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USA stocks close flat amidst geopolitical tensions

US stocks eked out gains on Monday, 10 April 2017 as strength in energy shares helped to offset selling pressure sparked by geopolitical concerns, but market sentiment remained cautious going into the first-quarter earnings season. The S&P 500 technology sector was down 0.38%. The Nasdaq Composite Index rose 3.11 points to close at 5,880.93.

Energy shares got a boost as oil prices rallied following another shutdown at Libya's Sharara oilfield and amid growing concerns over Syria after the United States missile strike last week.

The markets traded in red in the first half, and recovered in the second half of the session. Three Jana employees plan to run for spots on the board and seek to launch a review of options for the company, including a potential sale. The stock was the biggest gainer in the S&P 500, adding $3.10 to $34.17. United shares on Monday were testing resistance at their 10-week moving average, trying to climb the right side of a base.

Until recently, these concerns have been overshadowed by a sharp rally in equities since President Trump won the election on a pro-Wall Street platform, which sent risk-assets ratcheting higher.

Qualcomm (QCOM) dropped almost 2% and Apple (AAPL) dipped 0.1% on reports that Qualcomm late Monday filed counter-claims against Apple, alleging the larger company of a series of unethical practices.

MARKETS OVERSEAS: Germany's DAX inched down 0.2 percent, while France's CAC 40 lost 0.5 percent.

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In London, FTSE 100 was up nearly 43 points at the mid-day point after closing little changed yesterday. Hong Kong's Hang Seng was up 0.1%, while China's Shanghai Composite was up 0.3%.

In Asia, Korea's Kospi index slipped 0.4%, as tensions continued to build between North Korea and the USA over Kim Jong Un's nuclear weapons programme.

In other energy trading, wholesale gasoline gained 1 cent to $1.76 a gallon.

In other energy trading, wholesale petrol gained 1 cent to 1.76 dollars a gallon, heating oil rose 2 cents to 1.65 dollars a gallon, and natural gas slid 2 cents to 3.24 dollars per 1,000 cubic feet.

Job openings in February rose by 2.1% to 5.74 million, according to the Labor Department. During the session, however, prices briefly turned higher to touch an intraday high of $1,258.90. By the close, gold for June delivery was up $20.30, or 1.6%, at $1,274.20 an ounce - its loftiest settlement since early November.

In currencies, the Canadian dollar held steady at 75.01 cents U.S., a day before the Bank of Canada is set to make its latest interest rate announcement. The euro strengthened to 1.0596 dollars from 1.0588.

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