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  • 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.

  • HONG KONG, May 14- Hong Kong's offshore yuan bond market rallied strongly in the past month, with the high-yield sector taking the lead, thanks to improved risk appetite and easing of tight liquidity that has lasted for months. The rally is likely to continue as China gets deeper into a policy easing cycle and more stimulus measures are expected to shore up the...

  • LONDON, May 14- Benchmark German 10- year Bund yields held near 2015 highs on Thursday as a global retreat from fixed income assets hammered on, ignoring 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...

  • LONDON, May 14- European shares extended a losing streak on Thursday as bond market jitters and a rebound in the euro currency, whose weakness has benefited many European exporters, weighed on stocks. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was down by 0.6 percent at 1,560.75 points in early session trading, although the index remains up by around 14 percent...

  • Nikkei falls on bond market rout, Konica Minolta jumps Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 10:26 PM ET

    *Konica Minolta jumps on higher shareholder returns. TOKYO, May 14- Japan's Nikkei share average dropped on Thursday as another rise in bond yields around the world kept many investors on edge, but Konica Minolta jumped after it joined a growing list of companies announcing higher payouts for shareholders. "I think the market is starting to price in an end of...

  • CHICAGO, May 13- A day after pushing Chicago's credit rating to junk, Moody's Investors Service dropped ratings on Wednesday for the city's school and park districts to that level as well. Moody's dropped the rating on $6.2 billion of Chicago Board of Education general obligation bonds three notches to Ba3 and the rating on $616 million of Chicago Park District...

  • NEW YORK, May 13- A downgrade of Chicago's debt rating to junk created confusion in the $3.7 trillion U.S. municipal bond market on Wednesday, with prices sliding in a volatile session and predictions that they still have further to fall. While Moody's Investors Service downgraded the city's $8.1 billion of general obligation debt to junk at Ba1, other big Wall...

  • SAFT ON WEALTH -Smart beta, wholesale may beat retail Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 5:42 PM ET

    May 13- U.S. equity investors might be better off getting their smart beta wholesale, or rather via a simple do-it-yourself strategy. Carried out by Denys Glushkov of the University of Pennsylvania, the study found "no evidence" that smart beta funds can significantly beat their risk-adjusted passive investment benchmarks. True smart beta ETFs now account for...

  • *Treasury sells $24 bln 10- year notes to strong demand. *Treasury to sell $24 bln 30- yr bonds Thursday. NEW YORK, May 13- U.S.

  • US TREASURY YIELDS RESUME RISE AFTER 10- YEAR NOTE AUCTION, 10- YEAR YIELDS INCREASE TO 2.29 PCT.

  • *Tech stocks rise, with Microsoft leading gains. May 13- Wall Street was little changed in afternoon trading on Wednesday, paring early gains, as a flurry of deals failed to make up for tepid economic data. "We are seeing some evidence that the weakness in the first-quarter has spilled over to this quarter, but I'm not concerned that U.S. consumer spending for the year...

  • US TREASURY YIELDS FALL AFTER 10- YEAR NOTE AUCTION, 10- YEAR YIELDS DROP 2 BPS TO 2.25 PCT.

  • *Macy's, Ralph Lauren down after results. *Tech stocks rise, with Microsoft leading gains. May 13- Wall Street pared early gains in choppy trading as tepid economic data and a renewed selloff in the bond market more than offset a flurry of corporate deals on Wednesday.

  • US TREASURY PRICES TURN NEGATIVE BEFORE 10- YEAR NOTE AUCTION, 10- YEAR YIELDS RISE TO 2.27 PCT.

  • US TREASURIES ERASE MOST EARLIER PRICE GAINS, 10- YEAR NOTE YIELDS RISE TO 2.25 PCT.