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  • *Ukraine peace deal falters as rebels dig in. LONDON, April 22- Brent oil fell towards $109 a barrel and the U.S. benchmark saw a sharper decline on Tuesday on forecasts of rising crude stocks as a faltering pact to ease tensions in Ukraine offered some support.

  • MOSCOW, April 22- Renault has frozen plans to produce vans with Russian truck maker ZIL due to a weakening of the rouble, a spokeswoman for the French carmaker said on Tuesday. Last year ZIL signed a preliminary agreement to assemble Fiat and Renault vans at a Moscow factory, a source close to ZIL said at the time.

  • *Concern about Ukraine risk to economy, consumer sentiment. MOSCOW, April 22- Russian consumer electronics chain M.video, wary of the impact of the Ukraine crisis on the Russian economy, is aiming to grab market share from online rivals by matching their prices.

  • *Ukraine peace deal falters as rebels dig in. LONDON, April 22- Brent oil futures slipped below $110 a barrel on Tuesday but held near a six-week high as a pact to calm tensions in Ukraine faltered, while rising U.S. crude stockpiles weighed on prices. A four-way peace deal signed last week in Geneva to reduce tensions in eastern Ukraine has had limited impact so far.

  • MOSCOW, April 22- Russia's top natural gas producer Gazprom said it would be able to meet Europe's rising demand for gas thanks to new projects, even while the European Union is aiming to reduce its energy dependence on Moscow.

  • Russia is already feeling sanctions pain Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 6:00 AM ET
    Drivers refuel their vehicles at gas pumps at an OAO Rosneft gas station illuminated at night in Moscow. Investors have dumped $70 billion in assets this year as President Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea and massed troops on Ukraine's border, fueling a reprise of Cold War tensions and concern that sanctions could push Russia into a recession.

    With capital flooding out of the country, the stock market falling, the Crimea seizure is turning out to be a costly move.

  • *Ukraine peace deal falters as rebels dig in. LONDON, April 22- Brent futures slipped below $110 a barrel on Tuesday but held near a six-week high as a pact to calm tensions in Ukraine faltered, while rising U.S. crude stockpiles weighed on prices.

  • Pharma deals give stocks a lift Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 5:22 AM ET

    HONG KONG— World stocks fluctuated Tuesday as a Wall Street rally powered by positive earnings reports offset investor cautiousness before a report on Chinese manufacturing and possible sanctions against Russia over Ukraine.

  • LONDON, April 22- M&A talk in the pharmaceutical sector lifted European shares on Tuesday, but failed to support the euro, which held at a two week low against the dollar on rising expectations of further policy easing by the European Central Bank.

  • Putin's problem is Russia's economy: Pro     Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 4:15 AM ET

    Roderic Lyne, former U.K. ambassador to Russia, explains that Russia wants an "emasculated Ukraine" and says the crisis is helping Putin divert his country's attention away from the economy.

  • *China nickel ore imports from Indonesia down sharply. SINGAPORE, April 22- Nickel futures hit their highest in more than 14 months on Tuesday as an Indonesian ban on mineral ore exports kept supplies tight, with tensions in Ukraine also posing a risk to flows from key producer Russia.

  • *Gold recovers after earlier falling 0.3 pct. SINGAPORE, April 22- Gold recovered from early losses on Tuesday as the dollar gave back some gains, but sentiment among investors continued to be fragile on further outflows from bullion-backed funds.

  • Russia Geneva agreement 'fragile': Pro     Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 2:30 AM ET

    David Dalton, eastern Europe editor of the Economist Intelligence Unit, says the Geneva accord which aimed to resolve the Ukraine crisis is looking "fragile".

  • *Ukraine peace deal falters as rebels dig in. SINGAPORE, April 22- Brent futures held near a six-week high of more than $110 a barrel on Tuesday on worries a pact to calm tensions in Ukraine was faltering, although expectations of a gain in U.S. crude stockpiles weighed on prices.

  • Violence getting worse in east Ukraine: Pro     Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 1:20 AM ET

    James Marson, reporter at the Wall Street Journal, said the violence in east Ukraine is getting "a lot worse" as reports of shootings surface.

  • *Weakness in China depresses Asian shares, despite Wall St. *Tensions in Ukraine still seen as a risk. Although Japan's Nikkei share average held onto marginal gains and was up 0.3 percent, MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was almost flat, while trading not far from a six-month high hit earlier this month.

  • *Ukraine tensions fail to lift metal. Geopolitical tensions in Ukraine failed to lift gold's safe-haven appeal, underscoring bearish sentiment in the market. "There's no doubt that the technical picture in gold looks very sloppy, especially if key support between $1,277- $1,280 gives way," said INTL FCStone analyst Edward Meir.

  • *Ukraine peace deal falters as rebels dig in. SINGAPORE, April 22- Brent futures held near a six-week high above $110 a barrel on Tuesday on worries a pact to calm tensions in Ukraine was faltering, although expectations of a gain in U.S. crude stockpiles weighed on prices.

  • SINGAPORE, April 22- Nickel futures hit their highest in more than 14 months on Tuesday as an Indonesian ban on mineral ore exports kept supplies tight, with tensions in Ukraine also posing a risk to flows from key producer Russia.

  • *Ukraine tensions keep some investors on edge. TOKYO, April 22- Japanese shares advanced on Tuesday, taking heart from a solid session on Wall Street, but gains were limited below the two-week intraday high marked the previous day on caution over upcoming earnings reports and tensions in Ukraine.

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