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Treasuries ended Friday little changed on weaker-than-expected economic data, with the possibility of a military strike against Syria adding to jitters ahead of a holiday-lengthened weekend.
*Market steadies as Obama says planning response to Syria Dollar hits 4- wk high, Syria talk prompts safe-haven buying. NEW YORK, Aug 30- Gold slid below $1,400 an ounce on Friday as the dollar rallied to a four-week high, with investors squaring positions at the end of the month and cashing in on a recent run-up ahead of a long U.S. holiday weekend.
NEW YORK, Aug 30- Wall Street is bracing for a wave of economic reports next week, including the August jobs report, which might prove decisive in determining whether the economy is strong enough for the Federal Reserve to dial back its bond purchases in mid-September.
NBC's Ayman Mohyeldin reports mixed reactions from Syria following John Kerry and President Obama's statements. Rep. Eliot Engel, (D-NY), explains why he is urging an attack on Syria and feels the President is handling the situation well.
*Uncertainty over possible strike on Syria makes for thin volume. NEW YORK, Aug 30- U.S. stocks fell in a thinly traded session on Friday as the S&P 500 index recorded its steepest decline since May 2012 and investors avoided making large bets before a long weekend with the situation about Syria still uncertain.
NEW YORK, Aug 30- Brent crude oil fell in volatile trade on Friday ahead of a long holiday weekend in the United States, as the Obama administration made a case for a "limited" strike against Syria.
*Syria conflict continues to haunt market. *U.N. investigators finish gathering samples in Syria. Secretary of State John Kerry made a broad case for limited U.S. military action against Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons, saying it could not go unpunished for such a "crime against humanity."
CNBC's John Harwood provides what may be next for U.S. involvement in Syria. John Bussey, Wall Street Journal, and Ed Husain, Council on Foreign Relations, weigh in.
NEW YORK, Aug 30- U.S. stocks fell in a thinly traded session on Friday, with the S&P 500 index recording its steepest monthly drop since May 2012 as investors held off making large bets before a long weekend with the situation in Syria still uncertain. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 30.87 points, or 0.21 percent, at 14,810.08.
With the worst month in the rear view mirror, Stephanie Link, TheStreet.com; Ralph Acampora, Altaira; Lance Roberts, Street Talk Advisors; and Joe Bell, Schaeffer's Investment Research, discuss where the markets will go.
CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets and looks ahead to where oil and precious metals are likely headed next week.
With tapering, a new Fed chair ahead, and Syria looming, Stephanie Link, TheStreet.com, and Ben Willis, Albert Fried & Co, break down the markets.
NBC's Ayman Mohyeldin reports from Syria following John Kerry and President Obama's statements on Syria. And Micheal O'Hanlon, Brookings; and former Army captain Michael Breen of Truman National Security Project; discuss the impact of a U.S. strike in Syria with only the U.S. and France on board.
NBC's Jim Miklaszewski has the latest following President Obama's comments on Syria. Miklaszewski says "advanced preparations for military strikes against Syria are underway in the Pentagon."
Treasuries rose on Friday on weaker than expected economic data, with the possibility of a military strike against Syria adding to a safety bid ahead of a holiday-lengthened weekend.
After comments from President Obama on striking Syria, Rob Morgan, Fulcrum Securities; David McAlvany, David McAlvany Financial Group; Kevin Caron, Stifel Nicolaus; and CNBC's Rick Santelli, discuss the impact on the markets.
President Obama reacts to findings of chemical attacks in Syria. "Looking at limited action on Syria, not an open-ended commitment; and not considering a boots on the ground approach." CNBC's John Harwood breaks down Obama's comments.
*Syria conflict continues to haunt market. *U.N. investigators finish gathering samples in Syria. NEW YORK, Aug 30- The U.S. dollar reached a four-week peak against a basket of major currencies on Friday as investors sought its safe-haven status on the possibility of a U.S. military strike on Syria.
Markets don't like uncertainty, and there's nothing more uncertain than a world at war, but trying to time the market at such times could leave your portfolio a conflict casualty.
*Traders adjust positions for weekend with Syria outcome clouded. NEW YORK, Aug 30- U.S. stocks dipped in weak volume on Friday, with the S&P 500 on track for its worst month since May 2012 as investors held off making large bets before a long weekend with the situation in Syria still uncertain.