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  • SAO PAULO, March 15- Moody's Investors Service on Wednesday revised upward the ratings outlook for Brazil's sovereign rating to stable from negative, saying Latin America's largest economy was poised to exit its deepest recession on record. In a statement, Moody's Vice President Samar Maziad said a stabler macroeconomic outlook is likely to bolster the...

  • NEW YORK, March 15- Markets are emboldened by the tone of monetary policymakers following an interest rate hike on Wednesday, but now is not the time to take on more risk in U.S. corporate debt, top BlackRock Inc bond investor Rick Rieder said. BlackRock managed more than $5.1 trillion in assets on Dec. 31. Rieder said on Feb. 1 the Fed would raise rates three or four times...

  • NEW YORK, March 15- Foreigners sold U.S. Foreign official institutions, which include central banks, were the biggest sellers of Treasuries, unloading $44.86 billion in U.S. government bonds, led by Germany, China, and emerging market central banks in Taiwan and India. Gennadiy Goldberg, interest rates strategist at TD Securities in New York, said China continued...

  • *Fed raises rates as expected; job gains stoke confidence. NEW YORK, March 15- U.S. stocks surged on Wednesday, while Treasury yields fell and the dollar weakened, after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the second time in three months but did not flag any plan to accelerate the pace of monetary tightening. "Lower rates, higher equities and a lower dollar...

  • *Fed raises rates as expected; job gains stoke confidence. NEW YORK, March 15- U.S. stocks pushed higher on Wednesday, while Treasury yields fell and the dollar weakened, after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the second time in three months but did not flag any plan to accelerate the pace of monetary tightening. "Lower rates, higher equities and a lower...

  • *Fed hikes rates for second time in three months. NEW YORK, March 15- U.S. "Many in the market had positioned for a bit more of a hawkish-sounding Fed in the statement and the than was actually delivered," said Mark Cabana, head of U.S. short rates strategy at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York.

  • *Fed raises rates as expected; job gains stoke confidence. NEW YORK, March 15- U.S. stocks added to gains, while Treasury yields fell and the dollar weakened on Wednesday, after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the second time in three months but did not flag any plan to accelerate the pace of monetary tightening. There was none of that in the statement, "...

  • WASHINGTON/ BOCA RATON, March 15- The top U.S. derivatives regulator laid out plans on Wednesday for a sweeping overhaul of the agency that will include everything from cutting regulation to restructuring the unit that conducts surveillance for market abuses. In a wide-ranging policy speech that drew a rare standing ovation from more than 1,000 industry...

  • LONDON, March 15- Euro zone government bond yields fell broadly on Wednesday as voters in the Netherlands gave the bloc its first big political test of the year. The Dutch election is seen as a test of anti-establishment and anti-EU sentiment in the currency bloc before votes later this year in France, Germany, and possibly Italy, the biggest economies in the euro...

  • NEW YORK, March 15- The following table shows Morningstar data on inflows this year through February for so-called unconstrained funds at wealth management firms Guggenheim, Pioneer and TCW compared with the iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond Exchange-Traded Fund, which tracks the performance of the closely watched Bloomberg Barclays U.S.

  • NEW YORK, March 15- So-called unconstrained funds at wealth management firms Guggenheim, Pioneer and TCW have at least doubled the performance of the iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond Exchange-Traded Fund, which tracks the closely watched Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index, over a five-year annualized period, according to Morningstar data.

  • NEW YORK, March 15- Managers of top-performing "unconstrained" bond funds have slashed their stakes in U.S. corporate bonds following a monstrous rally, reflecting skepticism that any tax changes enacted under President Donald Trump can drive prices even higher. Their moves are worth following because they can be more objective than stewards of...

  • NEW YORK, March 15- Investors funneled more cash into the markets during the latest week, delivering U.S.-based taxable-bond and international stock funds their 14th consecutive week of inflows, Investment Company Institute data showed on Wednesday. Stock mutual funds and exchange-traded funds netted $9.1 billion during the week ended March 8, the trade...

  • *U.S. 2- year yield hits highest since June 2009. U.S. two-year yields, which are considered most vulnerable to Fed policy, rose to 1.401 percent, their highest since June 2009, while three-year yields hit 1.700 percent, their highest since April 2010. "Investors are paying their respect that today's a Fed hiking day, and the two year yield is more sensitive to the moves,...

  • REYKJAVIK, March 15- Iceland's central bank left interest rates unchanged at 5.0 percent on Wednesday and hinted it may lower them soon if an end to capital controls doesn't undermine the country's currency. Central bank Governor Mar Gudmundsson said the threat of an overheating economy and volatile currency had led the central bank to keep rates unchanged.

  • Average daily volumes in European government bond markets rose 16 percent in the fourth quarter versus the third, the Association for Financial Markets in Europe said in its latest bond data report. Donald Trump's unexpected U.S. presidential election win in November focused investors on votes in Europe this year. Japanese investors were net sellers of...

  • *French 10- year yield spread to Germany edges higher. LONDON, March 15- Euro zone government bond yields dipped on Wednesday as caution over the Dutch parliamentary election prevailed over expectations the U.S. The Dutch election is seen as a test of anti-establishment and anti-EU sentiment in the single currency bloc ahead of votes later this year in France...

  • LONDON, March 15- A dollar pullback ahead of an all-but-certain U.S. interest rate rise allowed emerging equities and currencies to post modest gains on Wednesday, while the Indian rupee outperformed for the second day, racing to new 16- month highs. "The main question is really regarding the rhetoric.... the market is pricing in something like 2.5 to 3 rate hikes this...

  • *France's 10- year govt bond yield spread to Germany edges higher. The Dutch parliamentary elections are seen as a test of anti-establishment and anti-EU sentiment in the single currency bloc ahead of votes later this year in France and Germany, the two biggest economies in the euro zone. "The repercussions for France are the key aspect of this election, and if we...

  • TOKYO, March 15- Japanese government bond prices inched down on Wednesday as the debt market braced for upcoming central bank meetings, although sagging equities and a regular debt purchasing operation by the Bank of Japan helped limit the losses. The two-year and 10- year JGB yields both rose half a basis point to minus 0.255 percent and 0.090 percent,...