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  • TOKYO, June 16- Japanese stocks dropped to a two-week low on Monday as oil prices extended gains as the insurgency in Iraq raised concerns about potential disruption to oil exports, but chip-related firms outperformed on Intel Corp's rosy outlook. The Nikkei fell 1.1 percent to 14,933.29, the lowest closing price since May 30.

  • JGBs edge higher as stocks sag, super longs buck trend Sunday, 15 Jun 2014 | 11:10 PM ET

    TOKYO, June 16- Japanese government bond prices edged higher on Monday as stocks sagged on Iraq concerns, although super long tenors bucked the trend. As expected, the Bank of Japan bought a total of 900 billion yen of one- to 10- year JGBs in its regular bond purchasing programme which also helped underpin the market.

  • TOKYO, June 16- Japan's Nikkei share average dropped on Monday morning as an insurgency in Iraq kept investors on edge, while chip-related stocks outperformed on Intel Corp's rosy outlook.

  • NEW YORK, June 13- U.S. stocks edged up on Friday, boosted by bullish news from the tech sector, but major indexes fell for the week as unrest in Iraq kept investors nervous.

  • *Intel's outlook drives tech sector, Wall Street higher. NEW YORK, June 13- Escalating violence in Iraq drove crude oil prices to nine-month highs on Friday while damping the appetite for risk, even as bullish news from the U.S. tech sector lifted shares on Wall Street and helped buoy stocks in global equity markets.

  • *Iraq fighting boosts oil, weighs on global equity averages. NEW YORK, June 13- Escalating violence in Iraq drove crude oil and the dollar higher on Friday while damping the appetite for global equity markets, even as bullish news from the U.S. tech sector lifted stocks on Wall Street.

  • Iraq crisis, UK rate warnings hit European shares Friday, 13 Jun 2014 | 1:01 PM ET

    *Iraq crisis, chance of early UK rate hike hit sentiment. LONDON, June 13- Major European stock indexes ended lower on Friday, with British equities slipping on the possibility of an early rate hike and travel stocks hurt by concern the Iraq conflict will raise oil prices.

  • *Iraq fighting boosts oil, saps global equity averages. NEW YORK/ LONDON, June 13- Escalating violence in Iraq drove oil higher and sent stocks lower on Friday, putting a global equity index on track for its first weekly loss in five weeks.

  • NEW YORK, June 13- U.S. stock edged higher at the open on Friday as some positive corporate news supported markets, though ongoing violence in Iraq limited the gains.

  • *Intel up on outlook, OpenTable soars on Priceline deal. NEW YORK, June 13- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly lower on Friday as some positive corporate news supported markets, though ongoing violence in Iraq gave investors pause.

  • *Intel rallies in premarket, lifts revenue outlook. *While both the Dow and S&P hit a series of record highs this week, Wall Street has lately been pressured by concerns of slowing global growth and ongoing violence in Iraq, which has taken oil prices to their highest since September.

  • LONDON, June 13- Sterling neared five-year highs against the dollar on Friday and UK stocks fell after the Bank of England chief warned interest rates could rise sooner than markets expected.

  • Violence in oil-rich Iraq hit broader market sentiment as it boosted oil prices, with fuel-thirsty airline stocks among the worst hit while oil majors gained. The euro zone Euro STOXX 50 index was down 0.1 percent at 3,279.73 points while Britain's FTSE was down 0.3 percent.

  • Shanghai shares close at highest in over 7 weeks Friday, 13 Jun 2014 | 3:09 AM ET

    HONG KONG, June 13- Shanghai shares closed at their highest level in more than 7 weeks on Friday as Chinese banks were buoyed by stronger-than-expected lending data, adding to hopes that the economy is stabilising. The CSI300 of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings jumped 1.1 percent to close at a one-month high.

  • TOKYO, June 13- Japan's Nikkei share average bounced off a 2 1/ 2- week low struck in early trade on Friday, spurred by a Jiji news agency report that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to announce the policy regarding a cut in the corporate tax rate later in the day. The Nikkei rose 0.8 percent to 15,097.84, after earlier falling to 14,830.99, the lowest since June 2.

  • TOKYO, June 13- Asian stocks slid and crude oil scaled nine-month highs on Friday as escalating civil war in Iraq dulled risk appetite which had been buoyant just days before.

  • HONG KONG, June 13- Shares in China and Hong Kong rose on Friday, led by strong gains in the banking sector after data showed China's new bank lending and money supply rose faster than expected in May, adding to hopes that the economy was stabilising.

  • TOKYO, June 13- Japan's Nikkei share average fell to a fresh 2 1/ 2- week low on Friday morning as fears for Iraq escalated, with oil shares soaring on rising oil prices.

  • *Regional focus on BOJ Governor, China data. TOKYO, June 13- Asian equities fell and crude oil hovered near nine-month highs early on Friday as escalating civil war in Iraq hit risk appetite. Taking its cue from an overnight slide in U.S. stocks, MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan shed 0.2 percent.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St slides on concerns about Iraq Thursday, 12 Jun 2014 | 4:45 PM ET

    *Oil prices jump on Iraq anxiety. NEW YORK, June 12- U.S. stocks fell on Thursday as concerns escalated about Iraq and after disappointing economic data on retail sales and jobless claims.