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  • US TREASURY YIELDS RISE AFTER DATA, 10- YEAR NOTE YIELDS INCREASE TO 1.75 PERCENT.

  • May 13- U.S. stock index futures were lower on Friday as oil prices fell and investors awaited April retail sales data for clues on the strength of the economy. The data is expected at 8:30 a.m. ET. Apple was down 0.4 percent at $90.01 in premarket trading.

  • LONDON, May 13- The investor love affair with. bonds, which has survived regular predictions it will break down for three decades, remains as strong as ever. "There's an understanding that inflationary pressures remain subdued, and in this environment, bonds are a good investment," said Nicola Mai, Head of European Sovereign Analysis at bond fund giant Pimco in...

  • BUDAPEST/ WARSAW, May 13- The zloty and Polish government bonds firmed amid hopes that Moody's will only worsen the outlook of Poland's credit rating later on Friday rather than cutting the rating itself. In January, rating agency S&P downgraded Poland's credit rating, saying the ruling conservative government had weakened the independence of key...

  • TOKYO, May 13- Long-dated Japanese government bond prices dropped on Friday after an auction of 30- year bonds the previous day, putting a brake on the relentless flattening in the yield curve since the Bank of Japan's negative interest rates policy. The 30- year JGB yield rose 3.5 basis points to 0.350 percent while the 20- year yield rose 2.0 basis points to...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, May 12- Brazil's state-controlled oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA posted its third-straight quarterly loss on Thursday as oil prices and production fell and a weaker currency boosted debt costs. It is saddled with the oil industry's largest debt and has also been hurt by falling domestic demand due to Brazil's worst recession since the...

  • TOKYO, May 13- The dollar held to gains against the yen and euro on Friday, awaiting U.S. data later in the day that could set the greenbacks tone. The dollar was steady at 108.96 yen after gaining about 0.6 percent overnight. Treasury yields rose when Boston Federal Reserve President Eric Rosengren said the Fed should raise interest rates if data confirms a...

  • -Lipper@ NEW YORK, May 12- U.S. fund investors shied away from riskier bets in the latest week, Lipper data showed on Thursday, with junk bonds and emerging-market stocks posting their worst outflows since January. The $1.9 billion outflow from high-yield bond funds during the week marks the largest withdrawal for those funds since January, while the $1.4 billion...

  • "There appears to be copious amounts of cash around" and "spreads are compressing as investors reach for yield," said Greg Saulnier, a Municipal Market Data analyst. The week ended May 11 was the biggest in inflows so far this year, with $1.2 billion. "This streak is quite amazing given the low levels of municipal rates and ratios, but the risk-adjusted yields on munis...

  • U.S.-BASED MONEY MARKET FUNDS ATTRACT $5.1 BLN OVER WEEKLY PERIOD; THIRD STRAIGHT WEEK OF NET NEW CASH- LIPPER.

  • NEW YORK, May 12- U.S. The comments by Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren, a voting member this year on the Fed's rate-setting committee, point to growing pressure within the U.S. central bank to raise rates in the coming months. "Rosengren had fairly lofty expectations on where consumers are going to be this year," said Aaron Kohli, an interest rate strategist at BMO...

  • *Reports first drop in net sales in 6 qtrs. May 12- Kohl's Corp became the latest U.S. department store operator to flag a slump in apparel demand, reporting a surprise drop in quarterly comparable sales on Thursday that sent its shares plummeting to a more than seven-year low. That's the simple answer, " Wes McDonald, Kohl's chief financial officer, said on a call with...

  • NEW YORK, May 12- U.S. The U.S. government saw very strong demand for a $23 billion sale of 10- year notes on Wednesday and a $24 billion sale of three-year notes on Tuesday, even as large corporate debt sales also flooded the market. "Clearly there is a very strong demand for duration on the part of the buyside, that was evident in yesterday's 10- year note auction," said...

  • Wall Street, where a sharp fall on Wednesday set the gloomy tone in Asia, was set to open higher, according to index futures. Germany's Dax index gained 0.6 percent and Britain's FTSE 100 added 0.4 percent. Earlier, MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slipped 0.4 percent, moving back toward a two-month low touched on Tuesday.

  • The company's shares were up 4 percent at $4.54 in premarket trading following news of the privately negotiated deals. Chesapeake, whose debt stands at about $9 billion, said it issued or agreed to issue about 28.1 million shares between May 5 and May 11 in exchange for senior notes worth about $153 million. Chief Financial Officer Nick Dell' Osso said on May 5 that...

  • WASHINGTON/ SAN JUAN, May 12- As the U.S. Congress drags its feet on a bill to address Puerto Rico's $70 billion debt crisis, it could get kicked into high gear by an unlikely source: the Supreme Court. The highest U.S. court is due to rule by the end of June on the validity of a Puerto Rico law that would allow the U.S. territory to restructure the chunk of its debt issued by...

  • *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...