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  • NEW YORK, July 17- Global stock markets slumped on Thursday, while safe-haven gold and bond prices rose following an escalation of violence in Gaza and the downing of a passenger plane at the Ukraine- Russia border.

  • Wall Street stocks started the day with modest losses after the United States announced new sanctions against Russia in response to recent unrest in Ukraine. Subsequently, a Malaysian airlines jet was downed over eastern Ukraine near the Russian border, sparking a further fall in risk assets on concerns that the conflict might widen.

  • *Malaysian Airliner downed in Ukraine war zone, 295 dead. NEW YORK, July 17- U.S. stocks fell on Thursday in volatile trading on news that a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet crashed near the Ukraine- Russia border, after the United States and European Union imposed sanctions on Russia.

  • *Gold posts largest one-day pct gain in a month. NEW YORK, July 17- Gold prices jumped their most in a month on Thursday on geopolitical worries after a Malaysian jetliner crashed in eastern Ukraine, while other key commodities rose, too, on an improved demand outlook versus supply.

  • Fed's Bullard says he worries about bond market bubble Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 2:40 PM ET

    OWENSBORO, Kentucky, July 17- St. Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard said on Thursday he worries about low bond yields and whether a bond bubble is forming. "Bond yields are extraordinarily low," Bullard told a business group in Owensboro, Kentucky, when asked whether the bond market was overbought and a bubble was forming.

  • *Russia assets fall as U.S., EU impose more sanctions. NEW YORK, July 17- Stock markets around the world on Thursday extended losses while safe-haven assets rose following news that a Malaysian airlines jet had crashed near in eastern Ukraine near the Russia border.

  • NEW YORK, July 17- U.S. stocks dropped on Thursday to hit session lows on news that a Malaysian passenger jetliner had been downed in Ukraine, fresh on the heels of new U.S. and European Union sanctions on Russia.

  • NEW YORK, July 17- U.S. stocks hit session lows on Thursday following news of a Malaysian Airlines jet crash near the Ukraine- Russia border. Malaysia Airlines said it lost contact with a passenger jet that took off from Amsterdam earlier in the day and was headed to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's capital.

  • *U.S. housing starts weak, but Morgan Stanley up on results. NEW YORK, July 17- Stock markets around the world weakened on Thursday as tighter Western sanctions against Russia raised the specter of greater geopolitical tensions ahead, while weak U.S. data gave investors further pause.

  • *Morgan Stanley climbs after earnings. NEW YORK, July 17- U.S. stocks edged lower on Thursday in the wake of fresh U.S. and European Union sanctions on Russia, but some stronger-than-expected earnings reports helped keep declines in check.

  • *Morgan Stanley climbs in premarket after earnings. NEW YORK, July 17- U.S. stocks were poised for a lower open on Thursday, in the wake of fresh U.S. and European Union sanctions on Russia and weaker-than-expected housing data.

  • *Palladium prices hit highest since February 2001. LONDON, July 17- Gold rose on Thursday, extending the previous day's recovery from four-week lows as investors took advantage of lower prices to buy, though expectations that U.S. monetary policy is set to tighten limited gains.

  • MOSCOW, July 17- Moscow shares fell on Thursday after Washington imposed its toughest economic sanctions on Russia yet, sending shares in its largest oil producer Rosneft tumbling and hitting other energy, financial and defence firms.

  • FED FOCUS-Are markets poised for Taper Tantrum 2.0? Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 1:00 AM ET

    *Wall Street lags central bank's rate-rise expectations. SAN FRANCISCO/ NEW YORK, July 17- Investors may be ignoring subtle warnings from the Federal Reserve that a rate rise may come sooner than they think, setting the stage for another painful market contraction much like last year's "taper tantrum."

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks rally worldwide on China data, M&A Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 1:16 PM ET

    *China data boosts stocks and oil outlook. NEW YORK, July 16- Stock markets around the world rose on Wednesday as strong China growth data and potential big deals in the United States boosted investor sentiment while concerns eased over the vulnerability of Portugal's largest listed lender.

  • *Intel climbs on earnings, outlook. *Time Warner rebuffs $80 bln bid from 21st Century Fox. Time Warner shares jumped 16.4 percent to $82.63 as the best performer on the S&P 500 after Twenty-First Century Fox confirmed it made an $80 billion takeover offer for the company that was turned down.

  • LONDON, July 16- U.S. oil prices extended gains to over a dollar, hitting more than $101 a barrel on Wednesday after government data showed crude stocks in the world's largest oil consumer fell sharply last week.

  • *China data boosts stocks and oil outlook. NEW YORK, July 16- Stock markets around the world rose on Wednesday as strong China growth data and solid U.S. company earnings boosted sentiment and concerns eased over the strength of Portugal's largest listed lender.

  • Boeing's stock soared nearly 80 percent last year, outperforming the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 index. But as indexes pushed higher this year, investors sent Boeing down 5.7 percent amid concern that the aviation business cycle may have peaked and that Boeing's ability to produce positive surprises is limited.

  • *JPMorgan, Goldman shares rally after earnings. NEW YORK, July 15- U.S. stocks pulled back on Tuesday after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and her fellow Fed policymakers raised concerns about "substantially stretched valuations" in some sectors. Facebook shares tumbled 1.1 percent to $67.17.