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  • *Gold to retrace to $1,307- technicals. SINGAPORE, Feb 19- Gold slipped on Wednesday and came off 3-1/ 2- month highs hit in the previous session as investors reaped profits and physical buying subsided. Gold eased 0.1 percent to $1,319.40 an ounce by 0312 GMT.

  • SYDNEY, Feb 19- Asian share markets were in hesitant mood on Wednesday as investors keep a wary eye on interest rates in China, though the euro left the dollar in its dust after more soft U.S. economic data. The action was light, with MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan barely changed and Australia up a slim 0.3 percent.

  • *Forest Labs shares soar; Actavis agrees to buy company. NEW YORK, Feb 18- The S&P 500 and Nasdaq rose on Tuesday, following Wall Street's biggest weekly gain of the year, as merger activity increased confidence that there is value in the stock market even as the benchmark index nears a record high.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO/ LONDON, Feb 18- Violence between Ukrainian demonstrators and riot police spooked emerging markets investors on Tuesday, driving the hryvnia back toward five-year lows and weighing on the country's bonds. The bond had risen on Monday after Russia said it would buy a $2 billion bond from Ukraine by the end of the week.

  • *Forest Labs shares jump, Actavis to purchase. NEW YORK, Feb 18- U.S. stocks edged up on Tuesday, following Wall Street's biggest gain of the year, as merger activity boosted confidence there is still value in the market even as the S&P 500 nears a record high.

  • STOCKHOLM, Feb 18- King, the firm behind hit mobile phone game Candy Crush Saga, is planning a U.S. stock market debut which some analysts think could value it at more than $5 billion and herald a flurry of technology company listings this year.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 18- Wall Street opened flat on Tuesday in the wake of Wall Street's biggest weekly gain of the year as data showed factory activity in New York state slowed this month.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 18- U.S. stock index futures turned negative on Tuesday after data showed manufacturing activity in New York state slowed in February. S&P 500 e-mini futures shed 0.25 point and were slightly below fair value, a formula that evaluates pricing by taking into account interest rates, dividends and time to expiration on the contract.

  • The issue in front of federal bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes is whether a pledge of Detroit tax revenue to pay off the voter-approved bond issues is a binding obligation under Michigan law, as argued by bond insurers in two lawsuits, or merely a promise.

  • *Major indexes on track for 2nd straight week of gains. A. Bank to buy Eddie Bauer. NEW YORK, Feb 14- U.S. stocks closed higher on Friday, with major indexes notching a second straight week of gains as investors were once again willing to overlook some soft economic data stemming from bad weather.

  • *Euro zone recovery boosted by growth in France, Germany. *Gold rises to three-month highs above $1,300. NEW YORK, Feb 14- World stocks climbed for an eighth straight session on Friday on signs of a gradual improvement in euro zone growth and the euro rose to its highest level in almost three weeks, while gold climbed above $1,300 an ounce.

  • *Euro zone recovery boosted by growth in France, Germany. *Gold rises to three-month highs above $1,300. NEW YORK, Feb 14- World stocks gained on Friday on signs of a gradual improvement in euro zone growth and the euro rose to its highest level in almost three weeks versus the dollar, while gold climbed above $1,300 an ounce.

  • A. Bank to buy Eddie Bauer. NEW YORK, Feb 14- U.S. stocks rose modestly on Friday, with the S&P 500 on track for its first two-week winning streak of the year, as investors were once again willing to overlook some soft economic data stemming from bad weather.

  • *BP declares force majeure at Angolan oil field. SINGAPORE, Feb 14- Brent crude held steady below $109 a barrel on Friday, on track for a modest weekly decline, as supply disruptions in Libya and Angola balanced downbeat U.S. economic data. Brent crude for April delivery was down 1 cent at $108.51 a barrel at 0337 GMT, after settling 6 cents lower.

  • NYMEX-U.S. crude slips on weak economic data Thursday, 13 Feb 2014 | 7:38 PM ET

    *U.S. crude for March delivery fell 13 cents to $100.23 by 0030 GMT after closing at $100.35 on Thursday. *Libya's oil output dropped to 460,000 barrels per day on Thursday after protesters shut down pipelines from the El Wafa and El Sharara oilfields, the National Oil Corporation said on Thursday.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 13- World stock markets edged higher on Thursday as soft U.S. economic data was blamed on bad weather, while the dollar fell to a two-week low against the euro. U.S. stocks rose, with big gains in technology shares giving the Nasdaq a sixth straight session of gains, its best advance since December 2011.

  • *Cisco falls after results, but tech sector rises. NEW YORK, Feb 13- U.S. stocks closed higher on Thursday, with the Nasdaq rising for a sixth straight day, as investors looked past disappointing data on consumer spending, chalking the weakness up to weather instead of weaker fundamentals.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 13- A benchmark index for global commodities hit 10-1/ 2 month highs on Thursday, propelled as natural gas rallied on crippling cold weather, wheat surged on tight supplies and gold jumped on new jitters about the U.S. economy.

  • *U.S. stocks manage gains, but Cisco falls. *Italy's Letta announces resignation after market close. Autos will come back, housing will come back, "said Phil Orlando, chief equity strategist at Federated Investors in New York.

  • *World stocks flat with Italy in focus. In Europe, shares dipped as investors focused on political uncertainty in Italy, where Prime Minister Enrico Letta defied pressure to make way for the centre-left leader Matteo Renzi. Wall Street stocks turned slightly higher after trading down at the open, pressured by a disappointing outlook from Cisco Systems.