TOKYO, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Key TOCOM rubber futures fell to a two-week low on Tuesday as a stronger yen dampened market sentiment.
* The key Tokyo Commodity Exchange rubber contract for February delivery <0#2JRU:> was changing hands 2.4 yen lower at 269.6 yen as of 0057 GMT. The benchmark contract fell as low as 269.0 yen, the lowest since Sept. 2.
* Tokyo markets were closed on Monday for a national holiday.
* The U.S. dollar was quoted around 99.12 yen in Asia by 0102 GMT, down from 99.72 yen late Friday. A stronger yen makes dollar-based rubber cheaper and normally encourages players to sell rubber contracts to cut losses.
* Around 500 protesters armed with slingshots clashed with riot police firing tear gas on Monday after blocking a highway in southern Thailand in a bid to force the government to increase a subsidy for rubber farmers.
* Most farmers groups have agreed in principle to the government's offer of a 21.2 billion baht ($665 million) subsidy, which works out at around 10 baht per kg.
* Rubber inventories in warehouses monitored by the Shanghai Futures Exchange rose 1.5 percent from last Friday, the exchange said on Friday.
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* U.S. stocks advanced on Monday after former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers withdrew as a candidate for Federal Reserve chairman, lifting some market uncertainty about what was heading towards a contentious confirmation process.
* Global oil prices fell on Monday after U.S. and Russian officials reached a weekend deal to strip Syria of chemical weapons, easing investor worries.
* Japan's Nikkei share average inched up 0.1 percent in choppy trade on Friday as many investors awaited next week's U.S. Federal Reserve meeting.
* The following data is expected on Tuesday: (Time in GMT)
- 0200 China FDI
- 0900 Germany ZEW economic sentiment
- 0900 Euro zone Eurostat trade
- 1145 U.S. ICSC weekly chain store sales
- 1230 U.S. Consumer inflation
- 1400 U.S. NAHB housing market index
- 2030 U.S. API weekly crude stocks
- Federal Open Market Committee begins two-day meeting (Reporting by Osamu Tsukimori; Editing by Richard Pullin)