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  • TOKYO, Jan 9- The five-year Japanese government bond yield hit a record low just above zero percent on Friday on strong buying by the Bank of Japan, highlighting the scarcity of available bonds. While JGBs were capped in early trade by positive risk sentiment in global markets, the BOJ's buying on Friday of 400 billion yen in bonds maturing in three to five years...

  • TOKYO, Jan 9- The Nikkei rose for a third day on Friday on growing confidence in the U.S. economy and hopes of aggressive stimulus steps in Europe, while Fast Retailing Co rose after reporting strong quarterly profits. The Nikkei advanced 0.2 percent to end at 17,197.73 after dipping into negative territory earlier. Index-heavy Fast Retailing gained 0.8 percent...

  • BOSTON, Jan 9- Big European and American banks have found a productive place to park the energy sector's most distressed debt: the $2.7 trillion U.S. money market industry. Barclays Bank plc, Credit Suisse and Wells Fargo and others get overnight and short-term loans from companies that run money market mutual funds such as Fidelity Investments, BlackRock Inc,...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 9- U.S. job growth likely remained brisk in December, setting the economy up for a stronger pace of expansion this year, even as the global economy shows signs of buckling. It would be the 11th consecutive month of job gains above 200,000, the longest such stretch since 1994, and reinforce views the economy's fundamentals are strong enough to...

  • Wall Street is also punishing the sector. "The producers have to be getting murdered," said Steven Boyd, senior managing director at Sun Coast Resources Inc., a Houston- based distributor of petroleum and alternative fuels. Blue Ridge Biofuels, a small biodiesel producer in Asheville, North Carolina, that makes its product from used restaurant cooking oil, says...

  • MACQUARIE AIRFINANCE, AWAS WORKING TO FINALISE DEAL IN NEXT FEW WEEKS- SOURCES.

  • MACQUARIE GROUP IN EXCLUSIVE TALKS TO BUY NEARLY 100 AIRCRAFT FROM LESSOR AWAS FOR MORE THAN $4 BLN- SOURCES.

  • But spreadbetters expected the rebound in equities to peter out in Europe ahead of the U.S. employment data, forecasting Britain's FTSE and Germany's DAX to open little changed and France's CAC to start a shade lower. But optimism about the U.S. economy and prospects of more stimulus from the European Central Bank and China have diffused risk aversion for the...

  • The payment was due on midnight Hong Kong time on Thursday, but traders said Kaisa had a 30- day grace period to resolve the situation. Failure to pay the coupon on Kaisa's 2020 bond could trigger the first dollar bond default by a Chinese property issuer. Shenzhen- based Kaisa has declined to comment on its debt issues.

  • *OPEC sticks to decision of no output cut- sources. *China annual consumer inflation remains near 5- year low. Brent crude had climbed 25 cents to $51.21 a barrel by 0439 GMT.

  • SHANGHAI, Jan 9- China stocks edged up on Friday and looked set to post modest gains over a volatile week, but investors were wary that a near-term correction may be looming after a sharp run-in in the last few weeks. "After yesterday's tumble, we are still seeing energy and banks backing down but the scope of the back down won't be that great," said Liu Jingde, an analyst...

  • JAKARTA, Jan 9- Indonesia has raised $4 billion in a U.S. dollar bond issue, taking advantage of the current low-yield environment and improving sentiment about the country and policies its new president is pursuing. With the improved terms on the new bonds, " Indonesia has to fork out a lower percentage than in a tough market," said Wellian Wiranto, an economist at...

  • Jan 8- Activist investor Nelson Peltz, one of DuPont's largest shareholders, stepped up his fight to break up the industrial conglomerate, as his Trian Fund nominated himself and three other members to the board. Trian Fund Management L.P., which Peltz heads, said on Thursday that investment funds it manages own 24.3 million DuPont shares worth about $1.8 billion.

  • China's yuan rises but strong dollar caps gains Thursday, 8 Jan 2015 | 9:52 PM ET

    HONG KONG, Jan 9- China's yuan edged higher against the dollar on Friday after the central bank fixed the daily midpoint slightly stronger, though data showing soft inflation pressures kept gains in check. China's annual consumer inflation hovered at a near five-year low of 1.5 percent in December, signalling persistent weakness in the economy but giving...

  • MEXICO CITY, Jan 8- Mexican broadcaster Grupo Televisa on Thursday said it sold its 50 percent stake in cellphone company Iusacell back to its joint-venture partner Grupo Salinas, paving the way for U.S. phone giant AT&T Inc to acquire Mexico's No. 3 phone company. AT&T, which said in November it would buy all of Iusacell from Grupo Salinas, received regulatory...

  • Oil heads for 7th weekly loss as supply glut drags Thursday, 8 Jan 2015 | 9:41 PM ET

    *OPEC sticks to decision of no output cut- sources. *China annual consumer inflation remains near 5- year low. Brent crude had climbed 21 cents to $51.17 a barrel by 0203 GMT.

  • *Fast Retailing contributes hefty gains after strong 1 Q. TOKYO, Jan 9- Japanese stocks extended their gains into a third day on Friday morning after Wall Street rallied on growing confidence in the U.S. economy, while hopes of aggressive stimulus steps in Europe and a pause in sliding oil prices bolstered sentiment. Adding to the improving mood, index-heavy Fast...

  • SYDNEY, Jan 9- Momentum is building in Australia for electoral change that could see tiny single issue parties blamed for U.S.-style gridlock in the upper house senate squeezed out, clearing the way for budget reforms as the economy slows. "Business of course acknowledges that the senate has a very important function, but there is a real sense of frustration with...

  • *Dec CPI +1.5 pct y/y, +0.3 pct m/m. BEIJING, Jan 9- China's annual consumer inflation hovered at a near five-year low of 1.5 percent in December, signaling persistent weakness in the economy but giving policymakers more room to ease policy to support growth. "Deflation this year is definitely a risk," said Minggao Shen, economist at Citi in Hongkong.

  • China December inflation signals persistent weakness Thursday, 8 Jan 2015 | 9:13 PM ET

    China's annual consumer inflation hovered at a near five-year low of 1.5 percent in December, signalling persistent weakness in the economy.