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*U.S., Russia to push for new Syria peace talks. *Intel climbs in premarket trading after upgrade. NEW YORK, Sept 13- U.S. stocks were little changed on Friday, after a host of economic data did little to cause investors to recalibrate expectations the Federal Reserve may begin to scale back its stimulus measures next week.
LONDON, Sept 13- Brent crude oil fell below $112 a barrel on Friday as the U.S. and Russian foreign ministers met in Geneva to work out a deal to avert a Western military strike on Syria, easing fears of a wider war in the Middle East.
TOKYO, Sept 13- The dollar rose on Friday after Japan's Nikkei newspaper said U.S. President Barack Obama will name former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, while gold and oil declined as the Syrian chemical weapons crisis abated.
TOKYO, Sept 13- Asian shares slipped on Friday and the dollar held to overnight losses against the yen as investors fretted not whether but by how much the U.S. The Fed is expected to reduce its $85 billion a month bond-buying programme at its two-day policy meeting ending on Sept 18.
SINGAPORE, Sept 13- Gold edged up on Friday after plunging more than 3 percent in the previous session, but remained on track for its worst week in two months on fears the United States would curb its stimulus soon and as a U.S. strike on Syria looked less likely. *Gold had risen 0.55 percent to $1,327.41 an ounce by 0012 GMT.
The number, first released by the White House on Aug. 30, was underscored by Secretary of State John Kerry in a fiery indictment of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, describing videos of what he said were victims of the attack, which Syria denies.
*Precious metal prices fall on Syria, worries Fed may scale back stimulus. NEW YORK, Sept 12- U.S. stocks slipped on Thursday, ending seven straight days of gains by the S&P 500 index as a drop in precious metal prices dragged mining shares lower.
*Investors wait to see if diplomacy averts attack on Syria. NEW YORK, Sept 12- Global oil prices rose for a second straight day on Thursday as investors monitored diplomatic efforts to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons and Libya declared force majeure on another three ports.
NEW YORK, Sept 12- U.S. stocks edged lower on Thursday, on track to snap seven straight days of gains by the S&P 500 index, as a drop in precious metal prices dragged mining shares lower. The materials sector fell more than 1 percent, with gold miner Newmont Mining off 3.5 percent at $28.44.
*Syria one of only seven countries yet to join chemical weapons ban. GENEVA/ UNITED NATIONS, Sept 12- Syria applied on Thursday to sign up to the global ban on chemical weapons, as U.S. Washington immediately warned Syria against stalling tactics to avoid military strikes.
*Investors wait to see if diplomacy averts attack on Syria. NEW YORK, Sept 12- Global oil prices climbed for a second straight day on Thursday as investors monitored diplomatic efforts to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons and Libya declared force majeure on another three ports.
*Syria one of only seven countries yet to join chemical weapons ban. GENEVA/ UNITED NATIONS, Sept 12- Syria applied on Thursday to sign up to the global ban on chemical weapons, a major first step in a Russian-backed plan that would see it abandon its arsenal of poison gas to avert U.S. military strikes.
NEW YORK, Sept 12- U.S. stocks fell in light volume on Thursday, snapping seven straight gains by the S&P 500 index, as an incomplete report on the U.S. jobs market left traders with little to guide them about next week's Federal Reserve meeting.
NEW YORK/ LONDON, Sept 12- Gold prices fell 2.6 percent on Thursday, set for their biggest one-day drop in more than two months, weighed down by easing of tensions with Syria and worries the U.S. Bullion's safe-haven appeal declined after Syria accepted a Russian proposal earlier this week to give up chemical weapons.
NEW YORK, Sept 12- U.S. stocks edged down on Thursday as a drop in jobless claims provided few clues on the Federal Reserve's policy decision next week while a drop in euro zone factory output data stalled an eight-day rise in world equity markets.
*Investors wait to see if diplomacy averts attack on Syria. LONDON, Sept 12- Global oil prices rose above $112 a barrel on Thursday as investors waited to see if diplomatic efforts to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons would avert a U.S. strike that could further disrupt Middle East supplies.
*Jobless claims fall more than expected, but data skewed. NEW YORK, Sept 12- U.S. stocks edged lower on Thursday after a seven-session winning streak on the S&P 500 and a jobless claims report which provided few clues into the Federal Reserve's upcoming decisions about stimulus policy.
Secretary of State John Kerry flew into Geneva on Thursday to hear Russia's plans to disarm Syria of its chemical weapons and avert U.S.-led military strikes, an initiative that has transformed diplomacy in the two-and-a-half-year-old civil war.
*Jobless claims fall more than expected, but data skewed. NEW YORK, Sept 12- U.S. stocks were set for a flat open on Thursday after a seven-day winning streak and a jobless claims report which provided little insight into the Federal Reserve's decisions about stimulus policy.
*Kerry in Geneva for talks with Russia on Syria. "Because we don't have a whole lot of data, it makes any data that we have in the spotlight," said Kim Forrest, senior equity research analyst at Fort Pitt Capital Group in Pittsburgh.