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  • *Gold earlier hit $1,374.85/ oz after breaking resistance. LONDON, March 13- Gold retreated from six-month highs on Thursday after stronger-than-expected U.S. jobs and retail sales data lifted the dollar off early lows, but prices were underpinned by tensions surrounding Russia's standoff over Ukraine.

  • *Latest China data points to slowing economy. *Ukraine tensions continue, Merkel warns Russia. NEW YORK, March 13- U.S. stocks edged higher on Thursday, putting the S&P 500 on track for a second day of gains, following better-than-expected data on retail sales and the labor market, though worries about Ukraine and the health of China's economy curbed the advance.

  • PRECIOUS-Gold retreats from 6-month high after U.S. data Thursday, 13 Mar 2014 | 10:14 AM ET

    *Gold earlier hit $1,374.85/ oz after breaking resistance. LONDON, March 13- Gold retreated from six-month highs on Thursday after stronger than expected U.S. jobless and retail sales data helped the dollar index recover from early lows and lifted stock markets at the precious metal's expense.

  • LONDON, March 13- Gold prices hit six-month highs above $1,370 an ounce on Thursday, extending the previous session's rally, as concerns about Russia's standoff over Ukraine fuelled buying and the dollar dropped to 2-1/ 2 year lows against the euro.

  • Europe shares pause after sell-off; Morrison sinks Thursday, 13 Mar 2014 | 5:13 AM ET

    *FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.2 pct, Euro STOXX 50 up 0.2 pct. PARIS, March 13- European stocks inched higher early trade on Thursday, halting their two-week slide, although a sell-off among UK retailers after a profit warning by Morrison's limited the rebound.

  • *China's first domestic bond default creates jitters. NEW YORK, March 12- World stock indexes declined for a fourth day and copper dipped to near four-year lows before rebounding on Wednesday as worries about China's economic slowdown intensified.

  • *Copper hits near four-year lows. Treasuries prices rose in safe-haven bids on Wednesday on worries over the health of China's economy, which helped fuel strong demand at the U.S. government's 10- year Treasury note auction.

  • *China's first domestic bond default creates jitters. NEW YORK, March 12- Global stock indexes declined for a fourth day and copper dipped to near four-year lows before rebounding on Wednesday as increasing concern about China's economic slowdown unnerved investors.

  • *Copper's fall compounds concerns over China slowdown. NEW YORK, March 12- U.S. crude oil fell by more than 2 percent on Wednesday, its biggest drop in two months, after the United States announced unexpected plans for a "test" release of strategic oil reserves while weekly data showed a big rise in crude stockpiles.

  • *China central bank ready to ease policy if needed- Reuters report. NEW YORK, March 12- Global stock indexes declined for a fourth day and copper hit four-year lows before rebounding on Wednesday as increasing concern about China's economic slowdown unnerved investors.

  • European stocks sag as China, Ukraine concerns mount Wednesday, 12 Mar 2014 | 11:54 AM ET

    *FTSEurofirst 300 dips 0.8 pct, Euro STOXX 50 down 0.5 pct. *Russia- exposed stocks hit again as sanctions talk builds. PARIS, March 12- European shares fell on Wednesday, sending benchmark indexes to one-month lows, as mounting worries over China's economic growth rate and persistent tensions in Ukraine spooked investors.

  • NEW YORK, March 12- Copper declined to near four-year lows and global stock indexes fell for a fourth day on Wednesday as increasing concern about China's economic slowdown sent a wave of unease through financial markets.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St declines on China, Ukraine concerns Wednesday, 12 Mar 2014 | 10:40 AM ET

    *EPL Oil to be acquired by Energy XXI for $2.3 bln. NEW YORK, March 12- U.S. stocks declined on Wednesday, putting the S&P 500 on track for a third straight decline after its most recent record high, as concerns grew over the strength of China's economy. London copper, seen as a proxy for China's economic health, fell for a fourth day to its lowest level since July 2010.

  • US STOCKS-Profit-taking drags Wall Street lower Tuesday, 11 Mar 2014 | 4:53 PM ET

    *Men's Wearhouse to acquire Jos. A. Bank Clothiers. Shares of retailers American Eagle and Urban Outfitters fell sharply after disappointing outlooks. They're just taking some money off the table, "said Frank Lesh, futures analyst and broker at FuturePath Trading LLC in Chicago.

  • NEW YORK, March 11- U.S. "The auctions are the main event in Treasury space," said Ian Lyngen, a senior government bond strategist at CRT Capital in Stamford, Connecticut, in a research note.

  • *European shares mixed, off highs; Germany gets data boost. *Ukraine tension, China growth outlook weigh on sentiment. NEW YORK, March 11- Major world equity markets were mostly steady on Tuesday, the euro edged down and gold rose as traders kept a wary eye on tensions between Ukraine and Russia and the pace of growth in China.

  • China's exports unexpectedly tumbled in February, falling 18.1 percent from a year earlier and swinging the trade balance into deficit. The data underscored recent concerns about the outlook for China's economy, even though the Lunar New Year holidays were blamed for the slide.

  • *Facebook shares hit another record after UBS raises target. NEW YORK, March 10- U.S. stocks fell on Monday weighed by soft data out of China, lingering concerns over Russia's claim over part of Ukraine and Boeing's latest production setback.

  • China's exports unexpectedly tumbled in February, falling 18.1 percent from a year earlier and swinging the trade balance into deficit. The data underscored recent concerns about the outlook for China's economy, even though the Lunar New Year holidays were blamed for the slide.

  • *China's trade balance swings to deficit. NEW YORK, March 10- U.S. "The backup in yields thus far is going to create decent demand," Guy LeBas, chief fixed income strategist at Janney Montgomery Scott in Philadelphia.