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*Indonesia's export ban, Russia sanctions support. LONDON, April 15- Base metals fell on Tuesday, led by nickel, as investors sold risky assets on worries about demand in top consumer China and concern about the conflict in Ukraine.
BERLIN— German utility company RWE said Tuesday it has started sending natural gas to Ukraine, a move that could support the country if Russia acts on its threat to cut off supplies because of a massive debt for past deliveries.
FRANKFURT, Germany— A key German measure of investor confidence in the economy slipped in April as the conflict in Ukraine created uncertainty about the future. It is the second month the index has fallen because of concern over Ukraine, where Russia has annexed the Crimean Peninsula and is now accused of stirring unrest in the eastern part of the country.
ZURICH, April 15- A strong uptake of new cancer medicines helped Roche to limit a decline in first-quarter sales and the Swiss company confirmed a forecast for higher earnings this year.
BRUSSELS— The European Union's Parliament on Tuesday completed the biggest overhaul of the bloc's financial system since the introduction of the euro currency, passing laws to minimize the risk and cost posed by failing banks.
CHIANG MAI, Thailand— The bucolic, once laid-back campus of one of Thailand's top universities is under a security clampdown. Thousands have clambered aboard student buses at Chiang Mai University, made a mess in cafeterias and sneaked into classes to attend lectures.
The price of oil fell to near $103 a barrel Tuesday ahead of talks aimed at defusing tensions between the West and Russia over Ukraine. Officials from the U.S., Russia, Ukraine and the European Union are set to meet in Geneva on Thursday for negotiations aimed at persuading Russia to back off in Ukraine following its annexation of Crimea.
FRANKFURT, Germany— Food company Nestle SA says sales rose 4.2 percent in the first quarter compared with a year ago despite deflationary pressures in Europe.
SINGAPORE, April 15- Brent crude futures fell below $109 a barrel on Tuesday after hitting a six-week high in the previous session, as investors looked ahead to a meeting in Geneva that they hoped would bring a political resolution to the crisis in Ukraine.
*Q1 sales 11.496 bln Swiss francs vs 11.887 bln forecast. ZURICH, April 15- Adverse currency moves weighed on first-quarter sales at Roche Holding AG, which fell 1 percent, despite a healthy uptake of its new cancer medicines.
SINGAPORE, April 15- Brent crude futures dropped below $109 a barrel following a surge to a six-week high in the previous session, as investors looked ahead to a meeting in Geneva that they hoped would bring a political resolution to the escalating crisis in Ukraine.
Investors remained wary of developments in Ukraine, where any escalation might quickly cause risk appetite to evaporate. Armed pro-Russian separatists seized more buildings in eastern Ukraine on Monday, expanding their control after the government failed to follow through on threatened military crackdown.
Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke visits India. CANBERRA, Australia- RBA Assistant Governor Guy Debelle speaks to the Economic Society of Australia in Canberra- 0230 GMT. DUBLIN- Irish financial regulator Cyril Roux speaks at conference on' The Future of Prudential Regulation'- 0900 GMT.
LUXEMBOURG, April 14- The European Union agreed on Monday to step up sanctions against Russia over Ukraine by expanding a list of people targeted with asset freezes and visa bans, and said the bloc could hold an emergency summit next week to adopt further measures.
Greece made a successful, if artificially engineered, return to the long-term capital markets last week for the first time since its international bailout in 2010, and just two years after imposing heavy losses on its private creditors.
*Says suffers from slower demand in North America, Russia. PARIS, April 14- L'Oreal posted a drop in revenue for the first three months of the year, hit by slower demand in North America, but pledged it would return to growth in the second quarter.
April 14- U.S. drugstore chain operator Walgreen Co is under pressure from a group of shareholders to consider relocating to Europe to gain tax benefits, the Financial Times reported.
*Says suffers from slower demand in North America, Russia. PARIS, April 14- L'Oreal posted a 2.2 percent drop in first-quarter sales on Monday, held back by slowing demand for mass market products including Garnier shampoo and Maybelline make-up, particularly in North America.
*Indexes breaks losing streak on U.S. data, Citi results. LONDON, April 14- Strong U.S. economic data helped pan-European equity indexes snap a three-day losing streak on Monday but appetite for risk remained muted as the threat of violence between Ukrainian forces and pro- Russia separatists loomed.
LUXEMBOURG, April 14- The European Union could hold an emergency summit next week to impose further sanctions against Russia if there is no breakthrough at talks with Ukraine scheduled for Thursday in Geneva, France's foreign minister said on Monday.