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  • Treasury debt yields were little changed on Wednesday in light year-end trading, but worries in Europe about rescue plans for shaky Italian banks drove the gap between benchmark U.S. 10- year notes and their German counterparts to the widest ever. Elsewhere across the yield curve, U.S. debt prices were unchanged to slightly firmer ahead of a $34 billion sale of...

  • Dec 28- U.S. stock index futures rose on Wednesday, a day after strong economic data helped the Nasdaq close at a record high. *U.S. equities have been riding a post-election rally, feeding on optimism that Donald Trump's policies would be business friendly, especially to banks and industrials. *The Dow, which has gained the most among the three major Wall Street...

  • *London's FTSE plays catch-up as euro bourses drift. LONDON, Dec 28- The dollar, oil and world stocks all rose on Wednesday following upbeat U.S. data that saw the gap between Treasuries and other benchmark global government bonds hit new highs. Europe's main stock market, London's FTSE, reopened with a gain of 0.25 percent as it played catch-up after similar...

  • TOKYO, Dec 28- Benchmark Japanese government bonds edged up on Wednesday in the waning days of the year, while prices of longer maturities fell as the Bank of Japan slightly reduced its bond-buying in that zone. The BOJ offered to buy 110 billion yen of JGBs with over 25 years left to maturity and 190 billion yen of JGBs with between 10 and 25 years left to maturity.

  • TOKYO, Dec 28- Japanese government bonds were steady in thin trade on Wednesday in the waning days of the year, while prices of longer maturities edged down slightly as the Bank of Japan adjusted its purchases in its bond-buying operations. The BOJ offered to buy 110 billion yen of JGBs with over 25 years left to maturity and 190 billion yen of JGBs with between 10...

  • *U.S. 30- year yields at highest since Dec. 21. *Weak 2- year auction bid sends yields to highest since Dec. 20. NEW YORK, Dec 27- U.S.

  • The Amazon Echo home assistant and its smaller version, Echo Dot, topped the best-sellers list, said Jeff Wilke, chief executive of Amazon's worldwide consumer division, in a press release. "It's all relative to other numbers that they've never told us," said analyst Jan Dawson of Jackdaw Research. "While Amazon's device sales are still relatively small growth...

  • *U.S. 30- year yields rise to highest since Dec. 21. NEW YORK, Dec 27- The 30- year Treasury bond rose to its highest level in nearly a week with yields on Treasuries holding maturities between five and 30 years all touching their highest levels of the day after the release of solid readings on the U.S housing market. Benchmark 10- year Treasury notes fell 8/ 32 in price to...

  • *Belgium yields 14 bp below France despite lower rating. Fitch cut Belgium's rating by one notch to AA- on Friday evening, citing its relatively high debt and upward revisions to fiscal deficit targets. DZ Bank strategist Daniel Lenz said he was "not at all convinced" by the notion of cutting Belgium by one notch while keeping France unchanged "even though faces...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 27- Financial pundits shouted about record high levels for the stock market in 2016, but for actively managed stock mutual funds there was another record, one they would rather keep quiet: the largest amount of net withdrawals ever recorded. The figure tops outflows of $139 billion in 2015 and $218 billion in 2008.. "If we don't see that in 2017, chances...

  • CHICAGO, Dec 27- Investors pulled another $2 billion from U.S. municipal bond funds in the latest week, underscoring fears that potential sweeping tax changes under President-elect Donald Trump and a Republican Congress will undermine the tax-exempt debt market. Since the Nov. 8 election, munis suffered more than any other fixed-income sector with a negative...

  • *Belgium yields 14 bp below France despite lower rating. Fitch cut Belgium's rating by one notch to AA- on Friday evening, citing its relatively high debt and upward revisions to fiscal deficit targets. DZ Bank strategist Daniel Lenz said he was "not at all convinced" by the notion of cutting Belgium by one notch while keeping France unchanged "even though faces...

  • BOSTON, Dec 27- Before New York's famed 21 Club steakhouse drew attention in November for hosting Donald Trump, the wealthy U.S. president-elect, it quietly fed other public representatives: trustees of Paris- based AXA SA investment funds. A 2011 holiday party at a Del Frisco's restaurant cost $25,775, a $1,000 average for each of roughly 25 people present.

  • TOKYO, Dec 27- Tokyo Electric Power is gauging demand for its first bond offering since the 2011 Fukushima nuclear calamity, with some market participants expecting a sale as early as February, sources familiar the plans said. While the size of the sale has not been decided, potential maturities being discussed are three-, five- and ten-years, bankers and investors...

  • TOKYO, Dec 27- Japanese government bonds wavered in narrow ranges on Tuesday, underpinned by decent demand at a two-year auction but lacking incentives as trade waned in the final days of the year. The benchmark 10- year yield edged up 0.5 basis point to 0.060 percent, while 10- year JGB futures finished up 0.01 point at 149.82. The Ministry of Finance offered 2.3...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 27- Financial pundits shouted about record high levels for the stock market in 2016, but for actively managed stock mutual funds there was another record, one they would rather keep quiet: the largest amount of net withdrawals ever recorded. The figure tops outflows of $139 billion in 2015 and $218 billion in 2008.. "If we don't see that in 2017, chances...

  • Dec 27- For other diaries, please see: Top Economic Events Polling unit diary Today in Washington Political and general news. DATE TIME COUNTRY AMOUNT AUCTION DETAILS. 27- Dec United States Sale of 2- year notes 27- Dec Japan Auction of 2- year government bonds 28- Dec United States Sale of 2- year floating rate notes 28- Dec United States Sale of 5- year notes 28-...

  • TOKYO, Dec 26- Japanese government bond prices edged lower on Monday, with the market weighed down as the Bank of Japan refrained from conducting a regular debt purchasing operation. The two-year JGB yield rose half a basis point to minus 0.180 percent, while the 30- year yield climbed 1 basis point to 0.680 percent. Trade was subdued as JGBs lacked the usual leads...

  • Dec 26- For other diaries, please see: Top Economic Events Polling unit diary Today in Washington Political and general news. DATE TIME COUNTRY AMOUNT AUCTION DETAILS. 27- Dec United States Sale of 2- year notes 27- Dec Japan Auction of 2- year government bonds 28- Dec United States Sale of 2- year floating rate notes 28- Dec United States Sale of 5- year notes 28-...

  • Dec 24- For other diaries, please see: Top Economic Events Polling unit diary Today in Washington Political and general news. DATE TIME COUNTRY AMOUNT AUCTION DETAILS. 27- Dec United States Sale of 2- year notes 27- Dec Japan Auction of 2- year government bonds 28- Dec United States Sale of 2- year floating rate notes 28- Dec United States Sale of 5- year notes 28-...