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*Putin strikes conciliatory tone on Ukraine. NEW YORK, Aug 14- U.S. stocks advanced on Thursday after conciliatory comments from Russia helped ease concerns about escalation of the conflict in Ukraine and offset some uninspiring earnings.
CNBC's Bob Pisani explains how Vladimir Putin impacted trading activity today.
Stocks rose Thursday on comments by Vladimir Putin. Jeffrey Mankoff, CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program, and Jon Najarian, Optionmonster.com, provide perspective to the activity.
*Gold demand fell in 2nd- qtr- World Gold Council. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Aug 14- Gold prices were a touch higher on Thursday in thin trading, but gains were limited by U.S. jobless claims data which showed continued recovery in the labor market and conciliatory comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin about Ukraine.
*U.S. jobless claims up, data initially weighs on dollar. NEW YORK, Aug 14- The U.S. dollar recovered from early losses on Thursday in generally thin trading, boosted by gains on Wall Street as tensions eased in Ukraine and the Middle East.
NEW YORK, Aug 14- U.S. stocks rose modestly on Thursday after conciliatory comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin helped ease concerns about escalation in Ukraine and offset some uninspiring earnings reports.
CNBC's Seema Mody reports on S&P 500 stocks with European exposure; and Dominic Chu reports which emerging markets rely on developed markets.
CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera provides insight to how the global market reacted to a weak German GDP number, and other bad data.
NEW YORK/ LONDON, Aug 14- Gold prices were little changed on Thursday as investors shrugged off a bigger-than-expected rise in U.S. jobless claims, while conciliatory comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin eased jitters about the Ukraine crisis that had prompted some safe-haven buying of bullion.
HELSINKI, Aug 14- Finland pulled out of recession in the second quarter but growth was negligible and dark clouds are gathering again as Russian sanctions could hit the economy in the coming months.
*FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.2 pct, Euro STOXX 50 down 0.04 pct. *Euro STOXX 50 halted by strong resistance level. The euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index was down 0.04 percent at 3,054.41 points.
NEW YORK, Aug 14- Global equity markets edged higher on Thursday after President Vladimir Putin of Russian sounded a conciliatory note over the crisis in Ukraine, while bond yields in Europe fell to record lows as the euro zone's recovery stalled in the second quarter.
In annexed Crimea, Putin says Russia would do its utmost to stop the bloodshed in Ukraine, where forces are fighting a pro-Russian rebellion in the east.
NEW YORK, Aug 14- U.S. stocks edged higher on Thursday after conciliatory comments by Russian President Vladimir Putin eased concerns about the country's tense situation with Ukraine and overshadowed signs of weakness in the European economy.
*Eyes on Russia convoy to Ukraine, talks to end war in Gaza. NEW YORK, Aug 14- U.S. government debt yields fell on Thursday before a $16 billion auction of 30- year bonds as disappointing euro zone economic data sent 10- year German yields to record lows and raised the appeal of Treasuries.
LONDON, Aug 14- Gold steadied on Thursday as a weak dollar extended losses following weaker-than-expected U.S. jobs data, but a rebound in European shares after comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin on the Ukraine conflict limited gains.
*A strong Russia does not have to use military power: Putin. YALTA, Crimea, Aug 14- President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russsia would stand up for itself but not at the cost of confrontation with the outside world, a conciliatory note after months of tough rhetoric over the crisis in Ukraine.
*Gazprom has first loss since 2008 due bad Ukraine debts. MOSCOW, Aug 14- Russia's Rosneft, which produces more oil than Iraq or Iran, is seeking a $42 billion loan from a fund earmarked for Russian pensions to help it weather Western sanctions imposed over Moscow's role in Ukraine.
*Cisco down in premarket after results, outlook. NEW YORK, Aug 14- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat open on Thursday as investors found few reasons to buy following a sharp rally in the previous session and amid signs of weakness in Europe and ongoing uncertainty over Ukraine.
YALTA, Crimea, Aug 14- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday his country would stand up for itself but not at the cost of confrontation with the outside world, a conciliatory note after months of tough rhetoric over the crisis in Ukraine.