GLOBAL MARKETS-Shares, dollar struggle on Ukraine anxiety

Пятница, 25 апреля 2014 12:24 MSK

* European shares fall over Ukraine but head for weekly gain

* Dollar index slips even as yen drifts off session highs

* Bunds gain as investors head for safety

By Marc Jones

LONDON, April 25 (Reuters) - Heightened tension in Ukraine pushed world shares lower and lifted safe-haven European bonds on Friday, taking the shine off what looked set to be an earnings and M&A-driven week of gains for European and U.S. stocks.

Trouble in Ukraine escalated after Ukrainian forces killed up to five pro-Russia separatists on Thursday and Russia conducted military drills near the border, raising fears it was gearing up to invade.

European shares tumbled 0.5 percent in early trading as concerns also rose that the United States and Europe were readying increasingly tough sanctions on Russia which were bound to be met with retaliatory measures from Moscow.

The DAX in Germany, which has the region's biggest trade ties with Russia, were down almost 1 percent in early deals as the country's government bonds, favoured by risk-wary investors, made ground.

Among the region's other main indexes the FTSE and CAC40 in London and Paris dropped 0.3 and 0.4 percent.   Продолжение...