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  • *Putin rebuffs Obama as Ukraine crisis escalates. NEW YORK, March 7- U.S. stocks finished mostly higher on Friday, with the S&P 500 closing at a record after more jobs than expected were created in February and January's figure was revised higher.

  • *Russia says US sanctions over Ukraine would boomerang back. NEW YORK, March 7- U.S. oil rose more than $1 a barrel on Friday as Western relations with Russia worsened over the crisis in the Ukraine and U.S. job growth accelerated by more than expected in an upbeat sign for oil demand.

  • Crimean military post taken over: Witnesses Friday, 7 Mar 2014 | 4:26 PM ET
    Armed soldiers, identified as Russian forces, pose not far from Simferopol, on March 5, 2014.

    Armed men thought to be Russians drove a truck into a Ukrainian missile-defense post in Crimea and took it over without firing shots, sources said.

  • NEW YORK, March 7- A surprisingly strong U.S. jobs report on Friday sent bond and gold prices sharply lower and initially lifted equity markets, but mounting tensions over Ukraine led stocks in Europe and elsewhere to retreat, while U.S. shares ended little changed.

  • Why Ukraine's bailout money may end up in Russia Friday, 7 Mar 2014 | 3:38 PM ET
    A section of the Bratstvo gas pipeline emerges from underground near Ivano-Frankvisk, Ukraine, Feb. 6, 2014.

    The bailout money Ukraine is getting may go directly to Russia, analysts tell CNBC.

  • Ukraine crisis & market impact     Friday, 7 Mar 2014 | 3:34 PM ET

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports the Crimea referendum is likely to happen.

  • Russia tightening grip on Crimea     Friday, 7 Mar 2014 | 3:32 PM ET

    CNBC's Steve Sedgwick reports on the tensions in Ukraine. Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Crimea will be an integral part of Ukraine.

  • *Putin rebuffs Obama as Ukraine crisis escalates. NEW YORK, March 7- U.S. stocks pulled back on Friday, with the Nasdaq extending losses in late afternoon trading as investors adjusted their positions ahead of the weekend and caution prevailed because of the simmering crisis in Ukraine.

  • NEW YORK, March 7- A surprisingly strong U.S. jobs report on Friday sent bond and gold prices sharply lower and initially lifted equity markets, but mounting tensions over Ukraine led stocks in Europe and elsewhere to retreat, while U.S. shares traded near flat.

  • *Virus raises level of cyber danger. LONDON/ BOSTON, March 7- A sophisticated piece of spyware has been quietly infecting hundreds of government computers across Europe and the United States in one of the most complex cyber espionage programs uncovered to date.

  • *Gold posts 5th straight weekly gain on Ukraine tensions. NEW YORK/ LONDON, March 7- Gold tumbled 1 percent on Friday after data showed U.S. job growth accelerated sharply, easing fears of an abrupt economic slowdown and keeping the Federal Reserve on track to continue reducing its monetary stimulus.

  • CARACAS, March 7- Venezuela is renewing a $5 billion credit line with China that will be repaid in oil and other fuels and is negotiating a financing deal with Russia for an undisclosed sum, the country's economy vice president said on Friday.

  • Russian FM Lavrov warns US of sanctions     Friday, 7 Mar 2014 | 1:40 PM ET

    Russian PM Sergey Lavrov says any kind of sanctions against Russia would "boomerang" back against the U.S., reports CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera.

  • U.S. Treasury yields rose following the release of U.S. non-farm payrolls employment report.

  • *Putin rebuffs Obama as Ukraine crisis escalates. NEW YORK, March 7- U.S. stocks trimmed earlier gains on Friday's jobs data to trade little changed by midday as investors turned cautious before the weekend, with the S&P 500 near record highs and a simmering crisis in Ukraine.

  • Global grain prices, along with domestic ones on Ukraine's physical market, have rallied this week on the rising tensions in one of the world's top grain exporters.

  • CNBC's Steve Sedgwick spoke with the Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk about the Crimean referendum.

  • Global grain prices, along with domestic ones on Ukraine's physical market, have rallied this week on the rising tensions in one of the world's top grain exporters.

  • The new emerging market hotspot: Ukraine? Friday, 7 Mar 2014 | 12:09 PM ET
    Mark Mobius, executive chairman of Templeton Asset Management's Emerging Markets Group.

    Veteran emerging markets investor Mark Mobius said he remained interested in some Ukrainian stocks, after surprising gains in the market this year.

  • *Putin rebuffs Obama as Ukraine crisis escalates. NEW YORK, March 7- U.S. oil rose more than $1 a barrel on Friday as tensions lingered in Ukraine and a report that U.S. job growth accelerated by more than expected in February offset a seasonal slowdown in demand for crude. The Ukraine crisis escalated as President Vladimir Putin rebuffed a warning from U.S.