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  • *Tech stocks boosted by Apple, Facebook hits record high. SYDNEY, July 24- Asian stocks inched higher on Thursday, encouraged by upbeat corporate results and a record close on Wall Street, while unrest in the Middle East and Ukraine underpinned demand for high-rated bonds. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up a slim 0.09 percent.

  • NEW YORK, July 23- A federal judge on Wednesday said banks faced an uphill battle in convincing her to dismiss a U.S. regulator's claims that they misled Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into buying mortgage-backed securities that later went sour.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, July 23- Gold fell for a second day on Wednesday as gains in U.S. equities and dearth of new developments from conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East prompted investors take profits.

  • NEW YORK, July 23- The U.S. dollar rose to eight-month highs against the euro on Wednesday as worries over tougher sanctions on Russia and their potential impact on fragile euro zone growth weighed on the single currency. Further escalation of tensions between Russia and Ukraine could weigh further on the euro if more trade sanctions are enforced on Russia.

  • *To file criminal changes against Alstom imminently. David Green, who announced on Monday that the SFO would join U.S. prosecutors and regulators worldwide in investigating allegations of misconduct in the $5.3 trillion- per-day foreign exchange market, said he had "reasonable grounds" to suspect that an offence of serious or complex fraud was involved.

  • FOREX-US dollar holds near 8-month highs against euro Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 9:44 AM ET

    NEW YORK, July 23- The U.S. dollar held near eight-month highs against the euro on Wednesday as worries over tougher sanctions on Russia and their potential impact on fragile euro zone growth weighed on the single currency.

  • LONDON, July 22- European shares bounced back on Tuesday on some strong earnings reports and after signs of cooperation between Russia and other nations in investigating the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine.

  • European shares bounce back as Ukraine tension ease Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 11:25 AM ET

    LONDON, July 22- European shares rose on Tuesday on some strong earnings reports and signs of improved cooperation from Ukraine's pro-Russian rebels over the Malaysian Airlines plane shot down four days ago.

  • *ARM Holdings surges after strong results. LONDON, July 22- European equities bounced back on Tuesday partly in response to signs of improved cooperation from Ukraine's pro-Russian rebels who have agreed to hand over the black boxes from the Malaysian plane downed in Ukraine last week.

  • Hong Kong benchmark closes at highest since December Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 4:08 AM ET

    HONG KONG, July 22- Hong Kong's benchmark index jumped to its highest in nearly 7-1/ 2 months on Tuesday, helped by stronger Chinese markets on the mainland and recent fund inflows which pushed up the territory's blue-chip stocks. Tencent Holdings spiked 2.1 percent, partly lifted by peer Baidu's record high close in New York.

  • China's yuan edges up in narrow trade, outlook firms Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 12:49 AM ET

    HONG KONG, July 22- China's yuan edged up on Tuesday, holding in a narrow range due to a lack of trading cues, with the overall market shifting to a more positive outlook on the currency for the rest of the year. The People's Bank of China fixed its official rate at 6.1544 per dollar, largely unchanged from Monday's fixing of 6.1547.

  • *Gulf banks reducing loan fees, easing terms. *Eager to deploy cash supplies amid high oil prices. DUBAI, July 21- Cash-rich Gulf banks are grabbing a growing share of the region's loan market as they cut fees and ease terms, elbowing aside some of the foreign banks which used to dominate lending.

  • Hong Kong shares fall, Sands China slides Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 4:09 AM ET

    HONG KONG, July 18- Hong Kong shares ended lower on Friday, tracking losses in global markets after the downing of a Malaysian Airlines plane over Ukraine sent investors scurrying into defensive assets. The Hang Seng Index closed down 0.3 percent at 23,454.79 points.

  • *U.S. imposes toughest Russia sanctions yet over Ukraine. LONDON, July 17- New U.S. sanctions imposed on Russia for its actions in Ukraine will make it more difficult for Russian companies to refinance existing international loans and has dashed hopes that Russia's syndicated loan market is reopening, bankers said on Thursday.

  • *U.S. imposes toughest Russia sanctions yet over Ukraine. LONDON, July 17- New U.S. sanctions imposed on Russia for its actions in Ukraine will make it more difficult for Russian companies to refinance existing international loans and has dashed hopes that Russia's syndicated loan market is reopening, bankers said on Thursday.

  • **September 2012: Agrees to pay $2.43 billion to settle claims it hid crucial information from shareholders when it bought investment bank Merrill Lynch& Co at the height of the financial crisis.

  • *Gold fixing company launches request for proposals. LONDON, July 16- London Gold Market Fixing Ltd, the company operating the century-old global price benchmark known as the "fix", said it is seeking a third party to take over administration of the process, possibly signalling a move to an electronic platform.

  • *Gold steady after biggest 2- day loss since Oct, down 3.3 pct. LONDON, July 16- Gold steadied around 1,300 an ounce on Wednesday as investors found value after two days of losses, but was still trading near a four-week low on a stronger dollar and fears the Federal Reserve could raise U.S. interest rates sooner than expected.

  • LONDON, July 16- A statement on reforming the century-old system of benchmarking gold prices is expected imminently ahead of the implementation of new regulations governing financial benchmarks, a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

  • *BoE says UK banks have "dreadful record" of mis-selling. LONDON, July 15- The Bank of England said on Tuesday that British banks had a "dreadful record" on mis-selling complex interest rate hedging products to small businesses and warned that it would keep a close eye on them.