• *Teck Resources restarts US zinc mine idled in 2009. SYDNEY, Dec 17- Copper futures firmed on Thursday, nudged higher by stronger oil prices and positive signs from a survey of Chinese companies. Meanwhile, Canadian miner Teck Resources Ltd shipped its first zinc concentrate from the Pend Oreille mine in the U.S. state of Washington, following the restart of the...

  • Russian crisis could be like 1998—but worse Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 5:42 PM ET
    People gather near a currency exchange office in Moscow, December 17, 2014.

    If Russia doesn't do this one thing (and soon), it will be like 1998 — but worse, says Wolfgang Koester.

  • The 'Bear' never asks for permission  Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 4:35 PM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in Moscow, December 17, 2014.

    Sources expect Vladimir Putin to address financial woes and measures to stabilize the ruble in Thursday's press conference, reports CNBC's Dina Gusovsky.

  • The 'Hyman Roth' play: Cuba-related stocks rally Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 3:03 PM ET
    Lee Strasberg as Hyman Roth in The Godfather Part II

    Shares of cruise company Carnival and airliner Copa Holdings were among the stocks boosted on normalized diplomatic Cuban relations.

  • Yellen addresses potential Russian spillover  Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 3:03 PM ET

    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, discusses whether the committee is concerned over economic developments in Russia.

  • Putin’s other problem: Russia’s rankled scientists Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 1:54 PM ET

    Russia's once legendary scientific productivity has been in decline for decades, and some scientists fear the current climate is making things worse.

  • Russia sells currency  Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 1:16 PM ET

    The battered Russian ruble is rebounding slightly today. CNBC's Geoff Cutmore reports on the challenges facing the Russian central bank.

  • Russia on the brink of financial crisis: Dallara Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:15 PM ET
    A board lists foreign currency rates against the Russian ruble outside an exchange office in central Moscow on Dec. 17, 2014.

    The Russian currency crisis could turn into a broader economic crisis that could spill over to key emerging markets, Charles Dallara said.

  • Ruble in massive rally as central bank steps in Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:15 PM ET
    People walk past boards showing currency exchange rates in Moscow, December 17, 2014.

    The ruble extended gains in the minutes following the Russian central bank's announcement that it is preparing to pump money into banks in 2015.

  • Have investors beaten up Russia too much? Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:03 PM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin

    Much worse things than will actually happen have been priced into Russian equities, says ETF specialist Tom Lydon. Ripe for the picking?

  • Poroshenko: Ukraine is a new, changing country Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 11:58 AM ET

    WARSAW, Poland— Ukraine's president on Wednesday urged Poland's politicians and business people to intensify ties with his country as it conducts reforms to follow European standards. Addressing Poland's lawmakers and senators, Poroshenko said that Russia's takeover of Crimea and the support that Moscow gives to Ukraine's separatists have fortified...

  • What to watch for in Putin's currency speech: Pro Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 11:37 AM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in Moscow, December 17, 2014.

    Investors should look for softer rhetoric on Ukraine from Russian President Vladimir Putin and for signs of a bounce, said Christopher Granville.

  • Russia's ruble not out of danger yet  Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 11:30 AM ET

    The Russian ruble is seeing a slight rebound after Tuesday's rate hike. Chris Turner, head of FX strategy at ING, discusses whether this puts investors at ease.

  • Russia central bank takes aggressive action: Report  Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 11:29 AM ET

    Monetary authorities in Russia have come out with a raft of new proposals to support Russia's economy, reports CNBC's Geoff Cutmore.

  • MOSCOW, Dec 17- Russia's rouble strengthened sharply on Wednesday after dramatic falls on the previous two days as the government pressured exporters not to hoard foreign-currency earnings and the central bank announced new measures to support financial stability. The situation poses a major challenge for President Vladimir Putin whose popularity,...

  • UPDATE 7-Oil moves above $60 as U.S. crude stockpiles fall Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 11:16 AM ET

    *OPEC, Russia unwilling to cut supply, spurring weakness. LONDON, Dec 17- Brent crude oil moved above $60 a barrel on Wednesday as U.S. data showed falling crude inventories, stemming deep losses brought on by a supply glut and signals from OPEC producers and Russia that they will not cut production. "The decline in overall crude oil inventories was smallish," said John...

  • MOSCOW, Dec 17- The Russian economy stagnated in November, data published on Wednesday showed, making it even more likely that the rouble's rapid collapse so far this month will push it into recession next year. Investment by Russian companies, once a staple of the country's economic performance, fell sharper than expected last month, underlining pressure from...

  • Russia on brink of financial crisis: Charles Dallara  Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 10:07 AM ET

    Discussing if Russia's shrinking economy is becoming a global economic threat, with Charles Dallara, The Americas of Partners Group.

  • GE CEO: Russia still has needs  Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 9:48 AM ET

    Jeffrey Immelt, General Electric chairman & CEO, explains the company's exposure to Russia, and where he sees growth in China and emerging markets.

  • Cashin: Seasonals screaming for a rally  Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 9:23 AM ET

    Art Cashin, UBS director of floor operations, discusses expectations for the Fed today, and the situations with oil and Russia.