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  • *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.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 9- The U.S. municipal bond market shrank at a record pace in the third quarter, and the amount of bonds held by households, the market's biggest investors, fell to the lowest level in nearly seven years, according to Federal Reserve data released on Monday.

  • TREASURIES-Bonds concede most gains before supply Monday, 9 Dec 2013 | 4:18 PM ET

    *Fed bought $1.48 billion bonds due 2038 and 2043. The Fed bought $1.48 billion in bonds due 2038 and 2043 and $3.18 billion in Treasury coupons due 2021 to 2023. Once those Fed operations were complete, the market focused on the $64 billion in three-, 10- and 30- year supply coming this week and more supply coming after that.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 9- U.S. household net worth hit a record high in the third quarter as home prices marched up and the value of stocks and mutual funds surged, a hopeful sign for the economic recovery. The Federal Reserve said on Monday household wealth increased $1.9 trillion to $77.3 trillion in the third quarter, the highest level since records started in 1945..

  • NEW YORK, Dec 9- As the calendar closes down on 2013, many U.S. money managers are finding themselves in an unfamiliar position: selling some of the bond funds that have long been mainstays of their clients' portfolios.

  • Monday's ruling by a panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York was issued 13 days after the court reversed the May 2012 convictions of the three bankers. The three former GE bankers, Steven Goldberg, Dominick Carollo and Peter Grimm, were released from prison on Nov. 27, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

  • Investors are fleeing the municipal bond market Monday, 9 Dec 2013 | 1:05 PM ET
    The former Packard Plant in Detroit.

    Investors are fleeing the U.S. municipal bond market as it shrank to $3.6 trillion in the third quarter of 2013, the smallest since the end of 2009.

  • CHICAGO, Dec 9- There is a growing consensus that U.S. stocks, as well as stocks around the world, are going to catch a tailwind going into 2014.. The Vanguard Total World Stock Index ETF owns more than 5,000 stocks, but has its top holdings in mega-cap American companies like Apple Inc, Exxon Mobil Corp and Google Inc..

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 9- The U.S. municipal bond market shrank to $3.686 trillion in the third quarter of the year, the smallest since the end of 2009, from $3.721 trillion in the second quarter of the year, according to Federal Reserve data released on Monday.

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