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The ruble slid to a record as the Ukraine conflict intensified.The S&P 500 rose 0.2 percent to 2,000.23 in morning trading in New York, poised for a 3.6 percent rally this month. Aluminum reached an 18-month high, while the MSCI Emerging Markets Index headed for its longest streak of monthly gains since 2005 .The S&P 500 fell 0.2 percent Thursday, retreating from its record 2,000.12 .The intensifying conflict in Ukraine pushed the ruble down 0.9 percent against the dollar, extending this month's drop to 3.6 percent. The Micex index of Russian stocks lost 1.5 percent, trimming its August increase to 1.6 percent. Ukraine's 2017 Eurobond fell for an eighth day, the longest losing streak since March 2013, sending the yield 50 basis points higher to 12.47 percent, a three-month high.
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