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  • 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.

  • *Equities have come under pressure because of the problems between Russia and Ukraine, with the S&P 500 at one point down about 4 percent from a record closing high in late July. *Futures were off their highs of the session amid ongoing concerns about the region, with Ukraine reporting that Russia had massed 45,000 troops on its border.

  • *Equities have come under pressure because of the problems between Russia and Ukraine, with the S&P 500 at one point down about 4 percent from a record closing high in late July. *The gain implied by futures came despite ongoing concerns about the region, with Ukraine reporting that Russia had massed 45,000 troops on its border.

  • *No threat to supply seen in Iraq, Ukraine conflicts. SINGAPORE, Aug 12- Brent crude extended losses for a third straight session, dropping towards $104 a barrel on Tuesday as new political tension on the streets of Baghdad were seen as holding little threat to the OPEC producer's oil output.

  • *No threat to supply seen in Iraq, Ukraine conflicts. Iraq on Monday named Haidar al-Abadi as the new prime minister to end the eight-year rule of Nuri al-Maliki, but Maliki has refused to go and deployed special forces to force a dangerous political showdown in Baghdad.

  • SINGAPORE, Aug 12- Gold was stuck in a narrow range above $1,300 an ounce on Tuesday after falling a day earlier as equities gained ground, with investors appearing to set aside for now geopolitical worries concerning Ukraine. *Gold has gained about 9 percent this year, largely on tensions between the West and Russia over Ukraine, and violence in the Middle East.

  • SEOUL, Aug 12- U.S. crude oil slipped below $98 a barrel on Tuesday in early Asian trade but the fall was capped by expectations of further draws in U.S. crude inventory. *Brent fell 10 cents at $104.58 a barrel after settling 34 cents lower at $104.68 a barrel.

  • Why Libya matters for crude oil: Dennis Gartman Monday, 11 Aug 2014 | 7:12 PM ET
    Dennis Gartman

    While geopolitical uncertainty continues, investors should be keeping an eye on Libya, Dennis Gartman says.

  • 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.

  • *Worries persist about Gaza, Iraq and Ukraine. NEW YORK, Aug 11- U.S. government debt yields were little changed on Monday, hovering near recent lows as traders clung to their safe-haven bond holdings on anxiety about tensions in the Middle East and Ukraine.