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  • US STOCKS-Futures flat ahead of data flurry Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 7:52 AM ET

    *Salesforce.com climbs after results, outlook. NEW YORK, Feb 26- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Thursday ahead of a flurry of economic data, after the Dow edged up to a new record a day earlier while the Nasdaq snapped a 10- session winning streak. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen to a House of Representatives committee that yielded little insight...

  • MUNICH, Feb 26- German insurer Allianz raised its dividend by less than expected after earnings in its core property and casualty insurance businesses lagged and asset management stalled following client defections at its U.S. unit Pimco. Shares in Europe's largest insurer fell more than 3 percent on Thursday and were the biggest decliners in Germany's blue...

  • *Raft of corporate earnings keep Europe flat. LONDON, Feb 26- German seven-year bond yields fell below zero for the first time ever on Thursday, as investors positioned themselves for an extended era of cheap money ahead of the European Central Bank's looming bond-buying scheme. Bets that a U.S. rate hike might come later than expected, triggered by comments by Fed...

  • TOKYO, Feb 26- Foreign investors bought 1.13 trillion yen of Japanese cash shares and futures last week, their largest net buying in more than three months, helping to drive Japanese stock prices to 15- year highs. They bought 153.8 billion yen of cash stocks, data from the Tokyo Stock Exchange showed, and also bought 978.8 billion yen of Japanese stock futures,...

  • German 7-yr bond yields fall below zero as QE nears Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 3:39 AM ET

    *Italy yields fall ahead of debt sale. LONDON, Feb 26- German borrowing costs out to seven years fell below zero for the first time and Italian yields dipped ahead of an auction on Thursday in further signs of frantic investor demand for euro zone government debt. Germany and Portugal sold debt at new record lows, in five- and 10- year sales respectively on Wednesday,...

  • JGBs firm after decent demand in 2-year auction Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 11:58 PM ET

    TOKYO, Feb 26- Japanese government bond prices were little changed on Thursday, with the market relieved after witnessing decent investor demand for newly auctioned two-year debt. Auction results have drawn more attention from participants as lower liquidity, a result of massive debt purchases under the Bank of Japan's extensive easing scheme, has made the...

  • BUENOS AIRES/ NEW YORK, Feb 25- Argentina, a pariah of the global debt market for more than a decade, believes it has an opportunity to raise debt internationally and on Wednesday begun marketing a new bond issue to non-U.S. investors. The government has begun marketing a new issue of Bonar 2024 notes as it seeks to raise cash ahead of upcoming maturities and avoid...

  • *Yellen testimony to House identical to Senate testimony. NEW YORK, Feb 25- U.S. Yellen's testimony to the House Financial Services Committee was identical to one she delivered Tuesday to the Senate Banking Committee.

  • Feb 25- Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc, a retailer of hardwood flooring in North America, said the U.S. Department of Justice may seek criminal charges against the company under an Act aimed at curbing illegal harvest of tropical hardwoods. Contracts volume in Lumber Liquidators' options were 9 times normal at about 27,000, according to Trade Alert data.

  • CAPE TOWN, Feb 25- South Africa will increase income tax rates for the first time in 20 years, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said in a gloomy budget speech on Wednesday, as he cut growth forecasts for an economy beset by chronic power shortages. Nene also widened budget deficit estimates for Africa's most developed economy and said the government would have to...

  • BUENOS AIRES, Feb 25- Argentina, shunned by the global debt market for more than a decade, believes it has an opportunity to raise debt internationally and is considering issuing a long-term dollar-denominated bond. Any new bond would be issued under local Argentina law, officials said. Investors piled into a new $500 million bond from the city of Buenos Aires...

  • *Yellen testimony to House identical to Senate testimony. Analysts watching Yellen for any changes from testimony she gave to a Senate panel Tuesday said the unchanged text supported the dovish interpretation that led yesterday's rally in Treasuries prices. "Certainly we would be looking for some hint that she's walking us back, but if not the market is...

  • LONDON, Feb 25- Twenty years after Nick Leeson brought down Britain's oldest investment bank, the rogue trader immortalised in book and film says little has changed in an industry that continues to throw up one scandal after another. Leeson, whose $1.4 billion loss as a Singapore- based junior derivatives trader led to the 1995 collapse of Barings Bank and earned...

  • Bond giant PIMCO to cut some bank partners Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 9:41 AM ET

    LONDON, Feb 25- PIMCO, the world's biggest bond investor, will cut the number of banks it uses to execute deals over the next two years, as regulation reduces the trading capabilities of many market makers, one of its bond fund managers said on Wednesday. A lot of highly professional and experienced traders are being let go, "said Alex Struc, an executive vice president...

  • LONDON, Feb 25- Ireland has no problem in principle with the idea of swapping Greece's official debt for growth-linked bonds but would have to see the details of any proposal, Finance Minister Michael Noonan said on Wednesday. Euro zone finance ministers agreed on Tuesday to a four-month extension of Greece's EU/IMF bailout programme, subject to its economic...

  • FACTBOX-Global push for bank rules eyes finishing line Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 9:32 AM ET

    Feb 25- As the banking crisis fades in memory, only to be replaced by a lingering economic slowdown, governments have lost interest in financial reform despite warnings from experts that dangers remain. Main financial rules completed since 2007-9 crisis. *Making the $691 trillion financial derivatives sector safer: swap contracts must be reported as well as...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St set for flat open; Yellen, data on tap Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 8:59 AM ET

    *New home sales data expected at 10 a.m.. NEW YORK, Feb 25- U.S. stocks index futures pointed towards a flat open on Wednesday, after the Dow and S&P 500 climbed to their latest records, before a second day of testimony from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and data on the housing market. "There is a pregnant pause in the market this morning," said Peter Kenny, chief market...

  • LONDON, Feb 25- Irish and Portuguese bond yields hit all-time lows on Wednesday as fears about a Greek exit from the euro zone receded, leaving investors to refocus on the start in coming weeks of European Central Bank bond purchases. The move cements Ireland's recovery from the debt crisis and its return to capital markets after exiting an international...

  • ATHENS, Feb 25- Greece has no immediate problem with government liquidity, but faces trouble in making debt payments to the IMF and European Central Bank in the spring and summer, Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said on Wednesday. A finance ministry official said on Tuesday that Greece expected to start discussions immediately with its EU/IMF partners on...

  • MOSCOW, Feb 25- Russia's Finance Ministry sold 10 billion roubles of OFZ treasury bonds at auction on Wednesday at an average yield of 13.5 percent. It was the second week in a row that the Finance Ministry sold all of the bonds on offer, reflecting stronger demand. Following are details of the auction, taken from the Finance Ministry website:.