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  • 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.

  • TREASURIES-Prices gain before double Fed purchases Monday, 9 Dec 2013 | 9:05 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 9- U.S. The Fed will buy between $1.25 billion and $1.75 billion in bonds due between 2036 and 2043 as well as $2.75 billion and $3.50 billion in notes due 2021-2023 on Monday as part of its ongoing purchases.

  • Superlong JGBs weaken as BOJ refrains from buying Sunday, 8 Dec 2013 | 10:49 PM ET

    TOKYO, Dec 9- Japanese government bond prices ended the morning mixed on Monday, with the superlong zone slightly underperforming as the Bank of Japan refrained making any purchases this session under its asset-buying stimulus program.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 6- General Electric Co has agreed to pay as much as $18.25 million to settle a class action lawsuit accusing it of rigging bids for municipal securities, court papers filed on Friday show.

  • *Fed buys $5.13 billion notes due 2017, 2018. NEW YORK, Dec 6- U.S. The market priced in most of a worse-case scenario heading into the number, "said Aaron Kohli, an interest rate strategist at BNP Paribas in New York.

  • *Fed buys $5.13 billion notes due 2017, 2018. NEW YORK, Dec 6- U.S. The market priced in most of a worse case scenario heading into the number, "said Aaron Kohli, an interest rate strategist at BNP Paribas in New York.

  • *Fed to buy $4.25 billion to $5.25 billion notes due 2017, 2018. NEW YORK, Dec 6- U.S. "The market reacted pretty violently to the report and I think a lot of people got caught in the hole," said Charles Comiskey, head of Treasuries trading at Bank of Nova Scotia in New York.

  • *Fed to buy $4.25 billion to $5.25 billion notes due 2017, 2018. NEW YORK, Dec 6- U.S. "It pulls forward some expectations, potentially for a December taper," said Ira Jersey, an interest rate strategist at Credit Suisse in New York, though he added that Credit Suisse sees a move in January as more likely.

  • US STOCKS-Futures advance ahead of payrolls data Friday, 6 Dec 2013 | 7:10 AM ET

    *J.C. Penney gets letter of inquiry from SEC. *Sears Holdings to spin off Lands' End business. NEW YORK, Dec 6- U.S. stock index futures rose on Friday, putting the S&P 500 on track to snap a five-session losing streak, ahead of a key monthly payrolls report that may affect expectations for when the Federal Reserve will begin to wind down its stimulus.

  • LONDON, Dec 6- The dollar rose and government borrowing costs from Japan to Germany hovered around fresh highs on Friday, on expectations of strong U.S. data that would back the case for an imminent scaling-back of Federal Reserve stimulus.

  • LONDON, Dec 6- Crowded junk corporate bond markets may be most vulnerable to what could be the main outlying risk of 2014: a Federal Reserve that is slow to withdraw monetary stimulus and forced to play catch-up.

  • SYDNEY, Dec 6- Australia's prime minister Tony Abbott spurned a plea for help from Qantas Airways Ltd on Friday, saying subsidising the embattled airline would be "a bottomless pit" as its credit rating was relegated to junk status.

  • NEW DELHI, Dec 6- A recovery in the rupee is giving India's Finance Minister P. Chidambaram rare relief in his battle against a threatened credit rating downgrade to junk status by reducing pressure on the government's subsidy bill.

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