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  • TOKYO, Feb 16- Japanese government bond yields dropped on Tuesday, as the Bank of Japan's negative interest rate policy came into effect. In a bid to get banks to lend more and thus prompt businesses and savers to spend more money, the BOJ announced on Jan. 29 that it will adopt negative rates, following a path taken by the European Central Bank and the Swedish and Swiss...

  • LONDON/ MOSCOW Feb 15- Emerging market funds starved of new sovereign debt this year should relish the prospect of Russia selling $3 billion of bonds- but their lawyers are warning them of guilt by association. That helped cut Russian Eurobond sales last year to under $3 billion, a fraction of the amounts raised each year before sanctions. The Russian state itself,...

  • TOKYO, Feb 15- Japanese government bond prices dipped on Monday as Tokyo stocks rebounded after last week's rout, curbing bids for safe-haven debt. The Bank of Japan bought 1.27 trillion yen of one- to 10- year JGBs on Monday. Japan's Nikkei share average climbed more than 6 percent on the heels of a rally in European bank stocks and on Wall Street.

  • BRATISLAVA, Feb 13- Slovakia should take advantage of negative yields on its sovereign debt to invest in major public infrastructure projects, Prime Minister Robert Fico said on Saturday as campaigning for next month's general election heats up. Following estimated growth of 3.6 percent last year, Slovakia's economy is expected to expand by 3.2 percent in...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 12- U.S. The Commerce Department said retail sales excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services increased 0.6 percent last month after an unrevised 0.3 percent decline in December. "The upbeat retail numbers provided a rebound and the fear-trade we saw all week seems to have moved on for now," said Kathy Jones, chief fixed...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 12- A recent tightening of credit for U.S. companies is threatening to undermine economic growth, making it less likely the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates anytime soon. Fed Chair Janet Yellen said this week it was still too soon for the central bank to change its view that rate hikes are needed, a position supported by a still-robust pace...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 12- U.S. The Commerce Department said retail sales excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services increased 0.6 percent last month after an unrevised 0.3 percent decline in December. "It's a strong report and it will give investors some confidence that the economy is still in relatively good shape and it will restore some...

  • TOKYO, Feb 12- Japanese government bond prices slipped on Friday as profit taking emerged after a volatile week that saw debt yields sink to record lows. Bond yields had declined steadily after the BOJ adopted negative rates on Jan. 29. Mediocre demand at Friday's liquidity-enhancing auction, under which the Ministry of Finance sells existing JGB issues to the...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 11- A U.S. judge on Thursday ordered creditors suing Argentina over defaulted bonds to establish why orders that restricted it from servicing its restructured debts should not be vacated after the country's $6.5 billion offer to settle the dispute. District Judge Thomas Griesa in Manhattan gave bondholders until mid-February to show why the...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 11- A U.S. judge on Thursday ordered creditors suing Argentina over defaulted bonds to establish why an order that restricted it from servicing its restructured debts should not be vacated after the country's $6.5 billion offer to settle the dispute. District Judge Thomas Griesa in Manhattan gave bondholders until mid-February to show cause why...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 11- A U.S. judge on Thursday ordered creditors suing Argentina over defaulted bonds to establish why an order that restricted the it from servicing its restructured debts should not be vacated after the country's $6.5 billion offer to settle the dispute. District Judge Thomas Griesa in Manhattan gave bondholders until Feb. 18 to show cause why the...

  • U.S.-BASED STOCK MUTUAL FUNDS POST $1.4 BLN OUTFLOWS; STOCK ETFS POST $100 MLN OUTFLOW OVER WEEKLY PERIOD- LIPPER.

  • *10- yr Treasury yields hit 1.53 pct, lowest since Aug 2012. *Dollar hits lowest vs yen since October 2014. NEW YORK, Feb 11- Stock markets fell worldwide on Thursday on fears over the health of the global economy and the banking sector, with MSCI's global stock index dropping to more than 20 percent below its all-time high, while safe-haven 10- year Treasury yields hit...

  • U.S.-BASED CORPORATE INVESTMENT-GRADE BOND FUNDS ATTRACT $551 MLN INFLOWS; FIRST INFLOWS SINCE MID NOVEMBER- LIPPER.

  • U.S.-BASED MONEY MARKET FUNDS POST $4.1 BLN OUTFLOWS OVER WEEKLY PERIOD; SECOND CONSECUTIVE WEEK OF OUTFLOWS- LIPPER.

  • U.S.-BASED TAXABLE BOND FUNDS ATTRACT $1.6 BLN INFLOWS OVER WEEKLY PERIOD; THIRD STRAIGHT WEEK OF INFLOWS- LIPPER.

  • The island's top adviser, Jim Millstein, and one of its key creditors, Nader Tavakoli, chief executive officer of Ambac Financial, traded barbs during a panel on Puerto Rico's financial future. Puerto Rico, currently, cannot use U.S. bankruptcy law to work out its debt problems, but it is lobbying federal lawmakers for access to it or something similar.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 11- After a brutal selloff that sent shares of small companies reeling, some investors have been starting to come back selectively to some of those stocks, but for the group as a whole, recovery could take a while. The index is down 27 percent from its June 2015 high and three quarters of the companies in that index have lost at least 20 percent, which puts...

  • *Treasury sells $15 billion of 30- year bonds at auction. NEW YORK, Feb 11- U.S. "In our view there is a mini-financial crisis impacting Treasury prices," said Bo Christensen, chief analyst at Danske Invest in Copenhagen, Denmark.

  • SAN JUAN, Feb 11- A bill to restructure more than $8 billion of debt at PREPA, Puerto Rico's struggling power utility, could encounter resistance from legislators over its potential to privatize some PREPA operations and impose an independent board, the utility's debt restructuring chief said on Thursday. Fixing PREPA's debt is seen as a key step in resolving an...