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  • CRUDE OIL FUTURES EXTEND GAINS BY $1 ON STRONG U.S.

  • Once 'Best in the West', Israel's economy shows cracks Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 9:57 AM ET

    *War with Hamas weighing on consumers, industry, tourism. *Bank of Israel has cut interest rates twice; at record low. The war against Hamas in Gaza, which ran into a 50th day on Tuesday, has taken a heavy toll, hitting tourism, slowing consumer spending as people stay indoors and denting manufacturing, especially in plants close to Gaza.

  • *Ukraine tensions keep safety bid for U.S. debt. NEW YORK, Aug 26- U.S. "It's tough for Treasuries to sell off here given what's going on in Europe," said Gennadiy Goldberg, interest rate strategist at TD Securities in New York.

  • BRUSSELS, Aug 26- Qualcomm, the world's No. 1 mobile chipmaker, may face a European antitrust investigation in relation to a four-year-old complaint by a subsidiary of rival Nvidia Corp, three people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 26- U.S. stocks opened little changed on Tuesday, with investors finding few reasons to buy after a rally in the previous session that took the S&P 500 index above 2,000 for the first time.

  • TORONTO, Aug 26- Burger King Worldwide Inc announced plans to buy Canadian coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons Inc for C $12.64 billion in a cash-and-stock deal that would create the world's third-largest fast-food restaurant group.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 26- Orders for long-lasting U.S. manufactured goods posted their biggest gain on record in July on strong international demand for aircraft, but the underlying trend remained consistent with a steady pace of domestic economic growth.

  • *Libya calls for foreign help to protect oil infrastructure. Brent crude rose 18 cents to $102.83 a barrel by 1235 GMT, after closing up 36 cents. Investors have unwound a global political risk premium in Brent, discounting the possibility of supply disruption despite conflicts in Iraq, Libya and Ukraine.

  • Aug 26- Trina Solar Ltd's quarterly revenue lagged expectations as the company sold fewer solar panels than expected and at a lower price, sending its shares down 9 percent before the bell. Trina Solar, like other Chinese solar companies, has been slapped with U.S. duties on products made in China and Taiwan.

  • *Best Buy tumbles after results, DSW higher. *Digital Ally gains before bell, has tripled this month. Nonetheless, further gains may be a challenge without positive catalysts and amid potential headwinds such as a reduction in Federal Reserve stimulus and a simmering conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 26- Orders for long-lasting U.S. manufactured goods posted their biggest gain on record in July on strong international demand for aircraft, but the underlying trend remained consistent with a steady pace of domestic economic growth.

  • MINSK, Aug 26- Russia may provide some state support for sanctions-hit oil producer Rosneft, but significantly less than it has asked for, Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said on Tuesday.

  • BEIJING, Aug 26- Industrial and Commercial Bank of China has deployed a new IBM mainframe computer system, the two companies said on Tuesday, boosting the U.S. technology giant's credentials in the country.

  • Aug 26- Best Buy Co Inc, the largest U.S. specialty retailer of consumer electronics, reported lower-than-expected quarterly revenue for the third straight quarter, citing a drop in traffic in its stores as more people shop online.

  • Burger King signs deal to buy Canada's Tim Hortons Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 7:44 AM ET

    Aug 26- Burger King Worldwide Inc agreed to buy Canadian coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons Inc in cash and stock to create the third-largest quick service restaurant group with sales of about $23 billion.

  • LONDON, Aug 26- WPP, the world's largest advertising company, said tensions between Russia and the West were likely to dampen merger and acquisition activity, prompting its clients to spend more on their brand image instead.

  • STAVANGER, Norway, Aug 26- The recent flare-up of violence in Iraq is past its worst and Kuwait Energy is keen to invest more in the country because of its potential, Chief Executive Sara Akbar said on Tuesday.

  • *Ukraine says soldiers on "special mission". MINSK/ KIEV, Aug 26- Ukraine released a video of captured Russian soldiers on Tuesday, sharply escalating a dispute over Moscow's alleged backing for separatist rebels in the east of the former Soviet republic.

  • Trina Solar posts profit as module shipments jump Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 7:21 AM ET

    Aug 26- Trina Solar Ltd reported its fourth-straight quarterly profit, helped largely by improving demand for its solar modules from China. Net profit attributable to Trina Solar was $10.7 million, or 14 cents per American depositary share, in the second quarter ended June 30, compared with a loss of $33.7 million, or 47 cents per ADS, a year earlier.

  • LONDON, Aug 26- The dollar held steady on Tuesday after its recent gains but the euro continued to struggle, pinned down near 19- month lows against the Swiss franc on expectations of soft inflation data and more monetary easing.