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  • WASHINGTON, July 23- U.S. regulators adopted moderate reforms for money market mutual funds on Wednesday, in what amounted to a compromise that aims to balance the need to reduce the risk of runs on the funds while still protecting the product's utility for investors.

  • BRASILIA/ SAO PAULO, July 23- Brazil's Treasury launched $1 billion worth of a new 30- year benchmark global bond on Wednesday and offered to buy back costlier, shorter-dated maturities as it seeks to take advantage of a growing appetite for Brazilian assets.

  • NEW YORK, July 23- U.S. long-term Treasury debt prices ended slightly lower on Wednesday in thin trading, but their near-term outlook remained positive on safe-haven demand as global tensions in the Middle East and Ukraine persisted. Treasuries maturing August 2022 through May 2024 as part of its economic stimulus program, also helped keep a lid on yields.

  • NEW YORK, July 23- Standard& Poor's said on Wednesday it had raised New York state's debt rating by one notch, putting it just under a top investment grade, due to the state government's stronger budgeting practices.

  • WASHINGTON, July 23- A top official will leave the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission to become the head of a banking group 10 days later in a spin through the revolving regulator-to-lobby-group door that is striking even by Washington standards.

  • 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."

  • SAO PAULO/ BRASILIA, July 23- Brazil's Treasury is offering on Wednesday a new 30- year global bond and buying back as many as eight shorter-dated issues, in a bid to take advantage of growing appetite for Brazilian assets and improve the country's dollar-denominated yield curve.

  • NEW YORK, July 23- Settlement talks set for Wednesday between Argentina and bondholders who did not participate in the country's past debt restructuring have been rescheduled for Thursday, the court-appointed mediator said.

  • TREASURIES-Prices inch higher on geopolitical anxiety Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 10:45 AM ET

    NEW YORK, July 23- U.S. long-term Treasury debt prices edged higher for a third straight session on Wednesday on continued safe-haven demand as global tensions in the Middle East and Ukraine persisted.

  • 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.

  • Global derivatives body ISDA names O'Malia as CEO Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 4:47 AM ET

    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.

  • JGBs steady, 20-year tenor firms after solid auction Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 12:41 AM ET

    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.

  • SEC votes to end $1 a share for some money funds Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 12:03 AM ET

    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.

  • U.S. SEC poised to adopt reforms for money market funds Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    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.