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  • BEIJING, April 3- China's rating agencies are likely to keep a long-held assumption of government bailouts built into most ratings despite the country's first domestic bond defaults and warnings from Beijing that there is no blanket guarantee of support.

  • *Tencent, banks and regulators stand in Alibaba's way. HONG KONG/ BEIJING, April 3- Alibaba, the world's biggest e-commerce company, changed how China shops. Joe Tsai, executive vice chairman of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, sees an Alibaba future that stretches from banking to education, travel to entertainment.

  • *MannKind shares soar as diabetes drug gets FDA backing. NEW YORK, April 2- The S&P 500 closed at another record high on Wednesday as signs of steady private-sector hiring suggested that the economy was slowly building momentum after a winter-related pullback.

  • *China gold at premium to London, first time since early March. NEW YORK, April 2- Gold rose about 1 percent on Wednesday, its largest gain in three weeks, on bargain hunting in the precious metal after two straight days of losses, traders said. Gold futures' most-active contract, June, settled up 0.8 percent, or $10.80, at $1,290.80 an ounce.

  • SAFT ON WEALTH-Break the money market buck Wednesday, 2 Apr 2014 | 4:37 PM ET

    Any policy other than allowing all money market funds to fluctuate in value, as they surely do anyway, rather than adopting the protective coloring of an artificial $1.00 share price is a huge mistake and a disservice to investors and taxpayers alike.

  • NEW YORK, April 2- U.S. The fact that the data did not disappoint pushed yields higher on the day, said Lou Brien, market strategist at DRW Trading in Chicago. In a separate report, Commerce Department data showed new orders for manufactured goods jumped 1.6 percent in February, the biggest rise since September.

  • *Athens sees full market return in 2016. *Athens could tap markets a second time this year. The Eurogroup of finance ministers met in Athens this week, attracting about 5,000 protesters who denounced the latest measures agreed with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund to try to make the economy more competitive.

  • NEW YORK, April 2- The dollar touched a 10- week high against the Japanese yen on Wednesday as the greenback rallied on reports signalling U.S. businesses are shaking off a chill on hiring and factory orders from harsh winter weather. "The ADP report, especially the upward revision, was read as a USD positive signal" said Bryan Zarnett, currency strategist at Citi.

  • NEW YORK, April 2- Blythe Masters, one of Wall Street's most powerful women, is leaving JPMorgan Chase& Co. after a 27- year career that began as an intern in London and concludes with the sale of the multibillion-dollar commodities business she built.

  • April 2- Belgium's Materialise NV, which provides 3 D printing software to industrial manufacturers and medical equipment makers, filed with U.S. regulators on Wednesday for an initial public offering of American Depositary Shares.

  • Prime Minister Antonis Samaras told Reuters the worst of the crisis was behind Greece and it was considering issuing new bonds within the next three months. The chairman of euro zone finance ministers Jeroen Dijsselbloem said on Tuesday that Greece was fully funded for the next 12 months and hoped to finance itself on the market afterwards.

  • Belgian 3D printing company Materialise files for IPO Wednesday, 2 Apr 2014 | 11:47 AM ET

    The company told the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in a filing that Piper Jaffray and Credit Suisse are the lead underwriters of the offering.

  • LONDON, April 2- Brent oil fell more than $1 to a near five-month low near $104 a barrel on Wednesday with expectations that rebel-held Libyan ports would reopen within days outweighing an unexpected drop in U.S. crude inventories. Brent crude oil was down $1.35 to $104.28 a barrel by 1537 GMT after reaching its lowest since Nov. 8.

  • NEW YORK, April 2- U.S. "The upward revision certainly increases the chance of a strong number on Friday," said Ellis Phifer, market strategist at Raymond James in Memphis, Tennessee.

  • NEW YORK, April 2- The dollar was little changed against a basket of major currencies on Wednesday after private payrolls data showed U.S. businesses shaking off some of the chill on hiring left by harsh winter weather.

  • April 2- A plan being discussed to reorganize power company Energy Future Holdings Corp will all but wipe out the investments of owners KKR& Co, TPG Capital and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners, Bloomberg reported.

  • LONDON, April 2- Gold rose around one percent on Wednesday, recouping some strength after two days of losses as European shares flattened and investors remained jittery ahead of U.S. jobs data that should help guage the strength of the world's biggest economy. Gold futures for April delivery rose $11.40 to $1,291.40 an ounce.

  • LONDON, April 2- Brent oil fell $1 to a near five-month low below $105 a barrel on Wednesday on poor manufacturing data from China and Europe, while investors awaited U.S. inventory data to help assess demand in the world's top oil consumer. Brent crude oil was down $1.14 to $104.48 a barrel by 1222 GMT, its lowest since Nov. 8.

  • *MannKind shares soar as diabetes drug gets FDA backing. NEW YORK, April 2- U.S. stock index futures inched higher on Wednesday ahead of data on the labor market after the S&P 500 set its latest record high in the prior session.

  • LONDON, April 2- Investors are turning their back on commodities as returns from futures, options and other derivatives fail to live up to expectations.

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