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  • IMF angry at Greeks but frustrated at euro zone too Friday, 12 Jun 2015 | 12:42 PM ET

    WASHINGTON/ BRUSSELS, June 12- When the International Monetary Fund announced it had ordered its team home from stalled debt talks with Greece, the gesture of frustration was aimed chiefly at Athens but also at euro zone governments, sources familiar with the talks say. But by mentioning financing, the IMF also wanted to signal is exasperation at European...

  • TREASURIES-U.S. bond prices rise on Greece concerns Friday, 12 Jun 2015 | 11:28 AM ET

    NEW YORK, June 12- U.S. With Athens owing the International Monetary Fund a 1.6 billion euro payment at month's end, senior euro zone officials have formally discussed a Greek default for the first time, several of them told Reuters. That's sending people for cover, "said Justin Hoogendoorn, fixed income strategist at BMO Capital Markets in Chicago.

  • NEW YORK, June 12- Investors are betting that the healthcare sector's strong run will not be held back for long even if the U.S. Supreme Court rules against the Affordable Care Act. "Option activity over the last few weeks in hospital stocks suggests that the options market is betting on a post- Supreme Court decision rally," said Anshul Agarwal, equity derivative...

  • Outflows from energy ETPs continue in May -BlackRock Friday, 12 Jun 2015 | 10:27 AM ET

    Some $540 million exited energy ETPs globally last month, following net withdrawals of $1.2 billion in April, data from asset manager BlackRock showed. "The gains were getting a bit ahead of themselves given the elevated inventory levels," said Martin Arnold, global commodity and FX strategist at ETF Securities, an issuer of ETPs. He noted that OPEC had not cut...

  • LONDON, June 12- Ukraine's creditors could invoke clauses allowing them to demand payment of all its bonds at a stroke if Kiev carries out its threat to slap a moratorium on debt payments, a top source familiar with the situation told Reuters. Ukraine, which has so far made all required payments, last month passed a law allowing it to halt payments.

  • ATHENS, June 12- Greece will auction 1.0 billion euros of three-month Treasury bills on June 17 to refinance maturing debt, its third sale of short-term treasury paper this month, the country's debt agency said on Friday. As it continues to wrangle with its euro zone backers and the International Monetary Fund to lighten the reforms they demand in return for...

  • TOKYO, June 12- Japanese government bond prices gained on Friday in sympathy with rallying bond prices in Europe and the United States, after the International Monetary Fund team walked away from negotiations with Greece. U.S. and European bond yields fell despite strong U.S. retail sales data on concerns about Greece and strong demand at bond auctions in the...

  • NEW YORK, June 12- The sharp bond market selloff is starting to pinch American consumers and companies, causing a mild economic tightening that, if sustained, could raise alarms at the Federal Reserve and even delay a plan to hike interest rates in coming months. And I do think that they will try to micro-manage the market, "said Craig Dismuke, chief economic...

  • NEW YORK, June 11- The U.S. Signs of a deadlock in Greece's debt talks rekindled safety bids for Treasuries, helping send benchmark yields to their steepest one-day fall in over two weeks. "We backed up with Europe, and the 30- year auction went really well," said Larry Milstein, head of U.S. government and agency trading at R.W. Pressprich& Co. in New York.

  • TREASURIES-U.S. bonds rally with Europe, strong auction Thursday, 11 Jun 2015 | 2:35 PM ET

    NEW YORK, June 11- The U.S. Signs of a deadlock in Greece's debt talks rekindled safety bids for Treasuries, helping to send benchmark yields to their steepest one-day fall in over two weeks. "We backed up with Europe, and the 30- year auction went really well," said Larry Milstein, head of U.S. government and agency trading at R.W. Pressprich& Co. in New York.

  • NEW YORK, June 11- Global equity markets rose on Thursday on optimism Greece would accept an aid-for-reforms deal and on strong U.S. retail sales, which lifted the U.S. dollar and bolstered expectations the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates this year. U.S. retail sales rose 1.2 percent in May after an upwardly revised 0.2 percent gain in April, the Commerce...

  • NEW YORK, June 11- U.S. The bond market's rebound from its slump however will likely be limited, analysts say, in advance of a $13 billion sale of 30- year Treasuries bond at 1 p.m.. "Some people took the opportunity to close out of their short positions after the data," said Alex Manzara, vice president at R.J. O'Brien and Associates in Chicago.

  • *South Korea cuts rates to record low after MERS outbreak. LONDON, June 11- Hopes that Greek was nearing a aid-for-reforms deal helped European shares add to their best day in over a month and pushed down bond yields on Thursday. U.S. stock futures were flat before Wall Street opened as investors waited for retail sales and jobless claims.

  • LONDON, June 11- The New Zealand dollar slumped 2.6 percent to a five-year low against the U.S. dollar on Thursday, after the Reserve Bank of New Zealand cut interest rates and suggested more easing may follow. The kiwi was on track for its biggest daily loss in four years, dropping to $0.6998 in early London trade, as the RBNZ began an easing cycle just as the Federal...

  • FOREX-New Zealand dollar sinks to 5-yr low on rate cut Thursday, 11 Jun 2015 | 3:53 AM ET

    LONDON, June 11- The New Zealand dollar slumped 2.5 percent against the U.S. dollar on Thursday, hitting a five-year low after the Reserve Bank of New Zealand surprised some by cutting interest rates and flagging the chance of more easing. The kiwi was on track for its biggest daily loss in four years, dropping to $0.6998 in early London trade, with the RBNZ entering...

  • TOKYO, June 11- Japanese government bond prices dropped on Thursday, pressured by falls in Treasuries and Bunds, sending the benchmark JGB yield to its highest level since September 2014. The results of the Ministry of Finance's auction of 20- year JGBs was largely in line with expectations, though some market participants had been expecting stronger demand...

  • INSIGHT-Rising cost on U.S. rate swaps raises worries Thursday, 11 Jun 2015 | 1:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK, June 11- A widening gap in the costs to hedge interest rate risk between platforms based in London and Chicago is generating losses for Wall Street dealers and creating concern about how well this corner of the bond market will respond when the Federal Reserve raises rates. In the last month, dealers have frequently been forced to pay a costly premium on...

  • SHANGHAI, June 10- China's finance ministry said on Wednesday it has approved a second batch of local government debt swaps worth 1 trillion yuan, doubling the size of the existing swap program announced in March. As growth has slowed in 2015, Beijing has been walking a fine line, trying to simultaneously rationalize often inefficient local government...

  • NEW YORK, June 10- Standard& Poor's on Wednesday affirmed its AA-plus long-term sovereign credit rating on the United States citing the country's extensive economic policy flexibility and status as issuer of the world's leading reserve currency. The outlook on the long-term rating on the United States remains stable, the ratings agency said.

  • TOKYO, June 11- Japan Post Holdings Co Ltd is in talks to start an asset management joint venture with Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank and Nomura Holdings Inc to sell mutual fund products at post offices, sources with the knowledge of the matter said. A Sumitomo Mitsui Trust spokesman declined to comment. Japan Post officials were not immediately available for...