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  • NEW YORK, March 14- Growing tension between the West and Russia ahead of Ukraine's weekend referendum in Crimea pushed down stocks on major world markets on Friday and drove up buying of safe-haven gold and the yen.

  • NEW YORK, March 14- Wall Street ended lower on Friday with all three major stock indexes down for the week, as concerns over tensions between Ukraine and Russia escalated ahead of a referendum in Crimea this weekend.

  • David Gregory: Putin not bending     Friday, 14 Mar 2014 | 4:40 PM ET

    "Meet the Press" moderator David Gregory discusses how sanctions and Crimea's referendum would impact Russia's economy. Gregory says the status quo is Crimea in Russia's hands.

  • Treasuries prices edged higher on Friday on rising tensions between the West and Russia ahead of Ukraine's weekend referendum in Crimea, while data showing continued low inflation and weak consumer sentiment supported safe-haven bids.

  • Investors apprehensively long: Pro     Friday, 14 Mar 2014 | 4:02 PM ET

    David Seaburg, Cowen and Company; CNBC contributor Ylan Mui; CNBC's Kayla Tausche, and Robert Frank discuss how geopolitical concerns for China and Russia impact the overall economy.

  • Putin's end game & what sanctions can do     Friday, 14 Mar 2014 | 3:17 PM ET

    Terry Miller, The Heritage Foundation, discusses the potential for economic sanctions against Russia if Crimea splits off from Ukraine and joins Russia as expected.

  • Crimea braces for Russian annexation     Friday, 14 Mar 2014 | 3:13 PM ET

    Russian stocks hit a four and a half year low ahead of this weekend's pivotal referendum in Crimea to split off from Ukraine, NBC's Ian Williams reports the latest developments on the crisis.

  • Discussing the Crimean referendum and how China and Ukraine are impacting the U.S. stock market, with Diane Garnick, Clear Alternatives; Kenny Polcari, O'Neil Securities; Bill Smith, SAM Advisors; Jason Pride, Glenmede; and CNBC's Rick Santelli.

  • NEW YORK, March 14- Growing tension between the West and Russia ahead of Ukraine's weekend referendum in Crimea pushed down stocks on major world markets on Friday and drove up buying of safe-haven gold and the yen.

  • Art Cashin's warning for today's close Friday, 14 Mar 2014 | 2:35 PM ET

    Art Cashin of UBS Financial Services explains why investors should be ready for increased volatility near Friday's stock market close.

  • MOSCOW, March 14- A possible ban on visas for the heads of Russia's two biggest energy firms, Rosneft and Gazprom, may hamper their international partnerships but also harm their Western partners and push the two towards the East.

  • Treasuries has led some to speculate that Russia has been cutting its dollar reserves ahead of possible sanctions from the West due to its role in the Ukraine crisis. "The speculation is that Russia is reducing its Treasuries holdings ahead of any possible sanctions," said Shaun Osbourne, chief foreign exchange strategist at TD Securities in Toronto.

  • Moscow shipped more troops and armour into Crimea on Friday and repeated its threat to invade other parts of Ukraine in response to violence in Donetsk on Thursday night, showing no sign of bowing to Western demands to pull back.

  • Betting on volatility     Friday, 14 Mar 2014 | 1:39 PM ET

    "China is a bigger, longer term worry," says Jim Iuorio, TJM Institutional Services director, with Jeff Kilburg, KKM Financial founder & CEO, discussing how to play geopolitical threats to the U.S. stock market.

  • NEW YORK, March 14- Brent crude oil rose by more than $1 on Friday as heightened tension in Ukraine ahead of a referendum in the Russian-majority region of Crimea raised worries over Russian oil supplies.

  • *Gold headed for sixth straight weekly gain. NEW YORK/ LONDON, March 14- Gold rose on Friday, reaching a six-month high as investors added bullion as an insurance before a key vote in Crimea over the weekend to decide whether the region will join Russia, which could further heighten geopolitical tensions.

  • Ukraine PM speaks on referendum vote     Friday, 14 Mar 2014 | 1:05 PM ET

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera spoke to Ukraine PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk about the Crimea's referendum vote this weekend.

  • Monetary pressures build on Kremlin     Friday, 14 Mar 2014 | 1:03 PM ET

    CNBC's Steve Sedgwick reports on questions over the Crimea ballot, and the threats of military action on the Crimean border.

  • Secretary of State John Kerry met with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov to discuss the Ukrainian crisis situation ahead of a disputed referendum in Crimea.

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday said Russia's President Vladimir Putin won't make decisions on Crimea until after this weekend's referendum, following a "constructive dialogue" with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

  • Ukraine: Why oil prices are 'steady'     Friday, 14 Mar 2014 | 12:40 PM ET

    Antoine Halff, head of oil industry and markets at IEA, says that the oil market is "concerned but quiet" on the developments in Ukraine, because the country is not a major transit area for oil.