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  • July 25- Goldman Sachs downgraded its global equities allocation to neutral on a short-term basis on Friday, even though the brokerage remains overweight stocks for the longer term. Dividing the world up by regions, Goldman is overweight in Europe and Japan and underweight in the United States.

  • *30- year rises over 1 point; 10- year yields below 2.5 percent. NEW YORK, July 25- U.S. "We saw some flattening as a function of upcoming supply," said Kim Rupert, managing director at Action Economics in San Francisco.

  • Alternative funds are drawing dollars, questions Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 3:04 PM ET

    NEW YORK— They're hot, yet many investors have no idea what they do. These mutual funds go by a few names, and it doesn't help that some are inscrutable like "liquid alts," but they generally fall under an umbrella known as alternative mutual funds. Investors plugged a net $35 billion into alternative mutual funds over the last 12 months, according to Morningstar.

  • NEW YORK, July 25- Uncle Sam shouldn't rush to sell bonds longer than 30 years because there is adequate supply to meet demand for long-dated U.S. government bonds right now, according to analysts at the broker-dealer unit of Nomura Holdings.

  • Brian Zwerner, a former manager of Bank of America's municipal derivatives desk, was sentenced to spend three years on probation and pay a $10,000 fine by U.S. According to court papers he has also agreed to pay Bank of America $890,000 and settle related U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission civil charges.

  • NEW YORK, July 25- U.S. "The underlying tone of this report was disappointing," said TD Securities strategist Millan Mulraine. Treasury prices had been up moderately or flat amid weakness in European stock markets shortly before the Commerce Department report but climbed afterwards.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St set to dip at open, Amazon weighs Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 9:00 AM ET

    *Baidu jumps as net profit soars. NEW YORK, July 25- U.S. stocks were set to dip at the open on Friday, weighed by weak results including those from Amazon, with the S&P 500 expected to remain near its record high and within striking distance of 2,000.. Dow Jones industrial average e-mini futures fell 21 points and Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures lost 13 points.

  • *Baidu jumps as net profit soars. NEW YORK, July 25- U.S. stock index futures edged lower on Friday, weighed by weak results including those from Amazon, and ahead of data on durable goods. Dow Jones industrial average e-mini futures fell 17 points and Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures lost 11 points.

  • NEW YORK, July 25- Puerto Rico's worsening debt crisis is pushing the managers of some municipal junk bond exchange-traded funds to ditch their mandate for passive management.

  • The search for high yields and duration gained traction following the Brazilian government's $3.5 billion bond offering on Wednesday, with investors growing confident that interest rates in the United States will stand pat for a few more months, said Max Volkov, Bank of America Merrill Lynch's head of Latin America debt capital markets.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 11:16 p.m. EDT Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 11:16 PM ET

    Report: Chinese regulators conclude chip supplier Qualcomm Air Algerie jetliner with 116 people on board crashes in rainstorm in restive Mali Fewer and fewer US layoffs mean job security is as strong as it's been in more than 8 years Obama calls anew for limits on US company mergers overseas, says it's a question of patriotism Amazon shares fall on deeper-than-expected 2nd- quarter loss Starbucks 2nd- quarter profit rises as food offerings become a bigger driver to cafes Growth in payments volume helps drive Visa's 3 Q profit higher; outlook misses Street view Stocks end little changed as investors work through earnings and economic reports IMF cuts global growth forecast because of slowdowns in US, Russia and emerging markets Oil falls near $102, erasing previous day's gains, amid concern about US gasoline demand

  • JGBs edge down on weaker Treasuries, firmer Nikkei Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 11:05 PM ET

    TOKYO, July 25- Japanese government bond prices slipped on Friday, weighed down by higher Tokyo shares and an overnight retreat in U.S. The benchmark 10- year JGB yield rose 0.5 basis point to 0.525 percent. The JGB market showed little reaction to a rise in Japan's June core CPI, as the rise of 3.3 percent from the previous month was in line with forecasts.

  • NEW YORK, July 24- Less than a week before Argentina could default on its sovereign bonds, the government and holdout creditors have yet to meet face-to-face despite an urgent plea from the U.S. court-appointed mediator on Thursday that they start direct talks.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 7:23 p.m. EDT Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 7:23 PM ET

    Air Algerie jetliner with 116 people on board crashes in rainstorm in restive Mali Fewer and fewer US layoffs mean job security is as strong as it's been in more than 8 years Obama calls anew for limits on US company mergers overseas, says it's a question of patriotism Amazon shares fall on deeper-than-expected 2nd- quarter loss Starbucks 2nd- quarter profit rises as food offerings become a bigger driver to cafes Growth in payments volume helps drive Visa's 3 Q profit higher; outlook misses Street view Stocks end little changed as investors work through earnings and economic reports IMF cuts global growth forecast because of slowdowns in US, Russia and emerging markets Oil falls near $102, erasing previous day's gains, amid concern about US gasoline demand Revenue increases lift 2 Q profits at airlines, which share the bounty with investors

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 6:05 p.m. EDT Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 6:05 PM ET

    Burkina Faso official says wreckage, remains from missing Air Algerie flight found in Mali Fewer and fewer US layoffs mean job security is as strong as it's been in more than 8 years Obama calls anew for limits on US company mergers overseas, says it's a question of patriotism Amazon shares fall on bigger-than-expected 2nd- quarter loss Starbucks profit rises as new food, drinks help drive sales Growth in payments volume helps drive Visa's 3 Q profit higher; outlook misses Street view Stocks end little changed as investors work through earnings and economic reports IMF cuts global growth forecast because of slowdowns in US, Russia and emerging markets Oil falls near $102, erasing previous day's gains, amid concern about US gasoline demand Revenue increases lift 2 Q profits at airlines, which share the bounty with investors

  • NEW YORK, July 24- Representatives for holdout investors and Argentina in the country's ongoing debt default met for about three hours with a court-appointed mediator in New York on Thursday, less than a week before Argentina could once again default.

  • Money market fund assets fell $2.18 billion Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 4:12 PM ET

    Total U.S. money market mutual fund assets fell $2.18 billion to $2.56 trillion for the week that ended Wednesday, according to the Investment Company Institute. Assets in the nation's retail money market mutual funds fell $2.84 billion to $896.27 billion, the Washington- based mutual fund trade group said Thursday.

  • NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, July 24- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Thursday it had charged Morgan Stanley with misleading investors about two mortgage-backed securities it issued before the 2008 financial crisis, and that the bank would pay $275 million to settle the case, according to a press release.

  • NEW YORK, July 24- U.S. Treasury debt prices fell on Thursday after data showed initial jobless claims in the world's largest economy dropped to their lowest in more than eight years, but losses may be limited by safe-haven buying given ongoing tensions in the Middle East and Ukraine.

  • NEW YORK, July 24- Argentine debt holdout investor Mark Brodsky refuted a story in Argentina's La Nacion newspaper suggesting his group, which is negotiating a settlement with the government, will ask a U.S. judge to suspend his payment order ahead of a July 30 deadline.