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  • *Asian stocks lose ground on economic uncertainty, Ukraine tensions. *Ukraine appeals to West as Crimea turns to Russia. SINGAPORE, March 12- Brent futures fell towards $108 a barrel on Wednesday as demand growth concerns at the world's two biggest oil consumers overshadowed fears of supply disruption with geopolitical tensions over Ukraine worsening.

  • SINGAPORE, March 12- Gold climbed for a second session on Wednesday to its highest in 4-1/ 2 months, as global uncertainty over economic growth and tensions in Ukraine burnished the metal's safe-haven appeal. Weakness in equities and base metals, along with technical buying, propelled gold prices through resistance at $1,355 an ounce, traders said.

  • NYMEX-U.S. crude returns below $100 as stockpiles rise Tuesday, 11 Mar 2014 | 8:56 PM ET

    U.S. crude dropped 64 cents to $99.30 a barrel by 0034 GMT, after settling $1.09 down at $100.03, its lowest since Feb. 11. *Ukraine's government appealed for Western help on Tuesday to stop Moscow annexing Crimea but the Black Sea peninsula, overrun by Russian troops, seemed fixed on a course that could formalise rule from Moscow within days.

  • SINGAPORE, March 12- Gold held on to overnight gains on Wednesday to trade near its highest in four months, as global uncertainty over economic growth and tensions in Ukraine burnished the metal's safe-haven appeal.

  • Russia tightens grip on Crimea     Tuesday, 11 Mar 2014 | 7:07 PM ET

    NBC's Ian Williams reports the referendum to determine if Crimea becomes a part of Russia is just days away. The Russians have blockaded around a Ukrainian naval base.

  • Wider market sentiment was still undermined by the crisis in Ukraine, where confrontation between Kiev and Moscow showed no sign of easing. The DAX had fallen 2.9 percent in the previous two sessions, dragged down by worries about Ukraine and by disappointing Chinese trade data.

  • How to punish the Russian Oligarchs     Tuesday, 11 Mar 2014 | 1:27 PM ET

    Russian oligarchs are facing the prospect of economic fallout from the Ukrainian crisis. CNBC's Robert Frank discusses punishing the oligarchs.

  • BRUSSELS, March 11- Russia's seizure of the Crimea region of Ukraine is spurring the European Union to renew efforts to end decades of dependence on Russian gas by developing its own energy supplies and pushing for greater access to abundant U.S. resources.

  • Wider market sentiment was still undermined by the crisis in Ukraine, where confrontation between Kiev and Moscow showed no sign of easing. The DAX had fallen 2.9 percent in the previous two sessions, dragged down by worries about Ukraine and by disappointing Chinese trade data.

  • European stocks closed mixed on Tuesday as as the crisis in Ukraine curbed enthusiasm for riskier assets.

  • Santelli Exchange: Putin's political chess game     Tuesday, 11 Mar 2014 | 10:50 AM ET

    CNBC's Rick Santelli and Yra Harris, Praxis Trading partner, discuss how Vladimir Putin influences the global markets and the German economy.

  • *Gazprom says deals on South Stream link to be signed this month. LONDON, March 11- Russia's Gazprom, disregarding European Commission plans to delay talks, said it expected to sign deals this month on building its major South Stream pipeline to carry gas to central and southern Europe without crossing Ukraine.

  • *Slowing investment, capital outflows will hurt Russia. LONDON/ MOSCOW March 11- To understand Western unease about the idea of imposing wide-ranging sanctions on Moscow over its intervention in Ukraine, consider an ongoing deal by one of the Kremlin's corporate giants.

  • Putin is a 'young Joe Stalin': Boone Pickens Tuesday, 11 Mar 2014 | 9:20 AM ET
    T. Boone Pickens

    The Russian president's hold on the Crimean peninsula in Ukraine could pose a serious energy risk to Europe, oilman T. Boone Pickens says.

  • Yanukovich: Army will ignore 'criminal orders' Tuesday, 11 Mar 2014 | 9:10 AM ET
    Ukrainian soldiers inside the Belbek military base

    Ousted leader Viktor Yanukovich insists that he remains Ukraine's legitimate president and commander-in-chief.

  • Broader market sentiment, however, was still undermined by a crisis in Ukraine, where confrontation between Kiev and Moscow showed no sign of easing. The Dax had fallen 2.9 percent in the previous two sessions, dragged down by worries about Ukraine and by disappointing Chinese trade data.

  • T. Boone Pickens, BP Capital founder, discusses how natural gas inventories are likely to impact the price of natural gas.

  • Boone's natural gas energy plan     Tuesday, 11 Mar 2014 | 7:38 AM ET

    T. Boone Pickens, BP Capital founder, shares his plans to use natural gas to fuel vehicles. It would be a "nightmare" to have the government build the infrastructure, says Boone.

  • T. Boone Pickens, BP Capital founder, talks about the nation's energy boom and sounds off on Russia's attempt to profit from Ukraine's natural resources.

  • NBC's Jim Maceda reports Ukraine launches its national guard ahead, as Yanukovych declares he remains Ukraine's president and commander-in-chief.