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  • *Anxiety over China weighs on Asia shares, emerging markets. Against this backdrop, yields on safe-haven government bonds in the United States and Europe rose, while the euro weakened ahead of Thursday's keenly-anticipated European Central Bank meeting. Brent crude futures rose 68 cents to $40.33 a barrel by 1050 GMT, having touched three-month highs on...

  • TOKYO, March 9- The Bank of Japan is set to hold off cutting interest rates at next week's rate review, sources say, as it scrambles to soothe market jitters caused by January's surprise decision to adopt negative interest rates. But many central bank policymakers are reluctant to ease again soon unless external shocks jolt global financial markets enough to...

  • *Portugal and Cyprus could face QE exclusion. Fitch shaved its rating outlook on Portugal from positive to stable, a move seen as raising the risk that DBRS-- which has the investment grade rating Lisbon needs to qualify for QE-- might downgrade it at the end of next month. In a sign of what may come for Portugal, an ECB spokesperson said on Tuesday that junk-rated Cyprus...

  • TOKYO, March 9- Japanese government bonds skidded on Wednesday as investors locked in gains, particularly in the superlong zone, after the previous session's rally. "I took some profits after buying in the auction yesterday," said a Tokyo- based fixed income fund manager. The Bank of Japan offered to buy 450 billion yen 5- to 10- year JGBs, 260 billion yen of 10- to 25-...

  • BUENOS AIRES, March 8- A bill aimed at stopping Argentina's economic decline by ending its 14- year banishment from the global bond market passed its first legislative hurdle on Tuesday, when a Congressional committee sent the measure to the full house of representatives. President Mauricio Macri, elected in November on a free-markets platform, wants...

  • NEW YORK, March 8- Stocks "can go up five, 10 percent, maybe" despite a slowing U.S. economy, BlackRock Inc's chief investment officer of global fixed income Rick Rieder said on Tuesday. The market's negative attitude towards the high-yield corporate debt market- relative to higher-grade debt- has also created an investment opportunity, Rieder said at the Harbor...

  • NEW YORK, March 8- Stocks "can go up five, ten percent, maybe" despite a slowing U.S. economy, BlackRock Inc's chief investment officer of global fixed income Rick Rieder said on Tuesday. The market's negative attitude towards the high-yield corporate debt market- relatively to higher-grade debt- has also created an investment opportunity, Rieder said at a...

  • NEW YORK, March 8- U.S. The benchmark 10- year Treasury note and the 30- year bond yields dropped from one-month highs after data showed China's February trade performance was worse than expected. "We're still trading on China because that was an ugly number overnight and there's a fear they could devalue the yuan again, which always causes a flight to quality," said...

  • 2- YEAR TREASURIES' STILL NEED TO MOVE UP IN YIELD'- BLACKROCK'S RIEDER.

  • NEW YORK, March 8- U.S. The benchmark 10- year Treasury note and on the 30- year bond yields dropped from one-month highs after data showed China's February trade performance was worse than expected. "We're still trading on China because that was an ugly number overnight and there's a fear they could devalue the yuan again, which always causes a flight to quality,"...

  • *Treasury to sell $24 billion of 3- year notes. NEW YORK, March 8- U.S. "The combination of weak Chinese data and low Japanese yields has precipitated a significant flattening of the curve with the long bond leading the way," said Aaron Kohli, an interest rate strategist at BMO Capital Markets in New York.

  • FRANKFURT, March 8- Cyprus might soon be excluded from the European Central Bank's bond-buying programme because its credit rating is below investment grade and it is likely to exit its bailout programme at the end of March, an ECB spokesman said on Tuesday. Cyprus is expected to conclude its bailout programme without maintaining a precautionary credit line,...

  • NEW YORK, March 8- The BlackRock Strategic Income Opportunities Fund managed by closely watched investor Rick Rieder cut all of its net exposure to the euro, Japanese yen and British pound currencies in February, according to a BlackRock Inc report on Tuesday. The mutual fund, which has wider latitude than most bond funds in choosing among fixed-income...

  • FRANKFURT, March 8- Cyprus is at risk of being excluded from the European Central Bank's sovereign bond buying as its credit rating is below investment grade and it will likely exit its bailout programme at the end of March, an ECB spokesman said on Tuesday. Cyprus is expected to conclude its bailout programme at the end of the month and is able to fund itself after...

  • TOKYO, March 8- Japanese government bond yields tumbled to fresh record lows on Tuesday after a firm 30- year auction fueled a rally for debt instruments that still offer positive yields, which have become scarce under the Bank of Japan's negative interest rate policy. Weaker Tokyo stocks also increased the allure of the bond market, with the Nikkei falling to a...

  • TOKYO, March 8- Japanese government bond yields fell to fresh record lows on Tuesday as Tokyo shares fell to a one-week low and generated bids for safe-haven debt. The benchmark 10- year yield fell 3.5 basis point to a new record low of minus 0.085 percent. The bid-to-cover ratio, a gauge of demand, at the 800 billion yen 30- year offering was a solid 4.21, compared to...

  • Volatility and uncertainty here to stay: Pro

    Discussing the overall market picture including mortgage-backed securities and how investors should approach them with Greg Parsons, CEO at Semper Capital Management.

  • NEW YORK, March 7- U.S. Treasury prices fell on Monday in volatile trading as oil prices surged in the wake of a strong February U.S. jobs report, reducing demand for safe-haven government debt ahead of a European Central Bank meeting later in the week. "The reaction in markets is still based on the better-than-expected jobs data from Friday, which pushed back...

  • The two companies will seek to overcome the kind of regulatory concerns that scuppered Deutsche Boerse's attempt to merge with NYSE Euronext four years ago, a deal blocked because it would have created a near-monopoly on exchange-traded derivatives in Europe. They could argue there is less overlap between certain business lines in any one region, namely...

  • Treasury yields rose on Monday in volatile trading as traders increased bets the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates this year in the wake of a strong February jobs report and ahead of a European Central Bank meeting. The selling was stoked by the government's supply of debt scheduled for this week, but yield gains were limited by caution ahead of...