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  • *Hopes for Ukraine initiative dent safe-haven bids. LONDON, April 18- Gold was heading for a 1.8 percent weekly fall on Friday, dented by hopes that diplomatic efforts can calm violence in Ukraine and by strengthening U.S. economic data.

  • *U.S., Russia, Ukraine and EU issue joint statement. LOS ANGELES, April 17- Brent crude oil fell on Thursday, stalling below $100 a barrel after the United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union jointly called for an end to the violence in Ukraine, taking some risk premium out of the market, while U.S. oil rose on positive economic data.

  • WASHINGTON, April 17- The U.S. Federal Reserve's Board of Governors took the unusual step of considering an enforcement issue on Thursday, less than two months after Chair Janet Yellen pledged that top officials would have more direct involvement in such decisions.

  • *Signs of diplomacy seen to ending violence in Ukraine. NEW YORK, April 17- The yen fell on Thursday as efforts toward finding a diplomatic solution to ending violence in eastern Ukraine prompted traders to trim safe-haven yen holdings ahead of the Easter holiday weekend.

  • NEW YORK, April 17- U.S. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits ticked up 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000 for the week ended April 12, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank also said factory activity in the U.S. mid-Atlantic region picked up in April at a faster clip than expected.

  • *U.S., Russia, Ukraine and EU issue joint statement. LOS ANGELES, April 17- Brent crude oil fell on Thursday after the United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union joined to call for an end to the violence in Ukraine, taking some risk premium out of the market, while U.S. oil rose on positive economic data.

  • NEW YORK, April 17- The Federal Reserve logged $84 billion in net profit last year on its massive portfolio of assets, and average income will probably remain higher than before the financial crisis for another decade to come, according to an annual report.

  • TREASURIES-Prices fall on strong data, before supply Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 12:31 PM ET

    NEW YORK, April 17- U.S. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits ticked up 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000 for the week ended April 12, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank also said factory activity in the U.S. mid-Atlantic region expanded in April at a faster clip than expected.

  • Quarterly results from Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and General Electric improved risk sentiment, though results from tech heavyweights Google and IBM Corp were disappointing. "When we look at the U.S. results coming out today, there was a predominantly positive beat overall," Gerhard Schwarz, head of equity strategy at Baader Bank, said.

  • UPDATE 8-Brent, U.S. oil rise as Ukraine tensions mount Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 11:53 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES, April 17- Brent crude oil climbed above $110 a barrel on Thursday as rising tensions in Ukraine raised fears of potential supply disruptions from Russia. With Russian troops massed on the border with Ukraine and three separatists killed overnight in eastern Ukraine, prospects of defusing the crisis at talks in Geneva appeared slim.

  • "The economy is stronger than you think," said Chris Rupkey, chief financial economist at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ in New York. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits ticked up 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000 for the week ended April 12, the Labor Department said on Thursday, staying close to a 6-1/ 2 year low touched the prior week.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St little changed amid earnings flurry Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 11:08 AM ET

    *Google, IBM shares fall a day after posting earnings. NEW YORK, April 17- U.S. stocks were little changed in choppy trading on Thursday following three days of gains, as underwhelming results from tech giants Google and IBM were offset by upbeat quarterly numbers including those from Morgan Stanley and General Electric.

  • Average US 30-year mortgage rate falls to 4.27 pct Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 10:06 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell this week for the second straight week as the spring home-buying season begins. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate for the 30- year loan fell to 4.27 percent from 4.34 percent last week.

  • LONDON, April 17- Brent crude oil was steady below $110 a barrel on Thursday, after hitting a six-week high in the previous session, as traders assessed whether rising tensions in Ukraine could disrupt supplies from Russia.

  • NEW YORK, April 17- U.S. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits ticked up 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000 for the week ended April 12, the Labor Department said on Thursday. "There is follow-through from yesterday, there was significant selling in the middle of the curve," said Tom Tucci, head of Treasuries trading at CIBC in New York.

  • WASHINGTON, April 17- New applications for unemployment benefits held near their pre-recession levels last week, offering further evidence of the economy's underlying strength. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits ticked up 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000 for the week ended April 12, the Labor Department said on Thursday.

  • *Google, IBM shares fall a day after posting earnings. NEW YORK, April 17- Wall Street was set to open little changed Thursday, following three days of gains, as underwhelming results from tech giants Google and IBM were offset by upbeat quarterly numbers from the likes of Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and General Electric.

  • LONDON, April 17- Gold steadied around $1,300 an ounce on Thursday as a lower dollar and accommodative U.S. The metal had fallen nearly 2 percent on Tuesday and has remained broadly range-bound since then around $1,300 on fears over slowing demand in top consumer China.

  • US STOCKS-Weak earnings weigh on futures after rally Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 7:57 AM ET

    *Google, IBM shares fall a day after posting earnings. NEW YORK, April 17- U.S. stock index futures were flat and pointed to a lower open on Thursday after three days of gains on Wall Street, weighed by results including those from Google and IBM and ahead of employment and regional business growth data.

  • LONDON, April 17- Brent crude oil slipped towards $109 a barrel on Thursday, after hitting a six-week high in the previous session, as traders assessed whether rising tensions in Ukraine could disrupt supplies from Russia.

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