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  • *Germany sells 2.5 bln euros of 5- year bonds. LONDON, Dec 3- Italian yields fell below 2 percent on Wednesday for the first time as markets expected the European Central Bank to pave the way for government bond purchases when it meets this week. You have a risk of a temporary setback if you get disappointment out of the ECB this week, "said Benjamin Schroeder, a rate...

  • HONG KONG, Dec 3- Europe's main funds regulator has introduced a "fast-track" procedure for approving mutual funds that wish to participate in a landmark Hong Kong-China equity trading scheme. Luxembourg's Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier will fast-track applications from mutual funds sold to retail investors, also known as UCITS, whose...

  • JGBs steady, supported by BOJ's regular purchases Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014 | 9:17 PM ET

    TOKYO, Dec 3- Japanese government bond prices were steady on Wednesday, held together by regular debt purchasing operations by the Bank of Japan. The BOJ on Wednesday offered to buy a total 800 billion yen of JGBs with the remaining maturities ranging from five years to over 25 years. Although still within distance of a 1-1/ 2 year low of 0.415 percent touched last...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 2- The Pimco Total Return Fund posted its 19th straight month of outflows in November, totaling $9.5 billion, but withdrawals are down dramatically since former Chief Investment Officer Bill Gross' exit. In November, the Pimco Total Return Fund bled $9.5 billion, but that compares with a record $27.5 billion of withdrawals in October and $23.5...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 2- Dan Ivascyn, who replaced Bill Gross as Pimco's chief investment officer, said on Tuesday that net cash outflows from various funds have tapered off significantly, and performance has improved since Gross' exit in late September. "We've been very stable in implementing our investment process from the first day of Bill's departure," Ivascyn said.

  • Treasuries fell on Tuesday, with prices pressured by a Wall Street rally and institutional investors readying for a $6 billion corporate bond deal from leading retailer Amazon. "Today was primarily about the rebound in equity prices," said Ian Lyngen, senior government bond strategist at CRT Capital in Stamford, Connecticut. "There is a lot of corporate issuance...

  • Calgary, Alberta- based Mawer Investment Management Ltd has C $26 billion in assets under management, up from just C $5 billion in 2008.. "We have obviously a lot of clients in Canada that want to have a portion of their investments in Canadian dollars, so we do," Mawer President Michael Mezei told Reuters. Its large-cap Canadian Equity Fund has outperformed the...

  • LONDON, Dec 2- British government bond prices suffered their biggest loss in more than six weeks on Tuesday, as European share indices rebounded and investors judged that Monday's jump in gilt prices was overdone. "I think the gilt market is suffering under the fact that it got horribly expensive relative to everybody else," said Marc Ostwald, strategist at ADM...

  • Treasuries, which posted strong returns during November, also declined on Monday, when Medtronic Inc priced $17 billion of senior notes. "There is a lot of corporate issuance that's being hedged and that's applying a lot of pressure," said Sean Murphy, a Treasuries trader at Societe Generale in New York. According to IFR, a unit of Thomson Reuters, Bank of America and...

  • *Avanir Pharma higher in premarket, Otsuka to buy. *Cypress Semi to buy Spansion for about $4 bln. NEW YORK, Dec 2- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Tuesday as a pair of big M&A deals boosted market optimism and pointed to a rebound from the broad decline in the previous session, which was the S&P 500' s weakest day in a month.

  • *Avanir Pharma higher in premarket, Otsuka to buy. NEW YORK, Dec 2- U.S. stock index futures were slightly higher on Tuesday, indicating a slight rebound from the previous session's broad decline, which was the S&P 500' s weakest day in a month. *Apple Inc edged slightly higher in premarket trading.

  • Oil price collapse roils US junk bond funds Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014 | 1:00 AM ET

    BOSTON, Dec 2- Collapsing energy prices have hit hard U.S. corporate junk bond funds, putting them on track for their worst performance in six years by squeezing the exploration and drilling companies that have been among most active issuers of high-yield debt. Last week's decision by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to refrain from...

  • JGBs mostly edge down after tepid auction, downgrade Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014 | 12:46 AM ET

    TOKYO, Dec 2- Japanese government bonds mostly slumped on Tuesday, as the first auction following Moody's cut to Japan's sovereign rating met with tepid demand from investors. "The auction today was not so good, showing people are cautious, but that's not just because of the downgrade but because we have U.S. jobs data this Friday," said Tadashi Matsukawa, head of...

  • *Tokyo markets' reaction to Japan ratings downgrade limited. TOKYO, Dec 2- Asian equities were mixed on Tuesday, with a rebound in crude oil and other commodity prices favouring the stock markets of resource-exporting countries, while the likes of Tokyo's Nikkei struggled. Reflecting mixed fortunes within the region, MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific...

  • *Tokyo markets' reaction to Japan ratings downgrade limited. TOKYO, Dec 2- Asian equities gained on Tuesday as a rebound in the crude oil price gave resource-related sectors a breather, but Tokyo shares bucked the trend and slipped as the yen's losing streak was tempered. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.2 percent.

  • *Prices turn down after six winning sessions. NEW YORK, Dec 1- U.S. A credit downgrade of Japan had fueled early gains in Treasuries on Monday, threatening to extend the rally, which has been built on falling oil prices and concerns about global growth.

  • "The news overseas has been bullish for Treasuries," said Jake Lowery, a portfolio manager at Voya Investment Management in Atlanta. Wall Street dropped in early trading, and the MSCI world equity index fell 0.83 percent to 422.29. German manufacturing activity shrank in November at the fastest rate in 17 months, a survey showed, and Moody's Investors Service...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 1- U.S. stock index futures fell on Monday as manufacturing growth across Asia and Europe eased in November, with demand waning even in the face of sharp price cuts. The Select Sector SPDR Energy exchange traded fund fell 1 percent in light premarket trading. *Markit's final November manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for the euro zone was 50.1,...

  • *Japan's ability to hit debt-reduction goal uncertain-Moody's. TOKYO, Dec 1- Moody's Investors Service on Monday downgraded Japan's sovereign debt rating by one notch to A1, citing rising uncertainty over the country's ability to hit its debt-reduction goal. Tom Byrne, regional credit officer of Moody's, said the downgrade was closely linked to Abe's...

  • Moody's downgrades Japan's sovereign debt rating Monday, 1 Dec 2014 | 3:47 AM ET

    TOKYO, Dec 1- Moody's Investors Service on Monday downgraded Japan's sovereign debt rating by one notch to A1 from Aa3, citing heightening uncertainty over the country's ability to hit its debt-reduction goal. The announcement briefly sent the yen to a seven-year low against the dollar and pushed 10- year Japanese government bond futures down by 10 ticks.