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*Family Dollar shares at seven-month high after earnings. NEW YORK, July 10- U.S. stocks mostly edged lower on Wednesday, stalling after a four-day climb as attention turned to the afternoon release of minutes from the Federal Reserve's June meeting.
*China crude imports down 1.4 percent over first six months. The restart of a new crude distillation unit at BP's 400,000- barrel per day Whiting refinery and increased transport capacity out of Cushing helped drain swollen supplies from the Midwestern hub.
The United States, the European Union, Britain, Japan and other nations should come up with a regulatory regime that works across all borders. One common derivative, for example, an exchange-rate swap, allows parties in the United States to get payments in U.S. dollars while those in Europe are paid in euros.
WASHINGTON, June 17- The slowest-moving body in Washington right now is not the Nationals' outfield but regulators creating an ethical standard that would require financial advisers to put their clients' interests first.
*Jiangxi Copper, Jinchuan and Maike building warehouses in Shanghai. HONG KONG, July 10- China's top planning body is preparing to let foreign exchanges open commodities warehouses in free-trade zones, sources with government links said, which would grant the London Metal Exchange coveted access to the industrial giant.
RIYADH, July 10- Three of Saudi Arabia's biggest banks posted increases in net profit for the second quarter on Wednesday, benefiting from huge government investment and oil revenue surpluses which fuelled higher lending.
France investigating HSBC over tax allegations. PARIS, July 10- France needs to beef up its methods of fighting tax evasion, according to a parliamentary report on a probe into HSBC that revealed $5 billion of undeclared assets in thousands of Swiss bank accounts.
BOSTON, July 10- Massachusetts' chief securities regulator has hit top Wall Street firms with a blanket of subpoenas, saying he fears elderly people are being targeted for high-risk, alternative investment products.
July 10- Mead Johnson Nutrition Co said on Wednesday it will cut the price of its infant milk formula in China by 7 percent to 15 percent following an investigation by Beijing into possible price-fixing and anti-competitive behavior in the sector.
*New "platform" to alter fee schedules, reduce paperwork. *Five programs phased in over 20 years to collapse into one. NEW YORK, July 10- Merrill Lynch is overhauling its $438 billion managed account business, spending more than $100 million to streamline how brokers open accounts, build portfolios and charge for their efforts.
WASHINGTON, July 10- The U.S. consumer watchdog on Wednesday warned lenders it will crack down on unfair and misleading debt collection practices, part of growing scrutiny of how financial firms treat consumers who owe them money.
NEW YORK, July 10- Global equity markets and government debt traded near break-even on Wednesday as investors awaited minutes from the Federal Reserve's June policy meeting for clues on when it will begin to slow its stimulative bond-buying program and by how much.
*Family Dollar shares at seven-month high after earnings. "I think all eyes are really on that Fed meeting and the minutes that come out," said Anthony Conroy, head trader for ConvergEx in New York. Family Dollar Stores Inc gained 4.3 percent to $66.74 and was the S&P 500' s best performer after the discount chain posted quarterly earnings.
LONDON, July 10- European shares closed flat in thin trade on Wednesday, pegged back by miners on weak China trade data, as many investors waited instead for a fresh steer on the U.S.
*Apple, publishers sought to end price competition-judge. NEW YORK, July 10- In a sweeping rejection of Apple Inc's strategy for selling electronic books on the Internet, a federal judge ruled that the company conspired with five major publishers to raise the retail prices of e-books.
Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin said on Wednesday subpoenas have gone out to a group of firms including Morgan Stanley, UBS AG, Fidelity Investments, Bank of America Corp's Merrill Lynch, Wells Fargo& Co and Charles Schwab Corp.
*Deflation risk, weak banks among EU, Japan parallels. *Japan not alone with poor, growth-sapping demographics. The euro zone, still drowning in debt bequeathed by the great financial crisis, increasingly resembles Japan in the 1990 s as it struggled with its own balance sheet recession brought on by the bursting of an almighty asset bubble.
The SEC voted 4-1 to lift the ban, with Democratic Commissioner Luis Aguilar sharply dissenting amid concerns that the rule could open the floodgates to fraud by letting companies use the Internet and television to prey on innocent investors.
ISTANBUL, July 10- Turkey's central bank sold $1.3 billion on Wednesday to prop up the lira as foreign capital that had flooded in earlier this year continued to flee on fears over U.S. monetary policy and domestic political uncertainties.
WASHINGTON, July 10- The European Union is confident it can end a rift with the United States over how to write common rules for financial derivatives, the bloc's top bank regulation official said on Wednesday.