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  • NEW YORK, Dec 26- U.S. At the same time the Treasury sold $104 billion in new intermediate-dated supply. "Anytime bonds came out for sale everyone was backing up their bids and letting prices fall to where the auctions would attract sizable overseas interest," said Jim Vogel, an interest rate strategist at FTN Financial in Memphis, Tennessee.

  • LONDON, Dec 26- Oil rose further above $60 a barrel on Friday as unrest in Libya cut supplies, offsetting a growing supply glut in top consumer the United States and weak imports by Japan. Fighting in Libya has cut output there to 352,000 barrels a day, a state oil company spokesman said on Thursday, or about half November's average. "Libya is a supportive factor," said...

  • *Markets on track for positive week, indexes near records. NEW YORK, Dec 26- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Friday, putting major indexes on track for a second straight weekly advance, though moves were likely to be slight with few market catalysts and many traders still out for the Christmas holiday. Wall Street has rallied of late, with both the...

  • MOSCOW, Dec 26- Slumping oil prices have put Russia's economy on course for a sharp recession next year, its finance minister said on Friday, as authorities scaled up their bailout for the first bank to succumb to the recent rouble crisis. The economy is slowing sharply as Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis deter foreign investment and spur capital flight,...

  • MOSCOW, Dec 26- Slumping oil prices have put Russia's economy on course for a sharp recession next year, its finance minister said on Friday, as authorities scaled up the bailout of the first bank to succumb to the country's currency crisis. Russia's economy is slowing sharply as Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis deter foreign investment and spur...

  • *Markets on track for positive week, indexes near records. NEW YORK, Dec 26- U.S. stock index futures edged higher on Friday, putting major indexes on track for a second straight weekly advance, though moves were likely to be slight with few market catalysts and many traders extending their Christmas holiday. *Wall Street has rallied of late, with both the Dow and S&P...

  • S&P deal on mortgage bond ratings near: Report Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 6:52 AM ET
    Standard & Poors

    Standard & Poor's Ratings Services is nearing a settlement with regulators over how the company graded real-estate bonds.

  • RUSSIAN FINANCE MINISTER SAYS GOVT RECALCULATES 2015 STATE BUDGET WITH OIL PRICE FORECAST OF $60/ BARREL, SEES DEFICIT OF MORE THAN 3 PCT OF GDP.

  • RUSSIAN FINANCE MINISTER SAYS VTB BANK MAY GET 100 BLN RBLS FROM NATIONAL WEALTH FUND BY END-2014, 150 BLN RBLS MORE IN 2015, GAZPROMBANK TO GET 70 BLN RBLS IN 2014 OR 2015.

  • Russia's FinMin sees economy shrinking 4 pct in 2015 Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 6:30 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Dec 26- Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Friday that the Russian economy could contract by 4 percent next year and that the budget could have a deficit of more than 3 percent of gross domestic product if oil prices average $60 a barrel. Siluanov also told journalists that his ministry had recalculated its budget forecasts to take into account oil...

  • RUSSIAN FINANCE MINISTER SAYS GDP MAY FALL 4 PCT IN 2015 IF AVERAGE OIL PRICE $60/ BARREL, SEES ROUBLE AT 51 PER $1.

  • RUSSIAN FINANCE MINISTER SAYS BUDGET WILL BREAK EVEN IN 2017 IF OIL PRICE AVERAGES AT $70/ BARREL.

  • MOSCOW, Dec 26- Russian authorities significantly scaled up rescue funds for mid-sized lender Trust Bank on Friday, saying they would provide up to $2.4 billion in loans to bail out the first commercial banking victim of the country's currency crisis. Trust Bank, which hired actor Bruce Willis as the face of a major advertising campaign, fell victim to the...

  • UPDATE 5-Oil edges above $60 as Libyan output slumps Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 6:04 AM ET

    LONDON, Dec 26- Oil edged above $60 a barrel on Friday as unrest in Libya cut supplies, offsetting a growing supply glut in top consumer the United States and weak imports by Japan. Fighting in Libya has cut output there to 352,000 barrels a day, a state oil company spokesman said on Thursday, or about half November's average. "The fighting in Libya is starting to be more...

  • BANGKOK, Dec 26- Thailand's central bank said exports will shrink this year, leading it to cut its projection for 2014 economic growth to just 0.8 percent from 1.5 percent. Exports to Japan were 10.7 percent below the year-earlier level, while those to China tumbled 18.7 percent. The sputtering of Thailand's traditional growth engine, exports, has been a big...

  • *Japan Post President: no comment on scale of offering. TOKYO, Dec 26- Government-owned Japan Post Holdings Co Ltd said it plans to list in the second half of the next business year and its bank and insurance units. Japan Post President Taizo Nishimuro declined to comment on the potential scale of the offering, saying that would be determined by market conditions at...

  • SINGAPORE, Dec 26- Brent crude oil futures traded steadily above $60 on Friday as a building supply glut and weak Japanese import data weighed on the market while strong U.S. economic data published over Christmas provided support. However, in Japan, crude imports in November dropped 17.3 percent from a year earlier to 14.68 million kilolitres, data from the...

  • Russian cbank to lend $1.9 bln to rescue Trust Bank Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 3:04 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Dec 26- Russia's central bank will provide a 99 billion roubles 10- year loan to mid-sized Trust Bank to help it avert bankruptcy, in Russia's first bailout this year amid a steep devaluation of the rouble.

  • BEIJING, Dec 26- The People's Bank of China is weighing changing rules governing how loan-to-deposit ratios are calculated at banks, a move that would boost liquidity conditions, sources with direct knowledge told Reuters. The banking-sector sources said the PBOC, during a meeting with domestic financial institutions, revealed it is planning to include...

  • MOSCOW, Dec 26- Russia's rouble rose on Friday to its strongest levels in more than three weeks, in a sharp rebound from its recent all-time lows, after the government ordered exporters to sell some of their hard currency revenues. Those measures included a hike in interest rates, curbs on grain exports and informal capital controls such as orders to large oil and...