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*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/ 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 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, 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.
LONDON, Sept 12- A drop in euro zone factory output after a run of weaker-than expected U.S. data stalled an eight-day rise in world shares on Thursday, jangling the nerves of investors positioning for a shift in Fed policy next week.
*Kerry in Geneva for talks with Russia on Syria. NEW YORK, Sept 12- U.S. stock index futures slipped on Thursday, indicating the S&P 500 may snap a seven-day winning streak ahead of labor market data that may influence investor opinion on the possibility the Federal Reserve may soon begin to trim its stimulus measures.
LONDON, Sept 12- Gold fell to a four-week low on Thursday, on waning prospects of an imminent military strike against Syria and uncertainty over the time and pace at which the U.S.
LONDON, Sept 12- Tempered expectations over the pace at which the U.S. "The Fed is still likely to taper next week or in October but the trajectory of the tapering that we had assumed can no longer be taken for granted," said Ned Rumpeltin, head of G10 FX strategy at Standard Chartered Bank.
*Russia's Syria proposal eases supply concerns. NEW YORK, Sept 10- World oil prices tumbled by more than $2 on Tuesday as the threat of an immediate military strike on Syria receded following Syria's acceptance of a Russian proposal to give up its chemical weapons.
Syria and Russia may be working on a resolution which would call for Syrian President Bashar Assad to surrender all of his chemical weapons immediately, reports CNBC's Eamon Javers.
NEW YORK, Sept 9- Commodity markets were mostly lower on Monday as profit-taking eroded much of last week's strong gains, with oil down 1 to 2 percent as a military attack on Syria seemed less likely and grains off 1 to 3 percent ahead of U.S. government supply data. Gold eased on expectations the Federal Reserve will opt to taper its monetary stimulus program.
NEW YORK, Sept 9- Benchmark Brent oil prices posted their biggest decline in nearly three months on Monday, diving as much as $3 a barrel as new proposals to clamp down on Syria's chemical weapons eased fears of an imminent military strike against the country.
Russia proposed on Monday that Syria hand over its chemical weapons to international control in an attempt to avert a U.S. military attack.
*President Obama to address nation about Syria on Tuesday. NEW YORK, Sept 9- Brent crude oil futures sank more than 2 percent on Monday, as concerns of an imminent strike on Syria eased, and traders reduced positions that had reflected fears of oil supply disruption in the Middle East.