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  • *Putin strikes conciliatory tone on Ukraine. NEW YORK, Aug 14- U.S. stocks advanced on Thursday after conciliatory comments from Russia helped ease concerns about escalation of the conflict in Ukraine and offset some uninspiring earnings.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 14- U.S. stocks rose modestly on Thursday after conciliatory comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin helped ease concerns about escalation in Ukraine and offset some uninspiring earnings reports.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 14- U.S. crude prices fell more than $1 a barrel on Thursday and retreated more than 50 cents in a minute as shares of the exchange-traded U.S. Oil Fund saw high-volume trading. U.S. crude fell about 60 cents to a then session low of $96.03 between 10:50 and 10:51 a.m. EDT. By 1:09 p.m. EDT, it was down $1.54 at $96.05 a barrel, having fallen to $95.89 earlier.

  • UPDATE 6-U.S. crude falls in concert with ETF sell-off Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 11:40 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Aug 14- U.S. crude prices fell more than $1 a barrel on Thursday and retreated more than 50 cents in a minute as shares of the exchange-traded fund U.S. Oil Fund fell sharply. U.S. crude fell fell about 60 cents to its session low of $96.03 between 10:50 and 10:51 a.m. EDT.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 14- Global equity markets edged higher on Thursday after President Vladimir Putin of Russian sounded a conciliatory note over the crisis in Ukraine, while bond yields in Europe fell to record lows as the euro zone's recovery stalled in the second quarter.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 14- U.S. stocks edged higher on Thursday after conciliatory comments by Russian President Vladimir Putin eased concerns about the country's tense situation with Ukraine and overshadowed signs of weakness in the European economy.

  • US STOCKS-Futures point to flat open after recent rally Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 8:54 AM ET

    *Cisco down in premarket after results, outlook. NEW YORK, Aug 14- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat open on Thursday as investors found few reasons to buy following a sharp rally in the previous session and amid signs of weakness in Europe and ongoing uncertainty over Ukraine.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 13- U.S. stocks ended higher on Wednesday, with the Dow Jones industrial average returning to positive territory for the year, as surging biotech shares helped investors shrug off disappointing retail sales data.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 13- A global stock gauge rose on Wednesday, boosted by a technology-led rebound on Wall Street, while Brazilian markets were shaken by the death of presidential candidate Eduardo Campos in a plane crash.

  • Macy's Inc quarterly earnings missed analysts' estimates and the department store operator slashed its full-year same-store sales forecast, driving the stock down 5.5 percent to $56.47. Other major retailers, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc, are expected to report results on Thursday. Wal-Mart shares slipped 0.3 percent to $74.03.

  • *Yen subdued after Japan Q2 GDP contraction. NEW YORK, Aug 13- The dollar rose to one-week highs against the yen and inched higher versus the euro on Wednesday, getting support from gains on Wall Street after a relatively quiet day on the geopolitical front. But the dollar soon recovered after that in generally thin trading as Wall Street shares closed higher.

  • *Safe-haven bids persist on tension in Gaza, Iraq and Ukraine U.S. retail sales flat in July, miss forecast of modest growth. NEW YORK, Aug 13- U.S. You see bonds rallying a bit, "said Craig Dismuke, chief economic strategist at Vining Sparks in Memphis, Tennessee.

  • US STOCKS-Wall Street rises, biotech shares lead rally Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 2:56 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Aug 13- U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday, with the Dow returning to positive territory for the year as the market shrugged off weak earnings reports and a slump in retail shares. Biotech shares surged, with the Nasdaq biotech index climbing 2.1 percent on the back of stocks including InterMune Inc and Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC.

  • *Amazon boosts Nasdaq after introducing card device. NEW YORK, Aug 13- U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday, with the Dow returning to positive territory for the year as signs of easing tensions in Ukraine overshadowed weak readings on consumer spending.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 13- A global gauge of stock markets rose on Wednesday as investors were cautiously optimistic about de-escalation of conflicts in Ukraine and Iraq, but copper, a barometer for global economic growth, fell more than 1 percent to a seven-week low.

  • UPDATE 2-Rigel eye drug fails mid-stage study, shares fall Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 10:48 AM ET

    Aug 13- Rigel Pharmaceuticals Inc said it would stop testing its drug for some patients with dry eye disease after the treatment failed a mid-stage study. British drugmaker AstraZeneca Plc scrapped its licensing deal for Rigel's rheumatoid arthritis treatment in June 2013.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St edges up, Dow again positive for 2014 Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 10:47 AM ET

    *Amazon introduces card device, shares rally. NEW YORK, Aug 13- U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday, with the Dow turning positive for the year as investors sought bargains amid signs of easing tensions in Ukraine and Iraq, which overshadowed some weak reads on the retail sector.

  • LONDON, Aug 13- Brent crude oil bounced off a 13- month low on Wednesday, paring early losses to trade near $103 a barrel as traders with one eye on potential supply disruptions in Iraq started buying. Brent for September delivery was down 7 cents at $102.95 a barrel by 1442 GMT. The Brent contract for October delivery was down 6 cents at $103.83 per barrel.

  • *Safe-haven bids persist on tension in Gaza, Iraq and Ukraine. The decline in bond yields was limited ahead of a $24 billion auction in 10- year notes at 1 p.m. and Thursday's $16 billion sale of 30- year bonds, which some traders reckon might not fetch strong demand due to their low yields.

  • *Kate Spade shares plunge 25.4 pct in busiest trading day. Traders rushed to sell the stock of handbag and accessory maker and retailer Kate Spade& Co, which plummeted 25.4 percent to close at $29.00 in its busiest day of trading ever with 52 million shares changing hands.