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  • *Volume may be low as market focused on China survey, Japanese earnings. TOKYO, July 24- Japan's Nikkei share average edged up on Thursday morning as the slightly weakening yen supported sentiment, but geopolitical worries over Ukraine and Gaza kept activity in check.

  • SINGAPORE, July 24- U.S. crude was little changed near $103 a barrel in early Asian trading on Thursday, holding on to previous day gains due to a higher-than-expected decline in crude inventories. Geopolitical tensions in Eastern Europe and the Middle East helped underpin oil prices, but had yet to cause disruptions to well-supplied global crude markets.

  • SINGAPORE, July 24- Gold was holding its ground above $1,300 an ounce on Thursday as violence deepened in the Middle East over the Gaza strip and as holdings in the top bullion-backed fund rose on safe-haven bids. *Meanwhile, tensions remained high between Russia and the West over Ukraine.

  • Venezuelan network Telesur expands into English Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 7:39 PM ET

    CARACAS, Venezuela— The Spanish-language television network started by the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as a vehicle for promoting in Latin America his leftist brand of political change will now reach audiences in English.

  • FOREX-Kiwi hits skids, others buy time before China PMI Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 6:53 PM ET

    SYDNEY, July 24- The New Zealand dollar skidded to a six-week low on Thursday after the country's central bank switched to a wait-and-see stance following its fourth straight rate hike, while other major currencies snoozed. The kiwi dollar dropped nearly a full U.S. cent to as low as $0.8606, touching levels not seen since June 12.

  • *Apple rallies after results, boosting tech names. NEW YORK, July 23- U.S. stocks ended mostly higher on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 closing at a record on Apple's bullish results, though Boeing weighed on the Dow and conflicts in Ukraine and the Gaza Strip kept the broader market's gains in check.

  • NEW YORK, July 23- U.S. long-term Treasury debt prices ended slightly lower on Wednesday in thin trading, but their near-term outlook remained positive on safe-haven demand as global tensions in the Middle East and Ukraine persisted. Treasuries maturing August 2022 through May 2024 as part of its economic stimulus program, also helped keep a lid on yields.

  • NEW YORK, July 23- U.S. stocks ended mostly higher on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 closing at a record on bullish results from Apple, though Boeing dragged on the Dow and conflicts in Ukraine and the Gaza Strip kept the broader market's gains in check. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 26.91 points or 0.16 percent, to end unofficially at 17,086.63.

  • Oil gains on sharp drop in US supplies Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 3:12 PM ET

    The benchmark U.S. oil contract for September delivery gained 73 cents to $103.12 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude for September delivery, a benchmark for international oils, rose 70 cents to $108.03 on the ICE Futures exchange in London.

  • LONDON, July 22- Like so much in the investment world of late, it's what financial markets are not doing right now that is most intriguing. Over the course of the past month, conflicts, superpower standoffs and economic sanctions have flared in Iraq and Syria, Israel and Gaza, Ukraine and Russia.

  • *Israel rejects comparisons with Ukrainian disaster. *Israel offers desert airport as alternative. JERUSALEM, July 23- Israel tried on Wednesday to get U.S. and European commercial flights to Tel Aviv restored after some carriers suspended services, insisting its main airport there was safe despite being targeted by Palestinian rockets.

  • *Apple rallies after results, boosting tech names. NEW YORK, July 23- U.S. stocks were largely higher on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 hitting another record high after bullish results from tech giants Apple and Microsoft, though technical resistance and conflicts in Ukraine and the Gaza Strip kept gains in check.

  • Medved: Israelis want airport open & lives back     Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 2:04 PM ET

    Jon Medved, is the founder and CEO of Israel-based investment company OurCrowd. He provides perspective on the business side of things in the country.

  • FAA ban extended for US airlines     Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 PM ET

    The FAA has extended its ban on U.S. flights to and from Tel Aviv, Israel, for up to another 24 hours. CNBC's Phil LeBeau provides the details of the ban.

  • Israel's economy is soaring—where's the peace? Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 12:40 PM ET
    An employee uses a forklift truck to prepare pallets of SodaStream products for export at the SodaStream International Ltd. factory in Mishor Adumim, near Jerusalem, Israel.

    Wasn't economic success supposed to bring peace? Israel's economy has grown 1,000% since 2001. Where's the peace?, asks Jake Novak.

  • FAA extends ban on flights to Israel     Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 12:35 PM ET

    The FAA has announced it is extending its ban to Tel Aviv for another 24 hours, reports CNBC's Phil LeBeau.

  • Israel scrambles to restore foreign flights to Tel Aviv Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 11:26 AM ET

    *Israel rejects comparisons with Ukrainian disaster. *Israel offers desert airport as alternative. JERUSALEM, July 23- Israel tried on Wednesday to get U.S. and European commercial flights to Tel Aviv restored after some carriers suspended services, insisting its main airport there was safe despite being targeted by Palestinian rockets.

  • Israel flight ban leaves travelers scrambling Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 11:17 AM ET
    Passengers check a departure time flight board displaying various cancellations at Ben Gurion International airport, near Tel Aviv, on July 23, 2014.

    Many travelers had their plans snarled when many airlines suspended flights to Israel after a rocket fell near the main airport. NBC News reports.

  • *Microsoft sees end to Nokia losses, shares rise. NEW YORK, July 23- The S&P 500 hit a record high on Wednesday, lifted by bullish earnings from companies like Apple and Microsoft, though technical resistance and conflicts in Ukraine and the Gaza Strip kept gains in check.

  • LONDON, July 23- Brent crude oil rose towards $108 a barrel on Wednesday as threats to supplies from oil-producing regions and a drop in U.S. oil stocks overshadowed a stronger dollar. The U.S. Energy Information Administration said U.S. crude stocks fell by 4 million barrels last week, more than expected, while gasoline and distillate stocks rose.