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  • *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...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 11- Yields on AAA-rated municipal bonds fell on Thursday, according to preliminary data, tracking Treasuries lower on worries over global growth and the effectiveness of central bank policy. Yields on the bonds fell 5-7 basis points in 2026-2046 maturity with lesser declines posted in shorter maturities, according Municipal Market Data, a unit of...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 11- BlackRock Inc's chief strategist for fixed income said on Thursday his unit is shifting its approach to bond markets on new expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve may need to loosen monetary policy. The strategist, Jeffrey Rosenberg, said upward pressures on the U.S. dollar are being relieved by reduced expectations the Fed will normalize...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 11- Stock indexes worldwide tumbled on Thursday on fears over the health of the global economy, with banking shares slumping on both sides of the Atlantic, while safe-haven 10- year Treasury yields hit their lowest since 2012.. The U.S. dollar slid to its lowest against the safe-haven yen since October 2014 of 110.985 yen, and was on track for its worst...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 11- Stock indexes worldwide stumbled on Thursday on fears over the health of the global economy, with banking shares slumping on both sides of the Atlantic while safe-haven 10- year Treasury yields hit their lowest since 2012.. The dollar hit its lowest against the safe-haven yen since October 2014 of 110.985 yen, and was on track for its worst week...

  • LONDON, Feb 11- Fears that the negative interest rates employed by a growing band of central banks could be doing irreparable damage to the financial sector are spurring a search for even more radical alternatives. The Bank of Japan has just become the latest central bank to join the sub-zero club, Sweden took its rates even deeper into negative territory on...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 11- Morgan Stanley is poised to pay $3.2 billion to settle federal and state charges that it misled investors in residential mortgage-backed securities that later soured during the financial crisis, the New York Attorney General's office said on Thursday. The case stems from an investigation by the Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities...

  • Feb 11- U.S. stock index futures plunged on Thursday, with risk-averse investors piling into safe haven assets as another sharp fall in oil prices and cautious comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen raised fresh doubts about the health of the economy. *Yellen on Wednesday acknowledged tightening financial conditions and uncertainty about China...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 11- Restaurant stocks have sat like dry toast for the last six months, but investors are now starting to nibble back into the sector. "We are getting close to an investment opportunity in restaurant stocks," said Bryant Evans, portfolio manager at Cozad Asset Management in Champaign, Illinois. Sector employment has been expanding as well; in January it...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 10- Investment firm EIG Pacific Holdings Ltd said on Wednesday it had extended the deadline and changed some terms for its offer to buy nearly all the debt of Colombia's largest private oil producer, Pacific Exploration& Production Corp.. The deadline for the offer for Pacific's $4.1 billion in debt has been extended until March 24 from Feb. 10.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 10- Dozens of large U.S. hedge funds are more highly leveraged than the Third Avenue junk-bond mutual fund that collapsed last year, the federal office monitoring the financial system said on Wednesday. The Office of Financial Research analyzed quarterly reports that advisers for hedge funds with at least $500 million in assets under...

  • BOSTON, Feb 10- Fidelity's high-flying OTC Portfolio, which has trounced benchmark returns over the past several years, is taking a beating in the early going of 2016 that is nearly unrivaled in the U.S. mutual fund industry. That is worse than 98 percent of peers running large-cap growth funds, according to Lipper Inc.. It has been an upside-down year for the 39-...

  • *Two-, 10- year yield curve flattest since December 2007. NEW YORK, Feb 10- U.S. "It went pretty well... demand is definitely here at these yield levels," said Justin Lederer, an interest rate strategist at Cantor Fitzgerald in New York.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 10- Investors in U.S.-based mutual funds poured $8.1 billion into stock funds in the latest week, marking the biggest inflows since Nov. 2013 on views that recent weakness has made U.S. shares more attractive and overseas stocks remained promising. Investors committed $2.3 billion to funds that specialize in U.S. shares in the week ended Feb. 3,...

  • SAN JUAN, Feb 10- Creditors of Puerto Rico's sales tax authority, COFINA, made a counter-offer on Wednesday to Puerto Rico's Feb. 1 debt exchange proposal, saying they would extend maturities but forgo cuts to principal that the original offer would entail. Under Puerto Rico's Feb. 1 proposal, COFINA holders would face repayment reductions of about 51 percent.

  • US 10- YEAR TREASURY YIELDS FALL TO SESSION LOWS OF 1.71 PERCENT AFTER SOLID AUCTION.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 10- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday approved rules governing swaps that involve foreign dealers with trading desks on U.S. soil. The top securities regulator proposed the rules in 2013 and then revised the draft in April in an effort to better fit the highly illiquid derivatives markets that the SEC oversees.

  • *Nigeria suffering its worst economic crisis for decades. LAGOS/ ABUJA, Feb 10- Nigerian Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun plans to travel to China next week, aiming to negotiate a loan of up to $2 billion to help fund record budget spending, financial and government sources said on Wednesday. They also said Nigeria- which is suffering its worst economic crisis for...

  • Feb 10- Creditors of Puerto Rico's sales tax authority, COFINA, on Wednesday proposed a counter-offer to Puerto Rico's Feb. 1 debt exchange proposal, under which they would extend maturities but not sustain the cuts to principal that Puerto Rico's original offer would entail. The plan is sponsored by senior COFINA creditors, who hold about $7.6 billion of...