• *Record highs on Wall Street restrain gains for safe-haven debt. NEW YORK, Nov 18- U.S. "The Treasury market is trading slightly higher as bonds continue to react to comments from the likely next Fed Chairperson, Janet Yellen," said Kevin Giddis, senior managing director and head of fixed income capital markets head at Raymond James.

  • *Italy to offer 2018 bonds for 2015, 2017 paper. The European Commission warned Italy on Friday its draft budget for next year risked breaking EU rules. Keeping the budget gap under control is crucial for Italy, which is trying to manage a 2 trillion euro debt pile.

  • TOKYO, Nov 18- Japanese government bond prices slipped on Monday, with the 20- year yield underperforming ahead of a 20- year debt auction the following day. The 20- year yield added 1.5 basis points to 1.515 percent, its highest since Oct. 16 and ahead of Tuesday's 1.2 trillion yen bond sale of similar maturities.

  • Nov 17- Investors poured some $34.1 billion into all equity mutual funds and exchange-traded funds in the past four weeks that ended Nov. 13, the biggest four-week total since January, according to data from TrimTabs Investment Research.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 15- JPMorgan Chase& Co said on Friday it agreed to pay $4.5 billion to settle claims by investors who lost money on mortgage-backed securities before the collapse of the U.S. housing market.

  • CHICAGO, Nov 15- Trading in options of Twitter Inc was dominated by put volume with a mixture of selling, hedging and speculative activity in an overall orderly debut on the U.S. options market, a week after the social media company's stock started trading.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 14- JPMorgan Chase& Co said on Friday it has agreed to pay $4.5 billion to settle claims by investors who lost money on mortgage-backed securities before the collapse of the U.S. housing market.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 15- Prominent Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday threw their weight behind industry complaints that the nation's derivatives regulator is confusing markets as it rushes through a plethora of new rules.

  • *Record highs on Wall Street reduce bonds' appeal. Safe-haven demand for government debt also suffered as major Wall Street stock indexes hit intraday record highs a day after Yellen's testimony at a Senate panel hearing on her nomination.

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ CHICAGO, Nov 15- CME Group Inc, the world's largest futures exchange operator, said Friday that its clearing service for energy and other swaps was "the victim of a cyber intrusion" in July, sparking a federal criminal investigation.

  • *Twitter strikes range from $25 to $65. CHICAGO/ NEW YORK, Nov 15- The first day of trading options in Twitter was an active one, with more than 50,000 contracts trading in less than two hours on Friday, a week after the social media name debuted in the equity market.

  • *Fed to buy $750 mln to $1 bln longer-dated Treasuries. NEW YORK, Nov 15- U.S. "Bonds are really listless today," said Mary Beth Fisher, head of U.S. interest rates strategy at SG Corporate& Investment Banking in New York.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 15- U.S. stock index futures rose on Friday, buoyed by reassuring remarks by Federal Reserve chair nominee Janet Yellen, setting up the Dow and S&P 500 indexes for fresh record highs.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 15- U.S. stock index futures edged higher on Friday ahead of a batch of economic reports, setting up the Dow and S&P 500 indexes for fresh record highs. *U.S. equities rallied on Thursday, with the S&P 500 ending just 10 points away from 1,800, following a robust defense of monetary stimulus from Janet Yellen, who will take over at the helm of the U.S.

  • CHICAGO, Nov 15- Traders itching to "strangle" or "straddle" the newly launched shares of Twitter Inc will finally get their chance on Friday when trading in the social media company's options launches on U.S. exchanges.

  • SHANGHAI, Nov 15- China's short-term funding rates staged a rare mid-month jump this week, while government bond futures hit record lows for the second straight week, as the central bank tightened liquidity in money markets.

  • JGB prices edge down as Nikkei rally dulls debt appeal Thursday, 14 Nov 2013 | 9:46 PM ET

    TOKYO, Nov 15- Japanese government bond prices inched down on Friday as a slide in the yen buoyed Tokyo shares to six-month highs and somewhat dulled the appeal of fixed-income assets.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 14- Moody's Investors Service cut the debt ratings for four big bank holding companies, including Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan Chase& Co, citing its increasing confidence that the U.S. government will not bail out the companies if they fail.

  • *PIMCO trims SPDR Gold Trust for 4 straight quarters. NEW YORK, Nov 14- Hedge fund Paulson& Co maintained its stake in SPDR Gold Trust, the world's biggest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, in the third quarter after slashing its stake by more than half in the second quarter when bullion prices plummeted.

  • Nov 14- Fitch Ratings said on Thursday it may soon strip heavily indebted Puerto Rico of its investment grade credit rating, threatening to tag the U.S. territory as the largest municipal bond issuer to date to tumble into junk bond territory.

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