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  • 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.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 12- Brent crude oil hit a 13- month low on Tuesday as ample North American production outweighed concern over supply from the Middle East, while stocks and the euro were pressured by plunging investor morale in Germany, Europe's largest economy.

  • *Focus stays on developments in Gaza, Iraq and Ukraine. Wednesday's auction of $24 billion in 10- year notes and Thursday's $16 billion sale of 30- year securities follow solid results at the $27 billion three-year note auction.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St falls modestly with Ukraine in focus Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 2:32 PM ET

    *Kate Spade plunges 23 pct in busiest trading day. NEW YORK, Aug 12- U.S. stocks fell modestly on Tuesday afternoon, with energy shares leading losses as investors monitored developments in Russia and Ukraine and the price of oil fell. Russia sent a convoy of 280 trucks carrying humanitarian aid to eastern Ukraine on Tuesday.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 12- Brent crude oil hit a nine-month low on Tuesday as ample North American production outweighed concern over supply from the Middle East, while stocks and the euro were pressured by plunging investor morale in Germany, Europe's largest economy.

  • *Focus stays on developments in Gaza, Iraq and Ukraine. The selling pressure from this week's bond supply has been offset by a steady bid for safe-haven Treasuries on worries about conflicts in Iraq, eastern Ukraine and Gaza. Tension remained high in Iraq as its prime minister Nuri al-Maliki refused to step down after his replacement was named.

  • *German shares lag after sentiment data shows Ukraine fear. LONDON, Aug 12- Crude oil hit a nine-month low on Tuesday as ample supply outweighed concern violence in the Middle East could disrupt output, easing the impact on investors of a fall in some European shares.

  • *European stocks dip with Ukraine worries to the fore. LONDON, Aug 12- European shares fell on Tuesday, throwing a rally in the U.S. and Asia into reverse, and the euro dipped towards nine-month lows against the dollar as reports a Russian aid convoy was heading to Ukraine ratcheted up tension between Kiev and Moscow.

  • *Russia sending humanitarian convoy to Ukraine. NEW YORK, Aug 11- U.S. stocks ended higher on Monday, extending the rally from Friday as investors hoped that Russia's move to send humanitarian aid to Ukraine would ease tensions between the two countries.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 11- A global gauge of equities rose for a second straight day on Monday, posting its largest daily advance in four months on bets on a reduced risk of direct conflict between Russia and Ukraine.