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  • U.S.-BASED STOCK MUTUAL FUNDS POST $3.5 BLN OUTFLOW; STOCK ETFS POST $2.2 BLN OUTFLOW OVER WEEKLY PERIOD- LIPPER.

  • U.S.-BASED TAXABLE BOND MUTUAL FUNDS POST $2.3 BLN OUTFLOW; TAXABLE BOND ETFS ATTRACT $2.4 BLN INFLOW OVER WEEKLY PERIOD- LIPPER.

  • U.S.-BASED CORPORATE INVESTMENT-GRADE BOND FUNDS POST $1.1 BLN OUTFLOW OVER WEEK; FUNDS POSTED OUTFLOWS IN 12 OF 13 WEEKS-LIPPER.

  • U.S.-BASED TAXABLE BOND FUNDS ATTRACT $109 MLN INFLOW OVER WEEKLY PERIOD; FOURTH STRAIGHT WEEK OF INFLOWS- LIPPER.

  • *Wall Street dips as Wal-Mart weighs. NEW YORK, Feb 18- A gauge of stocks around the globe edged higher on Thursday, extending its best run of the year, as hopes for a stabilization in oil prices lifted emerging markets while earnings in Europe and the United States limited gains. Brent had earlier climbed above $35 a barrel and has gained more than 3 percent so far this...

  • LONDON, Feb 18- Money market funds in Europe that can no longer return all your cash remain popular with companies due to a lack of alternatives, even if an era of increasingly negative interest rates may demand a broader rethink of cash management. Outflows from the money market funds that keep the financial system flowing have stabilized, allaying concerns...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 18- A group of creditors suing Argentina over defaulted bonds on Thursday urged a U.S. judge to reject the country's request to lift orders restricting it from servicing its restructured debts, saying doing so would impede ongoing settlement talks. Those injunctions required Argentina to pay creditors including NML and Aurelius Capital...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 18- Financially troubled Puerto Rico's push for a debt restructuring program could get a lift from the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, who was viewed as likely to oppose granting such relief in an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case. A Supreme Court victory could help strengthen the arguments of island officials and a number of Democrats...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 18- A group of creditors suing Argentina over defaulted bonds on Thursday urged a U.S. judge to reject the country's request to lift orders restricting it from servicing its restructured debts in light of a $6.5 billion offer to settle the dispute. In a brief filed in Manhattan federal court, bondholders including Elliott Management's NML Capital...

  • *U.S. to sell $7 billion in 30- year TIPS. NEW YORK, Feb 18- U.S. Treasury prices rose on Thursday, with benchmark yields retreating from 1-1/ 2 week highs, as the rally in Wall Street stocks leveled off, reviving some demand for low-yielding government bonds.

  • DUBAI, Feb 18- Bahrain's government cancelled a $750 million bond sale on Thursday after Standard& Poor's downgraded its rating of the kingdom's debt to junk status, underlining the financial pressures on Gulf states in an era of cheap oil prices. Late on Tuesday, Bahrain launched a $750 million, two-part bond sale at the tighter end of its pricing guidance,...

  • European shares rise 0.4 percent but FTSE slides 0.5 pct. It had been a choppy start for Europe as EU leaders prepared for a two-day summit in Brussels. Germany's Dax and France's CAC 40 rallied along with much of southern Europe to leave London's FTSE the only major market in negative territory even as sterling kicked higher.

  • Feb 18- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Thursday, fresh on the heels of a three-day rally, as oil prices continued to rise. *Brent crude prices were up 2.5 percent, rising for the second straight day after Iran supported plans to freeze output and a report showed a surprise drop in U.S. inventory. *Wall Street closed up on Wednesday, led by energy shares, with the S&P...

  • *European shares rise 0.1 percent but FTSE slides 0.7 pct. LONDON, Feb 18- A four-day rally in world stocks cooled in Europe on Thursday, as oil prices steadied and nerves set in ahead of crunch talks between EU leaders aimed at keeping Britain in the 28- member bloc. London's FTSE lead the way down with a 0.7 percent fall as its miners dipped in tandem with oil and the...

  • JOHANNESBURG, Feb 18- South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan must juggle the conflicting demands of voters and credit rating agencies next week in his first budget since he returned to the post, charged with restoring confidence in the nation's economic management. With South Africa threatened by ratings downgrades to "junk" status, presenting the...

  • TOKYO, Feb 18- Japanese government bond prices firmed on Thursday, helped by a fall in short-term interest rates following the start of the Bank of Japan's negative interest rates as well as demand from foreign investors. The yield on the benchmark 10- year JGBs fell 3.0 basis points to 0.015 percent, edging back near zero, with bonds of up to nine-and-a-half years...

  • BRASILIA, Feb 17- Standard& Poor's downgraded Brazil's credit rating deeper into junk territory on Wednesday, citing its failure to curb its fiscal deficit, in a surprise blow to President Dilma Rousseff`s bid to haul the economy out of its worst recession in decades. S&P cut Brazil's sovereign credit rating to BB from BB+ with a negative outlook, just five months...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 17- U.S. Still the minutes for the Federal Reserve's Jan. 26-27 meeting reminded investors the current market turmoil was severe enough to cause policy-makers to reconsider their planned path on rate increases. Companies raised $22 billion in the high-grade bond market on Tuesday, according to IFR, a unit of Thomson Reuters.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 17- Apple has issued $1.5 billion in bonds dedicated to financing clean energy projects across its global business operations, the largest green bond to be issued by a U.S. corporation, the company's head of environmental policy said Wednesday. Moody's Investor Services said earlier this month it expects to see the issuance of green bonds rise...

  • BRASILIA, Feb 17- Standard& Poor's downgraded Brazil's credit rating deeper into junk territory on Wednesday, highlighting the challenges facing President Dilma Rousseff, who is trying to regain investors' trust and pull Latin America's largest economy out of recession. S&P cut Brazil's sovereign credit rating to BB from BB+ with a negative outlook, just five...