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  • Total leads European shares lower on Russia worries Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 4:06 AM ET

    PARIS, July 30- European stocks dipped on Wednesday, with shares in oil major Total falling on worries over its investments in Russia and after posting a drop in profits.

  • Russia's central bank supports sanctions targets Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 3:49 AM ET

    MOSCOW— Russia's central bank is promising to support financial institutions hit by U.S. sanctions as stocks took a tumble on opening in Moscow. Russia's state-owned VTB bank— Russia's second-largest— was trading down 1.2 percent on Wednesday morning.

  • MOSCOW, July 30- Shares in Russia's second-largest bank VTB slid over 3 percent at the start of trading on Wednesday, but the broader stock market rose as investors had priced in the impact of a new wave of Western sanctions.

  • MOSCOW, July 30- Russia's Central Bank said on Wednesday it was ready to support domestic banks that were hit in the latest round of Western sanctions. The United States imposed sanctions on more Russian banks on Tuesday, targeting the country's second-largest lender VTB, its subsidiary the Bank of Moscow, and the Russian Agriculture Bank.

  • SYDNEY/ SINGAPORE, July 30- The dollar touched a six-month high against a basket of major currencies on Wednesday, holding firm ahead of a Federal Reserve policy decision and U.S. gross domestic product data due later in the day.

  • MOSCOW, July 30- Shares in Russia's second-largest bank VTB, targeted by the latest sanctions from the United States, opened down 3 percent on Wednesday, while the broad stock market and the rouble were stable.

  • *Says impact on Yamal LNG of sanctions on Russia still uncertain. PARIS, July 30- Total has stopped buying shares in Russia's Novatek the day of the downing of a Malaysia Airlines flight over Ukraine, but that it is still too early to gauge the impact of new sanctions against Russia, the French oil major's top revealed with its second quarter results on Wednesday.

  • MOSCOW, July 30- Moscow shares, bonds and the rouble will most probably weaken at the open on Wednesday, after the European Union announced its widest sanctions yet against the Russian economy.

  • West seeks to inflict more economic pain on Russia Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 1:33 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Citing Russia's stalled growth rate and a flow of foreign capital out of Moscow, U.S. and European officials hope a new round of sanctions targeting energy and defense entities, as well as major banks, will deepen Russia's economic pain even further and force President Vladimir Putin to end provocations in Ukraine.

  • SYDNEY/ SINGAPORE, July 30- The dollar hovered near a six-month high against a basket of currencies on Wednesday as investors awaited a Federal Reserve policy decision and U.S. gross domestic product data due later in the day.

  • SYDNEY, July 30- Lead fell on Wednesday after a weaker technical close pushed investors to take profits and after the metal rose more than five percent this month as it slipstreamed zinc. *Three-month lead on the London Metal Exchange fell 1.1 percent to $2,241.50 by 0040 GMT adding to 1.4 percent losses from the previous session.

  • SINGAPORE, July 30- Gold was trading in a tight range below $1,300 an ounce on Wednesday, as investors nervously awaited the end of a Federal Reserve policy meeting to gauge the U.S. central bank's view on the economy and monetary policy.

  • WASHINGTON, July 29- President Barack Obama escalated U.S. economic sanctions against Russia on Tuesday for its aggression against Ukraine but dismissed suggestions the growing chill in U.S.-Russian relations marked the start of a new Cold War.

  • *EU reaches deal on Russia sanctions, prompts short rally. NEW YORK, July 29- Brent crude ended slightly higher on Tuesday as new sanctions on Russia looked set to worsen relations between Moscow and the West, while U.S. prices slipped after a Kansas refinery fire curbed demand for WTI crude.

  • NEW YORK, July 29- World equity markets fell on Tuesday while the dollar reached eight-month highs against the euro on expectations of positive U.S. economic data and a more hawkish tone from the Federal Reserve.

  • *Merck up as results beat expectations, but Pfizer slips. United Parcel Service shares fell 3.7 percent to $98.86 after the world's biggest courier company slashed its earnings forecast for the year due to spending to boost capacity. Rival shipping company FedEx Corp was down 1.6 percent at $147.14.

  • WASHINGTON, July 29- President Barack Obama said on Tuesday the United States has expanded sanctions against Russia over its support for rebels in eastern Ukraine, unveiling the steps after the EU agreed to its own new measures against Moscow hours earlier.

  • NEW YORK, July 29- The U.S. dollar hit fresh eight-month highs against the euro on Tuesday and advanced against the yen and Swiss franc on expectations for positive U.S. economic data and a potentially more hawkish tone from the Federal Reserve.

  • HOUSTON/ BAGHDAD, July 29- Iraq scrambled to gain control of a cargo of Kurdish oil worth $100 million off the Texas coast on Tuesday after the U.S. ordered its seizure in a bid by Baghdad to halt oil sales by the autonomous region of Kurdistan.

  • WASHINGTON, July 29- The United States on Tuesday slapped sanctions on VTB, the Bank of Moscow, the Russian Agriculture Bank and the United Shipbuilding Corp over Moscow's support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, the Treasury Department said.