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  • Aug 28- New tensions in Ukraine, which has accused Russia of further incursions, may serve to light a fire under efforts to bring looser monetary and fiscal policies to the euro zone. While Russia has denied the allegations, NATO on Thursday said that well over 1,000 Russian troops were now inside Ukraine in what would represent a large increase.

  • The delays have been perpetuated also by a surge in rail deliveries of crude oil and grain, leaving power producers such as FirstEnergy Corp scrambling for transport alternatives before winter sets in, potentially adding to costs.

  • *Ukraine president says Russian troops have crossed border. LONDON, Aug 28- German Bund yields hit a record low after Ukraine accused Russia of moving troops across the countries' border, while lower-rated euro zone bond yields rose after above-forecast inflation readings tempered expectations of imminent ECB easing.

  • European shares steady, UK grocery firms slip Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 10:42 AM ET

    *FTSEurofirst 300 flat, Euro STOXX 50 down 0.2 pct. *Seadrill falls after below-forecast earnings. Declines in individual shares included UK grocers Sainsbury and Tesco slipping 2.2 percent and 1.3 percent respectively after data from Kantar Worldpanel showed UK grocery market sales rose 0.8 percent in the 12 weeks to Aug. 17, a 10- year low.

  • European shares steady, Seadrill slips after results Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 7:14 AM ET

    *FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.05 pct, Euro STOXX 50 down 0.2 pct. *Seadrill falls after below-forecast earnings. *Marine Harvest results hit by Russian sanctions.

  • European shares hold steady after brisk 2-1/2 week rally Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 3:57 AM ET

    *FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.02 pct, Euro STOXX 50 down 0.1 pct. *Marine Harvest results hit by Russian sanctions. Marine Harvest, the world's largest salmon farmer, said it expected Russian sanctions to pose short-term challenges.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 26- The dollar extended gains on Tuesday on hopes U.S. policymakers will raise interest rates as the battered euro continued to struggle on expectations of soft inflation data and more monetary easing in Europe. "We are seeing the dollar consolidate," said Eric Viloria, currency strategist at Wells Fargo Securities in New York.

  • AP survey: Fed's outlook correct but not solution Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 11:41 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Economists appear to be of two minds about the Federal Reserve. Yet the latest Associated Press survey of economists finds that most fear the Fed will wait too long to raise interest rates and thereby risk stoking inflation or creating asset bubbles. Still, they're concerned that Janet Yellen's Fed won't raise rates soon enough.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 26- World stock indices rose on Tuesday and European bond yields fell on expectations of more stimulus from the European Central Bank and on strong U.S. data. Speculation grew that the European Central Bank is preparing a program of large-scale asset purchases to weaken the euro and try to jump-start growth in the struggling euro zone.

  • PARIS, Aug 26- European shares slipped in early trade on Tuesday, trimming the previous session's sharp gains that were fuelled by prospects of further stimulus measures from the European Central Bank. The UK market, shut on Monday for a holiday, gained ground, with the FTSE 100 index up 0.5 percent.

  • *Lonmin to cut South African workforce 21 pct- sources. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Aug 25- Gold slipped on Monday, hovering near its lowest in two months, under pressure from a stronger U.S. dollar and from rallying global financial markets. Gold fell 0.3 percent at $1,277.19 an ounce by 1:52 p.m. EDT.

  • Prospect of more ECB stimulus lifts European shares Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 12:14 PM ET

    *Euro STOXX 50 closes up 2.2 pct at 3,165.47 points. LONDON, Aug 25- European shares rose on Monday, as prospects of new stimulus measures from the European Central Bank enabled the region's stock markets to shrug off weak German data and the resignation of the French government.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 25- Global equity markets rallied on Monday, with the U.S. benchmark S&P topping the 2,000 mark for the first time, as expectations grew that the European Central Bank would loosen its monetary policy in a move to boost economic growth.

  • BERLIN/ PARIS, Aug 25- The euro zone's flat-lining economy took another hit on Monday when data showed German business sentiment sagging for the fourth month running, while a row over the lack of growth led the French government to resign.

  • *Roche to buy InterMune for $8.3 billion. *U.S. investors took cues from Europe, where an index of major shares rose 0.7 percent after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said Friday the ECB was prepared to respond with available tools if inflation dropped further.

  • LONDON, Aug 25- Gold held close to its lowest in two months on Monday, as the dollar marched higher after central bank heads signalled that interest rates were set on a diverging course in the United States, Europe and Japan.

  • *Roche to buy InterMune for $8.3 billion. *U.S. investors took cues from Europe, where an index of major shares rose 0.7 percent after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said Friday the ECB was prepared to respond with available tools if inflation dropped further.

  • LONDON, Aug 25- Yields on most euro zone government bonds hit record lows on Monday as speculation grew that the European Central Bank was preparing a big programme of asset purchases to counter wilting inflation. Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Ireland and others saw their yields hit all-time lows.

  • *Euro STOXX 50 up 0.9 pct. LONDON, Aug 25- European shares rose on Monday, as prospects of new stimulus measures from the European Central Bank enabled the region's stock markets to shrug off weak German data and the resignation of the French government.

  • Talk of ECB action grows as European economy fades Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 4:36 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Germany— Worries about the economy are rippling through Europe. Downbeat data have pushed the European Central Bank closer to more drastic action to keep the hesitant recovery from stalling completely.