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*Target and Lowe's rally after results. Target Corp and Lowe's Cos Inc shares jumped following upbeat earnings and gave the biggest boosts to the S&P 500. An S&P 500 retail index gained more than 1 percent for a second day.
Stocks eked out small gains in volatile trading Wednesday, with the Nasdaq briefly hitting a 14-year high.
*Target and Lowe's rally after results. Shares of retailers Target Corp and Lowe's Cos Inc rose, giving the S&P 500 its biggest boosts.
*Ruble hits five-year low on Ukraine fallout. NEW YORK, Feb 26- World stocks markets edged lower on Wednesday, stung by growing worries over some emerging markets grew as escalating tensions in the Ukraine sent the Russian ruble to a five-year low, while equities on Wall Street rose.
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*Ruble hits five-year low on Ukraine fallout. NEW YORK, Feb 26- World stocks markets were flat on Wednesday as worries about some emerging markets grew as the Russian ruble hit a five-year low as tensions escalated in Ukraine, while equities on Wall Street rose.
European stocks closed lower on Wednesday, with concerns over China's economy and a fall in Credit Suisse shares driving declines.
*Target and Lowe's rally after results. NEW YORK, Feb 26- U.S. stocks were mostly flat on Wednesday as, for a third straight session, equities were unable to hold onto gains that took the S&P 500 near record levels.
Feb 26- Lowe's Cos Inc reported strong growth in quarterly sales, showing that the No. 2 U.S. home improvement retailer was narrowing the gap with market leader Home Depot Inc.. Home Depot on Tuesday reported a 3 percent decline in sales in the same period, which was marked by winter storms and record cold in much of North America.
*S&P 500 has been unable to close at a record this week. NEW YORK, Feb 26- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly higher open on Wall Street Wednesday, indicating the S&P 500 would again make a run at record levels that have been serving as resistance.
U.S. stock index futures pushed higher on Wednesday ahead of more housing data and several quarterly fourth quarter earnings updates.
Lowe's reported strong sales growth, showing that the No. 2 U.S. home improvement retailer was closing in on market leader Home Depot.
Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.
Feb 26- Lowe's Cos Inc reported strong sales growth in the fourth quarter, showing that the No. 2 U.S. home improvement retailer was closing in on market leader Home Depot Inc.. The company said its net sales rose 5.6 percent to $11.66 billion in the fourth-quarter ended Jan. 31.
An dip on Wall Street overnight drove most Asian equities lower on early Wednesday.
TOKYO, Feb 26- U.S. crude oil edged up early on Wednesday after falling the previous day when industry data showed a build up in U.S. crude stockpiles and renewed economic worries in China. *U.S. crude futures for April delivery rose 22 cents to $102.05 a barrel by 0020 GMT, after finishing 99 cents lower on Tuesday.
*Home Depot and Macy's rally after results. NEW YORK, Feb 25- U.S. stocks edged lower on Tuesday, easing back from record territory a day earlier as weak economic data offset gains in Home Depot and other retail shares.
NEW YORK, Feb 25- Stocks on major world markets were flat on Tuesday, holding near six-year highs as investors discounted mixed U.S. economic data, while the U.S. dollar rose against the yuan on suspicion China's central bank intervened in the currency market.
NEW YORK, Feb 25- U.S. stocks edged lower on Tuesday, easing back from record territory a day earlier as weaker-than-expected consumer confidence data offset gains in Home Depot and other retailers' shares. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 27.48 points or 0.17 percent, to end unofficially at 16,179.66.
Stocks rose Tuesday as earnings from Home Depot deflected a dip in consumer confidence.