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  • TOKYO, Dec 2- Japanese government bond prices were mostly flat on Wednesday as initial buying following soft U.S. manufacturing data lost steam, with many investors unwilling to chase the market higher near record levels. Ten-year JGB futures ended flat at 148.56. They had risen earlier to 148.66, near a record high of 148.67 touched in January.

  • *China lifts caps for issuers of bonds rated AA and above. Beijing seeking to cut red tape in bond market. HONG KONG/ SHANGHAI, Dec 2- China's top economic planning agency has removed limits on the number of onshore bonds local companies can issue per year as part of wider moves to cut red tape in the country's corporate bond market.

  • HONG KONG/ SHANGHAI, Dec 2- China's top economic planning agency has removed limits on the number of onshore bonds local companies can issue per year as part of wider moves to cut red tape in the country's corporate bond market. The National Development and Reform Commission's new streamlined regulations announced Wednesday will apply to issuers of corporate...

  • SAN JUAN, Dec 1- Puerto Rico's power authority, PREPA, reached a tentative debt restructuring deal with bond insurers, two sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday, but two Puerto Rican government sources said later there was no agreement. But on Tuesday night, a source close to PREPA and another close to Puerto Rico's Government Development Bank, both with...

  • HONG KONG/ SHANGHAI, Dec 2- China's National Development and Reform Commission said it will loosen control over corporate bond issuance in the part of the debt market it regulates,. In a statement posted on its website on Wednesday, the NDRC said it will streamline onshore bond issuance procedures, remove limits on issuances by corporates rated AA and above, and...

  • MELBOURNE, Dec 2- London copper steadied on Wednesday as traders eyed possible government support in China to help stem an industry downturn that has pushed prices to more than six-year lows. *Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange traded at $4,625.50 a tonne by 0140 GMT, losing 0.1 percent, after climbing 1 percent in the previous session and edging...

  • Dec 1- Puerto Rico's power authority PREPA has reached a tentative debt restructuring deal with bond insurers including Assured Guaranty and MBIA Inc's National Public Finance Guarantee, according to two sources familiar with the matter. The deal still needs the approval of the PREPA board, the sources said, but has been signed by representatives for all...

  • *Crude prices diverge on oversupply concerns, OPEC focus. NEW YORK, Dec 1- U.S. stocks closed higher on Tuesday despite mixed U.S. economic data as treasury yields and the dollar declined while oil prices were choppy ahead of an OPEC meeting later this week. The euro bounced back from a multi-month low against the U.S. dollar on strong European data and as investors...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 1- U.S. Yields maturing between two and 30 years initially fell to session lows after the Institute for Supply Management's gauge on U.S. services industries came in at its weakest since June 2009. "The Treasury market has pretty surprisingly traded better on weaker-than-expected ISM," said Justin Lederer, Treasury strategist at Cantor Fitzgerald...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 1- Puerto Rico on Tuesday made bond payments on $355 million worth of debt maturing on Dec. 1 that was issued by its Government Development Bank by diverting revenues pledged to other debt. "The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico's Government Development Bank made full payment of debt service to its note holders today, despite its strained liquidity.

  • FIDELITY'S TOP MUTUAL FUNDS OWN MORE THAN $3 BLN WORTH OF STAKES IN PRE-IPO COPANIES-FUND DISCLOSURES.

  • *Month-end purchases drive appetite for long-dated issues. NEW YORK, Dec 1- U.S. The Institute for Supply Management's gauge on U.S. services industries was the weakest since June 2009 and pushed yields maturing between two- and 30- years to session lows.

  • A climate fund offered to European investors by HSBC, the HSBC GIF Global Equity Climate Change fund, holds stock in U.S. oil producer and refiner Chevron Corp, South African energy company SASOL Ltd and British oil and gas producer BG Group Plc. "It is not so much about avoiding companies that are carbon emitters, but about investing in companies that have sought to...

  • LONDON/ OSLO, Dec 1- Norwegian companies that provide supply ships and drilling rigs to the global oil industry face a bleak year ahead as contracts disappear and financing options dwindle in the face of weak global crude prices. This would herald more pain for Norway, where the overall oil sector accounts for about a fifth of the economy and unemployment is...

  • *Record short interest levels at some solar firms- Markit. Markit said short interest levels had risen to all-time highs at Solarcity and SunEdison, and had been climbing in the Guggenheim Solar Exchange Traded Fund, which includes Solarcity and SunEdison in the fund. Markit added that hedge funds had also increased their short bets on electric car...

  • Not all Tuesday, 1 Dec 2015 | 9:17 AM ET

    *Record short interest levels at some solar firms- Markit. Markit said short interest levels had risen to all-time highs at Solarcity and SunEdison, and had been climbing in the Guggenheim Solar Exchange Traded Fund, which includes Solarcity and SunEdison in the fund. Markit added that hedge funds had also increased their short bets on electric car...

  • Not all Tuesday, 1 Dec 2015 | 9:17 AM ET

    *Record short interest levels at some solar firms- Markit. Markit said short interest levels had risen to all-time highs at Solarcity and SunEdison, and had been climbing in the Guggenheim Solar Exchange Traded Fund, which includes Solarcity and SunEdison in the fund. Markit added that hedge funds had also increased their short bets on electric car...

  • Dec 1- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Tuesday, tracking Asian gains on tentative signs that a slowdown in China was stabilizing. The Department of Commerce is likely to report a slight dip in construction spending for October and automakers will report sales figures for November. *Chicago Fed President Charles Evans is scheduled to speak at an event at...

  • SAN JUAN/ NEW YORK, Dec. 1- Puerto Rico faces a moment of truth on Tuesday, as the island owes a $355 million payment- a possible default which could trigger lawsuits, further spook investors and undermine the island's efforts to climb out of $72 billion in debt. The payment on bonds issued by the U.S. commonwealth's financing arm, the Government Development Bank, are...

  • Long-dated JGBs slightly firmer after solid auction Tuesday, 1 Dec 2015 | 1:14 AM ET

    TOKYO, Dec 1- Long-dated Japanese government bond prices were slightly firmer on Tuesday after an auction of 10- year JGBs attracted solid demand though the shorter end was softer in line with reduced buying in the sector by the Bank of Japan. The auction of 2.4 trillion yen 10- year bonds maturing in December 2025 attracted bids 3.56 times the offer, above the...