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  • PARIS, May 5- European shares inched lower in early trade on Monday, as soft Chinese manufacturing data and tensions in Ukraine weighed on sentiment. The final reading of China's HSBC/ Markit purchasing managers index for April came in at 48.1, lower than a preliminary reading of 48.3 but up slightly from an eight-month low of 48.0 in March.

  • *Ukraine tension escalates; may affect oil, gas supplies. SINGAPORE, May 5- Brent crude slipped towards $108 a barrel on Monday after fresh data showed China's manufacturing sector contracted for a fourth consecutive month in April, although increasing tension in Ukraine prevented further losses.

  • OECD Secretary General, Angel Gurria, says the situation in Ukraine is hitting global economic and political confidence.

  • SINGAPORE, May 5- Brent crude slipped towards $108 a barrel on Monday after fresh data showed China's manufacturing sector contracted for a fourth consecutive month in April, while increasing tension in Ukraine prevented further losses.

  • SINGAPORE, May 5- Gold jumped to a three-week high on Monday, gaining for a second straight session on short-covering and as rising tensions and violence in Ukraine burnished the metal's safe-haven appeal. Liquidity is expected to be thin with markets in Japan, South Korea and London closed.

  • SYDNEY, May 5- Asian share markets took a turn lower on Monday after a survey of Chinese manufacturing disappointed, while the simmering conflict in Ukraine kept gold and bonds well bid. Australia's market reversed course to be down 0.2 percent, while MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dipped 0.3 percent.

  • SINGAPORE, May 5- U.S. crude held steady below $100 per barrel in early Asian trading on Monday, as investors awaited China's April factory activity data for clues about demand for energy in the world's second biggest economy.

  • SINGAPORE, May 5- Gold was trading near a one-week high on Monday, retaining sharp gains from the previous session, as heightened tensions and violence in Ukraine burnished the metal's safe-haven appeal. *Spot gold was flat at $1,300.33 an ounce by 0032 GMT, after gaining 1.3 percent on Friday. *Gold's reaction to Friday's U.S. jobs data was mixed.

  • SYDNEY, May 5- Asian share markets inched ahead on Monday as a robust U.S. jobs report was taken as positive for global growth prospects even as a lack of inflation pulled down bond yields across the United States and Europe. Market holidays in Japan and South Korea thinned trade, as did caution over the crisis in Ukraine.

  • BERLIN, May 4- When Joe Kaeser took the reins of German engineering giant Siemens last summer after a boardroom coup, he made clear his priority was closing a yawning profitability gap with rivals such as General Electric.

  • *Austria, Bulgaria ignore Brussels to secure supplies. LONDON, May 4- While officials in Brussels were calling for Europe to reduce its dependency on Russian natural gas and negotiate with Moscow as a bloc, Austria was quietly bypassing the European Commission to cut its own bilateral deal on building a pipeline.

  • President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Russia on Friday it will face additional sanctions against key sectors of its economy if Moscow disrupts Ukraine's plan to hold elections on May 25.

  • President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Russia on Friday it will face additional sanctions against key sectors of its economy if Moscow disrupts Ukraine's plan to hold elections on May 25.

  • Putin never backs down: Pro     Friday, 2 May 2014 | 4:21 PM ET

    Bill Browder, Hermitage Capital Management CEO, discusses implications tensions in Ukraine and Russia have on the market and economy. Browder sees gas supplies to Europe a major concern.

  • CNBC's John Harwood reports on President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel's plan for a diplomatic solution in Ukraine.

  • BOSTON, May 2- At least five senior executives have left Russian computer security software company Kaspersky Lab in the past month due to a disagreement over the way it is being run under its chief executive and co-founder, Eugene Kaspersky.

  • President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Russia on Friday it will face additional sanctions against key sectors of its economy if Moscow disrupts Ukraine's plan to hold elections on May 25.

  • *Russia seen as tougher sanctions target than Libya, Iran. LONDON/ WASHINGTON/ BRUSSELS, May 2- Western states used targeted sanctions to isolate Libya's Muammar Gaddafi and push Iran into nuclear negotiations. Using similar tactics against President Vladimir Putin's Russia is a challenge on an entirely different scale.

  • BOSTON, May 2- At least five senior executives have left Russian computer security software company Kaspersky Lab over the past month due to a disagreement over the way it is being run under its chief executive and co-founder, Eugene Kaspersky.

  • CEOs back out of Russia     Friday, 2 May 2014 | 1:11 PM ET

    Some American CEOs are now bailing out of attending Russian President Putin's economic forum in Saint Petersburg. CNBC's Eamon Javers reports which are still attending.