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  • *Fed's Yellen seen as more balanced in her Jackson Hole speech. *ECB's Draghi also due to speak at Jackson Hole gathering. NEW YORK, Aug 22- The dollar gained on Friday after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen came out more balanced than expected on her views about the U.S. economy in a speech to central bankers.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 22- U.S. Treasury prices slid modestly on Friday with investors caught between the cautious message over labor markets from Fed Chair Janet Yellen and geopolitical risks from Ukraine crisis that is hampering euro zone economic growth.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St little changed after Yellen comments Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 11:01 AM ET

    *Russia aid convoy crossed border without OK, Ukraine says. NEW YORK, Aug 22- U.S. stocks were little changed on Friday, in the wake of comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.

  • *Structural shifts in labor market complicating Fed's task- Yellen. *Fed chief calls for "pragmatic" policy approach.

  • European shares briefly turn positive on Yellen speech Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 10:27 AM ET

    LONDON, Aug 22- European shares briefly pushed into positive territory on Friday as traders pointed to a dovish tone in a speech by U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen at the annual gathering of central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

  • Yellen: Job market makes Fed hesitant on rate hike Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 10:01 AM ET

    JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming— If anyone thought Janet Yellen might clarify her view of the U.S. job market in her speech here Friday, the Federal Reserve chair had a message:. The picture is still hazy. "Uncertainty is the key word," said Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Economics.

  • *Structural shifts in labor market complicating Fed's task. *Fed chief calls for "pragmatic" policy approach.

  • *Gold steady after 5- day losing streak. *Coming up: Fed Chair Yellen speaks at Jackson Hole at 1400 GMT. LONDON, Aug 22- Gold steadied above a two-month low on Friday after a five-day losing streak and was headed for its biggest weekly loss in five, hurt by strong U.S. economic data and speculation the Federal Reserve could raise interest rates sooner than expected.

  • *Russia aid convoy crossed border without OK, Ukraine says. NEW YORK, Aug 22- U.S. stocks were poised for a flat open on Friday, as futures pared losses after the latest flare of tensions between Ukraine and Russia, and ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.

  • At Jackson Hole, central bankers eye varying goals Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 9:01 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The central bankers meeting this week at their annual conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, aren't exactly in sync. By contrast, the European Central Bank is considering more stimulus. This year, central banks in Mexico, Sweden and South Korea, among others, have lowered rates.

  • *European shares wobble as Russia convey goes into Ukraine. LONDON, Aug 22- The high-flying dollar steadied on Friday as markets waited for steers on U.S. monetary policy, while escalating tensions over Ukraine halted a strong run-up by European stocks.

  • *Russia aid convoy crossed border without OK, Ukraine says. NEW YORK, Aug 22- U.S. stock index futures were slightly lower on Friday, after the latest flare of tensions between Ukraine and Russia and ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.

  • *Gold steady after 5- day losing streak. *Coming up: Fed Chair Yellen speaks at Jackson Hole at 1400 GMT. LONDON, Aug 22- Gold steadied above a two-month low on Friday after a five-day losing streak and was headed for its biggest weekly loss in five, hurt by strong U.S. economic data and speculation the Federal Reserve could hike interest rates sooner than expected.

  • *FTSEurofirst 300 down 0.4 pct, Euro STOXX 50 down 0.8 pct. *Ukraine concerns unleash volatility into market. LONDON, Aug 22- European shares fell on Friday following a brisk two-week rally as a ratcheting up of tensions in Ukraine fed into investors already cautious ahead of a speech by U.S.

  • *Safe-haven currencies gain as Russia- Ukraine tension flares. LONDON, Aug 22- The yen and the Swiss francs rose against the euro on Friday, helped by safe-haven inflows after a Russian aid convoy crossed into Ukraine without permission from Kiev, rattling investors.

  • JACKSON HOLE, Wyo., Aug 22- The deep recession of 2007-2009 dealt no more permanent damage to the U.S. labor market than other recent downturns, according to a research paper prepared for a central banking conference that disputed the notion it left unusually heavy economic scars.

  • *Ukraine: Russian aid convoy crosses border without permission. The latest development in the Ukraine crisis that has seen Russia and the West imposing economically damaging sanctions on each other prompted investors to seek refuge in top-rated assets. Ukraine said will not use any force against the Russian convoy, as it wishes to avoid provocations.

  • Aug 22- Automation and increasingly sophisticated computers have boosted demand for both highly educated and low-skilled workers around the globe, while eroding demand for middle-skilled jobs, according to research to be presented to global central bankers on Friday.

  • LONDON, Aug 22- London copper hit its highest price in a fortnight on Friday and was on track for its biggest weekly rise since early July as brightening U.S. economic prospects eclipsed concerns over China and Europe.

  • JACKSON HOLE, Wyo., Aug 22- The U.S. labor market has become steadily less dynamic since 1990, with workers seemingly locked into particular jobs and a more sluggish process of job creation and destruction in the private sector, according to research to be presented to global central bankers on Friday.