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  • TOKYO, March 22- Japanese government bond prices gained on Tuesday, with the 30- year yield reaching a new record low, as investors reinvested proceeds from maturing debt back into the market. June 10- year JGB futures nudged up 0.02 point to 151.73. The 30- year yield touched a life-time low of 0.455 percent.

  • SHANGHAI, March 22- China stocks fell on Tuesday as the market weighed new guidelines on pension products and recent comments by the central bank governor that some short-term speculative funds may be leaving the country. China CSI300 stock index futures for April fell 0.3 percent, to 3,198.2, or 24.92 points below the current value of the underlying index.

  • WASHINGTON, March 21- A regulator for the U.S. financial services industry on Monday said it was examining liquidity and redemption risks from asset managers and will provide an update on its findings in the next few months. During a conference call of the Financial Stability Oversight Council, officials discussed "potential risks to U.S. financial stability...

  • SYDNEY, March 22- With global interest rates at record lows as major central banks try to stimulate their sluggish economies, analaysts say there has never been a better time for Australia to sell 30- year bonds to secure long-term funds for ambitious infrastructure projects. Australia's longest-dated bond now is its 2039 issue, launched a few months ago as the...

  • SAO PAULO/ BRASILIA, March 21- The administration of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, facing the threat of impeachment, presented plans on Monday to limit government spending and stave off a debt crisis among states and cities hit by the worst recession in decades. The plan has to be sent to Congress for approval. Some economists cast doubts on the feasibility...

  • SAO PAULO/ BRASILIA, March 21- The Brazilian government, facing the threat of impeachment amid escalating political turmoil, launched on Monday a plan to help stave off a debt crisis among states and municipalities hit by the worst recession in decades and climbing borrowing costs. Finance Minister Nelson Barbosa said at a news conference in Brasilia the plan...

  • San Francisco Fed President John Williams told Market News International that he would advocate for another interest rate hike as early as the April policy meeting, noting "very encouraging" progress in inflation. "There were some hawkish comments from a couple of Fed officials, on the margin pointing to the potential for the Fed to continue with their new path...

  • March 21- Bank of New York Mellon Corp has agreed to pay $3 million in settling a state investigation into problems it faced in calculating net asset values on some 1,200 mutual funds last August, Massachusetts' top securities regulator said on Monday. Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin said the New York trust bank had subcontracted...

  • PARIS, March 21- Casino said on Monday it was on track to reduce debt as promised after Standard& Poor's cut the French retailer's credit rating to junk, citing falling profits, weakness in Brazil and competition at home. It said key disposals in Asia were moving ahead, and the completion of the sale of its 58.6 percent stake in Thai unit Big C Supercenter for 3.1...

  • NEW YORK, March 21- U.S. San Francisco Fed President John Williams told Market News International that he would advocate for another interest rate hike as early as the April meeting, noting "very encouraging" progress in inflation. "There were some hawkish comments from a couple of Fed officials, on the margin pointing to the potential for the Fed to continue with...

  • *Agency due to review Spain on April 1. Spain was in focus after the wealthy region of Catalonia saw its ratings downgraded further into junk territory, with Catalan bonds coming under some selling pressure. Bank estimates show that about 13 billion euros of bonds will be sold in the euro zone this week, with the Netherlands, Slovakia, Germany, Portugal and Italy all...

  • PARIS, March 21- Casino said on Monday it was on track to reduce debt as promised after Standard& Poor's cut the French retailer's credit rating to junk, citing falling profits, weakness in Brazil and competition at home. The completion of the sale of its 58.6 percent stake in Thai unit Big C for 3.1 billion euros was imminent and the disposal of its activities in...

  • *Futures up: Dow 23 pts, S&P 2.25 pts, Nasdaq 7.50 pts. March 21- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Monday as stocks continued to recover from a brutal selloff that had gripped the market for most of the year. The report is due at 10 a.m. ET.

  • March 21- Canada's Pacific Exploration& Production Corp said it chose not to make an interest payment due March 28, as the company works with debtholders to restructure debt. The company, which warned on Friday that its auditor had raised significant doubt about its ability to continue as a going concern, was due to make a $25.6 million interest payment next...

  • PARIS, March 21- Casino said on Monday it was on track to lower its debt after Standard& Poor's cut the French retailer's credit rating by one notch to non-investment grade, or junk. It said the completion of the sale of its 58.6 percent stake in Thai unit Big C for 3.1 billion euros was imminent and that the disposal process of its activities in Vietnam was...

  • BEIJING, March 20- China's economy is showing signs of improvement while capital outflows from the country are moderating, top Chinese officials said on Sunday, seeking to shore up investor confidence after recent market volatility. Chinese leaders have repeatedly tried to reassure jittery financial markets and China's major trading partners that...

  • SAO PAULO, March 18- Brazil's central bank plans to auction up to $1 billion worth of reverse currency swaps on Monday, in an indication that policymakers are uneasy with recent gains in the real that could worsen the magnitude of the nation's harshest recession in decades. The auction of 20,000 contracts was set for Monday between 11:10 a.m. and 11:20 a.m., the...

  • *Univ. of Michigan consumer sentiment lower than expected. NEW YORK, March 18- U.S. In contrast, at the December meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee, the central bank projections showed at least four rate increases for 2016. "This is still a follow-through from Wednesday's announcement from the Fed, but we are now in the re-evaluation stage," said Jim Vogel,...

  • PARIS, March 18- Siemens has no plans to build a turbine factory in France after it merges its wind assets with those of Spain's Gamesa, nor does it want any jumbo turbine technology developed by Areva, two sources said. That venture won contracts to build wind parks with 1.5 gigawatts of capacity off the French coast, on condition that Areva develops and builds a...

  • *University of Michigan consumer sentiment lower than expected. NEW YORK, March 18- U.S. "This is still a follow-through from Wednesday's announcement from the Fed, but we are now in the re-evaluation stage after the Fed decision last Wednesday," said Jim Vogel, interest rate strategist, at FTN Financial in Memphis.