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GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks jittery as record U.S. virus count weighs on risk appetite

Global equity benchmarks edged higher after struggling for direction for most of the day and bond yields flat-lined on Friday as investors weighed a record number of new coronavirus cases in the United States against improving economic data in Europe and signs that Gilead Sciences Inc's remdesivir drug helped reduce the risk of death in severely-ill COVID-19 patients.

TREASURIES-Longer-term yields climb on optimism about COVID-19 recovery

Longer-term U.S. Treasury yields rebounded on Friday, following Wall Street higher as optimism about an antiviral drug to treat COVID-19 countered worries about the economic fallout from a record rise in coronavirus cases in the United States. The yield on the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury note rose 2.8 basis points to 0.6332%, after dipping as low as 0.569% earlier in the

Cirque du Soleil and secured creditors near rival bid for troupe

Cirque du Soleil and its secured creditors are close to reaching a agreement on a second stalking horse bid for the financially strapped entertainment group, after lenders opposed a deal with shareholders including TPG Capital and Fosun International, a Canadian court heard on Friday.

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