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TOKYO— World shares were rattled Thursday by reports the European Union is weighing stiffer financial sanctions against Russia.
*Hamas sticks to demand embargo on Gaza be lifted. GAZA/ JERUSALEM, July 24- Israel won a partial reprieve from the economic pain of its Gaza war on Thursday with the lifting of a U.S. ban on commercial flights to Tel Aviv, as fighting pushed the Palestinian death toll over 700..
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 slipped 0.2 percent in early trade to 1,372.80 points, with benchmark indexes in France, Germany and the UK down 0.3 to 0.6 percent.
Benchmark U.S. crude for September delivery was down 16 cents at $102.96 a barrel at 0650 GMT in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
The company forecast that pretax profits for the 12 months to the end of September would be in the range of 545 million pounds to 570 million pounds and the range included the impact from situations in Israel, Egypt and Moscow.
TOKYO, July 24- Japan's Nikkei share average edged down on Thursday in choppy trade as investors awaited Japanese quarterly results, while geopolitical worries about Gaza curbed risk appetites, offsetting a strong private survey on Chinese manufacturing. The Nikkei ended 0.3 percent lower at 15,284.42 after trading in positive territory earlier.
SINGAPORE, July 24- Brent crude held steady above $108 a barrel on Thursday as a surprisingly strong reading on Chinese manufacturing bolstered hopes for higher demand in the world's No.2 oil consumer. Brent crude for September delivery traded up 8 cents at $108.11 a barrel by 0539 GMT, after closing 70 cents higher on Wednesday.
SINGAPORE, July 24- Brent crude was steady above $108 a barrel on Thursday, holding on to the previous day's gains, after a surprisingly strong reading on Chinese manufacturing bolstered hopes for higher demand in the world's second-biggest oil consumer.
SINGAPORE, July 24- Gold broke below the key psychological level of $1,300 an ounce on Thursday as safe-haven demand for the metal eased due to rising Asian equities and strong Chinese manufacturing data.
*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.
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.
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.
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.