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Global stocks on edge, oil soars on escalating Middle East tensions

Reuters  |  TOKYO 

By Hideyuki SanoTOKYO (Reuters) - Stocks came under pressure on Thursday as the threat of imminent U.S. military action in Syria rattled investors and sent oil prices to their highest levels since late 2014 on concerns about potential disruptions to supply and distribution.European shares are expected to be flat to lower, with futures for Germany's Dax, France's Cac and Britain's FTSE all trading slightly lower.MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slipped 0.4 percent while Japan's Nikkei edged down 0.1 percent.On Wednesday, the S&P 500 lost 0.55 percent and the Nasdaq ...

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 11:50 IST