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  • *Putin tells parliament he does not want more of Ukraine. *Microsoft shares rally, near $40 for first time since 2000. NEW YORK, March 18- U.S. stocks rose for a second straight day on Tuesday, with the S&P moving within 1 percent of record levels after comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin eased concerns that tensions over Ukraine might escalate.

  • CNBC's Steve Sedgwick asks U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt about whether the U.S. should show more support militarily to the crisis in Ukraine.

  • How to trade geopolitical events     Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 | 12:06 PM ET

    Kerry Craig, global market strategist at J.P. Morgan Asset Management, says that events in Ukraine do not detract from the long-term story for global economic growth and advises exposure to emerging markets.

  • *Avtovaz boss says long road to turn around car company. MOSCOW, March 18- The damage to consumer confidence in Russia from a plunge in the value of the rouble could be offset for local carmakers as they become more competitive against foreign imports, industry leaders and government officials said on Tuesday.

  • Putin remains defiant     Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 | 11:33 AM ET

    Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty today officially making Crimea a part of Russia. CNBC's Steve Sedgwick has the latest details on whether Putin's future plans include seizing other Ukraine territories.

  • This country is Venezuela's biggest loser Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 | 11:16 AM ET
    Opposition activists protest near the Cuban Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela, on March 16, 2014.

    As Venezuela's economic woes deepen and violent clashes increase, Cuba's economy is walking on a tight rope.

  • LONDON, March 18- European shares changed course to climb higher late on Tuesday after comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin eased fears that tensions over Ukraine will escalate.

  • NEW YORK, March 18- U.S. Treasuries yields were mostly flat on Tuesday ahead of the Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting and after comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin eased tensions surrounding Ukraine. "Everybody's waiting with bated breath to see what the Fed comes back with," said Aaron Kohli, interest rate strategist at BNP Paribas in New York.

  • NEW YORK, March 18- U.S. stocks rose for a second straight day on Tuesday, with the S&P moving within 1 percent of record levels after comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin eased concerns that tensions over Ukraine might escalate.

  • *Ukraine PM offers Russia reassurance on NATO, militias. MOSCOW, March 18- Russian President Vladimir Putin, defying Ukrainian protests and Western sanctions, signed a treaty on Tuesday making Crimea part Russia but said he did not plan to seize any other regions of Ukraine.

  • CNBC's Steve Sedgwick reports Russian President Vladimir Putin slammed the U.S. today in a joint session of parliament criticizing "Western exceptionalism."

  • *IPOs, debt issues, conferences already postponed due to Ukraine. MOSCOW, March 18- Russia said its long-delayed privatisation programme could be postponed again, the latest victim of a deepening economic crisis over Ukraine that has put off IPOs, debt issues and conferences.

  • *Putin says Crimea to unite with Russia, but no need for further division of Ukraine. MOSCOW, March 18- Russian shares extended gains on Tuesday and the rouble rallied after President Vladimir Putin said Russia had no need for any further division of Ukraine and investors doubted the likelihood of tough western sanctions.

  • LONDON, March 18- Russian stocks jumped 2 percent and the rouble firmed up after President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday he did not want to see Ukraine divided any further, in comments that also boosted other emerging assets.

  • No intention of splitting Ukraine: Putin     Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 | 9:15 AM ET

    CNBC's Steve Sedgwick reports Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia respects the "rest" of the territorial integrity of Ukraine. Also, Ukraine PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk will be speaking to Ukrainian armed forces in Crimea.

  • NEW YORK, March 18- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Tuesday, indicating the previous day's rally would continue after comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin eased concerns that tensions over Ukraine might escalate.

  • Cramer: US stronger than we thought     Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 | 9:01 AM ET

    CNBC's Jim Cramer gives his market outlook after futures rise amid comments by Russian president Vladimir Putin.

  • Hedge funds eye cheap Russian markets     Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 | 8:43 AM ET

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera talks with Boris Jordan, Sputnik Group president & CEO, about whether Russia is ready for an influx of international investments, amid the devaluation of the ruble.

  • *Ukraine PM offers Russia reassurance on NATO, militias. MOSCOW, March 18- Russian President Vladimir Putin, defying Ukrainian protests and Western sanctions, on Tuesday signed a treaty making Crimea part Russia but said he did not plan to seize any other regions of Ukraine.

  • NEW YORK, March 18- U.S. stock index futures rose on Tuesday, rebounding off earlier weakness and indicating Monday's rally would continue after comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin eased concerns that tensions over Ukraine might escalate.