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  • *Europe also may have insufficient reserve gas for Ukraine. PRAGUE/ LONDON, March 6- Directing natural gas from the European Union to Ukraine if Russia stops supplying its western neighbour would fail to keep up with demand for long as capacity between the EU and Ukraine is too small, analysts said on Thursday.

  • WASHINGTON/ MOSCOW, March 6- Russian officials are pushing for the International Monetary Fund to move ahead with planned reforms without the United States, which could mean the loss of the U.S. veto over major decisions at the global lender, sources said.

  • US STOCKS-Data, ECB move support stocks; Ukraine eyed Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 10:54 AM ET

    *Staples, Costco shares down after results. *Crimea's parliament votes to join Russia. Crimea's parliament voted on Thursday to join Russia and its Moscow- backed government set a referendum for March 16 on the decision, in an escalation of the crisis between Russia and the West over the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula.

  • UPDATE 6-Brent steady around $108 after Crimea vote Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 10:39 AM ET

    *Crimean parliament votes to join Russia. Crimea's parliament voted to join Russia and the United States announced asset freezes and travel bans on those involved in Russia's military intervention. "There's no strong appetite to go head to head with Russia.

  • The United States imposed a ban on the visas of Ukrainian and Russian officials who are responsible for threatening the sovereignty of Ukraine. CNBC's John Harwood has the details.

  • Crimea's future in question     Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 10:17 AM ET

    The Crimean parliament approved a March 16th referendum on becoming part of Russia, reports NBC's Jim Maceda.

  • Hedge funds buy war insurance on Ukraine conflict Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 10:14 AM ET

    Investment firms have sharply increased the protection they buy to protect against macroeconomic shocks.

  • *Staples, Costco shares down after results; Kroger up. *Crimea's parliament voted on Thursday to join Russia and its Moscow- backed government set a referendum for March 16 on the decision, in a dramatic escalation of the crisis between Russia and the West over the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula.

  • Why US can export nat gas without raising prices Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 9:56 AM ET
    A LNG tanker sails through the Houston Ship channel.

    Energy experts at IHS Ceraweek say market dynamics will keep the lid on prices of U.S. natural gas even if more expensive techniques are used to extract it.

  • FRANKFURT, March 6- European Commission President Mario Draghi said on Thursday that from a purely financial standpoint the crisis in Ukraine should not have much impact on the euro zone. But he added that there was potential for far greater instability spreading from the nearby region if the situation escalates.

  • Crimean lawmakers voted in favor of a referendum on whether the region should join Russia, a move that Kiev has declared illegal, reports NBC's Jim Maceda.

  • LONDON, March 6- Ukrainian and Russian assets fell on Thursday after Crimea's parliament voted to join Russia and the United States ordered sanctions on those involved in undermining democracy in the region. "Markets are still very sensitive to Russia/ Ukraine related headlines," said Luis Costa, emerging markets strategist at Citi, in a client note.

  • Draghi comments pushes euro higher     Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 9:12 AM ET

    The euro rose to its highest level since December after comments from the ECB's Mario Draghi, reports CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera.

  • *Crimean Parliament votes in favour of region joining Russia. MOSCOW, March 6- Moscow stocks fell on Thursday for the second day this week after Crimea's parliament voted to join Russia and the United States ordered an asset freeze and visa bans against those involved in Russia's military intervention in the Ukrainian region.

  • *Staples, Costco shares down after results; Kroger up. *Crimea's parliament voted on Thursday to join Russia and its Moscow- backed government set a referendum for March 16 on the decision, in a dramatic escalation of the crisis between Russia and the West over the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula.

  • MOSCOW, March 6- Ukraine's state energy company Naftogaz said on Thursday it had fully paid for January's Russian gas supplies and is in talks with Gazprom on settling other payments to safeguard gas deliveries, though it has yet to pay off all debts.

  • Obama freezes assets of Russians in Ukraine Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 8:37 AM ET
    President Vladimir Putin and President Barack Obama.

    President Barack Obama ordered the freezing of U.S. assets and a ban on travel into the U.S. of those involved in threatening the Ukraine.

  • U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Wall Street on Thursday, as markets gear up for the all-important NFP jobs report.

  • *Efforts to resolve Ukraine crisis continue. LONDON, March 6- Gold was flat on Thursday as diplomatic efforts to cool the Ukraine crisis depressed demand for assets seen as safe, but the metal found support above $1,330 an ounce from weak U.S. economic data and ahead of a key employment report.

  • MOSCOW/ KIEV, March 6- The Russian central bank said on Thursday it was putting the Moscow subsidiary of Ukraine's Privatbank into temporary administration, but that it would not revoke the bank's licence. Russia and Ukraine are in a dangerous armed stand-off following months of unrest in Kiev and the ousting of President Viktor Yanukovich.