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  • NEW YORK, Aug 13- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Wednesday as investors plucked bargains following recent declines amid signs of an easing of tensions in Ukraine and Iraq, which overshadowed some weak U.S. data and corporate forecasts.

  • *Threat of Russia invading Ukraine appears to recede. NEW YORK, Aug 13- U.S. stock index futures rose on Wednesday amid a perceived easing of tensions in both Ukraine and Iraq, which pushed investors to seek bargains.

  • *TAQA remains committed to other India, Iraq projects. ABU DHABI, Aug 13- Abu Dhabi National Energy Co, the state-owned oil explorer and power supplier, swung to second-quarter profits and said it pulled out of acquisition plans in India and Iraq to improve its cash flow and reduce debt leverage.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 13- Marc Seidner, who left Pimco earlier this year just as the fixed income powerhouse was about to be roiled by internal strife, is beating his old boss Bill Gross at a game Gross used to dominate: calling the bond market.

  • TOKYO,- Japanese government bonds tracked U.S. A regular JGB buying operation by the Bank of Japan, part of its massive quantitative easing program and targeting longer-dated bonds helped limit the rise in yields. Treasury debt yields rose on Tuesday as traders sold some bond holdings in advance of a combined $40 billion in longer-dated supply.

  • The move, known as acceleration, could push Argentina into a new restructuring on up to US $30 bn in debt and significantly complicate efforts to put its decade-long debt woes to rest.

  • *Focus stays on developments in Gaza, Iraq and Ukraine. Wednesday's auction of $24 billion in 10- year notes and Thursday's $16 billion sale of 30- year securities follow solid results at the $27 billion three-year note auction.

  • *Focus stays on developments in Gaza, Iraq and Ukraine. The selling pressure from this week's bond supply has been offset by a steady bid for safe-haven Treasuries on worries about conflicts in Iraq, eastern Ukraine and Gaza. Tension remained high in Iraq as its prime minister Nuri al-Maliki refused to step down after his replacement was named.

  • TOKYO/ SYDNEY, Aug 12- The dollar edged higher in Asia on Tuesday, getting a slight lift as U.S. Treasury yields inched away from recent lows, though concerns over rising tensions in Ukraine and the Middle East still looked set to cap the greenback's advance. Treasury note at 2.431 percent in Asia, above its U.S. close of 2.420 percent on Monday.

  • P- Mutual funds suing Puerto Rico over a new restructuring law filed an amended complaint on Monday that details ways the island's electric power authority PREPA could meet its obligations without defaulting on its debt. Constitution by effectively allowing Puerto Rico to impair certain contracts. The funds hold about $1.7 billion of Puerto Rico debt.

  • JGBs capped by higher stocks, 30-yr sale eyed Monday, 11 Aug 2014 | 9:52 PM ET

    TOKYO, Aug 12- Japanese government bond prices inched down on Tuesday as Tokyo stocks extended gains amid an easing of immediate geopolitical concerns. Caution ahead of a 30- year JGB auction later in the session kept the bond market in tight range. Tokyo's Nikkei rose 0.4 percent after surging 2.4 percent the previous day.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 11- A global gauge of equities rose for a second straight day on Monday, posting its largest daily advance in four months on bets on a reduced risk of direct conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

  • *Worries persist about Gaza, Iraq and Ukraine. NEW YORK, Aug 11- U.S. government debt yields were little changed on Monday, hovering near recent lows as traders clung to their safe-haven bond holdings on anxiety about tensions in the Middle East and Ukraine.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 11- A global gauge of equities rose for a second day on Monday, posting its largest daily advance in four months as investors bet on a reduced risk of direct conflict between Russia and Ukraine while tensions in Gaza eased as a new 72- hour truce appeared to be holding.

  • HOUSTON, Aug 11- The biggest U.S. pipeline company, Kinder Morgan Inc, will gain new muscle to acquire rivals after it consolidates as a single company and buys out investors in its publicly traded units for $44 billion, its CEO said on Monday. Kinder Morgan Inc said on Sunday it would put all its units under one roof.

  • Bulgaria's Corpbank misses final bond payment -sources Monday, 11 Aug 2014 | 12:16 PM ET

    LONDON, Aug 11- Bulgaria's Corporate Commercial Bank failed to make the final payment on a dollar-denominated bond that matured on Friday, two bondholder sources said, increasing the risk bondholders will take legal action against the state.

  • *Safe-haven bids persist on worries about Ukraine,. NEW YORK, Aug 11- U.S. government debt yields edged higher on Monday from their recent lows as traders trimmed safe-haven bond holdings and stepped back into stocks on hopes of reduced tensions in the Middle East.

  • *MannKind signs agreement with Sanofi, shares jump. NEW YORK, Aug 11- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Monday, suggesting that Friday's sharp rally could continue as it appeared less likely that the tense situation between Russia and Ukraine would escalate.

  • US STOCKS-Futures higher as Ukraine tensions ease Monday, 11 Aug 2014 | 7:35 AM ET

    *MannKind signs agreement with Sanofi, shares jump. NEW YORK, Aug 11- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Monday, indicating that Friday's sharp rally could continue as it appeared less likely that the tense situation between Russia and Ukraine would escalate.

  • JGBs edge slightly lower in subdued trade Sunday, 10 Aug 2014 | 11:15 PM ET

    TOKYO, Aug 11- Japanese government bond prices were slightly lower on Monday, though above session lows in quiet trading. Under its massive quantitative easing program, the BOJ offered to buy 400 billion yen of JGBs in the 5- year to 10- year zone, 200 billion yen of JGBs in the 3- year to 5- year zone, and 300 billion yen of JGBs in the 1- year to 3- year zone.