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  • TREASURIES-Prices gain as Greek debt drama continues Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 11:21 AM ET

    *Greece bailout talks underway in Brussels. Treasury debt prices rose on Friday, boosted by safe-haven buying as investors worried about continued bargaining between Greece and other euro zone countries over a bailout. "You have some weight from oil prices but the question is Greece."

  • US STOCKS-Futures point to slight dip at the open Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 9:07 AM ET

    *Investors look for signs of progress with Greece deal. NEW YORK, Feb 20- U.S. stock index futures pointed to slight losses at the open on Friday amid uncertainty over ongoing negotiations for a debt deal in Greece. While the start of an emergency meeting of the 19- nation Eurogroup in Brussels was postponed to allow more time for preparatory talks, the new prime...

  • *Investors look for signs of progress with Greece deal. NEW YORK, Feb 20- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Friday, suggesting major indexes would end a quiet week with another day of slight moves as investors await clarity on a possible debt deal for Greece. *While U.S. equities have little direct exposure to Greece, a relatively small economy in the euro...

  • TOKYO, Feb 20- Most Japanese government bond prices were steady on Friday as solid results from the Bank of Japan's bond-buying operations countered headwinds from falls in U.S. The yield on the 10- year cash JGB was flat at 0.390 percent while the five-year yield was also unchanged at 0.115 percent. The BOJ bought a total of 1.18 trillion yen of JGBs from the one- to...

  • BUENOS AIRES, Feb 19- The mediator in the case brought by investors who rejected Argentina's 2005 and 2010 debt restructurings said on Thursday that the "holdout" investors offered to reopen talks with Buenos Aires, and the government said it was considering the offer. The case is part of years long, cross-border litigation following Argentina's sovereign debt...

  • BUENOS AIRES, Feb 19- The mediator in the case brought by investors who rejected Argentina's 2005 and 2010 debt restructurings said on Thursday that the "holdout" investors offered to reopen talks with Buenos Aires, but the government had not responded. New York- based mediator Daniel Pollack said in a statement that the hedge funds involved in earlier talks...

  • TREASURIES-Prices off on rate-hike uncertainties Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 3:55 PM ET

    *Fed minutes seen as less dovish. NEW YORK, Feb 19- U.S. Wilmer Stith, fixed income portfolio manager at Wilmington Trust in Baltimore, Maryland, said part of the move was the result of data showing fewer than forecast Americans filing new claims for unemployment insurance.

  • Feb 19- Ratings agency Moody's cut Puerto Rico's debt rating further into junk on Thursday, saying the risk of a default had risen ahead of upcoming bond payments due to revenue shortfalls, sluggish economic growth and narrowing liquidity. The move by Moody's, which affects $48 billion across a wide range of Puerto Rico's debt, is another blow to the U.S....

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 19- Freddie Mac saw $3.4 billion in quarterly derivative losses due to declining interest rates, the government-controlled mortgage finance company said on Thursday. Freddie Mac also said it will pay $851 million to the U.S. Freddie Mac Chief Executive Officer Donald Layton said a hefty derivative loss could require the company to draw money...

  • Treasury debt yields rose on Thursday, with prices surrendering some gains from a one-day government bonds rally after Greece offered concessions in its bailout bargaining with other euro zone countries. Ten-year bond yields fell 5-7 basis points in Spain, Italy and Portugal, the countries most vulnerable to the Greek crisis. Wilmer Stith, fixed income...

  • US STOCKS-Futures point to flat open, crude oil falls Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 8:50 AM ET

    *Priceline shares rally in premarket after results. NEW YORK, Feb 19- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat open on Wall Street Thursday, with major indexes near record levels, as investors continued to digest ongoing uncertainty over Greece. Exxon Mobil fell 1.2 percent to $89.95 in premarket trading while Halliburton Co was off 2.2 percent to $43.43 and...

  • US STOCKS-Futures flat, but crude oil sharply lower Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 7:02 AM ET

    *Crude oil slumps, but above $50 per barrel. *Greece aims to finish euro zone deal "soon". NEW YORK, Feb 19- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Thursday as investors looked ahead to data on the labor market and continued to digest recent comments by Federal Reserve officials.

  • TOKYO, Feb 19- For many months it seemed certain that with the Bank of Japan buying more bonds than the Ministry of Finance issued, bond prices had nowhere to go but up. If it takes another one it would be up against the ropes, "said Tadashi Matsukawa, head of fixed income investment at PineBridge Investments in Tokyo. The 10- year JGB yield has more than doubled since...

  • TOKYO, Feb 19- Japanese government bond prices gained on Thursday after minutes from the U.S. Federal Reserve's last policy meeting showed policymakers were concerned that raising interest rates too soon could pour cold water on the U.S. economic recovery. Traders said buying came from investors such as Japanese life insurers as well as from traders who...

  • A man walks past an electronic board displaying share prices at the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Thursday, April 10, 2014.

    An Indonesian telecom found a way to restructure its debt over creditor objections: it loaned itself money and counted its own votes toward approval.

  • *Optimism for Greece deal cushions euro. NEW YORK, Feb 18- The U.S. dollar pared most of its gains against a basket of major currencies on Wednesday after minutes from the Federal Reserve's January policy meeting were viewed as dovish, while optimism surrounding Greece capped the euro's losses. Treasury yields after the minutes, which hurt the greenback by...

  • TIMELINE-Indonesia's Bakrie Telecom restructuring process Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 4:00 PM ET

    BACKGROUND Bakrie Telecom Tbk set up a special purpose vehicle- Bakrie Telecom Pte Ltd- to sell a $380 million bond in New York in 2010. The bond matures in May 2015 and bears an 11.5 percent coupon. Bakrie Telecom Tbk guarantees the bond while Bakrie Telecom Pte Ltd lends the proceeds to the listed parent company under an inter-company loan agreement.

  • But investors who have sued PT Bakrie Telecom Tbk and its subsidiaries in New York over a $380 million bond say they were barred from voting on the restructuring. The bond's trustee Bank of New York Mellon said that violated both the terms of the bond contract and the law, without specifying which country's law, according to a letter to Bakrie Telecom seen by...

  • TREASURIES-Prices jump as Fed, data chill rate-hike bets Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 3:47 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Feb 18- U.S. Earlier, in overseas trading, the yield stood at a high of 2.164 percent, a level last seen on Jan. 2. The issue was on track for its biggest single-session yield decline since summer 2011, according to Thomson Reuters data.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 18- Ukraine is likely to push back debt repayments for four years under an international bailout package to give the government more time to get its war-torn economy back on track, a global financial industry group said on Wednesday. The former Soviet republic, which is on the brink of bankruptcy after a year of political upheaval and bitter...