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  • *Market volatile as all await OPEC decision on cuts. NEW YORK, Nov 24- Crude prices ended lower, with Brent below $80 a barrel, after a volatile session on Monday as Russia's offer to add to OPEC output cuts led some to bet the group will agree on a higher production cut than thought when it meets this week. Russia, which needs higher oil prices to support its economy, tried...

  • *Russia adds to speculation on OPEC, offering its own output cuts. NEW YORK, Nov 24- Crude prices pared Monday's early losses as traders and investors speculated OPEC producers might surprise with an cut output above what market players expect when the producer group meets this week. Russia, which needs higher oil prices to support its economy, tried on Monday to...

  • Separately, Poroshenko also announced that Lithuania would provide Ukraine with some military aid to help Kiev in its fight against pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country. It was not clear, however, if Lithuania was following fellow NATO member the United States in providing non-lethal military equipment or whether it was supplying weaponry-...

  • *Russia helps markets by not raising oil output- Energy Minister Moscow may make oil output cuts of 15 mln t in 2015- paper. MOSCOW, Nov 24- Russia, in desperate need of higher oil prices, is making a last-ditch attempt to sway this week's OPEC meeting by suggesting Moscow could cut output if the group does the same. With oil prices threatening to go as low as $60 if OPEC...

  • BEREZNIKI, Russia, Nov 24- Russia's Uralkali, the world's biggest potash producer, is preparing to start repair work at part of the damaged Solikamsk-2 mine, though it is unclear when output of the fertiliser will restart. An inflow of water and the resulting sinkhole in 2006 forced another Uralkali operation to shut permanently. "The possibility of starting work...

  • Russia to toughen rules on meat transit from Belarus Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 9:02 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Nov 24- Moscow will tighten restrictions on the transit of meat products across its territory from Belarus to Kazakhstan and other countries following attempts to sell banned imports in Russia, Russia's veterinary and phytosanitary service said on Monday. The VPSS said it had discovered a smuggling channel under which meat labelled as intended for...

  • A steadier oil price also helped the rouble on Monday ahead of a key meeting of OPEC. Investors in Russian assets are positioning before the OPEC meeting on Thursday, at which the oil-producing group will discuss whether to cut output. Russia is not a member of OPEC.

  • MOSCOW, Nov 24- Russia, in desperate need of higher oil prices, is making a last-ditch attempt to sway this week's OPEC meeting by suggesting Moscow could cut output if the group does the same. Non- OPEC member Russia needs an oil price of $100 per barrel to balance its budget. Citing sources, Kommersant daily newspaper said Russia might suggest cutting its oil...

  • BEREZNIKI, Russia, Nov 24- Russia's Uralkali, the world's biggest potash producer, is preparing to restart operations at half its Solikamsk-2 mine, where work was halted last week after an accident, its chief executive said on Monday. Moscow- listed shares in Uralkali were up by more than 4 percent on the day. Shares in Uralkali fell sharply last week after the water...

  • MOSCOW, Nov 24- Moscow- listed shares in Russian potash producer Uralkali rose 4 percent after the company said it was preparing to restart production at half of its Solikamsk-2 mine, where work was halted last week after an accident. At 1132 GMT, Uralkali shares were up around 4 percent on the day in Moscow. In London, the company's global depositary receipts were up...

  • MOSCOW- LISTED SHARES IN RUSSIA'S URALKALI UP OVER 4 PCT ON DAY AFTER COMPANY SAYS PREPARING TO RESTART PRODUCTION AT HALF OF DAMAGED MINE.

  • UPDATE 1-German business morale rebounds in November Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 4:36 AM ET

    BERLIN, Nov 24- German business sentiment rebounded in November, breaking a streak of six straight declines, in a sign that Europe's largest economy may be gaining some momentum again after narrowly avoiding a recession in the third quarter. The Ifo's business climate index, based on a monthly survey of some 7,000 firms, rose to 104.7 from 103.2 in the previous...

  • MOSCOW, Nov 24- Russian banks may earn 10 percent less profit in 2014 than last year, the central bank's First Deputy Chairman Alexei Simanovsky told a news conference on Monday. External markets are largely closed for Russian banks and companies, some of which- including top banks Sberbank and VTB- are under Western sanctions over Moscow's role in the Ukraine...

  • MOSCOW, Nov 24- Russia may suggest cutting its oil production by around 15 million tonnes a year and expects OPEC to limit its output as well, Kommersant daily newspaper said, citing sources. Before OPEC meets later this week in Vienna, Russia has spoken to members Venezuela and Saudi Arabia about the need to support the oil market and hopes to press its message on...

  • MINSK, Nov 22- Belarus has cut its 2015 economic growth forecast to 0.2-0.7 percent from the previous 2.0 percent because of the economic slowdown in Russia, state news agency Belta quoted Economy Minister Nikolai Snopkov as saying. In recent years, Belarus has received tens of billions of dollars in loans and rebates for energy prices from Russia, hit this year...

  • MOSCOW, Nov 22- Moscow will seek new partners in countries that have not imposed sanctions on it if Western oil and gas companies pull out of projects with Russia, RIA news agency quoted Energy Minister Alexander Novak as saying on Saturday. The sanctions over Russia's role in the Ukraine crisis have targeted the delivery of oil technology, goods and services,...

  • 2015 stock outlook: Good but not great, and bumpy Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 1:51 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks can keep climbing next year, tacking even more gains onto their phenomenal run of the last five-plus years. Just don't expect them to be as big-- or to come with as little heartburn-- as before. The economy is growing, and employers have added more than 200,000 jobs for nine straight months, the longest such streak since 1995. "Everything is pointing to...

  • NYC man gets prison for role in cybercrime ring Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 1:04 PM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.— A New York City man was sentenced Friday to more than three years in prison for his role in an international cybercrime ring that prosecutors say hacked into the computers of more than a dozen financial institutions and the U.S. military's payroll service. Richard Gundersen received a 41- month prison term and was ordered to pay $88 million in...

  • Serbia to revoke Ukrainian billionaire's passport Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 9:50 AM ET

    BELGRADE, Serbia— Serbia will revoke the citizenship it granted to Ukrainian businessman Sergei Kurchenko, who is on a European Union sanctions list and wanted in his country on embezzlement charges, officials said Friday. Serbia is playing a delicate balancing act between its traditional Slavic ally Russia and the EU. Although it says it respects Ukrainian...

  • *Novak, Rosneft's Sechin to fly to Vienna before OPEC meeting. Before OPEC meets next week, Russia has already spoken to members Venezuela and Saudi Arabia about the need to support the oil market, and Moscow expects to send a high-ranking delegation to Vienna before the meeting to press the message on prices. A price of at least $100 a barrel is needed to balance the...