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  • Dec 17- Pennsylvania sold nearly $289 million of parking revenue bonds on Tuesday- a critical component of the recovery plan for its cash-strapped capital city Harrisburg.

  • Detroit needs the swaps deal in order to obtain a $350 million loan, some of which would be used to improve city services. At the hearing, Detroit began defending a key complex transaction in which the city would terminate a crippling interest-rate swap deal while securing a $350 million loan, known as debtor-in-possession financing.

  • *Fed purchased $1.575 billion in Treasury coupons. *Treasury to sell $32 bln 2- yr notes at 1 p.m.. NEW YORK, Dec 17- U.S.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 17- U.S. U.S. consumer prices were flat in November, the Labor Department said. "I put the probability of a tapering in December at 20 percent, January at 40 percent and March at 80 percent," said Thomas di Galoma, co-head of fixed-income rates at ED&F Man Capital in New York.

  • *Comcast mulls scenarios for possible Time Warner deal. NEW YORK, Dec 17- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Tuesday ahead of consumer price data and as the Federal Reserve prepared to begin its last policy-setting meeting of the year. *The U.S. Labor Department releases its November Consumer Price Index at 8:30 a.m. EST.

  • Dec 16- The Commodities Futures Trading Commission is set to force overseas financial firms to comply with its set of rules governing swaps, saying that the multiple rules developed by overseas regulators were not strict enough, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing an official familiar with the process.

  • TOKYO, Dec 17- Japanese government bond prices were mixed on Tuesday, with the yields on longer-dated maturities hitting at least 2-1/ 2 month highs ahead of an auction of 20- year debt. The Ministry of Finance is selling 1.2 trillion yen of 20- year JGBs with a coupon rate of 1.6 percent later on Tuesday.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 16- The U.S. derivatives regulator on Monday said Commissioner Mark Wetjen would bridge a leadership gap at the agency just as it starts to oversee the $630 trillion swaps market for the first time.

  • Empire State manufacturing index weaker than forecast. NEW YORK, Dec 16- U.S. The New York Federal Reserve said on Monday its " Empire State" manufacturing activity index rose in December to 0.98 from -2.21 in November.

  • Dec 16- Vanguard Group, the top U.S. mutual fund company, is poised to capture the most fund flows for a third straight year, according to Morningstar Inc.. Through the end of November, Vanguard funds had captured $65.3 billion in fund flows, Morningstar said.

  • DUBLIN, Dec 16- Ireland, the first euro zone member to successfully exit its bailout, will return to debt markets with an issue of 10- year paper in early 2014 and may have space to ease austerity in its next budget, its finance minister said.

  • COLUMN-Burn Notice: Watch out for leveraged ETFs Monday, 16 Dec 2013 | 12:40 PM ET

    CHICAGO, Dec 16- If you buy insurance on your home, you know that most of your losses would be covered in a catastrophe. There are now more than 700 short or leveraged ETFs, topping $50 billion in assets, up from under 300 products and $28 billion in 2008, according to Boost, an independent exchange-traded product provider based in Britain.

  • Empire State manufacturing index weaker than forecast. NEW YORK, Dec 16- U.S. The New York Federal Reserve said on Monday its " Empire State" manufacturing activity index rose in December to 0.98 from -2.21 in November.

  • Empire State manufacturing index weaker than forecast. NEW YORK, Dec 16- U.S. The New York Federal Reserve said on Monday its " Empire State" manufacturing activity index rose in December to 0.98 from -2.21 in November.

  • *Avago to buy LSI for $6.6 bln; AIG to sell unit for $5.4 bln. *Charter prepares offer letter for Time Warner Cable: source. NEW YORK, Dec 16- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Monday, as large deals boosted optimism after a steep decline last week, though investors remained heavily focused on an upcoming Federal Reserve policy meeting.

  • *Fed meeting in view, investors looking for stimulus clarity. *Charter prepping offer letter for Time Warner Cable: source. NEW YORK, Dec 16- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Monday, suggesting investors were reluctant to buy even after a steep decline last week, as they turned their focus to an upcoming Federal Reserve policy meeting.

  • Sterling ends three-day losing streak against dollar Monday, 16 Dec 2013 | 6:24 AM ET

    LONDON, Dec 16- Sterling rebounded against the dollar on Monday after three days of losses, as investors positioned themselves for a week of UK data that will test the pound's ability to hold onto its gains since the summer. A decline in the yield spread between UK and German two-year government bond yields also supported the euro.

  • JGBs edge down as BOJ refrains from buying operations Sunday, 15 Dec 2013 | 10:12 PM ET

    TOKYO, Dec 16- Japanese government bond prices mostly edged down in relatively quiet trading as the Bank of Japan refrained from any purchases under its asset-buying program on Monday, contrary to market expectations.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 15- The withering U.S. municipal bond market will shrink even more well into 2014, with interest rate and credit risks keeping both investors and borrowers away. "There are two themes that occurred this year and they're going to carry on to next year," said Chris Alwine, head of municipal bonds at The Vanguard Group, which has $100 billion in assets.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 13- Long-dated U.S.

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