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  • JGBs soar, yields sink after Fed's dovish signal Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 3:10 AM ET

    TOKYO, March 19- Japanese government bonds soared on Thursday, sending yields on several notes to multi-week lows, after the U.S. In the superlong zone, the yield on the 20- year JGB fell 6 basis points to 1.070 percent after earlier touching 1.040 percent, its lowest since Feb. 3. Investors shrugged off news that three Japanese public pension funds with a combined...

  • TOKYO, March 19- Japan's Nikkei benchmark dropped from 15- year highs on Thursday as investors took profits on recent gainers such as banking shares, which could suffer from a fall in Japanese bond yields. The yield on the benchmark 10- year Japanese government bond skidded to a six-week low after the U.S. Bucking the weakness, Nintendo Co extended its gains from...

  • *Treasury yields down sharply, Australia yields at record low. SYDNEY, March 19- Asian shares enjoyed their best session in 18 months on Thursday as investors priced in a later start and a slower pace for future U.S rate rises, slashing sovereign bond yields from Japan to Australia. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan climbed 1.6 percent,...

  • HONG KONG, March 19- As offshore yuan bond yields in Hong Kong keep hitting highs, those on dim sum bonds issued by sovereigns and non-bank entities this month have surpassed their onshore counterparts for the first time. For government bonds, a 5- year yuan bond in Hong Kong was trading with a yield of 3.65/ 3.59 percent on Thursday, compared with 3.37/ 3.31 percent in...

  • BUENOS AIRES/ NEW YORK, March 18- Citigroup Inc will not appeal a U.S. judge's ruling that it cannot process an Argentine sovereign debt payment if he helps the bank exit its custody business in the default-hit country as swiftly as possible, its lawyer said on Wednesday. District Judge Thomas Griesa in New York to suspend his order blocking payments to enable the...

  • SYDNEY, March 19- The dollar nursed punishing losses in Asia on Thursday after investors priced in a later start and a slower pace for future U.S rate rises, slashing Treasury yields and firing up Wall Street stocks. Early signs were also promising for regional stocks with MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan up 0.9 percent.

  • BUENOS AIRES, March 18- Argentina will not allow Citigroup Inc. to exit its local custody business, a senior source in the government said on Wednesday, setting up a possible showdown between the leftist government and the banking giant over sovereign debt payments. The government is demanding Citigroup process a March 31 coupon payment on its sovereign debt...

  • NEW YORK, March 18- U.S. Treasuries yields sank on Wednesday, with short-dated note yields posting their biggest daily declines in six years, after investors interpreted the latest Federal Reserve statement and comments from Fed Chair Janet Yellen as dovish. "The market was expecting a dovish outcome, but this was more than the market expected," said Priya Misra,...

  • ANALYSIS-ECB's money printing may stymie cash generators Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 3:00 PM ET

    LONDON, March 18- The European Central Bank may well be printing money via its landmark government bond buying programme, but it could also be destroying some of the financial system's own printing presses in the process. Little over a week after the ECB launched its 1 trillion euro' quantitative easing' campaign, financial markets are fretting that there is a...

  • Stock markets rallied after the Fed statement, while the U.S. 10- year Treasury yield dipped below 2 percent for the first time since March 2 and the euro rose against the dollar on the more dovish forecasts that appeared to argue against a June move. "This was largely what was expected, though some may have been fearing a more hawkish Fed, and that explains the rally...

  • LONDON, March 18- Britain's government bond market risks becoming more volatile due to reduced liquidity and increased uncertainty over U.S. monetary policy, the head of the country's debt issuance agency said on Wednesday. Robert Stheeman, chief executive of the UK Debt Management Office, said banks were becoming less willing to trade gilts due to a mix of...

  • BUENOS AIRES/ NEW YORK, March 18- Argentina will not allow Citigroup Inc. to exit its local custody business, a senior source in the government said on Wednesday, setting up a possible showdown between the leftist government and the banking giant over sovereign debt payments. The bank has found itself at the center of a bitter court battle between Argentina and a...

  • BUENOS AIRES/ NEW YORK, March 18- Argentina will not allow Citigroup Inc. to exit its local custody business, a senior source in the government said on Wednesday, a day after the bank said it planned to do so after a U.S. judge denied it permission to process some sovereign debt payments. The bank has found itself at the center of a bitter court battle between Argentina...

  • *Fed statement due at 2 p.m. EDT. NEW YORK, March 18- U.S. medium- and long-dated Treasury yields hit multi-week lows on Wednesday as investors expected the Federal Reserve could note the lack of inflationary pressures in its upcoming policy statement. "The long end is being supported by the view that the Fed might temper their view on inflation," said Sean Murphy, a...

  • US STOCKS-Futures slip ahead of Fed statement Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 7:44 AM ET

    NEW YORK, March 18- U.S. stock index futures fell on Wednesday ahead of a highly anticipated statement and news conference by the Federal Reserve later in the session, with the Fed expected to give clearer clues on how soon it plans to tighten monetary policy. *A Fed statement is due at 2:00 p.m. EDT, with a press conference by Chair Janet Yellen half an hour later.

  • NEW DELHI, March 18- India plans to strip the Reserve Bank of India of its powers to regulate government bonds, but leave the central bank in charge of other money market instruments, three government sources with direct knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday. The move is part of a major overhaul of the financial system that aims to deepen bond markets by...

  • BIS warns of consequences of negative bond yields Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 7:00 AM ET

    LONDON, March 18- The Bank for International Settlements warned on Wednesday that negative bond yields could have damaging consequences, not only for financial markets but also for the public at large. The Switzerland- based BIS, known as central bankers' central bank, said the world's financial markets had entered uncharted waters with this year's global...

  • MOSCOW, March 18- Russia's Finance Ministry said it sold 2.4 billion roubles of OFZ treasury bonds at auction on Wednesday at an average yield of 16.28 percent. The ministry offered 5 billion roubles of OFZs maturing in January 2025 and saw bids of 4.2 billion roubles. The Finance Ministry has seen better demand for its OFZ auctions in recent weeks after...

  • SYDNEY/ NEW YORK, March 18- Australia's Fortescue Metals Group Ltd, the world's fourth-largest iron ore miner, pulled a $2.5 billion high-yield bond issue after investors rattled by tumbling ore prices balked at the offer, sending its shares to six-year lows. The scrapped refinancing deal is the latest sign of anxiety about massive oversupply in the iron ore...

  • Japanese government bonds gain on auction, U.S. debt Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 12:49 AM ET

    TOKYO, March 18- Japanese government bond prices rose on Wednesday after an auction of 20- year JGBs attracted decent bids and U.S. bond prices extended gains on falling oil prices and soft U.S. economic data. The auction of 1.2 trillion yen of 20- year JGBs produced a lowest accepted price of 99.80, in line with market expectations of 99.65-99.95.