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  • OSLO, March 13- Norway's $860 billion sovereign wealth fund was weighed down by poorly performing European investments in 2014 and will increase real estate holdings and again sell European bonds this year, it said on Friday. The fund returned 7.6 percent last year, 0.8 percentage point below its internal benchmark based on global markets, as rock bottom bond...

  • *S&P may be poised for third straight weekly decline. *FXCM rallies in premarket after strong results. NEW YORK, March 13- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Friday as investors held off on making bets following a volatile week that was marked by sharp swings in both directions.

  • JGBs slip on profit taking, rally in Tokyo shares Friday, 13 Mar 2015 | 12:39 AM ET

    TOKYO, March 13- Japanese government bond prices slipped on Friday as profit taking set in following the previous day's surge, with a rally in Tokyo shares also denting the appeal of safe-haven debt. Although the immediate market impact was limited, the Bank of Japan excluded off-the-run No. 337 10- year JGBs, a relatively new issue auctioned in January, from the...

  • NEW YORK, March 12- A federal judge on Thursday said Citigroup Inc cannot process interest payments by Argentina on some bonds issued under that country's law, a defeat for the cash-strapped nation as it attempts to re-enter international debt markets. District Judge Thomas Griesa in Manhattan said letting Citigroup process the payments on so-called...

  • The Voya Corporate Leaders Trust Fund, now run by a unit of Voya Financial Inc bought equal amounts of stock in 30 major U.S. corporations in 1935 and hasn't picked a new stock since. Some of its holdings are unchanged, including DuPont, General Electric, Procter& Gamble and Union Pacific. Others were spun off from or acquired from original components, including...

  • NEW YORK, March 12- U.S. The benchmark 10- year note was last off 1/ 32 and yielding about 2.11 percent, according to Thomson Reuters data. Gains for other maturities narrowed after the U.S. Treasury Department sold previously issued 30- year bonds at a yield of 2.681 percent to soft demand, Treasury data showed.

  • UPDATE 1-Reich & Tang to exit U.S. money fund business Thursday, 12 Mar 2015 | 3:59 PM ET

    NEW YORK, March 12- Reich& Tang said on Thursday it will exit the U.S. money market fund business, as the $2.7 trillion industry has been grappling with tighter regulations stemming from the global financial crisis. The New York- based firm said in a statement it plans to liquidate its money market funds, worth $9.5 billion, by July 31. Large money fund operators...

  • NEW YORK, March 12- A federal judge on Thursday said Citigroup Inc cannot process interest payments by Argentina on some bonds issued under that country's law, a defeat for the cash-strapped nation as it tries to reenter international debt markets. District Judge Thomas Griesa in Manhattan said letting Citigroup process the payments on so-called...

  • NEW YORK, March 12- A federal judge on Thursday said Citigroup Inc cannot process interest payments by Argentina on some bonds issued under that country's law, a defeat for the cash-strapped nation as it tries to reenter international debt markets. District Judge Thomas Griesa in Manhattan said letting Citigroup process the payments on so-called...

  • NEW YORK, March 12- A federal judge on Thursday said Citigroup Inc cannot process interest payments by Argentina on some bonds issued under that country's law, a defeat for the cash-strapped nation as it tries to reenter international debt markets. District Judge Thomas Griesa in Manhattan said letting Citigroup process the payments on so-called...

  • UPDATE 1-Greece, OECD, sign cooperation deal on reform Thursday, 12 Mar 2015 | 1:52 PM ET

    PARIS, March 12- Greece is turning to the OECD group of industrialised nations to help reform its economy, but Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says his country will still have to restructure its debt to overcome its woes. Greece signed an agreement with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development on Thursday aimed at helping Athens carry out a...

  • NEW YORK, March 12- U.S. The Commerce Department reported shortly after the start of New York trading that U.S. retail sales had unexpectedly fallen for a third straight month in February. "There's been good buying since we got very, very disappointing retail sales," said Justin Lederer, an analyst at Cantor Fitzgerald in New York.

  • *Wall St coming off extended decline. *Citigroup up in premarket after Fed review. NEW YORK, March 12- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a modestly higher open on Thursday as a surprise drop in retail sales pointed to a consumer that continued to struggle, but also eased some concern about how soon the Federal Reserve may raise interest rates.

  • EDINBURGH, March 12- The European Union is expected to make clearing of interest rate swaps mandatory from later this year, the bloc's securities market watchdog said on Thursday. Steven Maijoor, chairman of the European Securities and Markets Authority, told a pensions conference that the watchdog had completed an analysis of the interest rate swaps market...

  • *Wall St comes off extended decline. *Citigroup up in premarket after Fed review. NEW YORK, March 12- U.S. stock index futures edged higher on Thursday, suggesting a partial rebound following a string of declines, as investors looked ahead to data for indications of how soon the Federal Reserve is likely to raise interest rates.

  • EDINBURGH, March 12- The European Union is expected to make clearing of interest rate swaps mandatory from later this year, the bloc's securities market watchdog said on Thursday. Steven Maijoor, chairman of the European Securities and Markets Authority, told a pensions conference that the watchdog had completed an analysis of the interest rate swaps market...

  • LONDON, March 11- Ukraine, seeking to plug a $15 billion- plus funding gap via debt restructuring, may find that a multi-year payment moratorium does the trick, with investors possibly having to swallow a smaller eventual writedown than feared. The country has received the nod from the International Monetary Fund for a $17.5 billion loan package, and the fund...

  • Ukraine's credit default swaps fell 184 basis points after the International Monetary Fund approved a $17.5 billion loan package for the country, a decision that was widely expected. MSCI's emerging equity index ended nine days of losses to rise half a percent, as the dollar slipped off 11 1/ 2- year highs against a basket of currencies. "There is a bit of respite,...

  • Euro zone bond rally rides into supply wave Thursday, 12 Mar 2015 | 5:06 AM ET

    Spain, Italy and Ireland will sell up to 13 billion euros of new debt across a range of maturities, helping to soothe fears of a scarcity of bonds after the European Central Bank began its 60 billion euro- a-month government bond-buying scheme this week. "Buying 10- to 30- year bonds has been the top trade so far and I don't think there is any reason for that to change,"...

  • TOKYO, March 12- Japanese government bond yields tracked declines in their euro zone and U.S. counterparts on Thursday, with a firm outcome to a five-year debt auction also favouring the market. Weak debt auctions have shaken the JGB market several times this year, as investor demand has sometimes proved inconsistent amid wide price swings- a consequence of...