The situation in Ukraine looks ever further from the peaceful, or at least contained, solution Western leaders were hoping for.» Read More
*Russian troops enter Ukraine, tensions flare. *OPEC output rises in Aug from July- survey. SINGAPORE, Aug 29- Brent crude held above $102 a barrel on Friday, but prices were heading for a second monthly loss as ample supply and softening demand in Europe and China outweighed geopolitical concerns.
TOKYO, Aug 29- Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Friday morning as tensions in the Ukraine conflict flared up again, but hopes that domestic investors would start buying up large-cap stocks limited the losses. Toyota Motor Corp gained 0.5 percent, Honda Motor Co added 0.4 percent and Sony Corp rose 0.6 percent.
SINGAPORE, Aug 29- Gold hardly moved on Friday but was on track for its first monthly gain since June after some investors ditched equities and poured their money back into gold due to growing tensions between Russia and Ukraine. *Gold was little changed at $1,290.25 an ounce by 0030 GMT. Gold prices were more than $600 below a record hit in 2011..
SINGAPORE, Aug 29- U.S. crude futures stayed above $94 a barrel on Friday, holding overnight gains as positive economic data boosted the outlook for demand in the world's largest oil consumer. *U.S. crude had edged down 2 cents to $94.53 a barrel by 0024 GMT, after settling up 67 cents on Thursday.
TOKYO, Aug 29- Asian shares slumped in early trading on Friday, after flaring Ukraine tensions ruined investors' appetite for risk and bolstered the safe-haven yen.
*Euro wilts as tensions between Ukraine& Russia flare up. SYDNEY, Aug 29- The safe-haven yen held firm early on Friday, while the euro was on track to post its second straight month of declines as tensions between Ukraine and Russia flared up again.
From a financial standpoint, geopolitical tensions in Ukraine don't have major economic repercussions, says James Bianco, President of Bianco Research.
President Barack Obama said there will not be military action in Ukraine, and that there is no current plan to deal with ISIS.
WASHINGTON— With Russian tanks apparently crossing into southeastern Ukraine, President Barack Obama is suggesting the possibility of more sanctions on Russia.
Wall Street advanced to all-time highs while the Russia-Ukraine crisis rose toward a boil, but it wouldn't mind seeing a de-escalation soon.
President Obama addresses the economy; situation in Iraq; and unrest between Russia and Ukraine. President Obama will meet with the National Security Council Thursday night.
Discussing how geopolitical concerns are impacting trading, with Art Cashin, UBS Financial Services.
Discussing the geopolitical impact of unrest in Russia and Ukraine , with Michael Crofton, Philadelphia Trust Company; CNBC contributor Jon Najarian; "Fast Money" trader Guy Adami; and CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera.
*NATO source says more than 1,000 Russian troops in Ukraine. Earlier Poroshenko said he had cancelled a visit to Turkey because of the "rapidly deteriorating situation" in the eastern Donetsk region, "as Russian troops have actually been brought into Ukraine".
Dennis Gartman of the Gartman Letter and CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera react to geopolitical issues. Gartman says the U.S. has been far too complacent.
NATO has released satellite images showing Russian combat troops inside Ukraine. CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera provides perspective.
*Decisions will help shape EU policy on economy, Ukraine. WARSAW/ BRUSSELS/ PARIS, Aug 28- Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk is seriously considering a proposal that he take the post of president of the European Council, a Warsaw government spokeswoman said on Thursday, linking his decision to the crisis in neighbouring Ukraine.
*NATO says more than 1,000 Russian troops in Ukraine. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Aug 28- Gold rose for a third consecutive session on Thursday as tensions in Ukraine increased and equity markets retreated, but analysts said the rebound could be short-lived due to strong U.S. economic growth data and the prospects of a U.S. interest rate hike.
*Ukraine tensions add safety bid. Ukraine accused Russia on Thursday of bringing troops into the southeast of the country in support of pro- Moscow separatist rebels. "It's all about Europe," said Ira Jersey, an interest rate strategist at Credit Suisse in New York.
McDonald's has temporary closed three more restaurants in Russia following mass unscheduled inspections by Russia's food safety watchdog.