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  • *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.

  • *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.

  • *Gold steady after five-day losing streak. *Coming up: Fed Chair Yellen speaks at Jackson Hole at 1400 GMT.

  • *Investors await Yellen's speech in Jackson Hole. Emerging market stocks were also stronger but investors were beginning to move to the sidelines ahead of speeches by Fed Chair Janet Yellen and ECB President Mario Draghi at the annual gathering of central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

  • *ECB's Draghi also due to speak at Jackson Hole gathering. LONDON, Aug 22- The dollar hovered below its 2014 peak against a basket of major currencies on Friday, as investors cautiously trimmed favorable bets and booked profits ahead of a speech by U.S.

  • European shares halt 2-week rally; eyes on Yellen Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 3:06 AM ET

    PARIS, Aug 22- European shares were flat in early trading on Friday, taking a breather following a brisk two-week rally, with investors turning cautious ahead of a speech by U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. Yellen is due to speak later in the day at the annual gathering of central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

  • TOKYO, Aug 22- Japan's Nikkei share average snapped a nine-day winning streak on Friday, as investors booked profits from recent gains although upbeat U.S. economic data limited the losses. The Nikkei reversed earlier rises to end 0.3 percent lower at 15,539.19.

  • *Gold steady after five-day losing streak. SINGAPORE, Aug 22- Gold held near a two-month low on Friday and was headed for its worst week in five, hurt by strong U.S. economic data and fears that the Federal Reserve could hike interest rates sooner than expected.

  • *ECB's Draghi also due to speak at Jackson Hole. SINGAPORE/ SYDNEY, Aug 22- The dollar hovered just below its 2014 peak against a basket of major currencies on Friday, with bulls turning cautious ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.