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  • AMSTERDAM, Dec 12- Dutch market regulators said on Thursday they have stepped up supervision of financial institutions to evaluate the risk of possible manipulation of currency, commodities and derivatives markets.

  • LJUBLJANA, Dec 12- Slovenia issued a 1 billion euro bond on Wednesday to help raise the funds to recapitalise its ailing banks, Finance Minister Uros Cufer said on Thursday.

  • JGBs steady ahead of auction, helped by fall in stocks Wednesday, 11 Dec 2013 | 8:57 PM ET

    TOKYO, Dec 12- Japanese government bond prices were steady to firmer on Thursday, helped by a fall in Tokyo share prices as well as structural support from the Bank of Japan's massive bond buying. The market is also bolstered by the BOJ's two-year asset purchase scheme, in which it buys more than 7 trillion yen of JGBs every month.

  • TREASURIES-Prices fall ahead of 30-year bond supply Wednesday, 11 Dec 2013 | 4:50 PM ET

    *U.S. to sell $13 billion 30- year bonds on Thursday. Treasury debt prices fell on Wednesday as the market built in a price concession for the Treasury's $13 billion 30- year bond auction on Thursday, the final leg of the three-part $64 billion sale of government debt this week.

  • BOSTON, Dec 11- Capital gains pain has arrived for U.S. mutual fund investors. "In many respects, it's a good news story," said Joel Dickson, a senior investment strategist at Vanguard Group. Fidelity's $16 billion Magellan Fund plans to distribute capital gains of $5.52 a share in 2013. That is up from just 2 cents a share in 2012, according to fund disclosures.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 11- Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc will pay $100 million to resolve U.S. probes into whether the bank violated U.S. sanctions laws against Iran, Sudan, Burma and Cuba, U.S. authorities said on Wednesday. The bank entered into agreements with the U.S. Federal Reserve, the U.S. Treasury Department and the New York State Department of Financial Services.

  • "But the proposal does not increase the federal government debt ceiling, which Congress will need to raise again by 7 February to give the Treasury the borrowing capacity it needs to meet its payment obligations and avoid further recourse to extraordinary measures," Fitch said.

  • U.S. mutual funds hit investors with big capital gains Wednesday, 11 Dec 2013 | 10:22 AM ET

    BOSTON, Dec 11- Capital gains pain has arrived for U.S. mutual fund investors. Fidelity's $16 billion Magellan Fund, for example, plans to distribute capital gains of $5.52 a share in 2013. That is up from just 2 cents a share in 2012, according to fund disclosures.

  • *Costco shares drop after profit misses estimates. NEW YORK, Dec 11- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Wednesday as investors assessed a provisional budget deal reached in Washington and its potential impact of an expected wind-down of Federal Reserve stimulus.

  • MILAN, Dec 11- Italy's one-year borrowing costs inched higher at an auction on Wednesday from the record low they hit a month ago, as banks step up repayment of longer-term European Central Bank loans and reduce excess liquidity on money markets. On Wednesday, Italy sold the planned 5.5 billion euros in bills, meeting requests for 1.6 times that amount.

  • JGBs mostly higher as stocks slip, BOJ buying supports Tuesday, 10 Dec 2013 | 11:57 PM ET

    TOKYO, Dec 11- Japanese government bond prices were slightly higher on Wednesday against a backdrop of moderately firmer U.S. Treasuries overnight and weaker Tokyo stocks. Buying by the Bank of Japan also lent support.

  • MUMBAI, Dec 11- When Franklin Templeton's India unit wanted to launch a mutual fund that would switch allocation among stocks, bonds, gold and money markets, the Indian regulator baulked, deeming it too risky for domestic investors, according to the company.

  • Regulators decided to exempt certain funds after Wall Street complained that an earlier draft would have applied to an unnecessarily broad swath of the industry, including many commodity pools, foreign registered mutual funds, securitized loans and corporate structures such as joint ventures.

  • *U.S. sale of $30 billion three-year notes is well bid. NEW YORK, Dec 10- U.S. "A lot of people are short and you're seeing some end-of-year buying taking place," said Wilmer Stith, portfolio manager of the Wilmington Broad Market Bond Fund.

  • In November these investors, who participated in one or both of the debt restructurings following Argentina's sovereign default in 2001, formed an ad hoc committee to propose an offer to resolve the stand-off with the holdouts.

  • MUMBAI, Dec 11- When Franklin Templeton's India unit wanted to launch a mutual fund that would switch allocation among stocks, bonds, gold and money markets, the Indian regulator baulked, deeming it too risky for domestic investors, according to the company.

  • LONDON, Dec 10- Sterling hit a two-year high against the dollar on Tuesday as investors took upbeat comments from the Bank of England and strong house prices as signs that interest rates could rise sooner than previously thought.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 10- The S&P 500 index futures edged lower on Tuesday after the market closed at yet another record high and economic data showed growth in China's industrial production slowed last month. It is taking it pretty well, "said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Rockwell Global Capital in New York.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 10- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Tuesday following the S&P 500' s rise to yet another record close and economic data that showed growth in China's industrial production slowed last month.

  • JGB prices dip ahead of 30-year debt auction Monday, 9 Dec 2013 | 9:24 PM ET

    TOKYO, Dec 10- Japanese government bond prices edged higher on Tuesday, with the longer-dated sectors underperforming ahead of an auction of 30- year debt later in the day. The Ministry of Finance was to sell 600 billion yen worth of 30- year JGBs on Tuesday.

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