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  • *Hungary, Romania, Serbia hold bond auctions. BUDAPEST, May 12- Central Europe's main currencies eased on Thursday after data showed Romanian inflation fell deeper into negative territory. Investors were also cautious before first-quarter economic output figures in the region due on Friday, after weaker than expected industrial output data in Hungary, the...

  • LONDON, May 12- European shares followed Asian stocks lower on Thursday, hit by sharp falls on Wall Street the previous day, while German government bond yields hit one-month lows as investors sought shelter in low-risk debt. Germany's Dax index fell by 0.4 percent while Britain's FTSE 100 lost 0.5 percent. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside...

  • SYDNEY, May 12- The Australian government raised a record-matching A $7 billion in a new issue of 12- year debt, with one third sold to international investors attracted by the bond's relatively high yield, it said on Thursday. Australia's AAA credit rating remains a big draw for investors from central banks to sovereign wealth funds which together hold around...

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, May 12- Lithium is the hottest commodity around these days, enjoying spectacular price gains and a blue-sky outlook that's the envy of the natural resource sector. Lithium prices in China have risen from about $7,000 a tonne to over $20,000 recently, according to research by consultants CRU, while industry website Asian Metal says...

  • TOKYO, May 12- Japanese government bond prices slipped on Thursday, with yields on longer-dated maturities rising after a 30- year auction drew only lukewarm demand from investors. The benchmark 10- year yield rose half a basis point to minus 0.100 percent, and the 30- year yield was up 2 basis points at 0.325 percent, pulling away from a record low of 0.265 percent...

  • *Jewellery consumption slides in China, India. LONDON, May 12- Surging inflows into gold-backed exchange-traded funds drove global gold demand to its highest first-quarter total on record this year, despite a near 20 percent drop in jewellery buying, the World Gold Council said on Thursday. "Conversely, jewellery demand endured a difficult quarter due to a...

  • U.S. authorities said Jason Galanis enlisted his father, John, and five others to defraud clients who invested more than $43 million in illiquid, sham bonds issued in 2014 and 2015 by the Wakpamni Lake Community Corp, an affiliate of the Oglala Sioux Nation in South Dakota. Rather than invest proceeds to provide capital for the tribe and make payments to...

  • US TREASURIES EXTEND PRICE GAINS AFTER STRONG 10- YEAR AUCTION, 10- YEAR YIELDS FALL TO 1.72 PCT.

  • US TREASURY YIELDS FALL TO SESSION LOWS BEFORE 10- YEAR NOTE AUCTION, 10- YEAR YIELDS DROP TO 1.74 PCT.

  • May 11- Argentina's credit rating has been upgraded to a' B' or stable, Fitch announced on Wednesday, due in part to the country's resumption of debt payments to restructured bondholders. With its first bond deal in 15 years, Argentina raised enough to pay the $9.3 billion owed to holdout investors with additional funds left over. "In addition, Argentina's ratings...

  • NEW YORK, May 11- U.S. mutual fund investors sold stocks and piled into bonds for the eighth straight week, Investment Company Institute data showed on Wednesday, indicating some investors still doubt the economy's stamina after a shaky first quarter. Investors withdrew $3 billion from U.S.-based stock funds, adding to a streak that has swept nearly $35 billion...

  • LONDON, May 11- Long-dated Spanish and Italian bond yields pulled away from multi-month highs on Wednesday, following signs of strong demand for a new 50- year Spanish bond. Spain will price the 3 billion euro bond expiring in 2066 later in the day, having attracted over 10.5 billion euros of demand, according to a report from Thomson Reuters information service...

  • NEW YORK, May 11- U.S. Treasuries were steady on Wednesday before the Treasury was due to sell $23 billion in 10- year notes, the second sale of $62 billion in new coupon-bearing debt this week. "We're looking at supply both in corporate land and in Treasuries," said Justin Lederer, interest rate strategist at Cantor Fitzgerald in New York.

  • May 11- U.S. stock index futures edged lower on Wednesday, a day after S&P 500 enjoyed its best day in two months and as Dow component Walt Disney reported a rare earnings miss. *Disney shares were down 4.9 percent at $101.31 in premarket trading after the company's result missed expectations as advertising and subscriptions declined at ESPN.

  • *Dispute between Abu Dhabi, Malaysian firms intensifies. KUALA LUMPUR/ HONG KONG, May 11- Disputes between Abu Dhabi state-owned International Petroleum Investment Co and the troubled Malaysian state investment fund 1 MDB intensified on Wednesday, with IPIC saying there was a fresh default by 1 MDB. The latest turn came on Wednesday, when IPIC, said it had to stump...

  • MOSCOW, May 11- Russian Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak said on Wednesday he had discussed cooperation with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development when he spoke to senior officials from Ukraine's Finance Ministry. "The issue of the Eurobond was not brought up," Storchak said in e-mailed comments, referring to Ukraine's controversial $3...

  • LONDON, May 11- Long-dated Spanish and Italian bond yields climbed to multi-month highs on Wednesday, boosted by Spain's starting to sell a 50- year bond and investor anticipation that Italy may soon do the same. France and Belgium have already taken advantage of record low rates to launch rare 50- year bonds this year, part of a trend which has seen the highest...

  • TOKYO, May 11- Japanese government bond prices were mostly lower on Wednesday, as caution took hold ahead of an upcoming 30- year debt auction. Japanese shares also extended gains amid a broad reversal in the yen's recent appreciation, reducing investor demand for government bonds. Japan's finance ministry will offer 800 billion yen of 30- year JGBs on Thursday.

  • *Chinese banks take top 6 slots in Asia ex-Japan DCM league. Bank of China, China Construction Bank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, CITIC Securities and Agricultural Bank of China now sit at the top of the Debt Capital Market league table for Asia Pacific excluding Japan for the year to date, Reuters data show. "Multi-national companies have limited...

  • *Treasury sees strong demand for $24 billion 3- year sale. NEW YORK, May 10- The U.S. government saw strong demand for its $24 billion auction of three-year notes on Tuesday, the first sale of $62 billion in coupon-bearing debt supply this week. "The market is taking down all the supply right now," said Tom Tucci, head of Treasuries trading at CIBC in New York.