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  • WASHINGTON, April 28- The U.S. swaps regulator plans to research whether U.S. banks' overseas trading activity is complying with its rules, a senior official said on Monday, as Wall Street adapts to new rules for the $690 trillion global market.

  • *Russia- Ukraine tensions cap bond yields. The ongoing political tension between Russia and Ukraine has also kept a cap on long bond yields. On Friday, long bond yields fell to their lowest in more than nine months after Russia unexpectedly raised interest rates just hours after the S&P downgraded the country's credit rating.

  • *Hearing set in London court for May 27. The Serious Fraud Office charged three former traders at British bank Barclays- director of dollar fixed-income swaps Jay Merchant and dollar interest rate derivative traders Alex Pabon and Ryan Reich- with conspiracy to defraud in connection with its Libor inquiry.

  • *Royal Mail shares still 55 pct above offer price. LONDON, April 28- Britain's financial regulator will not investigate the government's sale of Royal Mail, it said on Monday, rejecting calls from lawmakers who said a sharp rise in the firm's share price should have set alarm bells ringing.

  • *Russia- Ukraine tensions cap bond yields. Losses, however, remained limited by the ongoing political tension between Russia and Ukraine. On Friday, long bond yields fell to their lowest in more than nine months after Russia unexpectedly raised interest rates just hours after the S&P downgraded the country's credit rating.

  • LOS ANGELES, April 25- Home ownership rates in the United States will likely fall to levels last seen in the 1980 s as baby boomers retire and millennials wait longer to form households, the manager of the DoubleLine Total Return fund said Friday, recommending that investors short exchange-traded funds focused on homebuilding companies.

  • NEW YORK, April 25- Texas power company Energy Future Holdings is expected to file for bankruptcy as early as Monday evening, sources close to the situation said on Friday, as it struggles to pay its hefty debt load of more than $40 billion because of cheap electricity prices.

  • NEW YORK, April 25- Texas power company Energy Future Holdings is expected to file for bankruptcy as early as Monday evening, sources close to the situation said on Friday, as it struggles to pay its hefty debt load of more than $40 billion because of cheap electricity prices.

  • *S&P downgrades Russia credit rating. NEW YORK, April 25- Yields on U.S. 30- year bonds fell to their lowest in more than nine months on Friday, sliding for a fourth straight session, as investors sought the safety of bonds after Russia unexpectedly raised rates hours after the S&P downgraded the country's credit rating.

  • *S&P downgrades Russia credit rating. Treasury prices rose across the board on Friday, as investors sought the safety of government bonds after Russia unexpectedly raised interest rates hours after the S&P downgraded the country's credit rating.

  • *Microsoft rises as earnings beat expectations. NEW YORK, April 25- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Friday as a number of bellwether names, including Amazon and Ford, fell following their quarterly results, overshadowing positive numbers from Microsoft.

  • LONDON, April 25- Investors are switching their attention back to developing countries' debt after flirting with U.S. and European junk bonds during a year of turbulence in emerging markets.

  • US STOCKS-Futures fall as Ukraine offsets Microsoft Friday, 25 Apr 2014 | 7:30 AM ET

    *Microsoft shares rise after results, Amazon down. NEW YORK, April 25- U.S. stock index futures edged lower on Friday as intensifying violence in Ukraine and weakness in Amazon.com overshadowed positive results from Microsoft Corp.. *Amazon fell 2 percent to $330.25 after posting a jump in revenue that was offset by sharp increases in spending.

  • TOKYO, April 25- Japan's Dai-ichi Life won't buy domestic bonds if their yields stay at current low levels and it instead plans to allocate more funds on foreign bonds in the year to March, a senior company official said on Friday.

  • *Ukraine asks Russia to explain military exercises. Treasury long bond yields fell for a third straight session on Thursday, as renewed tensions between Ukraine and Russia wiped out earlier gains posted after the release of positive economic numbers.

  • NEW YORK, April 24- U.S. Treasury yields rose on Thursday, as stronger-than-expected durable goods data and robust earnings from Apple suggested the U.S. economy was finally on the mend following a harsh winter season.

  • US STOCKS-Futures point to higher open on tech results Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 | 8:47 AM ET

    *Tech results lift Nasdaq futures, Apple and Facebook rally. NEW YORK, April 24- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Thursday, with Nasdaq futures jumping more than 1 percent following a pair of blowout results from technology stalwarts Apple and Facebook.

  • *Tech results lift Nasdaq futures, Apple and Facebook rally. *Attention on Apple after announcing seven-for-one stock split. NEW YORK, April 24- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Thursday, with Nasdaq futures jumping more than 1 percent following a pair of blowout results from technology stalwarts Apple and Facebook.

  • LONDON, April 24- Top and bottom 10 performers among equity funds available for sale in the UK measured in local currency for three months to March 31 2014- Source: Lipper For a story, click on 1/ 8 IDn: L6N0NF3RG 3/ 8. Baring Russia A USD Acc -18.88 SEB Fund 2- SEB Russia -18.97. JPM Russia A Acc USD -21.28 Neptune Russia& Greater -21.46.

  • Russia-themed mutual funds bruised by sanctions fears Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 | 7:29 AM ET

    LONDON, April 24- Russia- themed equity funds have sunk to the bottom of performance league tables as international tensions over Ukraine and fear of tougher Western sanctions hurt the value of Russian assets.