• *Bank of America climbs in premarket after earnings. NEW YORK, Jan 15- U.S. stock index futures rose on Wednesday, indicating the S&P 500 will build on its biggest gain in nearly a month, earnings from Bank of America and ahead of data on inflation and manufacturing.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 14- A U.S. government watchdog is involved in an investigation of whether bank traders manipulated markets and engaged in front running of orders from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the interest-rate swaps market, according to an FBI intelligence bulletin reviewed by Reuters.

  • *Fed buys $1.39 bln bonds due 2038-23. NEW YORK, Jan 14- U.S. Charles Plosser, president of the Philadelphia Fed, and Dallas Fed chief Richard Fisher, who spoke separately on Tuesday, are both considered policy hawks.

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  • BRUSSELS, Jan 14- Greece expects the euro zone to provide some debt relief to Athens later this year but the impact on its vast liabilities will be little more than symbolic.

  • *Fed to buy $1 bln- $1.5 bln bonds due 2036-2043. NEW YORK, Jan 14- U.S. "The data's better than expected, even though you had downward revisions in the last month," said Charles Comiskey, head of Treasuries trading at Bank of Nova Scotia in New York.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 14- U.S. stock index futures added to gains on Tuesday, after December retail sales came in ahead of expectations. S&P 500 futures rose 3.6 points and were above fair value, a formula that evaluates pricing by taking into account interest rates, dividends and time to expiration on the contract.

  • *JPMorgan edges up after earnings; Wells Fargo due. NEW YORK, Jan 14- U.S. stock index futures advanced on Tuesday, a day after the S&P 500 suffered its biggest drop in two months, as investors digested earnings from JPMorgan and Wells Fargo and prepared for retail sales data.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 14- Exchange operator Nasdaq OMX Group and index provider S&P Dow Jones Indices said they are interested in acquisitions to grow their index businesses, in a sign the sector could see a wave of deals as investors pour tens of billions of dollars into portfolios that track benchmarks.

  • JGBs gain after U.S. Treasuries jump on jobs data Monday, 13 Jan 2014 | 10:14 PM ET

    TOKYO, Jan 14- Japanese government bond prices rose sharply on Tuesday, with the benchmark 10- year yield slipping to a four-week low, after a weaker-than-expected U.S. payroll data boosted U.S.

  • Jan 13- Wall Street traders may be manipulating a key derivatives market and front running Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, hurting the US-owned mortgage giants in the process, according to an FBI intelligence bulletin reviewed by Reuters.

  • Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes said he will rule Thursday on whether to let stand a deal struck between the city of Detroit and two investment banks to end toxic interest rate swap agreements that proved to be a strain on city finances. Detroit could have won larger concessions from the investment banks, the opponents argued.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 13- The U.S. dollar dropped to its lowest in four weeks against the yen on Monday and bond yields fell to a three-week low after last week's soft U.S. jobs data dampened optimism about the outlook for the world's largest economy.

  • The extension will allow advisers to analyze and understand guidance that the SEC released on Friday clarifying parts of the definition, said Allen Robertson, president of the National Association of Bond Lawyers.

  • CHICAGO, Jan 13- Illinois will sell $1 billion of general obligation bonds on Feb. 6 in its first tax-exempt debt deal since enacting reforms to its public pension system last month, a state official said on Monday.

  • *Fed buys $1.24 bln TIPS due 2040-2043. NEW YORK, Jan 13- U.S. "There had been some people talking up extreme growth this year," said Michael Cloherty, head of U.S. rates strategy at RBC Capital Markets in New York.

  • DETROIT, Jan 13- The agreement struck with two banks by Detroit to end toxic interest rate swap agreements was not in the best interest of the city, the groups objecting to the deal said during closing arguments in a bankruptcy court hearing on Monday.

  • *Nine out of 10 worst UK funds in 2013 focused on gold. It comes as no surprise then that nine of the 10 worst-performing funds in the UK in 2013, and six out of the 10 worst in the United States made bets on gold equities. At the top of that list is the Junior Gold fund, which lost almost 66 percent- a level that even its manager, Angelos Damaskos, describes as "eye-watering".

  • *Fed to buy $1 bln- $1.25 bln TIPS due 2018-2043. NEW YORK, Jan 13- U.S. The lower-than-expected jobs gain is not yet seen as likely to alter the Fed from its course of reducing bond purchases, which were cut in December by $10 billion to $75 billion- a-month and are seen as likely to be further pared over coming months.

  • LONDON, Jan 13- Britain sought on Monday to reassure bondholders by promising to honour all 1.2 trillion pounds of UK government debt regardless of whether Scots vote for independence in a referendum this year.