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  • BUENOS AIRES, July 26- Argentina looks set to default on its debt for the second time in 12 years next Thursday as negotiations with "holdout" investors seemingly go nowhere and neither side shows signs of blinking first, though a last minute deal can't be discounted.

  • July 25- Russia and Turkey lifted their gold holdings in June as both countries increased their bullion reserves for a third consecutive month, data from the International Monetary Fund showed on Friday.

  • NEW YORK, July 25- Argentina, out of legal options to avoid paying a court-awarded $1.33 billion plus interest to holdout creditors who twice spurned a restructuring offer, has until July 30 to either pay them, negotiate a settlement or default.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, July 25- Amazon.com Inc's message to investors has always been clear: trust in founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. Some on Wall Street wonder if Amazon may have bitten off more than it can chew.

  • Cellphone unlocking set to become legal again Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 5:30 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Congress passed a bill Friday that makes it legal to "unlock" cellphones so the devices can— at least in some instances— be used on other carriers. The law, which President Obama said he looks forward to signing, undoes a move by the Librarian of Congress in 2012. That made it a copyright violation to unlock a phone without the carrier's permission.

  • Tyson outbid Pilgrim's Pride Corp with its $63 per share offer for Hillshire, valuing the Jimmy Dean sausages maker at $8.55 billion. The Cherokee plant will close on Sep. 27, while the Buffalo and Santa Teresa plants are expected to stop operating in the first half of 2015, the company said.

  • Tyson Foods closing 3 plants in Iowa, NY, NM Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 5:17 PM ET

    Tyson, the biggest U.S. meat processor, announced Friday the planned closures of the plants in Cherokee, Iowa; Buffalo, New York; and Santa Teresa, New Mexico. The Cherokee plan will close Sept. 27, and the Buffalo and Santa Teresa plants are expected to shut down in the first half of 2015..

  • NEW YORK, July 25- Silver- bullion banks Deutsche Bank, Bank of Nova Scotia and HSBC have been accused of manipulating prices in a lawsuit filed in a New York district court on Friday. The lawsuit was filed by J. Scott Nicholson, a resident of Washington DC. The daily silver fix in London is set once a day by the banks in a conference call.

  • NEW YORK, July 25- Silver bullion banks Deutsche Bank, Bank of Nova Scotia and HSBC have been accused in a lawsuit of manipulating silver prices in the physical and futures market, according to a lawsuit filed in a New York district court on Friday.

  • Argentina debt talks deadlocked as default looms Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 4:45 PM ET

    Argentina will default for the second time in 13 years if it cannot reach a deal with the U.S. hedge funds before July 30. Following a U.S. judge's order, Argentina can't pay investors who accepted lower-valued bonds after its record $100 billion default in 2001 unless it also pays off creditors who didn't participate in previous bond swaps.

  • Tyson Foods to shut three prepared foods factories Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 4:41 PM ET

    The Cherokee, Iowa, plant will close on Sep. 27, while the Buffalo, New York, and Santa Teresa, New Mexico plants are expected to cease operations in the first half of 2015, the company said.

  • NEW YORK, July 25- Brent oil prices reversed early losses to climb more than $1 a barrel on Friday, as fighting in Ukraine and deteriorating relations between Russia and the United States ignited new fears of supply disruptions in the market.

  • "We continue to get strong economic releases out of the United States," said Richard Scalone, co-head of foreign exchange at TJM Brokerage in Chicago. Analysts said the weak German business sentiment underscored the impact of tensions surrounding Russia and Ukraine on Germany, Europe's biggest economy.

  • Visa and Amazon are big market movers Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 4:23 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:. Visa Inc., down $7.97 to $214.77. Pandora Media Inc., down $2.97 to $25.75.

  • Disappointing results at Visa, Amazon hurt stocks Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 4:19 PM ET

    NEW YORK— The stock market is ending lower after Visa and Amazon posted disappointing results. Amazon's stock slumped $34.60, or 9.6 percent, to $324.01 after the online retail giant posted a wider loss than analysts had forecast. The Dow was dragged down by Visa, which fell $7.97, or 3.6 percent, to $214.77.

  • NEW YORK/ BUENOS AIRES, July 25- Argentina failed to reach a breakthrough with the U.S. court-appointed mediator in its battle with holdout creditors on Friday in talks that lasted just an hour, suggesting a settlement to avoid a default next week remains elusive.

  • *Facebook says SEC recommends no enforcement action. In its quarterly report filed on Thursday, Facebook said the regulator in May "notified us that it had terminated its inquiry and that no enforcement action had been recommended by the SEC."

  • July 25- A former adviser to mining giant BSG Resources was sentenced in New York federal court on Friday to two years in prison for obstructing a criminal probe in connection with a bribery investigation in Guinea.

  • *Amazon.com, Visa down after disappointing results. NEW YORK, July 25- Some disappointing U.S. earnings, including those of Amazon.com, and weak German economic data pressured world stock markets on Friday, while the euro clung to an eight-month low against the U.S. dollar.

  • 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.