NEW YORK, Sept 18- Stocks and gold jumped while the U.S. dollar and bond yields fell sharply on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve surprised investors by postponing the start of the wind down of its massive monetary stimulus, saying it wanted to wait for more evidence of solid economic growth.
*Republicans offer plan to fund government beyond Oct. 1.
NEW YORK, Sept 18- U.S. stocks soared and gold jumped while the dollar and bond yields fell sharply on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve surprised investors by keeping its economic stimulus in place on concerns tighter financial conditions could slow the economy.
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*Yields drop as Fed maintains $85 billion purchases a month. NEW YORK, Sept 18- U.S. There is no question that we were being set up for Fed tapering, "said Tom Porcelli, chief U.S. economist at RBC Capital Markets in New York.
NEW YORK, Sept 18- U.S. Treasuries yields fell on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve said it would maintain its bond purchases at $85 billion a month, surprising investors who had expected it would reduce the size of its purchase program. Benchmark 10- year notes were last up 23/ 32 in price to yield 2.76 percent, down from 2.86 percent before the statement.
Sept 18- CME Group Inc, the biggest U.S. futures market operator, has applied with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to register as a swap execution facility, an exchange-like platform created as a result of the global crackdown on the derivatives that helped bring the 2007-2008 credit crisis.
LONDON, Sept 18- Debt market prices suggest investors expect Portugal will need another international bailout but that it should avoid a near-term restructuring of its debts that would impose losses on private investors.
*Fed tapering decision expected at 2 p.m. ( 1800 GMT. Fed policymakers are seen trimming their $85 billion per month buying of Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities and are due to issue a statement at 2:00 p.m. ( 1800 GMT). Where we are right now, it's all on the Fed, "said Justin Lederer, an interest rate strategist at Cantor Fitzgerald in New York.
NEW YORK, Sept 18- Prices for U.S. Fed policymakers are expected to begin slowing their $85 billion per month buying of Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities, and are due to issue a statement at 2:00 p.m. EDT. Where we are right now, it's all on the Fed, "said Justin Lederer, an interest rate strategist at Cantor Fitzgerald in New York.
TOKYO, Sept 18- Japanese government bond prices were down on Wednesday morning, weighed by a sharp rise in Tokyo stocks and as investors looked ahead to the 20- year JGB auction later in the day. The Ministry of Finance set the coupon of the new 20- year JGBs at 1.700 percent, unchanged from last month's sale.
Sept 17- A Chicago speed-trading firm sued the U.S. swaps regulator on Tuesday, saying it acted to prevent the agency from bringing an unfounded case against it for manipulating futures contracts.
NEW YORK, Sept 17- When Barney Frank, former U.S. $300 trillion derivatives markets, he felt the key was to foster competition.
NEW YORK, Sept 17- U.S. The Federal Open Market Committee, the U.S. central bank's policy-setting group, is widely expected to pare its $85 billion monthly purchases of Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities at its two-day meeting, set to start Tuesday.
Boston- based Fidelity, the largest money market fund provider in the world, said the pricing reform put forth by the SEC would affect about 65 percent of money fund assets. "The staff estimated that only 30 percent of all assets would be subject to a floating if adopted by the SEC," Fidelity said in a comment letter. "
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew warned Congress on Tuesday that waiting until the last minute to raise the nation's limit on borrowing could lead to irrevocable damage to the economy. "We cannot afford for Congress to gamble with the full faith and credit of the United States of America," Lew told the Economic Club of Washington, a business forum.
*Apple in focus after closing below 200- day moving average. NEW YORK, Sept 17- U.S. stock index futures were little changed before the start of the Federal Reserve's two-day meeting on Tuesday that could lay out plans to begin reducing its stimulus measures.
NEW YORK, Sept 17- U.S. stock index futures slipped Tuesday before the start of the U.S. *Estimates for the potential tapering of the $85- billion- a-month asset purchases wary, but economists are forecasting an about $10 billion reduction.
*U.S.- Russia pact on Syria seen paring safety bids for bonds. NEW YORK, Sept 16- U.S. Treasury debt prices rose on Monday after the withdrawal by Lawrence Summers for consideration as chairman of the Federal Reserve eased fears of more aggressive monetary policy tightening if he were to head the U.S. central bank.
*U.S.- Russia pact on Syria seen paring safety bidsfor bonds. NEW YORK, Sept 16- U.S. Treasuries debt prices rose on Monday after the withdrawal by Lawrence Summers for consideration as chairman of the Federal Reserve eased fears of more aggressive monetary policy tightening if he were to head the U.S. central bank.