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  • SYDNEY, Aug 22- London copper held steady on Friday but was eyeing its biggest weekly gain since early July on brightening prospects over global growth, but caution over China's stuttering property markets kept traders cautious and capped gains.

  • TOKYO, Aug 22- Asian shares rose in early trading on Friday, after upbeat U.S. data sparked another record close on Wall Street. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.1 percent in early trading, on track for a weekly gain of 0.4 percent.

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

  • *Investors await Yellen speech from Jackson Hole conference. NEW YORK, Aug 21- U.S. stocks ended higher on Thursday, with the S&P 500 at a record after a flurry of positive economic data, as investors hoped for signs from an annual meeting of central bankers that interest-rate hikes are not imminent.

  • Federal Reserve should avoid waiting too long to raise interest rates, a top policymaker said on Thursday, arguing that there was no longer a lot of slack in the labor market.

  • FOREX-Dollar softens on wariness ahead of Yellen speech Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 4:17 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Aug 21- The dollar surrendered some recent gains on Thursday as central bankers gathered for a three-day meeting in Wyoming that will feature a potentially market-rattling speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 21- U.S. stocks closed higher on Thursday, with the S&P 500 ending at a record on a flurry of positive economic data. Trading was light as investors waited for possible clues about interest rates from central bankers attending an annual meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 21- U.S. The highlight of the meeting, starting later Thursday and sponsored by the Kansas City Federal Reserve, is the speech on Friday by Fed Chair Janet Yellen at 10 a.m. EDT, where she is expected talk about labor markets.

  • *Family Dollar rejects Dollar General's buyout offer. *Jackson Hole conference of central bankers to begin. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is scheduled to speak at the Jackson Hole conference on Friday.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 21- Global equity markets edged higher on Thursday, with the S&P 500 hitting an all-time high, as U.S. and German data drove confidence on economic growth and helped extend a stock rally.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 21- U.S. The highlight of the meeting, starting later Thursday and sponsored by the Kansas City Federal Reserve, is the speech on Friday by Fed Chair Janet Yellen at 10 a.m. EDT, where she is expected talk about labor markets.

  • *Family Dollar rejects Dollar General buyout offer. NEW YORK, Aug 21- U.S. stocks inched higher on Thursday and the S&P notched a record high as a flurry of data pointed to steady improvement in the economy and investors awaited the start of a meeting of top central bankers and economists in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

  • FOREX-Dollar trades in tight range ahead of Yellen speech Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 10:47 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Aug 21- The dollar held onto healthy recent gains to trade little changed on Thursday as central bankers gathered for a three-day meeting in Wyoming that will feature a potentially market-rattling speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. The euro, which traded in early May a hair under $1.40, was last up 0.20 percent to $1.3283.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 21- U.S. stocks opened little changed on Thursday as many investors held off on making bets ahead of the start of a meeting of top central bankers and economists in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, though jobless claims data pointed to continued improvement in the labor market.

  • *Family Dollar rejects Dollar General buyout offer. NEW YORK, Aug 21- U.S. stocks were set for a slightly higher open on Thursday, after jobless claims data pointed to continued improvement in the labor market and before the start of a meeting of top central bankers and economists in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

  • *Jackson Hole conference to begin. *Bank of America gains before expected settlement deal. NEW YORK, Aug 21- U.S. stock index futures edged higher on Thursday, ahead of a flurry of economic data and the start of the meeting of top central bankers and economists in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

  • LONDON, Aug 21- Any speculation about the timing of a Federal Reserve rate hike at this week's central bank forum at Jackson Hole could raise fears of a fall in demand for bonds in the euro zone periphery, but holders should be reassured by the weak correlation between Spanish and Italian bond yields and their U.S. counterparts.

  • *Eyes on Jackson Hole- fund manager. TOKYO, Aug 21- Japanese stocks rose to a three-week high on Thursday morning, clocking gains for the ninth consecutive day, as the weaker yen shored up exporters after minutes of the U.S.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Sep 3 Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    GUELPH- Canadian Finance Minister Joe Oliver will speak to reporters before a business roundtable in Guelph, Ontario- 1800 GMT. WYOMING, United States- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi to speak on "Reevaluating Labor Market Dynamics" in Jackson Hole, Wyoming- 1830 GMT. STOCKHOLM- Meeting of the General Council of the Riksbank.

  • *Home Depot lifts the Dow; rival Lowe's rebounds. *Target bounces back; American Eagle rallies. NEW YORK, Aug 20- U.S. stocks ended mostly higher on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 just missing a record close, after minutes from the Federal Reserve's July meeting gave investors reason to believe that the central bank is in no rush to raise interest rates.