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  • NEW YORK, May 9- U.S. crude futures were ranged bound on Friday as the market balanced support from a drawdown in domestic crude stockpiles against technical sell points that have kept oil from rallying higher, while Brent was lower as traders awaited developments in the Ukraine crisis.

  • NEW YORK, May 9- The euro's sharp decline from a 2-1/ 2 year high against the dollar extended into Friday, a day after European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi did his best to sap the currency's strength by threatening more monetary stimulus.

  • Putin flies to Crimea, more bloodshed in Ukraine Friday, 9 May 2014 | 10:01 AM ET
    Donetsk, Ukraine

    President Vladimir Putin flew in to Crimea on Friday for parades marking the Soviet victory in World War Two.

  • Weeks of fighting have exposed 20 years of neglect of Ukraine's security forces since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union. Eastern rebels that Kiev and the West say are backed by Russian special forces benefit from political vacillation, disarray among the generals and field commanders unsure of their orders.

  • FLORENCE, Italy, May 9- European Union countries are struggling to agree the approach to take on the crisis in Ukraine, despite broad condemnation of the actions of Russia, outgoing European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said on Friday.

  • *Red Square parade given extra charge by Ukraine crisis. MOSCOW, May 9- Tanks rumbled across Red Square and fighter jets screamed overhead on Friday in Russia's biggest Victory Day military parade in years, fuelling patriotic fervour as President Vladimir Putin rallies his people over the Ukraine crisis.

  • *Traders await fresh news over Ukraine stand-off. LONDON, May 9- Gold held steady around $1,290 an ounce on Friday, underpinned by strong chart support, but remained on track to fall for a second week as the dollar took support from euro weakness and traders awaited further news on Ukraine.

  • BERLIN, May 9- German growth could be reduced by up to 0.9 percentage points this year and 0.3 points in 2015 if the EU imposes tougher economic sanctions on Russia for its actions in Ukraine, a German magazine reported.

  • LONDON, May 9- Lower-rated euro zone bond yields fell to fresh record lows and the common currency slid further on Friday as investors positioned for more monetary stimulus from the European Central Bank.

  • *Ukraine rebels ignore Putin call to delay self-rule vote. LONDON, May 9- Brent crude rose above $108 per barrel on Friday, supported by tension in Ukraine and limited supply from Libya, where a recent deal to reopen oil export terminals seemed unlikely to go ahead.

  • LONDON, May 9- The euro slid further in early trade in Europe on Friday after strong words from European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi that halted its march this year to a 2-1/ 2 year high.

  • *Ukraine rebels ignore Putin call to delay self-rule vote. SINGAPORE, May 9- Brent crude held steady above $108 per barrel on Friday, supported by renewed tension in Ukraine and continued limited supply from Libya, but was on track for a second weekly loss.

  • TOKYO, May 9- Asian shares were mostly down on Friday as a tense situation in Ukraine made investors cautious, though markets took a tame Chinese inflation report in their stride despite the implications for weakening demand in the region's economic powerhouse.

  • *Ukraine rebels ignore Putin call to delay self-rule vote. SINGAPORE, May 9- Brent crude held steady above $108 per barrel on Friday, supported by renewed tension in Ukraine and continued limited supply from Libya, but still on track for a second weekly loss.

  • *Gold on track for 0.7 pct drop for week. SINGAPORE, May 9- Gold prices were steady on Friday, supported by geopolitical tensions in Ukraine, with investors eyeing fund flows and Asian physical demand for further cues.

  • Brent steady above $108 as Russia, Libya support Thursday, 8 May 2014 | 11:48 PM ET

    *Ukraine rebels ignore Putin call to delay self-rule vote. SINGAPORE, May 9- Brent crude held steady above $108 per barrel on Friday, supported by renewed tension in Ukraine and continued limited supply from Libya, but still on track for a second weekly loss.

  • TOKYO, May 9- Asian shares mostly slumped on Friday as a tense situation in Ukraine made investors cautious, though a tame inflation report from China calmed some nerves.

  • *Toshiba gains on upward revision hopes. *Toyota's weak forecast priced in- traders. TOKYO, May 9- Japanese stocks edged higher on Friday in choppy trade as investors picked up companies with strong growth prospects, such as Toshiba, while concerns about the Ukraine crisis kept investors on edge.

  • SINGAPORE, May 9- U.S. crude futures held above $100 a barrel on Friday and were set to end a two-week slide, backed by a drop in U.S. oil stockpiles and renewed tensions in Ukraine. *U.S. crude for June delivery was up 21 cents at $100.47 a barrel by 0139 GMT.

  • SINGAPORE, May 9- Gold prices were steady early on Friday supported by geopolitical tensions in Ukraine, with investors eyeing fund flows and Asian physical demand for further cues.