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  • *OPEC unwilling to cut supply, spurring weakness. Non- OPEC member Russia, one of the world's top producers, has also indicated that it does not plan to cut output despite a glut in the world market. U.S. crude dropped $1.12 to $54.81 a barrel after touching the lowest since May 2009 at $53.60 on Tuesday.

  • *OPEC unwilling to cut supply, spurring weakness. Non- OPEC member Russia, one of the world's top producers, has also indicated that it does not plan to cut output despite a glut in the market. U.S. crude for January delivery dropped 97 cents to $54.96 a barrel after touching the lowest since May 2009 at $53.60 on Tuesday.

  • SYDNEY, Dec 17- An uneasy calm settled on Asian markets on Wednesday as a brewing financial crisis in Russia and the rout in oil prices sent investors scurrying for the cover of top-rated bonds. Yields on British, German and Japan sovereign debt had all hit record lows while long-dated U.S. yields reached their lowest since late 2012.. MSCI's index of Asia-Pacific...

  • *Risk aversion rises on Russia's financial crisis. TOKYO, Dec 17- The dollar nursed its losses in early Asian trading on Wednesday, pulling away from lows hit overnight on skidding oil prices, Russia's financial crisis, and speculation that the Federal Reserve might take a more cautious tone on monetary policy. We also expect committee members to raise their...

  • SYDNEY, Dec 17- World markets braced for more volatility on Wednesday as tumbling oil prices and a brewing financial crisis in Russia sent investors stampeding for safe havens such as the yen and U.S. The jump in the yen is likely to pressure Japan's Nikkei while fears of capital flight will haunt emerging markets across Asia. MSCI's index of Asia-Pacific shares...

  • *Moscow stocks plunge; crude trades below $60 a barrel. Three retail trading platforms halted trading in rubles, citing growing signs of stress among the banks that underpin that trade, as speculation mounted that Moscow will impose capital controls within the next few days. "If you have a deeply mono-export culture which is linked to oil, then the consequences of...

  • *Moscow stocks plunge, crude trades below $60 a barrel. Three retail trading platforms halted trading in rubles, citing growing signs of stress among the banks that underpin that trade, as speculation mounted that Moscow will impose capital controls within the next few days. "If you have a deeply mono-export culture which is linked to oil, then the consequences of...

  • FXCM, one of the biggest platforms catering to online and retail traders of currencies, said the halt stemmed from the expectations of banks that Moscow would impose outright capital controls within the next few days. "As such, FXCM can no longer offer this instrument to our clients and will begin closing any existing client trades in USD/RUB effective at Noon...

  • *China seeking foothold in central and eastern Europe. BELGRADE, Dec 16- China said on Tuesday it would create a new investment fund of $3 billion targeting central and eastern Europe, seeking to strengthen its foothold in the region as a door to the wider European Union. China sees central and eastern Europe as a potentially lucrative market and bridgehead to the...

  • Hungary bans most stores from opening on Sundays Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 1:14 PM ET

    BUDAPEST, Hungary— Hungarian lawmakers have approved a law banning most stores from opening on Sundays— a day the government says no employee should be forced to work. The National Association of Entrepreneurs and Employers said it would organize a national referendum on the issue. While Prime Minister Viktor Orban's Fidesz party had earlier rejected...

  • OPEC signals "wait and see" approach could last a year Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 12:48 PM ET

    Some OPEC watchers had identified $60 as a potential red line at which the group, which produces a third of global oil, was expected to send a signal to the market that the decline had been too fast and too steep. OPEC itself is struggling to predict what those signals could be-- a total saturation of global stocks, a bankruptcy of a large oil company or a call from Moscow...

  • LONDON, Dec 16- Russia has made constructive moves in recent days towards possibly reducing tensions in Ukraine, U.S. Speaking in London, Kerry said the United States and Europe were ready to ease sanctions against Russia if President Vladimir Putin took more steps to deescalate tensions in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine's separatist east passed the night into...

  • MOSCOW, Dec 16- The rouble plunged more than 11 percent against the dollar on Tuesday in its steepest intraday fall since the Russian financial crisis in 1998 as confidence in the central bank evaporated after an ineffectual rate hike. It has now fallen close to 20 percent this week, taking its losses this year against the dollar to more than 50 percent and...

  • MOSCOW, Dec 16- The rouble plunged more than 11 percent against the dollar on Tuesday in its steepest intraday fall since the Russian financial crisis in 1998 as confidence in the central bank evaporated after an ineffectual rate hike. It has now fallen close to 20 percent this week, taking its losses this year against the dollar to over 50 percent and raising...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 16- U.S. stocks were set to fall at the open on Tuesday as a further slide in crude oil prices and the Russian rouble sent traders fleeing from risky assets on global economic concerns. Brent crude lost more than 3 percent to $58.98 per barrel after hitting a low of $58.50, and U.S. crude was down almost 4 percent at $53.75, near its session low.

  • LONDON, Dec 16- Russia's failed defense of the rouble and a plummeting oil price added to a global emerging markets rout on Tuesday that sent bourses lower in Asia, the Middle East and Europe. The MSCI emerging stocks index traded 1.6 percent lower, on track for an eighth day in the red while the Asia excluding Japan benchmark dropped 0.7 percent.

  • US STOCKS-Futures tumble as oil, rouble slide further Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 8:19 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 16- U.S. stock index futures fell on Tuesday as a further slide in crude oil prices and the Russian rouble sent traders fleeing from risky assets. Brent crude lost more than 3 percent to $58.96 per barrel after hitting a low of $58.50 and U.S. crude was down almost 3 percent at $54.26 after hitting $53.80. "The market is reflecting a global macro concern...

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Scramble for safety as rouble, oil sink Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 8:05 AM ET

    *Moscow stock markets plunge, help drag Europe lower. LONDON, Dec 16- Oil's plunge below $60 and the failure of Russia's huge emergency rate hike to stabilize the rouble jolted global markets on Tuesday, adding to a growing sense of crisis and a volatile end to 2014.. After a bumper few years driven by huge amounts of cash pumped into the financial sector by the...

  • MOSCOW— The Russian ruble has rolled back from historic low, but it is still 12 percent down.

  • China looking for new markets in eastern Europe Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 7:49 AM ET

    BELGRADE, Serbia— In an attempt to secure business ties and increase political influence, China has launched a charm offensive in eastern Europe— where the European Union and Russia are also vying for sway. "China supports the European Union, EU integration processes and a strong euro." The timing of the China summit— the third such in three years— is significant as it...