METALS-London copper near one-month peak as dollar drops
SINGAPORE, Dec 10- London copper held close to one-month highs on Tuesday as expectations that the Federal Reserve could soon start tapering its economic stimulus undermined the dollar, while steady consumer buying from China put a floor under prices.
PRECIOUS-Gold slips on taper worries, Fed in focus
SINGAPORE, Dec 10- Gold got off to a shaky start on Tuesday after gaining 1 percent in the previous session, as investors turned their attention to a Federal Reserve policy meeting next week that could provide clues on the outlook for the bank's stimulus. *Spot gold had fallen 0.2 percent to $1,237.94 an ounce by 0020 GMT.
UPDATE 1-U.S. muni bond market contracts by most ever -Fed
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.