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  • *IMF cuts Russia 2014 growth forecast to 0.2 percent. MOSCOW, April 30- The International Monetary Fund has cut its 2014 growth forecast for Russia and expects capital outflow of $100 billion this year, the Fund's mission chief to Moscow said on Wednesday.

  • *China's yuan on track for fourth monthly loss. LONDON, April 30- The euro and the currency bloc's government bonds yields inched lower on Wednesday as investors waited on euro zone inflation data that, if weak, would increase pressure on the European Central Bank to act when it meets next week.

  • Russia wants leverage over Kiev: Pro     Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    Otilia Dhand, vice president at Teneo Intelligence, discusses Russian interests in Ukraine and how sanctions from the European Union and the U.S. are unlikely to change Moscow's policy.

  • Rosneft is trying to complete a $1.5- 2 billion prepayment loan to finance BP's purchase of crude oil from Rosneft and a similar $1.5- 2 billion deal with Swiss energy trader Vitol. After months of delay, BP and Rosneft are close to finalising the $1.5- 2 billion, five-year prepayment loan, a second banker said.

  • *China's yuan on track for fourth monthly loss. TOKYO, April 30- Asian shares struggled on Wednesday, while the yen strengthened to session highs after the Bank of Japan's latest upbeat economic projections suggested no additional stimulus was on the near-term horizon.

  • TOKYO, April 30- Asian shares turned lower on Wednesday, while a stronger yen weighed on Tokyo stocks after the Bank of Japan held policy steady as expected. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slipped 0.3 percent, erasing early gains but still on track for a monthly rise of over 1 percent.

  • PRECIOUS-Gold edges lower as investors await Fed, US data Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 | 12:04 AM ET

    SINGAPORE, April 30- Gold edged lower on Wednesday as investors nervously awaited a policy statement by the U.S. Federal Reserve and fresh economic data, with political tensions in Ukraine failing to prompt heavy safe-haven bids.

  • SINGAPORE, April 30- Gold was little changed on Wednesday as investors awaited cues from the U.S. *Hundreds of pro- Moscow separatists stormed government buildings in one of Ukraine's provincial capitals on Tuesday and fired on police holed up in a regional headquarters, a major escalation of their revolt despite new Western sanctions on Russia.

  • TOKYO, April 30- U.S. crude oil fell towards $100 early on Wednesday as expectations of record high stockpiles weighed on futures, putting the benchmark contract on course for a 1 percent fall for the month.

  • NEW YORK, April 29- World stock indexes rose on solid company earnings on Tuesday, while the euro slipped as weaker-than-expected German inflation data kept alive chances of more stimulus from the European Central Bank.

  • LUHANSK, Ukraine, April 29- Hundreds of pro-Russian separatists stormed government buildings across one of Ukraine's provincial capitals on Tuesday and opened fire on police holed up in a regional headquarters, a major escalation of the rebellion in defiance of new Western sanctions.

  • Gen. Wesley Clark on Ukraine     Tuesday, 29 Apr 2014 | 1:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Brian Sullivan sits down with former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Gen. Wesley Clark to discuss the Ukraine crisis and how severe it can get.

  • The Russian nat gas pipeline to Europe     Tuesday, 29 Apr 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Brian Sullivan sits down with BP Capital Boone Pickens to discuss how the Russians have serviced Western Europe with their natural gas.

  • Clashes at Ukraine rally     Tuesday, 29 Apr 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    NBC's Jim Maceda was in Eastern Ukraine's city of Donetsk Monday when pro-Russians attacked pro-Ukrainian demonstrators at a rally on Monday.

  • Twitter to report earnings after market close. NEW YORK, April 29- U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday following better-than-expected earnings from Merck& Co and Sprint Corp.. The Dow Jones industrial average was outperforming the broader market as component Merck& Co' s shares jumped nearly 3 percent to $58.42 after its earnings report.

  • NEW YORK, April 29- World stock indexes rose on Tuesday on well-received corporate earnings, while the euro slipped as weaker-than-expected German inflation data kept alive chances of more stimulus from the European Central Bank.

  • *Twitter to report earnings after market close. *EU sanctions 15 politicians, military leaders over Ukraine. NEW YORK, April 29- Wall Street was set for a higher open on Tuesday following a batch of earnings that were better than expected.

  • *Twitter to report earnings after the bell. *EU sanctions 15 politicians, military leaders over Ukraine. Britain's Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc also confirmed it was in talks to buy Merck& Co's consumer health business, the latest asset up for grabs in a wave of recent pharmaceutical deals.

  • *Moscow says Europeans should be ashamed of themselves. BRUSSELS/ MOSCOW, April 29- The European Union announced asset freezes and travel bans on 15 Russians and Ukrainians over Moscow's actions in Ukraine, but the measures were seen as less aggressive than sanctions imposed this week by the United States.

  • *Tight credit conditions in China restrain purchases. LONDON/ SYDNEY, April 29- Copper rose on Tuesday to a near two-month high on tight supplies of the metal in top consumer China and as investors awaited data and economic policy announcements from the United States.