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LONDON, Sept 4- Emerging stocks traded at fresh three-year highs as markets looked to a European Central Bank meeting later on Thursday for possible monetary stimulus, while Chinese stocks hit 15- month highs. Russian stocks fell from one-week highs hit following euphoric trading after Ukraine and Russia signalled moves towards peace on Wednesday.
*Coming Up: European Central Bank meeting. SINGAPORE, Sept 4- Gold edged up on Thursday as the dollar was flat and European equities mixed, but prices were still near a 2-1/ 2 month low as investors remained cautious ahead of a European Central Bank meeting.
*MSCI ex-Japan Asia shares retreat from 7- year high. LONDON, Sept 4- A month-long march higher for European and Asian stock markets stalled on Thursday on concerns the European Central Bank will do nothing immediate at its meeting later in the day to address a deteriorating economic outlook.
LONDON, Sept 4- The euro slipped against the dollar on Thursday, hovering near one-year lows hit earlier this week on expectations that the European Central Bank will flag the possibility of more monetary stimulus.
While the immediate focus is on efforts to bring peace to Ukraine, the longer-term impact is likely to see Europe seek alternatives to Russian natural gas, and Russia seeking other markets for its mainstay energy exports.
MOSCOW, Sept 4- Before the Internet, Anton Nossik remembers painstakingly copying out Soviet dissident Joseph Brodsky's forbidden writings on a clattering typewriter for samizdat publications.
SYDNEY/ SINGAPORE, Sept 4- The euro held steady versus the dollar on Thursday, having recovered from one-year lows set earlier this week as investors repositioned ahead of the European Central Bank policy review.
*Samsung Electronics up as rival Apple hit by security concerns. TOKYO, Sept 4- Asian shares steadied near seven-year highs on Thursday, underpinned by hopes of a ceasefire in Ukraine, though a cautious mood prevailed for now ahead of the European Central Bank's meeting.
Oil futures on both sides of the Atlantic rose by more than $2 a barrel on Wednesday, moving away from multi-month lows as the prospect of peace talks over Ukraine and strong U.S. economic data raised demand expectations. *U.S. crude for October delivery was down 32 cents at $95.22 a barrel by 0055 GMT.
SINGAPORE, Sept 4- Gold clung to small overnight gains on Thursday on some safe-haven bids due to the Ukraine crisis, but the metal continued to trade near 2-1/ 2 month lows as brighter prospects for the U.S. economy dimmed its appeal.
*Samsung Electronics up as rival Apple hit by security concerns. TOKYO, Sept 4- Asian shares edged up to a seven-year high on Thursday on growing hopes of a ceasefire in Ukraine, while investors also warmed to the idea of more monetary easing from the European Central Bank in the near future.
SYDNEY, Sept 4- The euro clung on to modest gains against the dollar early on Thursday, having pulled up from one-year lows as investors booked some profits ahead of the European Central Bank policy review.
NEW YORK, Sept 3- An index of stocks worldwide rose on Wednesday after Ukraine and Russia took steps toward a ceasefire and traders eyed potential European Central Bank stimulus, while the S&P 500 ended lower after hitting a record high, partly on a drop in Apple shares.
U.S. stocks closed mixed on Wednesday, coming off morning highs amid economic reports and central bank news.
*Russia outlines ceasefire plan, Ukraine dismisses it. NEW YORK, Sept 3- Crude oil prices jumped by more than $2 a barrel on Wednesday off multimonth lows as the prospect of peace talks between Ukraine and Russia combined with strong U.S. economic data to raise demand expectations.
Treasury debt yields fell from three-week highs on Wednesday, reversing earlier gains, as hopes over a proposed move to end fighting between Russia and Ukraine were clouded by doubts that peace would prevail.
*Gold rebounds after touching 2-1/ 2- month low early. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Sept 3- Gold prices rose on Wednesday, as lingering tensions over Ukraine and a weaker dollar prompted bargain hunting and short covering after bullion prices earlier fell to a 2-1/ 2- month low.