on rock-bottom oil prices following weak data from Asia. That mirrored a move in Asia after China's trade performance in November was much weaker than expected and third...

  • *China trade data weak, Japan Q3 GDP revised even lower. LONDON, Dec 8- European stocks and government bonds dipped on Monday as weak data from Asia, a rating downgrade for Italy and the slump in oil prices stoked concerns about global growth. Europe's index of top shares, the FTSEurofirst, opened down 0.4 percent, mirroring a move in Asia after China's trade...

  • BlackRock Inc, the world's largest asset manager, and Manning& Napier are among the managers that use strategies such as shorting stocks and trading derivatives in some 401 retirement plans, including target date funds. J.P. Morgan Asset Management and Voya Investment Management are considering adding similar strategies, executives told Reuters.

  • JGBs slip on strong U.S. jobs data, weak yen Sunday, 7 Dec 2014 | 10:15 PM ET

    TOKYO, Dec 8- Japanese Government Bond prices slipped on Monday, sending their yields up 0.5 to 1.0 basis points, following surprisingly strong U.S. non-farm payroll data. Also denting JGBs, the yen weakened to its lowest level since July 2007, helping to underpin Tokyo share prices, while the bank of Japan did not offer to buy mid- to long-term JGBs on Monday, contrary...

  • SINGAPORE, Dec 8- Gold extended losses to a third session on Monday as a robust U.S. nonfarm payrolls report boosted the dollar to its highest in over five years, dulling bullion's appeal as a hedge. *Spot gold eased 0.2 percent to $1,189.94 an ounce by 0020 GMT. *Hedge funds and money managers boosted their bullish position in U.S. gold contracts to the highest since...

  • TREASURIES-Prices tumble on rosy U.S. jobs report Friday, 5 Dec 2014 | 3:45 PM ET

    *Two-year yield surges to highest since May 2011. NEW YORK, Dec 5- U.S. "This supports the view that the Federal Reserve will start hiking rates in the middle of next year," said Mohamed El-Erian, chief economic adviser at Allianz in Newport Beach, California.

  • ROME, Dec 5- Standard& Poor's cut Italy's sovereign credit rating on Friday from BBB to BBB-, just one notch above junk, saying weak growth and poor competitiveness undermined the sustainability of its huge public debt. As recently as June, the agency had confirmed Italy's BBB rating and forecast average growth of 1.0 percent over the three-year period.

  • ADDIS ABABA, Dec 5- Ethiopia said on Friday it had completed raising $1 billion with its debut Eurobond with a term of 10 years and coupon of 6.625 percent, adding that the offer was oversubscribed.