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  • Even though Athens' leftist government failed to come to an agreement with its international creditors overnight, a copy of draft proposals spoke of "extending" its bailout agreement as a "bridge" to a new package. Meanwhile, the European Central Bank extended the amount of emergency liquidity assistance for Greek banks by 5 billion euros, on top of the 60 billion...

  • Even though Athens' leftist government failed to come to an agreement with its international creditors overnight, a copy of draft proposals spoke of "extending" its bailout agreement as a "bridge" to a new package. Meanwhile, the European Central Bank extended the amount of emergency liquidity assistance for Greek banks by 5 billion euros, on top of the 60 billion...

  • U.S. Treasuries cut losses after weak U.S. data Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 | 9:58 AM ET

    *Ukraine ceasefire deal had sparked safe-haven Treasury selling. *Upcoming $16 billion auction of 30- year bonds weighs on market. Investors, seeing a potential de-escalation in the conflict between Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists in the wee hours of Thursday with a new cease-fire agreement, had trimmed their positions in safe-haven U.S.

  • *Ceasefire deal reached between Ukraine, Russia. NEW YORK, Feb 12- U.S. stock index futures advanced on Thursday, following a ceasefire agreement between Russia and Ukraine and surprising stimulus measures by Sweden's central bank. *Leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine agreed a deal to end fighting in eastern Ukraine, potentially removing a concern for...

  • JGBs dip on rise in Japanese shares, weak BOJ operation Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 | 1:33 AM ET

    TOKYO, Feb 12- Japanese government bond prices were weaker on Thursday, as the Nikkei share average briefly broke above the 18,000 mark for the first time since December last year. The offer-to-cover ratio in the 10- to 25- year zone came in at 3.18 times, the highest level since Oct 27 last year, when it was 4.31 times. In its buying operation the 25- to 40- year zone...

  • Though some portfolio managers including Pimco and Van Eck Global have pared their exposure in recent months, Venezuela remains among the largest positions for U.S. funds that focus on emerging market debt. The $4.6 billion TCW Emerging Markets Income Fund also has kept an overweight position, with 5 percent of assets invested in Venezuela.

  • *Europe agrees on way forward for Greece. *Apple rises after Icahn letter. NEW YORK, Feb 11- U.S. stock futures rose late on Wednesday after Europe agreed on a way forward with Greece on debt negotiations that had been holding back U.S. investors worried about European stability.

  • TREASURIES-Prices turn lower on possible Greek agreement Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 | 5:42 PM ET

    Treasury debt prices reversed early gains and turned lower on Wednesday after a news report that Greece had reached an agreement in principle with euro zone countries over its finances. CNBC reported late on Wednesday that an agreement in principle between Greece and other euro zone governments was in place. But two official sources told Reuters that, while...

  • Feb 11- United State's largest life insurer MetLife Inc reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit due to gains from investments and derivatives, reflecting falling interest rates and a rising dollar. MetLife reported net investment gains of $230 million in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, compared with a loss of $178 million a year earlier.

  • TREASURIES-Long maturities get lift from U.S. debt sale Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 | 3:30 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Feb 11- Long-dated U.S. Treasury debt prices rose on Wednesday, getting a boost from a well-received $24 billion auction of new 10- year notes that drew heavy foreign buying. The 30- year long bond rose 10/ 32 to yield 2.56 percent, according to Thomson Reuters data.

  • TREASURIES-Price decline takes 10-year yield over 2 pct Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 | 11:25 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Feb 11- U.S. Yields on 10- year Treasuries last stood at 2.0141 percent, reflecting a price decline of 6/ 32. It was the highest yield on notes since January 9, according to Thomson Reuters data. Trading was moderate, in part because of a holiday in Japan, and focused on the note sale scheduled for later on Wednesday, according to Ian Lyngen, senior government...

  • CARACAS, Feb 11- Venezuela's dollar-denominated bonds tumbled across the board on Wednesday after the government announced a new foreign exchange platform that was widely seen as insufficient to resolve the country's economic crisis. "The persistence of large distortions in the FX market will make it more difficult for the government to make necessary...

  • *One-in-four chance Greece exits monetary union. Feb 11- The euro zone's bout of deflation will last for most of this year despite the European Central Bank's decision to buy government bonds, according to a Reuters poll that also gave a one-in-four chance of Greece leaving the currency area in 2015.. The findings from a survey of economists taken this week are...

  • GRAPHIC-Markets price in more pain for Nigerian naira Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 | 9:50 AM ET

    LONDON, Feb 11- Nigeria's naira fell against the dollar for the eighth day in a row on Wednesday, the longest losing streak since the 1998 Russian crisis, and derivatives market pricing shows no sign of a turn on the horizon. Pressure on the currency of Africa's largest economy began with last year's oil price collapse and has been compounded by the weekend...

  • SINGAPORE, Feb 11- Gold struggled to recover from overnight losses on Wednesday as a stronger dollar offset safe-haven bids over uncertainties about Greece's future in the euro zone. *The dollar hovered at one-month highs versus the yen early on Wednesday, bolstered by gains in Treasury yields, while uncertainty over a new debt deal for Greece kept a cloud over...

  • Feb 10- Puerto Rico's lawmakers have scrapped a statutory cap on the interest the island would pay on a roughly $2 billion bond deal in a bid to make it more appealing to hedge fund investors. Eliminating the interest rate cap was "necessary to make viable a successful transaction in the capital markets because of current market conditions and the current value...

  • Feb 10- Puerto Rico's lawmakers have scrapped a statutory cap on the interest the island would pay on a roughly $2 billion bond deal in a bid to make it more appealing to hedge fund investors. Puerto Rico's House approved the measure on Tuesday after the Senate backed it late the previous day. The move comes after a federal judge voided a local law that was key to...

  • BUENOS AIRES, Feb 10- Argentina has failed to pay interest to holders of defaulted debt who agreed last year to receive payment locally instead of abroad in order to sidestep U.S. court rulings, an investor association said. The South American country tipped back into default in July after refusing to settle with a small group of U.S. hedge funds that were awarded...

  • SYDNEY, Feb 11- The dollar hovered at one-month highs versus the yen early on Wednesday, bolstered by gains in Treasury yields, while uncertainty over a new debt deal for Greece kept a cloud over the euro. Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker, an inflation hawk, said a June hike was an "attractive option" and San Francisco Fed President John Williams said economic...

  • Ten-year Treasury notes on Tuesday yielded as much as 2.016 percent, a high last seen on January 9, and were last trading at 1.9897 percent, falling 12/ 32 in price, according to Thomson Reuters data. "That's four consecutive down days, and we are still showing some of the hangover from the good nonfarm payrolls report on Friday," said Guy LeBas, chief fixed income...