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  • WASHINGTON, Aug 13- Banks need to urgently change a provision in derivatives contracts that prevents them from smoothly winding down their business if they start failing during a crisis, a top U.S. regulator told Reuters on Wednesday.

  • UPDATE 1-ISDA sets Argentina CDS auction for August 21 Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 2:42 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Aug 13- The International Swaps and Derivatives Association will hold an auction on August 21 to settle credit default swaps referencing Argentine debt. The 15- member committee has determined a list of securities that will be deliverable into the auction, including some of Argentina's Par 2038, Discount 2033 and Global 2017 notes.

  • Isda sets Argentina CDS auction for August 21 Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 1:48 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Aug 13- The International Swaps and Derivatives Association will hold an auction on August 21 to settle Argentina's outstanding credit default swaps. The auction will determine the payout that holders of protection on Argentine debt will receive as a result of the sovereign's default on July 30.

  • ISDA SAYS WILL HOLD AUCTION TO SETTLE ARGENTINA CREDIT DEFAULT SWAPS ON AUGUST 21.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • *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.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 8- U.S. stocks rose on Friday, with high dividend-paying utility stocks leading gains and benchmark Treasury yields at a 14- month low, as the United States bombed Islamic State positions in Iraq. Stock index futures had slumped overnight after President Barack Obama authorized relief supplies and air strikes on Iraq.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St set to rise on Russia bets Friday, 8 Aug 2014 | 9:05 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Aug 8- U.S. stocks were set to rise Friday, with futures reversing earlier losses, as optimism over the Ukraine crisis offset concerns over the implications of U.S. air strikes on Iraq. Market participants said a rebound in U.S. stock index futures Friday was kindled by a report which said Russia was aiming to de-escalate the conflict in Ukraine.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 8- U.S. stock index futures edged up on Friday, reversing sharp losses earlier that came on the back of a U.S. government authorization of air strikes in Iraq, which added to concerns about escalating conflicts in Ukraine and the Gaza Strip.

  • President Barack Obama authorized targeted air strikes in Iraq, stoking fears of another drawn-out conflict in the region. Fighting also resumed in Gaza between Palestinian militants and Israel while NATO's calls for Russia to "step back from the brink" of war in Ukraine were still ringing in ears of volatile markets.

  • President Barack Obama authorised targeted air strikes in Iraq, raising worries of another drawn-out conflict in the region. It came as fighting also resumed in Gaza between Palestinian militants and Israel and with NATO's calls for Russia to "step back from the brink" of war in Ukraine still ringing in ears of volatile markets.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 7- U.S. stock index futures edged up on Thursday ahead of jobless claims data, amid a backdrop of an escalation of tensions as Russia banned Western food imports in retaliation against Western sanctions.

  • LONDON, Aug 7- The first Russian riposte in a sanctions tussle with the West over Ukraine kept European shares and the euro under pressure on Thursday, as markets waited to hear how the European Central Bank would respond to the crisis.

  • *NATO says Russia could be readying Ukraine invasion. NEW YORK, Aug 6- U.S. stock index futures fell on Wednesday, with S&P e-minis at a more than two-month low, on worries of an escalation of the conflict in Ukraine and as key merger and acquisition deals fell through.

  • Aug 5- Many options traders who had taken bets on a successful buyout of Time Warner Inc by Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox Inc are facing a grim lesson in the risks of betting on deals. Murdoch pulled the $80 billion offer after the close of trading on Tuesday, saying Time Warner management had refused to engage in discussions.

  • *China services sector growth at nine-year low. NEW YORK, Aug 5- U.S. stock index futures dipped on Tuesday after China's economic recovery was put in doubt as growth in its services sector slowed in July to its lowest level in nearly nine years.

  • After 1 p.m. EDT, more than 700,000 put options contracts were traded across a number of different stocks, including Priceline, Chipotle Mexican Grill and others, most of which expire at the end of Friday's trading, according to Henry Schwartz, president of Trade Alert LLC.