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  • *Copper's fall compounds concerns over China slowdown. NEW YORK, March 12- U.S. crude oil fell by more than 2 percent on Wednesday, its biggest drop in two months, after the United States announced unexpected plans for a "test" release of strategic oil reserves while weekly data showed a big rise in crude stockpiles.

  • *China central bank ready to ease policy if needed- Reuters report. NEW YORK, March 12- Global stock indexes declined for a fourth day and copper hit four-year lows before rebounding on Wednesday as increasing concern about China's economic slowdown unnerved investors.

  • European stocks sag as China, Ukraine concerns mount Wednesday, 12 Mar 2014 | 11:54 AM ET

    *FTSEurofirst 300 dips 0.8 pct, Euro STOXX 50 down 0.5 pct. *Russia- exposed stocks hit again as sanctions talk builds. PARIS, March 12- European shares fell on Wednesday, sending benchmark indexes to one-month lows, as mounting worries over China's economic growth rate and persistent tensions in Ukraine spooked investors.

  • NEW YORK, March 12- Copper declined to near four-year lows and global stock indexes fell for a fourth day on Wednesday as increasing concern about China's economic slowdown sent a wave of unease through financial markets.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St declines on China, Ukraine concerns Wednesday, 12 Mar 2014 | 10:40 AM ET

    *EPL Oil to be acquired by Energy XXI for $2.3 bln. NEW YORK, March 12- U.S. stocks declined on Wednesday, putting the S&P 500 on track for a third straight decline after its most recent record high, as concerns grew over the strength of China's economy. London copper, seen as a proxy for China's economic health, fell for a fourth day to its lowest level since July 2010.

  • US STOCKS-Profit-taking drags Wall Street lower Tuesday, 11 Mar 2014 | 4:53 PM ET

    *Men's Wearhouse to acquire Jos. A. Bank Clothiers. Shares of retailers American Eagle and Urban Outfitters fell sharply after disappointing outlooks. They're just taking some money off the table, "said Frank Lesh, futures analyst and broker at FuturePath Trading LLC in Chicago.

  • NEW YORK, March 11- U.S. "The auctions are the main event in Treasury space," said Ian Lyngen, a senior government bond strategist at CRT Capital in Stamford, Connecticut, in a research note.

  • *European shares mixed, off highs; Germany gets data boost. *Ukraine tension, China growth outlook weigh on sentiment. NEW YORK, March 11- Major world equity markets were mostly steady on Tuesday, the euro edged down and gold rose as traders kept a wary eye on tensions between Ukraine and Russia and the pace of growth in China.

  • China's exports unexpectedly tumbled in February, falling 18.1 percent from a year earlier and swinging the trade balance into deficit. The data underscored recent concerns about the outlook for China's economy, even though the Lunar New Year holidays were blamed for the slide.

  • *Facebook shares hit another record after UBS raises target. NEW YORK, March 10- U.S. stocks fell on Monday weighed by soft data out of China, lingering concerns over Russia's claim over part of Ukraine and Boeing's latest production setback.

  • China's exports unexpectedly tumbled in February, falling 18.1 percent from a year earlier and swinging the trade balance into deficit. The data underscored recent concerns about the outlook for China's economy, even though the Lunar New Year holidays were blamed for the slide.

  • *China's trade balance swings to deficit. NEW YORK, March 10- U.S. "The backup in yields thus far is going to create decent demand," Guy LeBas, chief fixed income strategist at Janney Montgomery Scott in Philadelphia.

  • NEW YORK, March 10- U.S. stocks edged modestly lower on Monday, and the S&P 500 held near record highs, as investors largely shrugged off unexpectedly weak data in China. "I don't think it's disruptive to the way people are looking at China as an economy that has lost some of its hyperbolic move and that is almost welcome."

  • *Lack of Japan structural reforms frustrates investors. TOKYO, March 10- Japanese shares slipped from a five-week high on Monday morning as disappointing Chinese trade data and uncertainty over the crisis in Ukraine prompted investors to lock in recent gains.

  • NEW YORK, March 7- Friday's stronger-than-expected payrolls report did more than ease concerns about U.S. economic fundamentals- it also seemed to justify Wall Street's record levels, suggesting the market's uptrend could continue.

  • *Putin rebuffs Obama as Ukraine crisis escalates. NEW YORK, March 7- U.S. stocks finished mostly higher on Friday, with the S&P 500 closing at a record after more jobs than expected were created in February and January's figure was revised higher.

  • NEW YORK, March 7- A surprisingly strong U.S. jobs report on Friday sent bond and gold prices sharply lower and initially lifted equity markets, but mounting tensions over Ukraine led stocks in Europe and elsewhere to retreat, while U.S. shares ended little changed.

  • NEW YORK, March 7- A surprisingly strong U.S. jobs report on Friday sent bond and gold prices sharply lower and initially lifted equity markets, but mounting tensions over Ukraine led stocks in Europe and elsewhere to retreat, while U.S. shares traded near flat.

  • *Putin rebuffs Obama as Ukraine crisis escalates. NEW YORK, March 7- U.S. stocks trimmed earlier gains on Friday's jobs data to trade little changed by midday as investors turned cautious before the weekend, with the S&P 500 near record highs and a simmering crisis in Ukraine.

  • NEW YORK, March 7- U.S. equities and other risk assets pared gains on Friday as uncertainty over Ukraine tensions outweighed stronger-than-expected U.S. jobs growth, leading investors to pull money before the weekend.