NEW YORK, Dec 10 - The U.S. Energy Information Administration raised its estimate on Tuesday for domestic natural gas production in 2014, expecting output next year to be up 1.4 percent from 2013's estimated record-high levels.
* China bonded copper premiums up $5 at $195/$210 from prior month
WASHINGTON, Dec 10 - Budget negotiators in the U.S. Congress on Tuesday were wrapping up a tentative deal on a budget plan to avoid a Jan. 15 government shutdown, amid warnings from conservative groups that they would oppose it.
LJUBLJANA, Dec 10 - Slovenia has the funds to recapitalise its ailing banks, the central bank said on Tuesday, indicating that it had seen the results of stress tests due this week and Europe would not need to bail out another member of its troubled currency union.
BRASILIA, Dec 10 - The sooner the U.S. Federal Reserve starts to scale back its massive economic stimulus, the smoother the transition will be for the global economy, Brazilian central bank chief Alexandre Tombini said on Tuesday.
LONDON, Dec 10 - Sterling hit a two-year high against the dollar on Tuesday as investors took upbeat comments from the Bank of England and strong house prices as signs that interest rates could rise sooner than previously thought.
* Says household debt, housing imbalance biggest weaknesses
WASHINGTON, Dec 10 - As budget negotiators in the U.S. Congress tried to close a deal on Tuesday that would avoid a Jan. 15 government shutdown, conservative groups were lining up in opposition to the measure, anticipating an uptick in federal spending.
WASHINGTON, Dec 10 - U.S. wholesale inventories rose more than expected in October, showing little sign of businesses pulling back after they aggressively accumulated stock in the third quarter. The Commerce Department said on Tuesday wholesale inventories increased 1.4 percent after a revised 0.5 percent rise in September. Economists polled by Reuters had expected stocks at wholesalers to rise 0.3 percent in October after a previously reported 0.4 percent rise in September.
NEW YORK, Dec 10 - Fitch Ratings on Tuesday upgraded Colombia's foreign currency sovereign credit rating to BBB from BBB-minus, citing improving debt dynamics and "credible and consistent" policies.
These days Washington is not known for bipartisanship, but every now and then a breakthrough is made. It is noteworthy that Vice President Joe Biden, a Democrat, and Senator John McCain, a Republican, are appearing together at a forum in Sedona, Arizona on Friday.