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  • European shares extend rally, led by DAX Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 AM ET

    PARIS, Aug 19- European shares rose in early trading on Tuesday, extending the previous session's rally, as investor concern over the conflict in Ukraine began to ease. Germany's DAX- recently hit by the faceoff between Ukraine and Russia and concern that sanctions against Moscow could hurt Europe's biggest economy- outperformed on Tuesday, up 1 percent.

  • *Europe higher, follows on from Asia, U.S. gains. LONDON, Aug 19- Global stocks rose and core bonds barely moved on renewed investor appetite for risk on Tuesday, driven by a lack of escalation of the Ukraine crisis and upbeat U.S. housing data that buoyed Asian and European markets.

  • SHANGHAI, Aug 19- Hong Kong shares ended at more than six-year highs on Tuesday, in a catch-up to strong global markets and buoyed by strength in property companies. The Hang Seng Index rose 0.7 percent to 25,122.95 points, while the China Enterprises Index of the leading offshore Chinese listings in Hong Kong edged up 0.3 percent.

  • *Dollar General offers to buy Family Dollar. NEW YORK, Aug 18- U.S. stocks surged on Monday, with the Nasdaq closing at a 14- year high as increasing homebuilder confidence and hopes for receding tensions in Russia gave investors reasons to make bigger bets on the equity market.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 18- U.S. and European stock prices surged on Monday, taking a leading U.S. equities index to a 14- year high, as investors breathed easier over the Ukraine crisis and knocked oil prices to lows not seen in more than a year. Russia denied its forces had crossed into Ukraine.

  • MOSCOW, Aug 18- Russian Urals crude weakened for an eight straight trading day on Monday due to weak European refining demand, falling well below $100 a barrel for the first time in a year in a move to increase the pain for Russian state finances amid Western sanctions.

  • US stocks move higher; Family Dollar jumps Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 11:52 AM ET

    NEW YORK— U.S. stocks are moving higher, following big gains in Europe and the latest moves in corporate dealmaking. A bidding war for Family Dollar sent that company's stock higher. Family Dollar rose 5 percent after Dollar General offered to pay about $9 billion for the discounter in an effort to trump Dollar Tree's bid.

  • US stocks open higher; Family Dollar jumps Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 9:35 AM ET

    NEW YORK— U.S. stocks are opening higher, following gains in Europe. A bidding war for Family Dollar sent that company's stock higher. Family Dollar rose 5 percent after Dollar General offered to pay about $9 billion for the discounter in an effort to trump Dollar Tree's bid.

  • *Europe stocks rebound from Friday's Ukraine- inspired drop. Oil falls $1 on reduced Ukraine tension, Libya supply. LONDON, Aug 18- European stocks rallied and prices of top-rated bonds fell on Monday as investors breathed easier over the crisis in Ukraine, which had appeared to escalate dangerously on Friday.

  • *Oil drops $1 on reduced tension over Ukraine, Libya supply. It fell broadly on Friday after the government in Kiev said its artillery had partially destroyed a Russian armoured column, while Russia denied its forces had crossed into Ukraine.

  • *Libya raises oil output to 535,000 bpd. SINGAPORE, Aug 18- Brent crude fell more than $1 to trade below $103 a barrel on Monday as Libya increased its oil output and as worries over supply from key producer Iraq eased. Brent crude for October delivery had fallen $1 to $102.53 a barrel by 0534 GMT, after trading as low as $102.35.

  • Spreadbetters are picking European shares, which already had a chance on Friday to absorb renewed tensions in the Ukraine, to fare better. They forecast Britain's FTSE to open as much as 0.4 percent higher, Germany's DAX 0.8 percent and France's CAC 0.6 percent.

  • TOKYO, Aug 18- Asian stocks eked out gains on Monday after seeing Wall Street recover from the latest round of tensions in the Ukrainian crisis, although renewed uncertainty over the volatile conflict put a firm lid on markets. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.1 percent.

  • TOKYO, Aug 18- Asian stocks edged up early on Monday after seeing Wall Street recover from the latest round of tensions in the Ukrainian crisis, while the dollar was on the back foot against the safe-haven yen, weighed by a slide in Treasury yields. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.2 percent.

  • The government in Kiev said its artillery partially destroyed the Russian column in fighting overnight, but Russia denied its forces had crossed into Ukraine and called the Ukrainian report "some kind of fantasy."

  • *Report of fresh Ukraine tensions sparks market reversals. NEW YORK, Aug 15- Global equity markets retreated on Friday on a report of Ukraine forces engaging a Russian armored column on Ukrainian soil, while yields on benchmark German bunds plumbed record lows below 1 percent on news of the military tensions.

  • *Physical demand still weak in Asia. LONDON, Aug 15- Gold prices fell on Friday, erasing earlier gains, as stock markets headed for their biggest weekly gain since mid-February in Europe, with recent weak data increasing expectations for central bank action to lift the economy.

  • LONDON, Aug 15- European stocks rose on Friday, on track for the year's biggest weekly gains, while German Bund yields held near record lows as recent weak data increased expectations of further central bank action to revive the economy.

  • *Europe stocks set for biggest weekly gain since Feb. The euro, which took a hit on Thursday after data showed Europe's powerhouse economy Germany unexpectedly contracted in the second quarter, edged up against the dollar on Friday but remained near nine-month lows.

  • *Japan's Nikkei underperforms but still on track for winning week. Euro zone bond yields dropped to record lows after Germany reported its economy unexpectedly shrank in the second quarter, raising expectations of more European Central Bank easing measures.