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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 13- A global stock gauge rose on Wednesday, boosted by a technology-led rebound on Wall Street, while Brazilian markets were shaken by the death of presidential candidate Eduardo Campos in a plane crash.

  • *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.

  • *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.

  • *Threat of Russia invading Ukraine appears to recede. NEW YORK, Aug 13- U.S. stock index futures rose on Wednesday amid a perceived easing of tensions in both Ukraine and Iraq, which pushed investors to seek bargains.

  • Month of war leaves Israel with tricky economic outlook Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 6:20 AM ET

    *Conflict with Hamas ruins Gaza economy, costs Israel too. JERUSALEM, Aug 13- Israel's month-long war with Hamas in Gaza has added fuel to a Palestinian boycott movement and may damage investor sentiment towards Israel at the margins, even if the $250 billion hi-tech economy looks set to emerge largely unscathed.

  • BRUSSELS, Aug 13- Euro zone industrial production contracted unexpectedly for a second month in a row in June, further denting hopes of a stronger recovery as the bloc starts to take the hit from conflict in Iraq, Ukraine and Gaza, data showed on Wednesday.

  • BRUSSELS, Aug 13- Euro zone industrial production contracted unexpectedly for a second month in a row in June, further denting hopes of a stronger recovery as the bloc starts to take the hit from conflict in Iraq, Ukraine and Gaza, data showed on Wednesday. It was the lowest annual reading since August 2013.

  • TOKYO, Aug 13- Tokyo stocks were choppy on Wednesday morning as geopolitical tensions checked risk-appetite, and investors were reluctant to chase the market higher after data showed Japan's economy suffered its biggest contraction in three years.

  • SINGAPORE, Aug 13- Gold was well-supported above $1,300 an ounce on Wednesday as weak investor morale in Germany and fears over the economic impact on Europe from the crisis in Ukraine prompted investors to seek safety in bullion.

  • 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 dips with Ukraine in focus Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 12:24 PM ET

    Equities have come under pressure because of the unrest between Russia and Ukraine, with the S&P 500 at one point down about 4 percent from a record closing high hit in late July.

  • 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.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St flat amid Ukraine uncertainty Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 10:31 AM ET

    Equities have come under pressure because of the unrest between Russia and Ukraine, with the S&P 500 at one point down about 4 percent from a record closing high hit in late July.

  • LONDON, Aug 12- Concerns over conflict in Iraq, Ukraine and Gaza, future U.S. interest rate policy and pumped-up equity markets have prompted asset managers to scale back risk and raise the amount of cash held in portfolios, a survey showed on Tuesday.

  • *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.