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Bonds hit highs on French paper report on euro ratings  NEW YORK: US Treasuries prices posted session highs in early afternoon trading on Friday after a French newspaper reported Standard & Poor's will downgrade Italy, Spain and Portugal by two notches. French daily Les Echos said, without citing its sources, that the rating agency would spare Germany, the Netherlands, Finland and Luxembourg in its long-awaited adjustment of euro zone sovereign ratings. It said the announcement would come at around 2130 GMT. Benchmark 10-year Treasury notes were up as much as 26/32 at 101-15/32 in price with a yield of 1.84 percent. They last traded at 101-11/32, up 22/32 on the day with a yield of 1.85 percent, according to Tradeweb. Copyright Reuters, 2012 ...

Bonds gains on reports euro zone downgrades NEW YORK: US government debt prices added to earlier gains on Friday after news reports citing European sources saying several euro zone countries face possible credit downgrades from Standard & Poor's as soon as later on Friday. Credit rating agency Standard & Poor's is set to downgrade several euro zone countries, not including Germany, on Friday, a senior euro zone government source said. The 30-year Treasury bond was up 1 point in price to yield 2.92 percent, ...
Canada 2-yr bond sale helped by Europe fears  TORONTO: Canada's sale of two-year government bonds generated strong demand on Wednesday, helped by fears about the global economic outlook, even as the average yield climbed from the multi-year low seen at December's auction. The C$3.5 billion ($3.4 billion) auction of bonds due 2014, produced an average yield of 0.973 percent, up from 0.937 percent at the last two-year bond auction in December. December's average yield was the lowest for a two-year auction in at least ...
MF Global mixed funds, transferred abroad              WASHINGTON: Regulators investigating the collapse of MF Global have determined that the firm combined money between securities and futures accounts owned by customers, and transferred funds outside the country to at least one entity, a source said on Friday. "The further we get into (the investigation) the more complex it is but we're making progress," the source said, adding that the commingling and transferring of money is making it harder for regulators to determine what money ...
Banks may end 2011, start 2012, with a whimper TORONTO: A volatile year for Canadian banking results is likely to end on a soft note, and the outlook for 2012 won't inspire confidence as Europe's debt troubles deepen and Canadian borrowers turn shy. Analysts expect percentage year-over-year profit gains in the mid-to-high single digits when the country's big banks begin reporting this week. On a quarter-to-quarter basis, profits are expected to drop from the third quarter. Even so, with bank shares already at year-lows, even modest ...
Merck raises dividend by 11pc   WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J: Merck & Co said on Thursday it raised its quarterly dividend by 11 percent, or 4 cents a share, to 42 cents a share, and said it expects sales next year to be at or near the 2011 level. In a statement coinciding with the company's annual investor meeting, the company said it is "confident that we are taking the right steps to ensure that Merck is generating profitable sales growth to drive ...
Bonds to buy back around C$500mn: Canada TORONTO: The Bank of Canada said on Tuesday it would tender to buy back up to C$500 million ($493 million) from seven government bond issues in a cash management bond repurchase Nov. 1. Copyright Reuters, 2010 ...


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