NEW YORK, July 23- A court-appointed mediator in the Argentina debt dispute said he had to push back by a day the start of the latest round of settlement talks on Wednesday because the Argentine delegation "could not get here in time."» Read More
WASHINGTON/ HONG KONG, July 23- A member of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission will become the new head of a bank lobby group that is fighting the derivatives regulator in court over a crucial new rule curtailing Wall Street.
*Microsoft sees end to Nokia losses, shares rise. NEW YORK, July 23- U.S. stock index futures edged up on Wednesday, boosted by bullish earnings from companies like Microsoft and Boeing, though conflicts in Ukraine and the Gaza Strip weighed on investor confidence.
*Chinese firm said to now have enough cash to pay off $64.5 mln bond. SHANGHAI, July 23- A troubled Chinese construction company avoided a landmark bond default at the last minute on Wednesday, raising enough funds to pay off both principal and interest on a 400 million yuan bond, people directly involved in the matter told Reuters.
HONG KONG, July 23- Global derivatives trade group, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, said on Wednesday it had appointed leading U.S. regulator Scott O'Malia as its chief executive.
However, the prospect of more sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis and a downed Malaysian airliner kept risk aversion on the table in the bond market, where German 10- year yields nudged down to 1.16 percent, just shy of record lows.
July 23- The International Swaps and Derivatives Association, a financial industry lobby group, named Commodity Futures Trading Commission commissioner Scott O'Malia as chief executive.
SHANGHAI, July 23- China's Huatong Road& Bridge Group Co Ltd managed to avoid a landmark bond default at the last minute on Wednesday, raising enough funds to pay off both principal and interest on a 400 million yuan bond due by the end of the day, sources directly involved in the issue told Reuters.
July 23- Momentum is building toward a deal that would make painful losses inevitable for investors holding about $20 billion in bonds issued by Puerto Rico's highway, water and electricity authorities even as some big U.S. mutual funds launch a legal battle to squelch a new law that authorizes a restructuring.
TOKYO, July 23- Twenty-year Japanese government bonds outperformed on Wednesday after an auction pointed to growing demand for that tenor. The Bank of Japan refrained from offering to buy JGBs under its asset-purchase programme, as it does when the Ministry of Finance conducts sales.
WASHINGTON— Regulators have voted by a narrow margin to end a longtime staple of the investment industry— the fixed $1 share price for money-market mutual funds— at least for some money funds used by big investors.
The reform will impact a wide variety of asset managers, from Blackrock Inc, Fidelity and Vanguard to Charles Schwab Corp, Pimco and Federated Investors Inc.. The two-pronged reform for the $2.6 trillion industry comes after a long battle between the SEC, the industry and federal banking regulators.
*Russia has 10 pct of EMEA maturities of $1.17 trillion. MOSCOW, July 23- Russian companies, including oil giant Rosneft, may face challenges refinancing $112 billion in debt due to mature over the next four years, which includes a peak maturity wall to overcome in 2015, a report by Moody's Investors Service said.
There was also some safe-haven buying in the afternoon, boosting bond prices, in connection with tensions in the Middle East after the Federal Aviation Administration advised U.S. airlines not to fly to Tel Aviv in Israel.
NEW YORK, July 22- The dollar rose on Tuesday as U.S. bond yields stood firm on the view that the world's biggest economy is expanding enough for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates next year despite data showing a mild rise in domestic prices in June.
NEW YORK, July 22- A U.S. judge ordered Argentina and investors who did not participate in the country's past debt restructurings to meet "continuously" with a court-appointed mediator until a settlement is reached, warning of the threat of a new default.
CHICAGO, July 22- Illinois Governor Pat Quinn on Tuesday signed legislation to fund state-wide transportation projects with $1.1 billion of bonds. However, according to Abdon Pallasch, the state's assistant budget director, no bond sales are currently planned for the rest of 2014..
WASHINGTON, July 22- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce made a last-ditch plea on Tuesday to federal securities regulators, urging them not to adopt rules that will change how some money market funds are valued and could cause companies to park their cash elsewhere.
NEW YORK, July 22- A U.S. judge overseeing Argentina's debt restructuring case on Tuesday ordered negotiators for the country and holdout investors to meet with a court-appointed mediator until a settlement is reached, as time runs short before a potential default. Argentina has been pushed to the brink of a fresh debt default by U.S. court decisions.
NEW YORK— A federal judge Tuesday ordered around-the-clock negotiations aimed at averting a second debt default by Argentina in 13 years, saying a default would hurt "real people."
Documents filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court show the city's current and retired police and fire employees, along with other active and retired city workers, will accept benefit cuts to help Detroit shed some of its $18 billion of debt in the largest-ever U.S. municipal bankruptcy case.