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  • *Apple up after Topsy buy, UBS upgrade. NEW YORK, Dec 3- U.S. stock index futures fell on Tuesday, indicating the S&P 500 may fall for a third consecutive day on concerns a reduction in stimulus by the Federal Reserve may be on the horizon earlier than some had anticipated.

  • US STOCKS-Futures decline on Fed taper worry Tuesday, 3 Dec 2013 | 7:22 AM ET

    *Apple up after Topsy buy, UBS upgrade. *Yum Brands November China sales flat. NEW YORK, Dec 3- U.S. stock index futures fell on Tuesday, indicating the S&P 500 may fall for a third consecutive day on concerns a scale-back in stimulus by the Federal Reserve may be on the horizon.

  • *Gold holds near Monday's 5- month low of $1,217.69/ oz. LONDON, Dec 3- Gold prices held near their lowest since early July on Tuesday after U.S. data fuelled expectations that the Federal Reserve is set to taper its monetary stimulus, further dampening investment interest in the metal. Gold hit a five-month low at $1,217.69 an ounce after the report.

  • FOREX-Dollar rises vs yen as Fed, BOJ paths diverge Tuesday, 3 Dec 2013 | 4:39 AM ET

    LONDON, Dec 3- The yen fell against the dollar on Tuesday as strong U.S. data the previous day raised expectations the Federal Reserve could soon scale back its bond-buying while Japanese monetary policy looks set to stay loose for some time. The dollar rose 0.1 percent to 103.04 yen.

  • European shares at 1-week lows, led by miners Tuesday, 3 Dec 2013 | 4:10 AM ET

    *EuroSTOXX 50 technical support at 3,060, then 3,000- Commerzbank. LONDON, Dec 3- European stocks edged down to one-week lows on Tuesday, led by miners, after strong U.S. data heightened concern the Federal Reserve will scale back stimulus sooner rather than later.

  • European shares edge lower, miners slip Tuesday, 3 Dec 2013 | 3:12 AM ET

    LONDON, Dec 3- European shares edged lower on Tuesday, with miners tracking a decline in metals prices and concerns that the Federal Reserve could start reducing its stimulus sooner than expected.

  • ISM- New York business activity at 1445 GMT. SINGAPORE, Dec 3- London copper plumbed its lowest in nearly two weeks on Tuesday after surprisingly robust U.S. factory data bolstered expectations the Federal Reserve could trim its commodity-friendly stimulus before year-end.

  • SINGAPORE, Dec 3- London copper was stuck close to its lowest in nearly two weeks on Tuesday after surprisingly robust U.S. factory data bolstered expectations the Federal Reserve could trim its commodity-friendly stimulus before year-end. *London copper prices hit their lowest since 21 November at $6,965 a tonne on Monday.

  • Dec 2- The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Monday proposed fining Southwest Airlines Co $325,000, saying the Dallas- based airline operated an aircraft with improper modifications. The plane was operated by AirTran, the discount carrier Southwest bought in 2011..

  • Federal Reserve on Monday said it approved new capital plans by Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase, after initially ordering the banks to fix flaws in their capital planning processes. In March, the Fed said Goldman and JPMorgan could move forward with plans to buy back shares and pay dividends.

  • Government regulators are investigating the standard practice of using autopilot in the cockpit, reports CNBC's Phil LeBeau.

  • LONDON, Dec 2- Copper extended last month's losses on Monday as upbeat U.S. economic data spurred renewed fears about the Federal Reserve trimming monetary stimulus and the dollar strengthened. "It's the dollar, which is firmer now, and probably renewed caution about when the Fed is going to taper," Frankfurt- based Commerzbank analyst Daniel Briesemann said.

  • Euro shines in 2013, complicating deflation fight Monday, 2 Dec 2013 | 10:12 AM ET

    LONDON, Dec 2- The euro is poised to become the best performing major currency of 2013, defying expectations of weakness for another year but complicating the European Central Bank's fight to avert deflation. Federal Reserve and the Bank of Japan, making the euro a more attractive investment.

  • Biogen says FDA extending review of hemophilia drug Monday, 2 Dec 2013 | 8:58 AM ET

    Dec 2- Biogen Idec Inc on Monday said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will extend by three months its deadline for reviewing the company's experimental long-acting medicine for hemophilia.

  • LONDON, Dec 2- Gold touched a one-week low on Monday as the dollar rose and investors awaited a series of U.S. data later in the week for clues on when the Federal Reserve will begin withdrawing its monetary stimulus.

  • LONDON, Dec 2- Gold dropped 1.2 percent on Monday, as the dollar strengthened and investors awaited a series of U.S. data later in the week that could provide clues on when the Federal Reserve will begin scaling back its monetary stimulus programme.

  • *Prices could drop to $1,229- technicals. SINGAPORE, Dec 2- Gold dropped on Monday, with investors jittery ahead of key U.S. data this week that could provide clues on when the Federal Reserve will begin scaling back its monetary stimulus.

  • SINGAPORE, Dec 2- Gold dropped on Monday, with investors jittery ahead of key U.S. data this week that could provide clues on when the Federal Reserve will begin scaling back its monetary stimulus. *Spot gold had fallen 0.3 percent to $1,247.73 an ounce by 0028 GMT, after posting its biggest monthly loss since June.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 29- A week packed with data awaits investors eager for fresh clues on when the Federal Reserve will start to trim its stimulus program, as traditionally bullish December kicks off with the S&P 500 poised to mark its best year since 1998..

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, Nov 29- Gold rose on Friday as the dollar declined but made its biggest monthly drop in five months on signs that recovery in the U.S. economy could lead to the curbing of easy central bank money.

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