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  • NEW YORK, Sept 18- U.S. That level was last seen in May 2011. "The Fed worked so hard this week to not scare the market about rate increases, it ended up doing precisely what it tried to avoid," said Jim Vogel, interest rate strategist at FTN Financial in Memphis.

  • Sept 18- Big institutional investors like Blackrock will likely get the bulk of roughly $22 billion worth of Alibaba Group Holdings shares being sold in an initial public offering set to price later on Thursday, people familiar with the situation said.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 18- The amount of outstanding U.S. municipal bonds grew slightly in the second quarter, but individual investors continued to pull back from the sector, putting overall holdings at an eight-year low, Federal Reserve data released on Thursday showed.

  • Stock gains lift US household wealth to a record Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 12:12 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Strong stock market gains and higher home prices boosted Americans' net worth in the April-June quarter to a record high, a trend that could encourage more spending. The Federal Reserve said Thursday that household wealth rose 1.7 percent in the second quarter to $81.5 trillion. Americans' stock and mutual fund portfolios gained $1 trillion.

  • Uber must face lawsuit over gratuity charge -court ruling Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 11:35 AM ET

    District Judge Edward Chen in San Francisco said Uber must face multiple civil counts, including an allegation the company violated California's unfair competition laws. San Francisco- based Uber raised $1.2 billion from mutual funds and other investors in a June funding round, which valued the fast-growing service at $18.2 billion at the time.

  • GRAPHIC-Investors pricing Russia credit ratings downgrade Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 10:43 AM ET

    LONDON, Sept 18- Investors are starting to price the risk of Russia's credit rating falling to junk if Western sanctions and Moscow's response plunge the economy into recession and deplete its $450 billion reserves. Moody's, which rates Russia Baa1 or three notches above junk, said this week that the latest sanctions were credit negative.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 18- U.S. That level was last seen in May 2011. Prices for three-year notes were off 4/ 32, taking their yield to 1.117 percent, a level last touched during April 2011.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 18- U.S. stock index futures were higher in light volume on Thursday, setting up the S&P 500 to test resistance at its record high, a day after the Federal Reserve said interest rates would remain low for a considerable while.

  • JGBs track lower U.S. Treasuries as BOJ buying supports Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 11:22 PM ET

    TOKYO, Sept 18- Japanese government bond prices dipped on Thursday on the back of a relatively sharp rise in U.S. The BOJ offered to buy 400 billion yen of JGBs in the 5- year to 10- year zone, 100 billion yen in the 10- year to 25- year zone, and 30 billion yen in the 25- year to 40- year zone under its massive JGB purchase program, as widely expected.

  • Sept 17- The Michigan Strategic Fund board gave final approval on Wednesday for the sale of up to $450 million of 30- year revenue bonds for a downtown Detroit arena that will be home to the National Hockey League's Detroit Red Wings.

  • Kent Hiteshew, director of the Treasury's newly-formed Office of State and Local Finance, told a meeting of bond attorneys that he was aware of concerns that the elimination of municipal bonds from the definition of banks' high-quality liquid assets could potentially limit bank demand for the debt, pumping up costs of new bond issuance.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 17- The U.S. derivatives regulator on Wednesday proposed a new rule for safety margins for uncleared swaps, a last remaining building block in its efforts to make the $710 trillion global market safer.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 17- Jeffrey Gundlach's DoubleLine Funds filed on Wednesday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to register shares of its Long Duration Total Return Bond Fund.

  • Kent Hiteshew, director of the Treasury's newly-formed Office of State and Local Finance, told a meeting of bond attorneys that he was aware of concerns that the elimination of municipal bonds from the definition of banks' high-quality liquid assets could potentially limit bank demand for the debt, pumping up costs of new bond issuance.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 17- Stock markets around the world closed with modest gains on Wednesday after the U.S. The dollar hit a 14- month high and the benchmark U.S. 10- year Treasury note yield hit its highest level since July 7 after the Fed's projections suggested that some officials see rates rising more quickly than the U.S. central bank projected three months ago.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 17- U.S. The Fed pleased many investors by pledging to keep policies accommodative for a "considerable time" but spooked others by raising projections for interest rate levels in 2015 and later, according to Anthony Valeri, investment strategist at LPL Financial in San Diego.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 17- The U.S. derivatives regulator on Wednesday met to propose a new rule for safety margins for uncleared swaps, a last remaining building block in its efforts to make the $710 trillion global market safer.

  • TREASURIES-Prices rise as inflation data soothe Fed fears Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 9:58 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Sept 17- U.S. The Labor Department said its Consumer Price Index dropped 0.2 percent last month as a broad decline in energy prices offset increases in food and shelter costs.

  • US STOCKS-Futures little changed as Fed statement awaited Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 7:42 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Sept 17- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Wednesday ahead of a key statement by the Federal Reserve which is expected to provide clues on the next monetary policy move by the U.S. central bank.

  • JGBs rebound after 20-year auction draws solid bids Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 3:38 AM ET

    TOKYO, Sept 17- Japanese government bond prices rebounded on Wednesday after an auction of 1.2 trillion yen 20- year JGBs drew solid bids, pulling yields back from 3- month highs. The 10- year JGB yield dropped 2.0 basis points to 0.555 percent, having reversed an earlier rise to a three month-high of 0.580 percent.