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  • *Saudi Arabia cuts ties with Iran, China data disappoints. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Jan 4- Gold rallied 2 percent to a four-week high on Monday, buoyed by rising tensions in the Middle East and a sharp drop in stocks following weak Chinese data that fueled concerns over global growth. "The main driver here is the tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and the escalating...

  • *Aussie, commodity-linked currencies fall on China worries. NEW YORK, Jan 4- The Japanese yen rose broadly on Monday, as financial market turbulence sent traders scrambling for the traditional low-risk currency after disappointing Chinese factory data sparked a selloff on global stock markets. "It's your classic risk-off move and you have your safe-haven...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 4- Oil prices slid on Monday in volatile trade that saw an early rally of more than 4 percent on tensions in the Middle East until those gains were erased on worries about a slowing global economic growth and sliding stock markets. Brent, the global oil benchmark, was down 38 cents, or 1 percent, at $36.90 a barrel by 11:23 a.m. EST. Earlier in the session, oil...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 4- The dollar tumbled to an 11- week low against the yen on Monday, as disappointing factory data sparked a steep stock market selloff in China and spurred safe haven demand for the Japanese currency and the Swiss franc. Renewed worries about the world's second largest economy also hurt the Australian dollar and other currencies whose economies...

  • *Microsoft top drag on S&P, Goldman on Dow. That's quite a way to start the day off, "said Andre Bakhos, managing director at Janlyn Capital LLC in Bernardsville, New Jersey. At 11:12 a.m. ET, the S&P 500 was down 52.95 points, or 2.59 percent, at 1,990.99 and the Nasdaq Composite index was down 157.34 points, or 3.14 percent, at 4,850.07.

  • *European shares down 2.5 percent after China stocks sink. Rising tensions in the Middle East also increased demand for safe-haven assets. Global benchmark Brent crude rose above $38 a barrel as some speculated a breakdown in diplomatic ties between Saudi Arabia and Iran could result in oil supply restrictions.

  • *Apple weighs on Dow, S&P 500, Nasdaq. Dec 31- Wall Street dropped on Thursday, leaving the S&P 500 marginally lower for a year marked by record highs as well as a major selloff. The S&P 500 hit a record high in May only to slump 11 percent over eight days in August over fears of a China- led global economic slowdown.

  • *Crude oil down 30 pct in 2015, seen hitting $20. NEW YORK, Dec 31- Stock and bond markets in major economies closed 2015 with a mixed performance, while oil prices and emerging markets cemented big losses during a year that provided few safe places for investors. While equity markets in Japan and Western Europe gained strongly amid ongoing ultra-easy monetary...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 31- U.S. The iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF was down 4.280 percent for the year while the iShares 1-3- year Treasury Bond ETF was down 0.047 percent. The SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond ETF was down 12.173 percent for the year, and the iShares iBoxx$ Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF fell 4.430 percent for the year.

  • *All three indexes lower on the day. Dec 31- Wall Street dipped on Thursday, with the S&P 500 moving toward a flat ending to a volatile year marked by record highs as well as a major selloff. The S&P 500 hit a record high in May only to slump 11 percent over eight days in August over fears of a China- led global economic slowdown.

  • LONDON, Dec 31- Gold was steady on Thursday, ending the year down 10 percent for its third straight annual decline, ahead of another potentially challenging year in 2016 amid the prospect of higher U.S. interest rates and a robust dollar. The most-active U.S. gold futures for February delivery settled at $1,060.2 per ounce on Thursday, almost flat compared with...

  • *Apple weighs on Dow, S&P 500, Nasdaq. Dec 31- Wall Street slipped lower in thin trading on Thursday, with the S&P 500 heading for an almost flat ending to a volatile year of record highs and steep drops. "As we close out of the year, it's been a tale of two tapes, with narrow leadership holding up the major indices, while the vast majority of the market continues to...

  • *Crude oil down 37 pct in 2015, seen hitting $20. NEW YORK, Dec 31- Stock and bond markets in major economies were set to close 2015 with a mixed performance, while oil prices and emerging markets cemented big losses during a year that provided few safe places for investors. While equity markets in Japan and Western Europe gained strongly amid ongoing ultra-easy...

  • *Apple weighs on S&P 500, Nasdaq; Boeing drags Dow. Dec 31- Wall Street was lower on Thursday, with the S&P 500 set to end the year with a small loss as energy stocks took a hit from a plunge in crude oil. "As we close out of the year, it's been a tale of two tapes, with narrow leadership holding up the major indices, while the vast majority of the market continues to underperform,"...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 31- U.S. In the previous year Treasuries returned 4.95 percent while long bonds returned 27.23 percent, according to Barclays data. "Treasuries really didn't perform that badly this year, especially given that it was a Fed hiking year and they're still up a bit," said Gennadiy Goldberg, interest rates strategist at TD Securities in New York.

  • *S&P 500 turns negative for year. Dec 31- U.S. stock indexes were lower on Thursday morning, with the S&P 500 slipping back into negative territory for the year, as crude logged in a second year of steep losses. Shares of Chevron were off 1 percent at $89.21, while Exxon was down 0.7 percent at $77.61.

  • *Pep Boys down; Bridgestone pulls out and Icahn agrees to buy. Dec 30- Wall Street dropped on Wednesday as Brent crude slid towards 11- year lows and Apple weighed on the S&P 500 index, which clung to a meager gain for 2015.. The S&P energy sector was the poorest performer among the 10 major sectors, down 1.47 percent after forecasts of a short winter in North America and...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 30- U.S. The Treasury concluded its sale of $90 billion of notes with a $29 billion auction of seven-year notes, which drew weak demand due to some investors already closing books for the year. "It was a pretty soft auction with little saving grace and it was a sour note to end the year on and it's largely because of the timing," said Aaron Kohli, an interest...

  • *Pep Boys down; Bridgestone pulls out and Icahn agrees to buy. Dec 30- Wall Street fell on Wednesday as Brent crude slid towards 11- year lows and Apple weighed on the S&P 500 index, which clung to a meager gain for 2015.. The S&P energy sector was the poorest performer among the 10 major sectors, down 1.16 percent after forecasts of a short winter in North America and...

  • *Pep Boys down; Bridgestone pulls out, Icahn agrees to buy. Dec 30- Wall Street was lower on Wednesday as Brent crude slid back towards the 11- year low it hit last week and Apple weighed on all three major indexes. Crude oil gave up its gains from Tuesday after forecasts of a short winter in North America and Europe piled pressure on the oversupplied commodity.