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  • TOKYO, Aug 19- The dollar held firm on Tuesday after a solid U.S. housing data and a rise in U.S. bond yields on the back of hopes of an easing of geopolitical tensions.

  • Treasury yields pulled away from recent lows on upbeat U.S. housing data and hopes of progress in the Ukraine crisis.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to Sep 2 Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    SYDNEY- Reserve Bank of Australia will release the minutes of its August policy board meeting- 2340 GMT. SALZBURG, Germany- Federal Reserve Bank of New York Deputy General Counsel and Senior Vice President Joyce Hansen, Austrian National Bank Deputy Governor Andreas Ittner and Bundesbank Board member Andreas Dombret speak at Salzburg Global Seminar.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, Aug 18- Gold fell on Monday as the threat of an escalation of tensions in Ukraine appeared to wane for now, and a rally in global equity markets and strength in the dollar sent bullion prices below $1,300 an ounce.

  • *Russia: Humanitarian convoy issue resolved, but no cease-fire. NEW YORK, Aug 18- U.S. stocks surged on Monday, with the Dow up roughly 1 percent and the Nasdaq at a 14- year high as increasing homebuilder confidence and hopes for receding tensions between Russia and Ukraine brightened investors' view of the outlook for equities.

  • *Dollar General offers to buy Family Dollar. Russia said all issues related to its humanitarian convoy to Ukraine had been resolved but said no progress has been made toward a ceasefire or political solution to the fighting in the east of the country after talks between Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine on Sunday.

  • LONDON, Aug 18- Gold fell on Monday as European and U.S. shares rebounded on an easing of tensions in Ukraine, while a steadier dollar and U.S. Russia's foreign ministry said "certain progress" had been achieved during talks between Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine in Berlin on Sunday about ways to end the military conflict in eastern Ukraine.

  • *Dollar General offers to buy Family Dollar. Russia said all issues related to its humanitarian convoy to Ukraine had been resolved but said no progress has been made toward a ceasefire or political solution to the fighting in the east of the country after talks between Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine on Sunday.

  • *Dollar General offers to buy Family Dollar. *Russia said all issues related to its humanitarian convoy to Ukraine had been resolved but said no progress has been made toward a ceasefire or political solution to the fighting in the east of the country after talks between Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine on Sunday.

  • Here's why Treasury yields will keep on falling Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 8:46 AM ET

    Why experts say you shouldn't bet against the U.S. bond market rally anytime soon.

  • *Dollar General offers to buy Family Dollar. *Russia said all issues related to it sending a humanitarian convoy to Ukraine had been resolved but said no progress has been made in talks toward a ceasefire or political solution to the fighting in the east of the country after talks between Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine on Sunday.

  • *Europe stocks rebound from Friday's Ukraine- inspired drop. Oil falls $1 on reduced Ukraine tension, Libya supply. LONDON, Aug 18- European stocks rallied and prices of top-rated bonds fell on Monday as investors breathed easier over the crisis in Ukraine, which had appeared to escalate dangerously on Friday.

  • *Oil drops $1 on reduced tension over Ukraine, Libya supply. It fell broadly on Friday after the government in Kiev said its artillery had partially destroyed a Russian armoured column, while Russia denied its forces had crossed into Ukraine.

  • TOKYO, Aug 18- Japan's Nikkei ended flat on Monday in thin trade as geopolitical tensions dulled risk appetite, but Chugai Pharmaceutical jumped on a media report that Roche Holding AG's may be close to sealing a deal to take full ownership of the Japanese drugmaker. The Nikkei was flat at 15,322.60 in choppy trade.

  • Spreadbetters are picking European shares, which already had a chance on Friday to absorb renewed tensions in the Ukraine, to fare better. They forecast Britain's FTSE to open as much as 0.4 percent higher, Germany's DAX 0.8 percent and France's CAC 0.6 percent.

  • Asia stocks rise after US gains, Ukraine diplomacy Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 12:14 AM ET

    Dollar General jumped after making a bid for retailer Family Dollar, a rival discount store. The offer topped a bid made last month by Dollar Tree, another discount retailer. Investors had become skittish on concerns that the tensions between Russia and Ukraine were escalating.

  • TOKYO, Aug 18- Japan's Nikkei was choppy on Monday morning as geopolitical tensions checked risk appetite, but Chugai Pharmaceutical jumped on a media report that Roche Holding AG's may be close to sealing a deal to gain full ownership of the Japanese drugmaker.

  • TOKYO, Aug 18- Asian stocks eked out gains on Monday after seeing Wall Street recover from the latest round of tensions in the Ukrainian crisis, although renewed uncertainty over the volatile conflict put a firm lid on markets. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.1 percent.

  • TOKYO, Aug 18- Asian stocks edged up early on Monday after seeing Wall Street recover from the latest round of tensions in the Ukrainian crisis, while the dollar was on the back foot against the safe-haven yen, weighed by a slide in Treasury yields. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.2 percent.

  • Conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East, and record low bond yields in Europe, have unleashed a stampede into Treasuries, knocking benchmark 10- year yields to 2.30 percent, a 14- month low at one stage on Friday.