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  • Belarus enjoys bonanza amid Russia-West tensions Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 2:27 AM ET

    MINSK, Belarus— As relations between Russia and the West have deteriorated, there's one country that's reaping rewards— Belarus, whose authoritarian leader was once dubbed " Europe's last dictator" by the United States and the European Union. Food exports to Russia have been a major hard currency-earner for cash-strapped Belarus, worth $5.7 billion in 2013....

  • Asian markets gain as oil rebounds Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 2:13 AM ET

    South Korea's Kospi added 0.7 percent to 1,943.77 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 1.5 percent to 23,452.25. Japan's Nikkei 225 dipped 0.1 percent to 17,610.33 while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 jumped 1.9 percent to 5,422.00. Oil peaked at $107 a barrel in June but has plunged since then due to weak demand, especially after Saudi Arabia and other members of the...

  • Asian markets gain as oil rebounds Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 | 11:12 PM ET

    South Korea's Kospi added 0.4 percent to 1,936.79 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 1.4 percent to 23,428.73. Stocks in Southeast Asia and Taiwan also rose. ANALYST'S TAKE: "Our markets have opened firmer after the strong rebound in energy prices," said Tony Kwok, a sales trader in Sydney for CMC Markets.

  • LONDON, Dec 22- Senior workers in London's financial services sector are expecting on average a 21 percent rise in their bonus payouts for this year, despite pressure from regulators and lawmakers for payouts to be reined in, a survey showed on Monday. The European Union has sought to deter such behaviour with a new law that limits a bonus to no more than 100 percent...

  • AP PHOTOS: A look at 2014 in the business world Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 | 3:03 PM ET

    LONDON— No one said the recovery from the global financial crisis would be easy and 2014 provided that in spades. And in Europe, economic stagnation appears to be the new status quo despite the welcome news that Greece's savage six-year recession is over. Elsewhere, the legacy of the global financial crisis remains, notably in Europe, where the European Central...

  • *Brent closes above $61, U.S. crude settles above $56. NEW YORK, Dec 19- Oil closed up as much as 5 percent on Friday, its biggest gain in over two years, as some traders took profits on short positions after prices this week hit their lowest since 2009.. Brent's front-month settled up $2.11, or 3.4 percent, at $61.38 a barrel, after closing twice this week below the...

  • *Bremt closes above $61, U.S. crude settles above $56. Brent ended above $61 a barrel, the second time since Wednesday when it closed above the key psychological level of $60, and continued to rise in post-settlement trade. WTI finished above $56, breaking above the $55 resistance.

  • Cuba debt, often inert, moves on political winds Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 2:14 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 19- The historic breakthrough in U.S.- Cuba relations closes a Cold War chapter but leaves unresolved issues that investors need to pick through carefully, with Cuba's opaque economics and financial health poorly understood in world markets. Cuba has effectively been shut out of global financial markets for decades. said Thomas Herzfeld, a Miami...

  • Dec 19- AstraZeneca Plc's ovarian cancer drug has been granted an accelerated approval by the U.S. health regulator, a day after the treatment was approved by the European Commission. AstraZeneca expects potential sales of around $2 billion a year from the drug. London- based AstraZeneca's U.S.-listed shares were down about 1 percent at $71.41 in afternoon...

  • *Rouble bounces over 3 percent, oil above $60 a barrel. Wall Street's momentum, hopes that Russia was stabilizing and a recommitment from Japan to its massive stimulus campaign pushed Asian stocks to their best day in 15 months. "We have digested the drop in oil, we have gotten past the Fed, and now we will see what we will do for the rest of the year," said Peter Jankovskis,...

  • Global oil impact: Who's hurting, happy, hopeful Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 1:12 PM ET

    Russia's currency has nose-dived, for instance, and investors worry Venezuela could default on its debt. The world's four biggest economies— U.S., China, Japan and that of the European Union— all benefit from lower oil prices. "Economically this is a good thing for the U.S., it's a good thing for Europe, it's a good thing for China and it's a good thing for most consumers,"...

  • West Texas Intermediate crude futures traded above $55 a barrel while benchmark Brent hovered above the psychologically key $60 level, gaining over 2 percent in New York's morning trade. "At least I'm not convinced that with Brent at $60 or WTI above $55, we've seen the bottom yet," said Tariq Zahir, managing member at Tyche Capital Advisors in Laurel Hollow, New...

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Equities extend rally, oil rebounds Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 11:03 AM ET

    LONDON/ NEW YORK, Dec 19- Equity markets worldwide extended the week's rally on Friday, and oil prices rebounded from recent lows as traders said investors were starting to reduce exposure as the end of year approaches. Wall Street's momentum, hopes that Russia was stabilizing and a recommitment from Japan to its massive stimulus campaign pushed Asian stocks to...

  • LONDON, Dec 19- Reuters will cover all major market moves on merit throughout the holiday period. The pan-European stock market report will include Britain's FTSE 100. There will be no separate FTSE report. There will be no Global Markets report from London on Dec. 25 and 26 or on Jan. 1.

  • LONDON, Dec 19- A three-day rally in world share markets started to peter out on Friday as worries emerged that the European Central Bank's money printing plans could come with a number of restrictive strings attached. Officials speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity said the ECB may require countries such as Greece or Portugal to set aside extra money...

  • LONDON, Dec 19- Brent crude oil rose to around $60 a barrel on Friday, rallying from near a 5-1/ 2- year low as investors squared books ahead of the year-end festive break after six months of falling prices. Oil prices were on track for a fourth straight week of declines after OPEC members last month decided against cutting production despite a huge global overhang...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 19- It sounds like the usual setup for a knock-knock joke: Who is the best-selling author on all of Amazon.com this holiday season? Yet it's no laughing matter for Rob Teigen, a father of five in Grand Rapids, Michigan who, under the pen name Rob Elliott, currently owns the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on Amazon.com' s best-selling book list, outpacing such hits as "...

  • Sony hack adds to security pressure on companies Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 6:14 AM ET

    The Sony attack, which U.S. officials blamed on North Korea, was unusual because it included threats of violence if the Hollywood studio released its movie "The Interview," a comedy that depicts the assassination of the North's leader. He said his company has received a growing number of requests from financial institutions and other businesses alarmed by...

  • MOSCOW/ LONDON, Dec 19- Russia pays hugely inflated prices for vital medical equipment made by Western companies, in part because some manufacturers channel sales through obscure intermediary companies, a Reuters examination has found. An analysis of 20,000 transactions dated between January 2006 and July 2013 found that international companies sold...

  • *European shares rise after sharp gains in Asia, United States. LONDON, Dec 19- Gold steadied on Friday, struggling to rise above the $1,200 an ounce mark as the dollar firmed and investor appetite for risk increased on expectations of rising U.S. interest rates. "Right now, the market is struggling to move away from $1,200... the fact that we made a move below $1,189 after...