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  • Ukraine's smaller bondholders unfazed by moratorium threat Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 12:26 PM ET

    The committee itself has not commented on the new law but Russia, which holds $3 billion of Ukraine's bonds and is its second-biggest creditor, has attacked Kiev as "unprofessional". "This is in line with what I expected, as it's been a deadlock with creditors and this way they increase their bargaining power," said Rogge Global Partners' head of emerging debt Michael...

  • WASHINGTON, May 20- U.S. securities regulators proposed new rules on Wednesday designed to beef up their visibility into mutual funds, exchange-traded funds and the activities of asset managers. The plan calls for mutual funds to file monthly reports with more details on their holdings, as well as their securities lending activities and repurchase...

  • TREASURIES-U.S. 30-year bonds fall ahead of Fed minutes Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 11:07 AM ET

    *Greece debt concerns spur earlier safety bids for bonds. "The April FOMC minutes might have a hawkish tone," said Todd Colvin, senior vice president at Ambrosino Brothers in Chicago. Companies raised $38 billion in the bond market on Monday and Tuesday, according to IFR, a Thomson Reuters unit.

  • *America Movil first bought KPN stake in 2012. AMSTERDAM/ LONDON, May 20- Mexican telecoms group America Movil completed a 3 billion euros sale of bonds exchangeable for KPN shares, leading to a possible exit by the Dutch firm's largest shareholder after three difficult years. "America Movil has received cash today for the value of that stake, then they look five...

  • *Putin says new law paves way for Ukraine default. MOSCOW, May 20- Russia on Wednesday demanded the timely repayment of all debts owed to it by Ukraine and accused Kiev of effectively preparing the way for default with a new law. Moscow, whose relations with Kiev have been wrecked by a year-long conflict in eastern Ukraine, has declined to join the debt restructuring...

  • *Greece debt concerns rekindle safety bids for bonds. Treasuries prices were higher on Wednesday, as concerns about Greece's ability to meet its debt payments renewed safe-haven demand for bonds ahead of the release of the Federal Reserve's record of its April policy meeting. "The market bounce is driven in part on worries Greece can't make its June debt...

  • DUBAI, May 20- An $85 million loan taken out by a Ugandan bank this year points to an emerging trend in international capital markets: the rise of the Gulf as a syndicated loan market for Africa and Asia. Stanbic Bank Uganda originally intended to raise $75 million through the 18- month deal in January, but expanded that because of strong interest from banks wanting...

  • SHANGHAI, May 20- Holders of a medium term note on which state-owned Baoding Tianwei Group missed a payment in April, including bond underwriter China Construction Bank, have asked Tianwei's parent company to guarantee the bond unconditionally. Tianwei's bondholders asked China's National Association of Financial Market Institutional Investors to...

  • US STOCKS-Futures slightly higher ahead of Fed minutes Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 7:35 AM ET

    May 20- U.S. stock index futures were slightly higher on Wednesday, a day after the Dow closed at a record high for the second straight day and ahead of the release of minutes from last month's Federal Reserve meeting. The minutes are expected to be released at 2:00 p.m. ET. *A rate hike is not likely to be appropriate until early 2016, Chicago Fed President Charles...

  • TOKYO, May 20- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plan to cut the country's debt pile will rely on the Bank of Japan keeping government bond yields low for years to come, people involved in its crafting say, which could force the bank to maintain its massive monetary stimulus for longer than it wants. Abe has pledged to come up with plans to fix Japan's tattered...

  • SHANGHAI, May 20- China's Hubei province will auction 20 billion yuan of bonds ranging in tenor from three to 10 years on May 27, according to a notice posted on the website of one of the country's main bond clearing houses on Wednesday. Hubei will be the third province to auction municipal bonds in China this year following Jiangsu's auction on Monday and another...

  • HOUSTON, May 20- U.S. oil companies, still smarting from the crude price rout, are attracting a wave of new investment from unlikely sources- hedge funds and private equity firms flocking to the energy market for the first time to bet on a rebound. "You've got generalist funds that have never invested in energy coming out of the woodwork," Michael Ames, an energy...

  • JGBs edge down as Tokyo stocks hit 15-year high Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 12:59 AM ET

    TOKYO, May 20- Japanese government bond prices fell on Wednesday following a drop in U.S. Treasuries and as Tokyo stocks rallied to a 15- year high and dented the allure of safe-haven debt. The benchmark 10- year JGB yield rose 1.5 basis points to 0.395 percent, though it still remained some distance away from a two-month high of 0.470 percent struck earlier in the...

  • May 19- UBS AG must buy back an investor's Puerto Rico bond fund portfolio for $1 million, securities arbitrators ruled on Tuesday in a rare, lengthy rebuke of the firm's sales practices on the Caribbean island. A Financial Industry Regulatory Authority arbitration panel in San Juan found two UBS units liable to the investor, Juan Burgos Rosado, whose losses in...

  • Chaired by Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, its membership is comprised of the top U.S. regulators including Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White. The FSOC's report comes just one day before the SEC is slated to propose rules that would require mutual funds and other asset managers to report more details...

  • *Ukraine needs dollars, not words, from creditors- PM. KIEV, May 19- Ukraine passed a law on Tuesday that gives the government the right to halt payments to creditors as it wrangles over the terms for restructuring $23 billion of foreign debt. Ukraine is holding talks to restructure sovereign and state-guaranteed debt to plug a $15 billion funding gap, but...

  • Spanish debt chief sees market volatility subsiding Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 10:17 AM ET

    PARIS, May 19- The head of Spain's debt management agency said on Tuesday that recent volatility in bond markets would wane as it was not rooted in investor concerns about issuers' credit quality. Many market participants have struggled to explain the rout, with some attributing it to dwindling liquidity and others blaming rising inflation expectations after...

  • NEW YORK, May 19- Encouraging housing starts data and a bulge of corporate bond supply knocked U.S. "This morning's market action was driven by a pretty good housing starts number," said Stanley Sun, interest rate strategist at Nomura Securities International in New York. Investment-grade companies raised $18 billion in the debt market on Monday with more on the...

  • *PM says Ukraine needs dollars, not words, from creditors. Ukraine is holding talks to restructure sovereign and state-guaranteed debt to plug a $15 billion funding gap, but negotiations have soured in the past week, as bondholders repeated objections to any writedown on the principal owed and Kiev said that stance showed a lack of good faith.

  • Big bond funds see opportunities amid global rout Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 9:21 AM ET

    Much of that selling has come from players with shorter-term horizons such as hedge funds and momentum funds, however, and bond market giants PIMCO, Blackrock, Amundi and Aberdeen Asset Management told Reuters they have seen almost no outflows. But clients are cutting exposure to index-linked paper in favor of peripheral euro zone bonds or even subordinated...