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  • SINGAPORE, March 20- U.S. crude held above $100 per barrel in early Asian trading on Thursday, after gained support from an inventory draw at the benchmark's pricing hub in Cushing, Oklahoma.

  • PRECIOUS-Gold hits 3-week low on Fed, firm U.S. dollar Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 8:36 PM ET

    SINGAPORE, March 20- Gold hit its weakest in three weeks on Thursday as the U.S. dollar jumped on expectations the Federal Reserve could end its bond-buying programme this fall, hurting the metal's safe haven appeal as a hedge against inflation. *Cash gold hit a low of $1,325.34 an ounce, the weakest since Feb. 28, and stood at $1,328.84 by 0012 GMT, down $2.00.

  • Are Russian sanctions strong enough?     Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 7:50 PM ET

    Holman Jenkins, Wall Street Journal editorial board, discuss the strength of sanctions against Russia and how targeting individuals would hurt Vladimir Putin and the economy.

  • The calls are a routine part of how the SEC monitors asset managers through its Division of Investment Management, and are not related to any investigation.

  • The calls are a routine part of how the SEC monitors asset managers through its Division of Investment Management, and are not related to any investigation.

  • Obama rules out 'military excursion' in Ukraine Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 6:08 PM ET

    President Obama will push diplomatic efforts to bring pressure on Russia to loosen its grip on Crimea.

  • FOREX-Dollar jumps as US hints at speeded-up rate rise Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 6:04 PM ET

    *Fed trims monthly bond buying to $55 bln. NEW YORK, March 19- The dollar jumped on Wednesday as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen surprised world markets by hinting that the central bank may accelerate the timetable for ending low U.S. interest rates.

  • WASHINGTON, March 19- Russia's takeover of Crimea and the ensuing East-West crisis have cast a cloud over a meeting of top international anti-money laundering officials scheduled to take place in Moscow in June.

  • *Biden warns Russia is on "dark path" to isolation. SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine/ MOSCOW, March 19- The United States warned Moscow it was on a "dark path" to isolation on Wednesday as Russian troops seized two Ukrainian naval bases, including a headquarters in the Crimean port of Sevastopol where they raised their flag.

  • FOREX-Dollar jumps as Fed cuts bond buys further Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    *Fed trims monthly bond buying to $55 bln. NEW YORK, March 19- The dollar jumped on Wednesday as traders expanded early gains against the euro and the yen after U.S. central bankers cut back bond purchases and cited foul winter weather as a factor for worrying softness in American economic data.

  • Where Russia's wealth is outside its borders Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 2:57 PM ET
    A car drives past a billboard promoting a Russian bank on a main road in the southern Cypriot port of Limassol.

    Of the half a trillion dollars held by Russians outside the country, roughly two-thirds is held in accounts in just three countries.

  • *EU will tell Kiev it can supply Ukraine with gas. Russia's seizure of Ukraine's Crimea region has revived doubts about whether the European Union should continue to rely on Russia for nearly a third of its gas, providing Gazprom with an average of $5 billion per month in revenue.

  • White House doles out investment advice on Russia Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 1:30 PM ET
    White House press secretary Jay Carney speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

    The White House is doling out investment advice on Russia, but not all investors agree with its take.

  • Germans cool to escalating conflict in Russia Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 12:02 PM ET
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin attend a press conference during the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum in June 2013.

    Closely entwined economically with Russia, Germany is a pivotal player in the West's standoff with Russia.

  • FOREX-Dollar rises ahead of Fed statement, Yellen debut Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 10:54 AM ET

    NEW YORK, March 19- The dollar got a lift on Wednesday from expectations the Federal Reserve will look beyond the drag of a harsh winter on America's economy and keep unwinding its monetary stimulus.

  • *Biden warns Russia is on "dark path" to isolation. *Russia says OSCE has exhausted military inspections. The dramatic seizure came as Russia and the West dug in for a long confrontation over Moscow's annexation of Crimea, with the United States and Europe groping for ways to increase pressure on a defiant Russian President Vladimir Putin.

  • Biden warns Russia on 'costs of naked aggression' Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 9:17 AM ET
    Latvian President Andris Berzins (L), and Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite pose with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden prior to a meeting in Vilnius on March 19, 2014.

    Vice President Joe Biden warns Russia that the United States will respond to any aggression against NATO allies.

  • Russia's seizure of Ukraine's Crimea region has revived doubts about whether the European Union should continue to rely on Russia for nearly a third of its gas, providing Gazprom with an average of $5 billion per month in revenues.

  • Federal Reserve policy decision than the continuing military tensions between Ukraine and Russia. This shift in focus towards the Fed away from geopolitical concerns over Russia and Ukraine put a floor under stocks, which had opened lower following a strong start to the week.

  • Russia 'hard place' for PE: Blackstone CEO     Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 8:11 AM ET

    Steve Schwarzman, Blackstone Group CEO, shares his thoughts on investing in Russia. We've looked but we haven't found anything at this point, says Schwarzman.