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  • SINGAPORE, Aug 20- Gold was stuck firmly below $1,300 an ounce on Wednesday and looked likely to extend losses to a fourth session as strong U.S. economic data bolstered stock markets, dimming bullion's appeal as a safe haven. *Spot gold had slipped about 70 cents to $1,294.60 an ounce by 0026 GMT, after dropping 1.3 percent in the last three sessions.

  • TOKYO, Aug 20- U.S. crude oil futures rose closer to $95 in early Wednesday trade, after tumbling close to $2 in the previous session, on a deeper than expected petroleum stock fall and increased tensions in the Middle East.

  • *Wall St boosted by Home Depot results, housing data. NEW YORK, Aug 19- Wall Street got a lift from the U.S. housing sector and extended a global stock markets rally on Tuesday as investors shifted focus from political crises to expectations monetary policy will remain accommodative.

  • JERUSALEM, Aug 19- Israel launched attacks in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday and recalled its negotiators from truce talks in Cairo after saying three Palestinian rockets had hit southern Israel, hours before a ceasefire was due to expire. A Reuters correspondent saw an Israeli plane fire a missile east of Gaza City.

  • JERUSALEM, Aug 19- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday ordered the military to attack in the Gaza Strip in response to rockets fired from the enclave into Israel, a government source said, hours before a truce between the sides was set to expire.

  • DIARY - Emerging Markets Economic Events to Sept 2 Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 8:02 PM ET

    Aug 19- For other related diaries, please. WARSAW- National Bank of Poland holds Monetary Policy Council meeting. BANGKOK- Bank of Thailand will release the minutes of its August interest rate meeting.

  • *Ukraine, Middle East tensions ease. NEW YORK, Aug 18- U.S. Treasury debt prices fell on Monday after three days of gains as risk appetite returned following upbeat U.S. housing data and easing tensions in the Middle East and Ukraine.

  • *Losses in UK gilt market also a factor in U.S. bond market. Treasury debt prices fell on Monday after three days of gains, as risk appetite returned following upbeat U.S. housing data and easing tensions in the Middle East and Ukraine, two global sore spots.

  • Why global turmoil hasn't sunk US markets. Yet. Saturday, 16 Aug 2014 | 10:32 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Europe appears on the brink of another recession. An Ebola outbreak in Africa and Israel's war in Gaza are contributing to the gloom. Yet investors in the United States have largely shrugged it off— so far at least.

  • Why global turmoil hasn't sunk US markets. Yet. Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 1:04 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Europe appears on the brink of another recession. An Ebola outbreak in Africa and Israel's war in Gaza are contributing to the gloom. Yet investors in the United States have largely shrugged it off— so far at least.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 14- Arab Bank Plc served as "paymaster" of funds supporting Hamas, lawyers for a group of Americans suing the bank for compensation stemming from attacks by the Palestinian militant group told a jury on Thursday as a long-anticipated civil trial got under way.

  • *Eyes on Russia convoy to Ukraine, talks to end war in Gaza. NEW YORK, Aug 14- U.S. government debt yields fell on Thursday before a $16 billion auction of 30- year bonds as disappointing euro zone economic data sent 10- year German yields to record lows and raised the appeal of Treasuries.

  • LONDON, Aug 14- Gold steadied on Thursday as a weak dollar extended losses following weaker-than-expected U.S. jobs data, but a rebound in European shares after comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin on the Ukraine conflict limited gains.

  • LONDON, Aug 14- Gold edged lower on Thursday, reacting to a tentative rebound in European shares after Russian President Vladimir Putin's comment on the Ukraine conflict, but a weaker dollar and sluggish U.S. and European economic data limited losses.

  • LONDON, Aug 14- Russian stocks rose on Thursday as investors hoped for an improvement in relations between Russia and Ukraine, while central European currencies were steady after mixed growth data.

  • LONDON, Aug 14- Gold edged higher on Thursday as the dollar weakened and sluggish U.S. and European economic data prompted investors to switch positions from riskier assets such as equities to safer bets. Spot gold rose 0.2 percent to $1,315.20 an ounce by 1003 GMT, while U.S. gold futures for December delivery were up $2.10 an ounce at $1,316.60.

  • *Copper prices to fall to $6,600 in months ahead- Goldman. LONDON, Aug 14- Copper fell to its lowest level since late June on Thursday on concerns about demand for the industrial metal after data showing Europe's biggest economy shrank in the second quarter and the Chinese property sector cooled.

  • US victims' lawyer: Arab Bank financed terrorists Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 12:50 AM ET

    NEW YORK— A large Jordan- based bank funneled tens of millions of dollars to the families of suicide bombers and terrorist operatives with ties to Hamas during a deadly Palestinian uprising from 2001 to 2004, lawyers for American terror victims said Thursday at a federal trial in Brooklyn.

  • SYDNEY, Aug 14- London copper was stuck near its lowest since late June on Thursday after growth in China's huge property sector showed signs of cooling, while worries persisted that geopolitical tensions would dampen Europe's recovery.

  • SINGAPORE, Aug 14- Gold held on to small overnight gains on Thursday, as sluggish U.S. retail sales data boosted the metal's safe-haven appeal, although higher stock markets could keep any gains in check. *Spot gold was steady at $1,311.16 an ounce by 0025 GMT, after gaining 0.3 percent in the previous session.