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  • GLOBAL MARKETS-U.S. budget deal gets cautious thumbs-up Wednesday, 11 Dec 2013 | 5:23 AM ET

    *European shares, dollar flat after Asia, Wall Street slip. LONDON, Dec 11- Financial markets gave a cautious thumbs-up on Wednesday to a provisional budget deal that could prevent the U.S. government from shutting down in the coming months. News that U.S. budget negotiators had reached a two-year agreement couldn't overcome the year-end blues in Asia.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 10- Coffee rallied on Tuesday on tight supplies of robusta beans in top producer Vietnam, and gold and silver surged too, pushing the commodities complex broadly higher. Robusta coffee rose as much as 4.6 percent to $1,803 a tonne in London, before closing 4 percent higher at $1,793.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 10- Global equity markets traded slightly lower on Tuesday while the dollar and U.S. The euro hit a six-week high against the dollar as traders reconsidered whether the Fed would trim its monthly purchases of $85 billion in bonds at its two-day meeting next week.

  • *Rambus rallies after settling with Micron. NEW YORK, Dec 10- U.S. stocks slipped on Tuesday, a day after a record close on the S&P 500, with traders looking ahead to next week's Federal Reserve meeting in the absence of market-sensitive economic data.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 10- Global equity markets traded slightly lower on Tuesday while the dollar and U.S. The Fed won't let rates go much higher, "said Larry Milstein, head of government and agency trading at R.W. Pressprich& Co. in New York.

  • *General Motors to name first female CEO. NEW YORK, Dec 10- Wall St was set to take a breather on Tuesday after the S&P 500 closed at yet another record high and as investors were hesitant to make big bets amid uncertainty over the Federal Reserve's stimulus.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 9- U.S. stocks edged higher on Monday, with the S&P 500 closing at a record high, as traders awaited more clues from the Federal Reserve on whether the U.S. central bank would soon begin winding down its economic stimulus. The Dow industrials traded within 43.11 points from session high to intraday low, in the Dow's tightest daily range since Aug. 17, 2012.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 9- Stock markets worldwide rose on Monday and the euro climbed to a six-week high against the dollar after encouraging trade and inflation data from China, but uncertainty about the outlook for U.S. monetary policy limited moves.

  • 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.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 9- U.S. stocks advanced modestly on Monday after positive Chinese trade and inflation data, while remarks by top Federal Reserve officials about the outlook for slowing the Fed's stimulus had little impact on the market.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 9- Stock markets worldwide rose on Monday and the euro climbed to a six-week high against the dollar after Chinese trade and inflation data boosted optimism about the global economy.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 9- Wall Street rose modestly on Monday after Chinese inflation data eased worries about policy tightening there, while investors were cautious before speeches on the economy by four top Federal Reserve officials. Richmond Fed Bank President Jeffrey Lacker will speak at an economic outlook conference in Charlotte, North Carolina at 12:30 p.m..

  • NEW YORK, Dec 9- Wall Street was set for a slightly higher open on Monday, supported by inflation data from China but gains were likely to be capped with a number of top Federal Reserve officials lined up to speak throughout the day.

  • *Asian markets look well placed in wake of Wall St gains. SYDNEY, Dec 9- Asian markets were poised to move higher on Monday, energised by a potent cocktail of upbeat Chinese trade data, a weaker yen and a firm finish on Wall Street.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 6- U.S. crude oil ended up for a sixth day on Friday in its longest rally since July and gold and many other commodities rose too as stronger-than-expected hiring by American employers in November boosted confidence in the No. 1 economy.

  • *Intel shares climb after Citigroup upgrade to "buy". *J.C. Penney, Barnes& Noble shares fall on SEC inquiries. NEW YORK, Dec 6- U.S. stocks soared on Friday, with the Dow and the S&P 500 ending a five-day losing streak after a robust jobs report gave traders confidence that the economic recovery was gaining strength.

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