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  • 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.

  • MILAN, April 24- Italy's funding costs remained close to multi-year lows at a bond auction on Thursday, as speculation the European Central Bank may start an asset purchase programme supported demand for higher-yielding debt.

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Tech sector brightens as Apple jumps 8 pct Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 7:47 PM ET

    *New Zealand dollar higher as central bank hikes rates. SYDNEY, April 24- Asian markets could get a lift on Thursday after tech heavyweights Apple and Facebook beat Wall Street expectations, sending their stock up sharply and boosting Nasdaq futures.

  • COLUMN-When the best offense is defensive stocks Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 4:30 PM ET

    LONG BEACH, Calif., April 23- You've been on offense with your global stock portfolio for five years, running up the score in sectors like consumer discretionary and technology stocks that have outperformed the broad market. Jamie Doyle, co-manager of the Causeway Global Value Fund, is not ready to make a wholesale switch into defensive plays.

  • NEW YORK, April 23- Ever since they were badly burned in the 2008-2009 stock and bond debacle, investors have been pouring money into so-called "alternative" mutual funds, often at the behest of financial advisers who say those funds will protect them from the fire next time.

  • NEW YORK, April 23- The U.S. dollar weakened against the euro and yen on Wednesday, undermined by a decline in U.S. equity prices and Treasury yields and finding little support from a slower-than-expected expansion in the U.S. manufacturing sector.

  • NEW YORK, April 23- U.S. The Commerce Department said sales of new U.S. single-family homes dropped 14.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 384,000 units in March, declining for a second consecutive month.

  • Settlement time for U.S. trades closer to being shortened Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 9:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK, April 23- The Depository Trust& Clearing Corporation, which processes all U.S. stock and fixed income trades, said on Wednesday it supports shortening the settlement cycle for U.S. equities, corporate and municipal bonds, and unit investment trust trades.