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  • NEW YORK, Aug 8- Wall Street rallied on Friday after Russia said it ended military drills near Ukraine, soothing investor nerves over regional tensions, but bond yields fell in key markets worldwide after U.S. President Barack Obama authorized air strikes in Iraq.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 8- Wall Street rallied on Friday after Russia said it ended military drills near Ukraine, easing investor nervousness about tensions in the region, but bond yields fell in key markets worldwide after U.S. President Barack Obama authorized air strikes in Iraq.

  • *Major indexes at session high after Russia report. NEW YORK, Aug 8- U.S. stocks rose Friday, with major indexes hitting session highs and erasing losses from the week, buoyed by news that Russia was ending military drills near the Ukrainian border that the U.S. had rapped as being "provocative."

  • *Shares cut losses, Bunds pare gains as Iraq concerns settle. President Barack Obama' s decision to authorize air strikes in Iraq, but most equity markets rebounded from overnight lows.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 8- U.S. stocks rose on Friday, with high dividend-paying utility stocks leading gains and benchmark Treasury yields at a 14- month low, even as U.S. air strikes in Iraq added to a string of geopolitical uncertainties.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 8- U.S. stocks rose on Friday, with high dividend-paying utility stocks leading gains and benchmark Treasury yields at a 14- month low, as the United States bombed Islamic State positions in Iraq. Stock index futures had slumped overnight after President Barack Obama authorized relief supplies and air strikes on Iraq.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St set to rise on Russia bets Friday, 8 Aug 2014 | 9:05 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Aug 8- U.S. stocks were set to rise Friday, with futures reversing earlier losses, as optimism over the Ukraine crisis offset concerns over the implications of U.S. air strikes on Iraq. Market participants said a rebound in U.S. stock index futures Friday was kindled by a report which said Russia was aiming to de-escalate the conflict in Ukraine.

  • *Wall Street loses early gains to close lower. NEW YORK, Aug 7- European shares slumped and the euro lost ground on Thursday and investors moved to safe-haven government debt after a stronger-than-expected move by Russia to ban certain imports from Europe and the United States.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 7- Crude oil prices rebounded on Thursday after reports the United States was considering airstrikes on advancing Islamic militants in Iraq revived concerns about supply disruptions from OPEC's No. 2 oil producer. Brent crude gained 85 cents to settle at $105.44 a barrel, and rose more than $1 in post-settlement trading.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 7- U.S. stocks fell in choppy trading on Thursday as a sanctions confrontation between Russia and the West kept traders eager to cash any gains. Markets kept an eye on eastern Europe as Moscow imposed a ban on imports of many Western foods, retaliating against sanctions imposed for its support of rebels in eastern Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea.

  • *Wall Street up after claims data. NEW YORK, Aug 7- European shares and the euro fell on Thursday and investors retreated to safe-haven government debt after a stronger-than-expected move by Russia to ban certain imports from Europe and the United States. Wall Street was higher in early trading after better-than-expected figures on weekly jobless claims.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 7- U.S. stocks rose at the open on Thursday following upbeat labor market data, amid a backdrop of a sanctions confrontation between Russia and the West that highlighted the relative strength of the U.S. economy.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 7- U.S. stocks were set to rise at the open on Thursday following upbeat labor market data, amid a backdrop of a sanctions confrontation between Russia and the West that highlighted the relative strength of the U.S. economy.

  • *NATO says Russian troops massing on Ukraine border. NEW YORK, Aug 6- European stocks fell on Wednesday as concerns over a Russian troop build-up on the border with Ukraine sent nervous investors into high-rated bonds, while U.S. stocks closed little changed to hold at support levels.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St flat in choppy trading; telecoms fall Wednesday, 6 Aug 2014 | 3:11 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Aug 6- U.S. stocks hovered near the unchanged mark on Wednesday in choppy trading as the potential for tension to escalate between Russia and Ukraine kept risk seekers in check.

  • *NATO says Russian troops massing on Ukraine border. NEW YORK, Aug 6- European stocks fell on Wednesday as concerns over a Russian troop build-up on the border with Ukraine sent nervous investors into high-rated bonds, while U.S. stocks were slightly higher as buyers took advantage of recent weakness.

  • *Russia has 20,000 troops on Ukraine border- NATO. NEW YORK, Aug 6- U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday after buyers stepped in as the S&P 500 hit a more than two-month low, but concern about an escalation of the Russia- Ukraine conflict and two nixed deals weighed on sentiment.

  • Shares of the oil sands producer surged as much as 4.8 percent after Athabasca Chief Executive and President Sveinung Svarte said Wednesday a C $1.23 billion deal with PetroChina Co Ltd to complete its takeover of the Dover project would close within a "reasonable time frame."

  • *Russia has 20,000 troops on Ukraine border- NATO. NEW YORK, Aug 6- U.S. stocks rose in morning trading on Wednesday after buyers stepped in as the S&P 500 hit a more than two-month low, but concern about an escalation of the Russia- Ukraine conflict and two nixed deals weighed on sentiment.

  • *NATO says Russian troops massing on Ukraine border. NEW YORK, Aug 6- European stocks fell on Wednesday as concerns over a Russian troop build-up on the border with Ukraine sent nervous investors into high-rated bonds, while U.S. stocks shrugged off early weakness and traded higher.