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  • LONDON, Dec 5- Copper fell slightly on Thursday, after reaching a nine-day high in the previous session, as strong U.S. economic data strengthened the view that the Federal Reserve might curtail monetary stimulus sooner than expected.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 4- U.S. stocks ended lower on Wednesday for a fourth session while Treasury yields rose as traders were cautious ahead of jobs data later in the week that could determine whether the Federal Reserve will cut its stimulus soon.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 4- The Dow and the S&P 500 finished lower for the fourth consecutive session on Wednesday after investors found few reasons to make big moves, with uncertainty remaining over when the Federal Reserve will start to slow its stimulus.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, Dec 4- The price of gold rose nearly 2 percent for its biggest one-day gain in over a month on Wednesday, as heavy short-covering and new fund buying more than offset concerns the Federal Reserve may soon exit its bullion-boosting asset purchase scheme.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 4- Three Wall Street trade groups sued the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission on Wednesday to rescind tough overseas trading guidelines they fear could hurt markets and cut profits.

  • *Investors unsure of Fed's timing for tapering. NEW YORK, Dec 4- U.S. stocks declined on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 off for a fourth straight session as investors worried that the market's rally to record levels was not justified, given uncertainty over when the Federal Reserve will start to slow its stimulus.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 4- Three Wall Street trade groups sued the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission on Wednesday to stop tough overseas trading guidelines that they fear could hurt markets and reduce their profits.

  • U.S. FDA warns of flaw in some Philips defibrillators Wednesday, 4 Dec 2013 | 2:55 PM ET

    The FDA the following month declared a Class II recall on the devices, citing a "remote" chance of severe adverse consequences or death due to the product flaw. FDA spokeswoman Jennifer Rodriguez said the agency issued its safety advisory on Tuesday because Philips has been unable to reach a significant number of its customers, to point out the potential risk.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 4- The growing online usage of ads designed to blend in with the rest of a website's content, a practice known as "native advertising," may be illegal in some instances, the Federal Trade Commission warned on Wednesday.

  • WRAPUP 3-Upbeat U.S. data points to growth momentum Wednesday, 4 Dec 2013 | 1:38 PM ET

    *Trade deficit narrows to $40.6 billion in October. WASHINGTON, Dec 4- U.S. private-sector hiring rose in November at the fastest clip in a year, opening the door wider for the Federal Reserve to start trimming its bond purchases within the next few months.

  • *Investors unsure of timing for Fed's tapering. NEW YORK, Dec 4- U.S. stocks edged lower in choppy trading on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 falling for a fourth session in a row, as U.S. economic data sparked speculation on how soon before the Federal Reserve starts to wind down its stimulus program.

  • *Stocks down as ADP, home sales data counter services numbers. NEW YORK, Dec 4- U.S. stocks fell back on Wednesday after a brief rebound while Treasury yields edged higher as strong data on U.S. private-sector jobs growth and home sales raised expectations that the Federal Reserve will roll back its stimulus sooner than later.

  • Robust U.S., euro zone data hurts euro zone bonds Wednesday, 4 Dec 2013 | 12:58 PM ET

    LONDON, Dec 4- Euro zone bonds fell across the board on Wednesday as U.S. data showed growing momentum in the world's biggest economy that could prompt the Federal Reserve to start scaling back its monetary stimulus soon.

  • *Wall Street higher after weak start on mixed data. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Dec 4- Stocks edged higher after a weak start on Wall Street on Wednesday, while Treasury yields rose after strong data on U.S. private-sector jobs growth and home sales raised expectations that the Federal Reserve will roll back its stimulus sooner than later.

  • LONDON, Dec 4- Gold pared earlier losses on Wednesday after mixed U.S. economic data but stayed close to a 5- month low on uncertainty over when the Federal Reserve will exit its asset purchase scheme. U.S. gold futures rose 0.5 percent to $1,227.70 an ounce, while gold in euros dropped to its lowest since late July 2010 at 891.26 euros an ounce in earlier trade.

  • FOREX-Dollar gains after data boosts Fed taper hope Wednesday, 4 Dec 2013 | 10:03 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 4- The dollar rose against the euro and the yen on Wednesday after a batch of data boosted expectations the Federal Reserve may start scaling back its massive stimulus program sooner than expected.

  • *Private employers add 215,000 jobs in November. *Trade deficit narrows to $40.6 billion in October. WASHINGTON, Dec 4- U.S. private employers hired more workers than expected in November, suggesting the labor market was improving enough for the Federal Reserve to start trimming its bond purchases.

  • Dec 4- Oculus Innovative Sciences Inc's shares more than doubled after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the company's anti-scar treatment for raised and red scars resulting from burns, surgical procedures and trauma wounds. This is the eighth FDA approval for Microcyn-based products, Oculus CEO Jim Schutz said in a statement on Wednesday.

  • LONDON, Dec 4- The dollar pared earlier gains on Wednesday as investors positioned themselves for U.S. data later this week that could be key indicators of when the Federal Reserve will slow its huge bond-buying programme.

  • LONDON, Dec 4- The dollar rose against the yen and the euro on Wednesday as expectations grew that key economic data from the United States this week could increase pressure on the Federal Reserve to exit its bond-buying programme.

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