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  • AMMAN, March 12- Turmoil in Ukraine is driving Middle Eastern grain buyers to shy away from striking new deals there and to consider rival suppliers, a shift that is likely to push up import bills.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St to open lower as China concerns mount Wednesday, 12 Mar 2014 | 8:53 AM ET

    *EPL Oil to be acquired by Energy XXI for $2.3 bln. NEW YORK, March 12- U.S. stocks were poised to fall at the open, putting the S&P 500 on track for a third straight decline, as concerns grew over the strength of China's economy.

  • US STOCKS-Futures fall as China concerns mount Wednesday, 12 Mar 2014 | 7:39 AM ET

    *EPL Oil to be acquired by Energy XXI for $2.3 bln. NEW YORK, March 12- U.S. stock index futures fell on Wednesday, putting the S&P 500 on track for a third day of declines, as concerns grew over the strength of China's economy.

  • LONDON, March 12- Gold climbed to a 5-1/ 2 month high on Wednesday, geopolitical tug-of-war between Russia and Kiev and the West over Crimea and fears of more corporate defaults in China hurt equity markets, increasing the metal's appeal as an insurance against risk.

  • *Asian shares lose ground on economic worries, Ukraine. *Ukraine appeals to West as Crimea turns to Russia. U.S. crude lost $1.43 to trade at $98.60 by 0930 GMT on industry data that showed crude stocks in top oil burner the United States rose more than forecast, signalling a slowdown in demand as the weather improved.

  • LONDON, March 12- Emerging stocks hit a one-month low on Wednesday after fears about China's economy dragged down copper and other commodities, while worries about western sanctions on Russia weighed on the rouble, forcing the central bank to intervene. Concerns also lingered about China's credit sector following its first domestic bond default last week.

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-China worries chill markets, copper slumps Wednesday, 12 Mar 2014 | 5:47 AM ET

    *Shanghai copper futures lowest since 2009, gold hits 5-1/ 2 mth high. LONDON, March 12- A dizzying fall in copper to a near four-year low compounded increasing concern in China over its economic slowdown on Wednesday to send a wave of unease sweeping through world markets.

  • LONDON, March 12- Emerging stocks hit a one-month low on Wednesday after fears about China's economy dragged down copper and other commodities, while worries about western sanctions on Russia weighed on the rouble, forcing the central bank to intervene. Concerns also lingered about China's credit sector following its first domestic bond default last week.

  • *Asian stocks lose ground on economic worries, Ukraine. *Ukraine appeals to West as Crimea turns to Russia. SINGAPORE, March 12- Brent futures fell towards $108 a barrel on Wednesday as concerns about weak demand growth in the world's two biggest oil consumers overshadowed fears of supply disruption amid worsening geopolitical tensions over Ukraine.

  • *Asian stocks lose ground on economic worries, Ukraine. *Ukraine appeals to West as Crimea turns to Russia. SINGAPORE, March 12- Brent futures fell towards $108 a barrel on Wednesday as concerns about weak demand growth at the world's two biggest oil consumers overshadowed fears of supply disruption amid worsening geopolitical tensions over Ukraine.

  • MOSCOW, March 12- Russia's central bank will probably keep key policy rates on hold at its regular meeting on Friday, economists say, but any escalation of tensions over Ukraine could prompt a further tightening in monetary policy.

  • *Asian stocks lose ground on economic uncertainty, Ukraine tensions. *Ukraine appeals to West as Crimea turns to Russia. SINGAPORE, March 12- Brent futures fell towards $108 a barrel on Wednesday as demand growth concerns at the world's two biggest oil consumers overshadowed fears of supply disruption with geopolitical tensions over Ukraine worsening.

  • SINGAPORE, March 12- Gold climbed for a second session on Wednesday to its highest in 4-1/ 2 months, as global uncertainty over economic growth and tensions in Ukraine burnished the metal's safe-haven appeal. Weakness in equities and base metals, along with technical buying, propelled gold prices through resistance at $1,355 an ounce, traders said.

  • NYMEX-U.S. crude returns below $100 as stockpiles rise Tuesday, 11 Mar 2014 | 8:56 PM ET

    U.S. crude dropped 64 cents to $99.30 a barrel by 0034 GMT, after settling $1.09 down at $100.03, its lowest since Feb. 11. *Ukraine's government appealed for Western help on Tuesday to stop Moscow annexing Crimea but the Black Sea peninsula, overrun by Russian troops, seemed fixed on a course that could formalise rule from Moscow within days.

  • SINGAPORE, March 12- Gold held on to overnight gains on Wednesday to trade near its highest in four months, as global uncertainty over economic growth and tensions in Ukraine burnished the metal's safe-haven appeal.

  • Wider market sentiment was still undermined by the crisis in Ukraine, where confrontation between Kiev and Moscow showed no sign of easing. The DAX had fallen 2.9 percent in the previous two sessions, dragged down by worries about Ukraine and by disappointing Chinese trade data.

  • BRUSSELS, March 11- Russia's seizure of the Crimea region of Ukraine is spurring the European Union to renew efforts to end decades of dependence on Russian gas by developing its own energy supplies and pushing for greater access to abundant U.S. resources.

  • MILAN, March 11- UniCredit posted a record 14 billion-euro loss on Tuesday due to huge writedowns on bad loans and past acquisitions as it moved to clean up its balance sheet ahead of an industry-wide health check by European regulators.

  • Wider market sentiment was still undermined by the crisis in Ukraine, where confrontation between Kiev and Moscow showed no sign of easing. The DAX had fallen 2.9 percent in the previous two sessions, dragged down by worries about Ukraine and by disappointing Chinese trade data.

  • UniCredit at risk from Ukraine: Economist     Tuesday, 11 Mar 2014 | 12:06 PM ET

    Riccardo Barbieri, chief European economist at Mizuho International, says UniCredit could be vulnerable the turmoil in Ukraine, given its exposure to eastern europe.