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  • JGBs rebound as retreat in Bunds halts for now Friday, 15 May 2015 | 12:44 AM ET

    TOKYO, May 15- Japanese government bond prices rebounded across the board on Friday, taking their cue from a respite in the selloff of German Bunds. Firm results from the Bank of Japan's JGB buying operation conducted on Friday also lifted JGB market sentiment. The central bank buys JGBs regularly from the market as part of its extensive quantitative easing...

  • UPDATE 1-S&P downgrades Chicago GO bonds to A- from A+ Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 7:57 PM ET

    CHICAGO, May 14- Chicago's credit rating suffered a new blow on Thursday when Standard& Poor's Ratings Services dropped it two notches to A-minus and warned it could fall even further. S&P's downgrade came just two days after Moody's Investors Service dropped Chicago's general obligation rating into the junk level in the wake of an Illinois Supreme Court...

  • WASHINGTON, May 14- The head of the U.S. derivatives market regulator on Thursday slammed a bill in the House of Representatives to reauthorize the agency, saying the new mandate would make it harder for it to respond quickly to market events. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has raised its profile significantly after the 2007-09 financial crisis,...

  • WASHINGTON, May 14- Nationwide Life Insurance Co will pay $8 million to settle charges that it allegedly violated pricing rules in how it processed purchases and redemptions in variable insurance and mutual fund products, U.S. regulators said on Thursday. The Securities and Exchange Commission said the company is settling the charges without admitting or...

  • May 14- Pimco's global equities Chief Investment Officer Virginie Maisonneuve is leaving the bond powerhouse, it said on Thursday, less than a year and a half after she was hired. In September, Bill Gross, co-founder of Pacific Investment Management Co, left his post as chief investment officer and joined mutual fund management firm Janus Capital, a move that...

  • WASHINGTON, May 14- Nationwide Life Insurance Company will pay $8 million to settle charges that it allegedly violated pricing rules in how it processed purchases and redemptions in variable insurance and mutual fund products, U.S. regulators said on Thursday.

  • German Bund yields near 2015 highs as sell-off rumbles on Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 11:22 AM ET

    LONDON, May 14- Benchmark German 10- year Bund yields held near 2015 highs on Thursday as a global retreat from fixed income assets rumbled on despite macroeconomic data that would normally be supportive for bond markets. The spring back in yields from near-zero levels began on April 29, coinciding with very low, but better-than-expected German inflation...

  • *Treasury yields fall, oil slips. NEW YORK, May 14- The U.S. dollar was near its lowest since January against a currency basket on Thursday after a lower-than-expected reading of U.S. producer price inflation, while global stock markets rose. "People are pretty focused on the weak numbers for the U.S.," said David Gilmore, partner at Foreign Exchange Analytics in Essex,...

  • US 30- YEAR TREASURY BONDS EXTEND PRICE GAINS TO A FULL POINT, YIELDS FALL TO 3.03 PERCENT.

  • WASHINGTON, May 14- The head of the U.S. derivatives market regulator on Thursday slammed a bill in the House of Representatives to reauthorize the agency, saying the new mandate would make it harder for it to quickly respond to market events. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has raised its profile significantly after the 2007-09 financial crisis,...

  • CHICAGO, May 14- With bond markets in turmoil, what is a 401 investor to do? Retirement investors have enjoyed the best of both worlds these past two years: a bull market in both equities and bonds. "If investors stay course and their holding period is longer than the fund's duration, rising rates should be not much to fear," says Fran Kinniry, a principal in Vanguard's...

  • May 14- In an unprecedented move, Eaton Vance Corp will offer to help some brokerages pay their technology costs to make the fund company's new breed of exchange-traded funds available to investors, Tom Faust, Eaton's chief executive officer, told Reuters this week. The moves come as a number of industry officials question whether there will be investor demand...

  • NEW YORK, May 14- U.S. "Trading is calming down in Europe," said Jim Vogel, an interest rate strategist at FTN Financial in Memphis, Tennessee. "Yields still aren't improving, but the frenzy is less, so that helps Treasuries disconnect from the sharp rise in Europe."

  • US STOCKS-Futures higher ahead of weekly jobless data Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 7:36 AM ET

    May 14- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Thursday ahead of weekly jobless numbers, after the market closed little changed on Wednesday on weak April retail sales data. *Dow component Cisco fell 1.2 percent to $29 after the company beat estimates but said spending by telecom customers was not going to improve in the near future. *Puma Biotechnology shares...

  • MOSCOW/ LONDON, May 14- Russian companies could return to international bond markets later this year after being frozen out by Western sanctions over Ukraine as investor appetite for the high-yielding debt picks up. The Minsk agreement to end fighting between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian government troops has been frequently violated, however,...

  • *Gold set for biggest weekly gain since Jan. 16. LONDON, May 14- Gold hit a five-week high on Thursday as the dollar remained under pressure following sluggish U.S. data that pushed back expectations of when interest rates in the world's largest economy will rise. "I'm forecasting gold to average $1,200 this quarter, as a slightly weaker dollar will continue to be...

  • *FTSE 100 down 0.1 pct, in line with Europe. LONDON, May 14- Britain's blue-chip FTSE 100 index edged down on Thursday- broadly in line with European shares, hit by a persistent bond-market sell-off- after a mixed bag of corporate earnings and weaker commodity prices. "U.S. and UK stocks appear to be preferred versus German stocks for now, mainly because any increases in...

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Euro at 3-month high, bond yields key Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 4:30 AM ET

    *Euro zone hits 3- month high above $1.14. Gold at 5- week high. Asian stocks ex- Japan were broadly flat while Japan's Nikkei 225 index fell 1 percent, weighed down by the yen's strength against the sagging dollar.

  • JGBs lifted by solid demand at 30-year sale Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 4:18 AM ET

    TOKYO, May 14- Japanese government bonds erased losses on Thursday after a 30- year auction fared much better than many investors had feared after a tepid 10- year sale earlier in the week. The Ministry of Finance offered 800 billion yen of 30- year JGBs, re-opening issue number 46 with a coupon of 1.5 percent. That matched the high struck on Tuesday after the...

  • *Public holiday in much of Europe but markets open. *Europe bourses in 2015: http://link.reuters.com/pap87v. Trading volumes were expected to be subdued due to a public holiday across much of Europe.