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U.S. Markets Start Week Higher On Easing Geopolitical Tensions

U.S. markets are starting the week higher. Investors are hoping the latest confrontation in Iraq will be limited. Stocks rallied Friday on news Russia was moving to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine. Shares of Kinder Morgan (KMI) are sharply higher. The oil and gas pipeline operator will combine its various parts currently traded separately to become the nation's fourth largest energy company. The group includes Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP), Kinder Morgan Management (KMR) and El Paso Pipeline Partners (EPB) in a $44 billion transaction. Dean Foods (DF)is starting the day significantly lower after missing earnings and withdrawing its full-year outlook. Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK) will start a clinical trial for an experimental Ebola vaccine on humans. The pharmaceutical giant has already produced promising results in primates.