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  • BEIJING, Sept 22- HSBC Holdings plc and Bank of China Ltd became the first offshore commercial banks on Tuesday to get approval from China's central bank to issue yuan-denominated bonds in China's $6 trillion domestic interbank bond market. HSBC was approved to issue 1 billion yuan of Panda bonds, while the Hong Kong branch of Bank of China Ltd was permitted to...

  • Sept 22- U.S. stock index futures were down about 1.5 percent on Tuesday as oil and copper prices fell on uncertain demand from China. *Copper prices hit two-week lows, while oil was down about 2 percent. *Fears of slowing growth in China sparked a sharp selloff in global stock markets in recent weeks and the Fed's comments about the global economy exacerbated those...

  • *U.S. to sell $90 billion fixed-rate coupon supply. *U.S. high-grade bond supply seen $25 bln- $30 bln this week- IFR. Three regional Fed presidents- James Bullard of St. Louis, Dennis Lockhart of Atlanta and John Williams of San Francisco- all made comments indicating a rate hike remains on the table.

  • *U.S. to sell $90 billion fixed-rate coupon supply. NEW YORK, Sept 21- U.S. "It's a reversal of the dovish tone of the FOMC meeting," said Subadra Rajappa, head of U.S. rates strategy at SG Corporate& Investment Banking in New York.

  • *Atmel jumps after $4.6 bln deal. Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Dennis Lockhart, a voting member of the Fed's policy-making committee, speaks on Monday. "We had a pretty dramatic selloff on Friday and it's normal to see some gains after that," said Randy Frederick, managing director of trading and derivatives for Charles Schwab in Austin.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 21- Goldman Sachs Group Inc said on Monday it was launching its first ever exchange traded fund, as the bank tries to break into the lucrative and highly competitive $3 trillion market for ETFs. Goldman is attempting to enter a market in which BlackRock Inc, State Street and Vanguard together account for about 70 percent of total assets in the global...

  • *Europe shares rise, Wall Street to follow after falls in Asia. LONDON, Sept 21- Wall Street was expected to start the week higher on Monday with a rebound in European stocks, the dollar and oil markets pointing to a tentative recovery in confidence following another difficult day in Asia. Asia's damage amounted to 1.5-2 percent falls in Australia, Korea and...

  • Sept 21- U.S. stock index futures were slightly higher on Monday after Wall Street closed lower last week as the Federal Reserve's decision to keep interest rates unchanged stoked fears of slowing global economic growth. *Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Dennis Lockhart speaks before the Buckhead Rotary Club on Monday. *Shares of Lennar were up 3.8...

  • BEIJING, Sept 21- Britain and China agreed on Monday to a series of initiatives ranging from an expanded currency swap agreement, Chinese investment in British nuclear power, and a feasibility study for a scheme to connect the London and Shanghai stock markets. Speaking on the second of a five day visit to China, finance minister George Osborne said Britain would...

  • *Europe steady after Asia shares follow Wall Street lower. Most of Asia's damage was done by 1.5-2 percent falls in Australia, Korea and Malaysia, and Europe also struggled to maintain what had looked to have been a brighter start to the day. Malaysia's ringgit suffered again after the Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation was...

  • HELSINKI, Sept 18- Fitch on Friday affirmed its top-notch AAA credit rating for recession-hit Finland with negative outlook, suggesting the new centre-right government can change the course after three years of economic contraction. "Finland has a track record of sound fiscal policy management and economic policy execution," Fitch said in a statement.

  • Rick Rieder, chief investment officer of global fixed income at BlackRock, the world's biggest asset manager with $4.7 trillion in assets under management, told Reuters: "I had thought that investment-grade credit had very limited value for the past few years, but some of these spread levels are very attractive right now." The Fed's wary global view due to...

  • LONDON, Sept 18- A hedge fund that has for years used courts to secure better debt repayment terms from Argentina has accumulated Ukraine sovereign bonds and formed a group seeking improvements to a recent debt workout, a source with knowledge of the matter said. A restructuring deal agreed in August allows Ukraine to cut principal repayments on its bonds by 20...

  • LONDON, Sept 18- A hedge fund that has for years used courts to secure better debt repayment terms from Argentina has accumulated Ukraine sovereign bonds and formed a group seeking improvements to a recent debt workout, a source with knowledge of the matter said. A restructuring deal agreed in August allows Ukraine to cut principal repayments on its bonds by 20...

  • *Spain, Italy yields fall near one-month lows. LONDON, Sept 18- Euro zone government bond yields dropped by more than 10 basis points on Friday after the U.S. "For some time now the Fed has made clear its intention to raise rates this year," said Societe Generale strategist Ciaran O'Hagan.

  • *2-, 5- year yields hit over 3- week lows. *10- year yields hit over 1- week low. NEW YORK, Sept 18- U.S.

  • *Recent data suggests UK economy is slowing. LONDON, Sept 18- The Bank of England's next move may be to cut interest rates rather than raise them, because of the risk of persistent low inflation and an emerging market crisis that could hurt world growth, its chief economist Andy Haldane said on Friday. "The balance of risks to UK growth, and to UK inflation at the...

  • MUMBAI, Sept 18- India's market watchdog has started a probe into auto parts maker Castex Technologies, after investors alleged it manipulated its stock to trigger the conversion of bonds into equity, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said. The allegations against Castex throw a spotlight on the quality of corporate oversight at a time when India is...

  • TOKYO, Sept 18- Japanese government bonds gained on Friday, tracking a rally in U.S. In the superlong zone, the 30- year JGB yield fell 4 basis points to 1.375 percent, its lowest since Sept. 8. The Bank of Japan offered to buy a total of 820 billion yen worth of JGBs under its asset-purchase programme on Friday, including 400 billion yen in the 1- year to 3- year zone, 400...

  • Sept 17- Moody's Investors Service cut the credit rating of Ferguson, Missouri to "junk" status on Thursday, citing its sharply deteriorating finances following the fatal shooting of a black teen by a white policeman in the city in August 2014. The rating agency said the seven-notch downgrade of Ferguson's general obligation rating, to Ba1 from Aa3, was due to a "...