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  • US STOCKS-Wall St jumps as geopolitical concerns ease Monday, 17 Mar 2014 | 10:22 AM ET

    NEW YORK, March 17- U.S. stocks rose more than 1 percent on Monday, rebounding from a steep drop in the previous week as concerns eased over the situation in Crimea, even as the region voted to join Russia.

  • NEW YORK, March 17- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a sharply higher open on Wall Street Monday, rebounding from a steep drop in the previous week, after Sunday's referendum over whether Crimea will join Russia passed without violence.

  • NEW YORK, March 14- Growing tension between the West and Russia ahead of Ukraine's weekend referendum in Crimea pushed down stocks on major world markets on Friday and drove up buying of safe-haven gold and the yen.

  • NEW YORK, March 14- Wall Street ended lower on Friday with all three major stock indexes down for the week, as concerns over tensions between Ukraine and Russia escalated ahead of a referendum in Crimea this weekend.

  • *Russia holds war games near Ukraine; Germany's Merkel warns of catastrophe. NEW YORK, March 13- Stocks on major world markets slumped while bonds rallied on Thursday as tensions between Russia and the West increased over Ukraine and concerns about a Chinese economic slowdown rose.

  • *Ukraine tensions increase; China data adds to more worries about slowdown. NEW YORK, March 13- World stock indexes dropped and the yen climbed against the dollar and euro on Thursday as concerns increased over the trajectory of the crisis in Ukraine.

  • *Ukraine tensions continue, Merkel warns Russia. NEW YORK, March 13- U.S. stocks dropped on Thursday on rising tension in Ukraine, which helped erase earlier gains spurred by better-than-expected data on retail sales and the labor market.

  • *Latest China data points to slowing economy. *Ukraine tensions continue, Merkel warns Russia. NEW YORK, March 13- U.S. stocks edged lower on Thursday as earlier gains spurred by better-than-expected data on retail sales and the labor market were offset by worries over Ukraine and the health of China's economy.

  • *Ukraine, China slowdown and copper rout sap risk appetite. NEW YORK, March 13- World stock indexes edged lower on Thursday on lingering concerns over China's economy and tensions in Ukraine, while the euro hit a new 2-1/ 2- year high against the dollar.

  • *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.