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  • TOKYO, March 3- Japan's Nikkei average slid to a 1-1/ 2- week low on Monday as escalating tensions in Ukraine sparked risk aversion and a stronger yen hurt the mood, but the oil sector bucked the trend after crude prices rallied to multi-month highs.

  • *Fast Retailing outperforms, sources say it's interested in J.Crew.

  • TOKYO, March 3- Escalating political tensions in Ukraine pressured Asian stocks on Monday, forcing anxious investors to cut their exposure to riskier assets in favour of traditional safe haven bets such as the Japanese yen and Swiss franc.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 28- U.S. oil on Friday had its eighth straight week of gains on market talk of fewer oil rail shipments from the booming Bakken shale in North Dakota. Brent oil settled moderately higher but ended the week lower, weighed down by an outlook for dampening demand in China and another for stymied European growth due to uprisings in Ukraine.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 28- The S&P 500 ended at another record close on Friday but well off the day's highs as worries about tensions in Ukraine caused investors to take profits ahead of the weekend.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 28- The S&P 500 and Dow briefly turned lower in late trading on Friday as worries about tensions in Ukraine caused investors to take profits ahead of the weekend. Ukraine's acting president accused Russia of open aggression and said Moscow was following a similar scenario to the one before it went to war with Georgia in 2008..

  • NEW YORK, Feb 28- U.S. stocks climbed on Friday and the S&P 500 hit an intraday record for a second time this week as consumer confidence and other data bucked the recent trend of weaker economic reports.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 28- Stocks on Wall Street zoomed to a record high on Friday, shrugging off a revised downward estimate to U.S. growth, while the euro hit its highest level this year after inflation in Europe stabilized, cooling expectations of looser monetary policy.

  • *Citigroup lowers 2013 profit as a result of fraud. *Salesforce.com raises revenue outlook, shares up. NEW YORK, Feb 28- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly lower open on Wall Street Friday, with the S&P 500 coming off a record close and after the U.S. government slashed its estimate for fourth-quarter economic growth.

  • *J.C. Penney, other retail shares rally after results. NEW YORK, Feb 27- The S&P 500 closed at a record on Thursday and ended in positive territory for the year after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said harsh weather seems to be to behind recent U.S. economic softness.

  • Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen offset concerns over tension in Ukraine and Russia. "Markets are showing some relief that monetary policy may remain loose and that the Fed is clearly taking a pragmatic view quarter by quarter," said Lorne Baring, managing director of B Capital Wealth Management in Geneva.

  • Feb 27- Pharmacy benefit manager Catamaran Corp forecast full-year profit below analysts' estimates, sending its Toronto- listed shares down as much as 12 percent. The Schaumburg, Illinois- based company said it expected adjusted earnings of $2.04- $2.19 per share for 2014, which analysts said was probably due to lower margins.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 27- Stocks on world markets edged lower on Thursday, as tension in Ukraine and Russia curbed risk appetite, though Wall Street managed to hold near unchanged as investors tuned in to Fed chair Janet Yellen's testimony in Washington.

  • *J.C. Penny, Best Buy rally after results. NEW YORK, Feb 27- U.S. stocks were little changed on Thursday as comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen failed to provide clarity on the impact of a harsh winter on recent economic weakness, while concerns rose over turmoil in Ukraine.

  • *Target and Lowe's rally after results. *J.C. Penney shares jump after the bell. Target Corp and Lowe's Cos Inc shares jumped following upbeat earnings and gave the biggest boosts to the S&P 500. An S&P 500 retail index gained more than 1 percent for a second day.

  • *Target and Lowe's rally after results. Target Corp and Lowe's Cos Inc shares jumped following upbeat earnings and gave the biggest boosts to the S&P 500. An S&P 500 retail index gained more than 1 percent for a second day.

  • Feb 26- Shares of Sturm Ruger& Co Inc slid as much as 12 percent after the gun maker's quarterly profit missed Wall Street estimates for the first time in four years due to higher costs aimed at increasing production.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St flat; retailers gain for a second day Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 | 2:52 PM ET

    *Target and Lowe's rally after results. Shares of retailers Target Corp and Lowe's Cos Inc rose, giving the S&P 500 its biggest boosts.

  • *Ruble hits five-year low on Ukraine fallout. NEW YORK, Feb 26- World stocks markets edged lower on Wednesday, stung by growing worries over some emerging markets grew as escalating tensions in the Ukraine sent the Russian ruble to a five-year low, while equities on Wall Street rose.

  • Sturm Ruger's quarterly profit misfire hits shares Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 | 1:31 PM ET

    Feb 26- Shares of Sturm Ruger& Co Inc slid 12 percent after the gun maker's quarterly profit missed Wall Street estimates for the first time in four years due to higher costs aimed at increasing production.