NEW YORK, Dec 26- U.S. stocks rose on Friday, with major indexes hitting records and on track for a second straight weekly advance, though trading was light with many traders still out for the Christmas holiday. The advance continued Wall Street's recent upward bias, with the S&P up about 6 percent from a recent closing low hit earlier this month.» Read More
*Russia: Humanitarian convoy issue resolved, but no cease-fire. NEW YORK, Aug 18- U.S. stocks surged on Monday, with the Dow up roughly 1 percent and the Nasdaq at a 14- year high as increasing homebuilder confidence and hopes for receding tensions between Russia and Ukraine brightened investors' view of the outlook for equities.
*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.
TOKYO, Aug 18- Japan's Nikkei ended flat on Monday in thin trade as geopolitical tensions dulled risk appetite, but Chugai Pharmaceutical jumped on a media report that Roche Holding AG's may be close to sealing a deal to take full ownership of the Japanese drugmaker. The Nikkei was flat at 15,322.60 in choppy trade.
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.
*VIX jumps on Russia, Ukraine concerns. NEW YORK, Aug 15- U.S. stocks ended mixed on Friday, paring an earlier selloff sparked by reports of Ukraine shelling a Russian armored column.
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."
*Russia denies report Ukraine engaged Russia armored column. *VIX jumps on Russia, Ukraine concerns. Markets had opened higher on hopes of easing tensions between Russia and Ukraine, but shed those gains following the statement from Ukraine, which added later that its forces had come under shellfire from Russia.
NEW YORK, Aug 15- U.S. benchmark and long-term Treasuries yields fell to their lowest in over a year on Friday after rising tension between Russia and Ukraine drove safe-haven bids for the debt. Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko said artillery had destroyed a "significant" part of a Russian armored column that had crossed into Ukraine during the night.
*Ukraine engaged Russia armored column. NEW YORK, Aug 15- U.S. stocks fell on Friday, reversing earlier gains as forces in Ukraine engaged a Russian armored column on Ukrainian soil, raising the prospect of a deeper escalation in the region's unrest. Markets had opened higher as investors continued to bet that the tension between Ukraine and Russia was waning.
*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.
*Ukraine engaged Russia armored column. NEW YORK, Aug 15- U.S. stocks fell to session lows on Friday, erasing earlier gains and dropping in heavy trading, as forces in Ukraine engaged a Russian armored column on Ukrainian soil. "If the reports are true that there is an exchange of arms between Russia and Ukraine, that is a setback in the recent calm.
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.
*Putin strikes conciliatory tone on Ukraine. NEW YORK, Aug 14- U.S. stocks advanced on Thursday after conciliatory comments from Russia helped ease concerns about escalation of the conflict in Ukraine and offset some uninspiring earnings.
NEW YORK, Aug 14- U.S. stocks rose modestly on Thursday after conciliatory comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin helped ease concerns about escalation in Ukraine and offset some uninspiring earnings reports.
NEW YORK, Aug 14- U.S. crude prices fell more than $1 a barrel on Thursday and retreated more than 50 cents in a minute as shares of the exchange-traded U.S. Oil Fund saw high-volume trading. U.S. crude fell about 60 cents to a then session low of $96.03 between 10:50 and 10:51 a.m. EDT. By 1:09 p.m. EDT, it was down $1.54 at $96.05 a barrel, having fallen to $95.89 earlier.
NEW YORK, Aug 14- U.S. crude prices fell more than $1 a barrel on Thursday and retreated more than 50 cents in a minute as shares of the exchange-traded fund U.S. Oil Fund fell sharply. U.S. crude fell fell about 60 cents to its session low of $96.03 between 10:50 and 10:51 a.m. EDT.