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  • UPDATE 2-U.S. urges EU, IMF to be flexible with Greece Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 12:27 PM ET

    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew issued the warning on Wednesday in a stopover in London on his way to a meeting of Group of Seven finance ministers in Dresden, Germany. Finance ministers from the United States, Japan, Germany, France, Italy, Britain and Canada are meeting in Dresden on Thursday and Friday, and although Greece is not formally on the agenda, it will be...

  • CHICAGO, May 27- Underwriters initially priced $668 million of Chicago general obligation bonds on Wednesday with yields topping out at 6 percent for bonds due in 2042 with a 5.75 percent coupon, according to pricing scales obtained by Reuters. The four issues priced through senior underwriter Bank of America Merrill Lynch are part of Chicago's plan to...

  • The Treasury will sell $35 billion in five-year notes at 1 p.m. ET, the second round of this week's hefty $90 billion in new supply of U.S. government debt. Greece has to repay the International Monetary Fund 300 million euros on June 5, the first of four installments due in June that total 1.6 billion euros. "You're probably seeing both a reaction to the supply and a...

  • LONDON, May 27- Yields on Greek bonds fell and European shares extended their gains on Wednesday on the prospect of an accord between Greece and its creditors. A Greek government official told Reuters that the Brussels group of Athens' official creditors had started procedures to draw up a staff-level agreement. Greek 10- year government bond yields fell 42 bps...

  • Chicago bonds initially priced with top yield of 5.96 pct Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 10:02 AM ET

    CHICAGO, May 27- Underwriters initially priced $170.2 million of Chicago general obligation bonds on Wednesday with a top yield of 5.96 percent for bonds due in 2040 with a 5.75 percent coupon, according to a pricing scale obtained by Reuters. The bond sale is part of Chicago's plan to convert about $805 million of variable-rate debt to fixed rate and ending...

  • LONDON, May 27- The United States urged European negotiators not to miscalculate as they try to negotiate a debt deal with Greece's cash-strapped government, because the cost of a Greek exit from the euro zone was impossible to predict exactly. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew issued the warning on Wednesday in a stopover in London on his way to a meeting of Group of...

  • US STOCKS-Futures edge higher after dollar rally subsides Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 7:41 AM ET

    May 27- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Wednesday as the dollar retreated from its largest gain in two years and as worries about Greece receded. *Greece and its European creditors have also played down fears that Athens would default on a payment to the International Monetary Fund next week. *Michael Kors Holdings fell 11 percent to $53.92 after the...

  • Rush to dollar assets costing Japanese investors dear Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 5:12 AM ET

    TOKYO, May 27- Cash-rich Japanese banks are paying almost as much extra to borrow dollars on the currency swaps market as they did when they were fighting for survival two decades ago, due to their insatiable appetite for higher-yielding dollar assets. Their need for dollar funding is pushing up the cost, "said Makoto Noji, senior fixed-income strategist at SMBC...

  • JGBs shrug off firm stocks, track Treasuries' rise Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 3:37 AM ET

    TOKYO, May 27- Japanese government bond prices firmed on Wednesday, as overnight strength in U.S. Treasuries and solid results of the Bank of Japan's bond-buying operations offset the impact of stronger Japanese shares and a weaker yen. The BOJ offered to buy 400 billion yen of JGBs in the 5- year to 10- year zone, 240 billion of JGBs in the 10- year to 25- year zone, and...

  • SHANGHAI, May 27- China's Chongqing Municipality will auction 26.5 billion yuan of bonds ranging in tenor from three to 10 years on June 2, according to a notice posted on the website of one of the country's main bond clearing houses late on Tuesday. Guangxi will be the fifth government to auction municipal bonds in China this year. Of the 26.5 billion yuan,...

  • *30- year yields post biggest one-day drop since May 15. NEW YORK, May 26- Long-dated U.S. "With the dollar strengthening, owning dollar assets looks a lot more attractive here," said Edward Acton, Treasury strategist at RBS Securities in Stamford, Connecticut.

  • BOSTON, May 26- Fidelity's Joel Tillinghast, one of the mutual fund industry's best stockpickers over the past 20 years, said financial markets are "colossally artificial" and cited ride-sharing upstart Uber and negative yielding government bonds as examples. "I think it's colossally artificial, but I don't see it ending," said Tillinghast, who runs the $46...

  • LOS ANGELES, May 26- Judging by the latest performance rankings, two 529 college savings plans in particular look enticing. SavingForCollege.com, a plan comparison website that publishes rankings each quarter, said the District of Columbia's direct-sold DC 529 College Savings Program topped the lists for one-, three- and five-year performance as of March 31.

  • *Greece concerns push long-dated yields lower. Treasury yields hit two-week highs on Tuesday on continued expectations that the Federal Reserve would hike rates this year, while yields on longer-dated Treasuries slid on concerns over Greece and global economic growth. "I viewed it as a fairly economy-friendly report," said Justin Hoogendoorn, fixed income...

  • Sterling near 2-1/2 month high against struggling euro Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 10:15 AM ET

    LONDON, May 26- Sterling rose to a 2-1/ 2 month high against a struggling euro on Tuesday, with the single currency weighed down by Greece's debt problems and interest rate differentials moving in favour of the British pound. It was last trading at 70.87 pence, down 0.1 percent on the day, having been hit in recent days by a senior European Central Bank official who...

  • DUBAI, May 26- Egypt has chosen banks to handle its return to the international bond market after a gap of five years, underlining a return of economic and political stability in the country after its Arab Spring uprising of 2011.. BNP Paribas, Citigroup, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley and Natixis will arrange the investor meeetings for Egypt, which is rated B3/B-/B by...

  • US STOCKS-Futures lower ahead of raft of data Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 7:36 AM ET

    May 26- U.S. stock index futures were lower on Tuesday ahead of a raft of data and after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen indicated that the central bank could raise interest rates this year. *New home sales data at 10:00 a.m. ET is expected to show sales increased to an adjusted annual rate of 510,000 units in April from 481,000 units in March.

  • FRANKFURT, May 26- German exchange operator Deutsche Boerse is set to unveil a joint venture with Shanghai Stock Exchange and China Financial Futures Exchange aimed at easing European investors' access to Chinese shares and ETFs, two people familiar with the plans said. "A central goal for Deutsche Boerse is to expand its cooperation with China," one of the people...

  • Sterling hits 2-1/2 month high against a weaker euro Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 4:41 AM ET

    LONDON, May 26- Sterling rose to a 2-1/ 2 month high against a struggling euro on Tuesday, with the single currency weighed down by Greece's debt problems and interest rate differentials moving in favour of the British pound. The euro has been hit in recent days by a senior European Central Bank official flagging the possibility of aggressive bond buying and...

  • SHANGHAI, May 26- Chinese five- and ten-year treasury futures for September delivery were down nearly one percent today, in their sharpest one day move since hitting the market, as rising municipal bond supply threatens to complicate the central bank's easing bias. The rebound in yields is likely partly technical, after the central bank cut its policy rate by 25...