*U.S. crude for January delivery was up 9 cents at $97.47 a barrel by 0011 GMT- on course for a gain of more than 5 percent for the week, the most since the week to July 5. *Seaborne oil exports from OPEC, excluding Angola and Ecuador, will rise by 710,000 barrels per day in the four weeks to Dec. 21, an analyst who estimates future shipments said on Thursday.» Read More
*Energy to be in focus with Syria situation uncertain. *H&R Block posts wider-than-expected quarterly loss. NEW YORK, Sept 4- U.S. stock index futures were flat on Wednesday as concerns grew that there would be a Western military strike against Syria, though any decision remains several days away.
HONG KONG, Sept 4- Asian stocks broke a four-day winning streak on Wednesday while safe-haven bets such as gold consolidated overnight gains as U.S. lawmakers' growing support for military action against Syria sapped investor demand for riskier assets.
*Obama gains key backing for strike against Syria. HONG KONG, Sept 4- Asian stocks snapped a four-day winning streak on Wednesday and safe assets like gold consolidated chunky overnight gains after President Barack Obama clinched the backing of two key figures in Congress in his drive for limited U.S. strikes on Syria.
*Obama gains key backing for strike against Syria. SYDNEY, Sept 4- Asian stocks faltered on Wednesday, while oil and gold held on to overnight gains after President Barack Obama clinched the backing of two key figures in Congress in his drive for limited U.S. strikes on Syria.
Sept 3- U.S. tax preparer H&R Block Inc reported a bigger-than-expected quarterly loss as higher costs outweighed a sharp rise in revenue, sending its shares down nearly 5 percent in extended trading. H&R Block sold its banking assets in July to avoid a sharp rise in costs associated with the introduction of stricter banking rules by the U.S.
NEW YORK, Sept 3- Oil and gold rallied sharply on Tuesday as U.S. lawmakers' support for action against Syria raised worries about the stability of Middle East oil supplies and boosted the potential for hedging with safe-haven markets. Copper closed up as robust U.S. and Chinese economic data offset the effects of a firmer dollar..
Republicans in Congress back Syria strike. *Microsoft, Verizon weigh on blue chips after deals.
*U.S. stocks trim gains; Microsoft slumps after Nokia deal. Wall Street stocks rallied at the opening after President Barack Obama said over the weekend that he would seek approval from Congress for a Syria strike, delaying the threat to Middle East stability and oil supplies.
NEW YORK, Sept 3- U.S. stocks closed modestly higher on Tuesday as a rally faded after top Republicans voiced support for U.S. President Barack Obama' s call for military strikes against Syria. The Nasdaq Composite Index was up 22.74 points, or 0.63 percent, at 3,612.61.
NEW YORK, Sept 3- World stock markets were up slightly on Tuesday but cut gains after U.S. congressional leaders voiced support for military intervention in Syria, while bond yields rose and the dollar gained on strong U.S. data.
*Obama to seek congressional authorization for Syria action. Both John Boehner, the Republican speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, and Eric Cantor, the House Republican majority leader, pledged support for military action in Syria after a meeting on Tuesday at the White House.
*U.S. stocks pare gains; Microsoft slumps after Nokia deal. President Barack Obama said over the weekend that he would seek Congressional approval for a Syria strike, delaying the threat to Middle East stability and oil supplies, but comments from Republican House Speaker John Boehner expressing support for action caused equities to pare gains.
*U.S. stocks open higher; Nokia soars on Microsoft deal. President Barack Obama' s plan to seek congressional authorization for military action against Syria was expected to delay any strike for at least several days, while the dollar hit its highest in over a month against the euro and yen.
*Worries over strike against Syria ease, pare safe-haven bids. President Barack Obama said he would ask for congressional backing for a military strike against Syria. Traders had braced for a U.S.-led strike against Syria this weekend following chemical weapons attacks that U.S. officials say killed 1,429 civilians.
NEW YORK, Sept 3- U.S. stocks rose at the open on Tuesday after U.S. President Barack Obama opted to seek congressional authorization for military action against Syria, a move that was likely to delay any strike for at least several days.
*Verizon falls in premarket, agrees to deal with Vodafone. *Nokia ADRs soar in premarket on deal with Microsoft. President Barack Obama opted to seek congressional authorization for military action against Syria, a move that was likely to delay any strike.
*Platinum, natgas and cocoa among other outperformers. NEW YORK, Aug 30- Oil and gold prices fell again on Friday after Britain refused to back a U.S.-led military strike on Syria, but both markets ended August sharply higher after rallying with other commodities in recent weeks.
*Uncertainty over possible strike on Syria makes for thin volume. NEW YORK, Aug 30- U.S. stocks fell in a thinly traded session on Friday as the S&P 500 index recorded its steepest decline since May 2012 and investors avoided making large bets before a long weekend with the situation about Syria still uncertain.
NEW YORK, Aug 30- U.S. stocks fell in a thinly traded session on Friday, with the S&P 500 index recording its steepest monthly drop since May 2012 as investors held off making large bets before a long weekend with the situation in Syria still uncertain. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 30.87 points, or 0.21 percent, at 14,810.08.
Treasury prices rose on Friday after Secretary of State John Kerry made a televised address making it clear that the United States will punish Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for a chemical weapons attack on civilians.