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  • MOSCOW, Dec 18- Russia's rouble lost more ground against the dollar on Thursday before President Vladimir Putin's end-of-year news conference, expected to be dominated by what a government minister called a "perfect storm" hitting the economy. Putin has been silent as the currency collapsed this week before recovering some ground and is under pressure to show...

  • MOSCOW, Dec 18- The rouble and Moscow shares rose on Thursday, buoyed by state action and indications Russia's top oil producer can meet a debt repayment, before President Vladimir Putin's end-of-year news conference. "We are expecting verbal interventions today during Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin's speech," Gleb Zadoya, head analyst at Profit Group in Moscow,...

  • Jailed Russian tycoon leaves house arrest Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 3:04 AM ET

    MOSCOW— A Russian tycoon placed under house arrest in September in a move that rattled markets was released from house arrest on Tuesday, just hours before President Vladimir Putin's annual televised press conference. Shares in Sistema, a company that Yevtushenkov controls and manages, surged by more than 30 percent in the early hours of trading on Moscow's...

  • METALS-LME copper eases in step with oil Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 2:44 AM ET

    *Shanghai copper gets lift via upbeat China economic survey. SYDNEY, Dec 18- London copper was lower on Thursday, shedding modest overnight gains in step with weaker oil, while Shanghai copper futures ended flat, stabilised by a positive economic survey of Chinese companies. Sales, profits, and employment in China improved "a bit" during the second half of the year,...

  • Poll: 80 percent back Putin even as ruble falls Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    MOSCOW— From a Western perspective, Vladimir Putin's days as president of Russia should be numbered: The ruble has lost more than half its value, the economy is in crisis and his aggression in Ukraine has turned the country into an international pariah. As Putin prepares to face his public in a much-anticipated televised news conference, an Associated...

  • *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...

  • Is a Russian default on the cards?  Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 9:32 PM ET

    Jim Rickards, Chief Global Strategist at West Shore Funds, says the Russian central bank may not have enough reserves beyond 2015 to pay off its corporate debts.

  • Cramer Remix: Here's what the Fed did today Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 7:06 PM ET
    Jim Cramer on Mad Money.

    The market may have rallied, but "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer thinks that’s just the beginning of Yellen’s impact.

  • Stock rally could depend on oil pressure Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 6:52 PM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Dec. 17, 2014.

    The Fed may have helped prime the stock market for a Santa rally, if oil remains calm and there are no new flare-ups in overseas markets.

  • Cramer: Time to tame the oil beast Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 6:12 PM ET

    It's not the fact that oil prices are declining that alarms Jim Cramer, it's the velocity of the oil beast. He shared the upside to a slow decline.

  • 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.

  • Investors walking, not running out of Russia funds Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 4:53 PM ET
    A neon sign displaying the latest Russian ruble euro dollar exchange rate in Moscow, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014.

    Early effects of Russian market turmoil are starting to show up in the U.S., but it's not outright panic.

  • 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?