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  • *Shanghai, Hong Kong stocks lead on stimulus hopes. Chinese stocks surged to seven-year highs, helped by Beijing's unveiling of an ambitious plan to build a modern Silk Road to Europe and Africa and signs from People's Bank of China Governor Zhou Xiaochuan that added to expectations of more monetary policy easing. "China's economy is under relatively big...

  • *More price falls seen as U.S. stocks are sold off- Barclays. LONDON, March 30- Oil prices fell on Monday as officials from Iran and six world powers discussed a possible deal over Tehran's nuclear programme that could bring an end to sanctions and allow an increase in Iranian oil exports. "Regarding Iran, there are two possible outcomes: a framework deal or an extended...

  • SINGAPORE, March 30- Oil prices fell on Monday as the market focused on whether Iran and six world powers would reach a deal that could add fuel to an already oversupplied market if sanctions against Tehran are lifted. "Any relaxation of Iran oil sanctions could see increased exports adding to swelling global supplies and further pressuring prices," ANZ said on...

  • *Shanghai, Hong Kong stocks lead on stimulus hopes. SYDNEY, March 30- Asian stock markets rose on Monday, with China stocks nearing a seven-year peak on hopes for more infrastructure spending and policy stimulus, while oil prices suffered further from excess supply. The Hang Seng China Enterprises Index also added 3.5 percent after China allowed mainland mutual...

  • SINGAPORE, March 30- Brent crude oil prices fell below $56 a barrel on Monday, extending steep losses from the previous session, as Iran and six world powers tried to reach a deal that could add oil to the market if sanctions against Tehran are lifted. International benchmark Brent crude oil futures had dropped to $55.99 by 0224 GMT, down 42 cents since its last...

  • *Kikkoman soars on report of impending record operating profit. TOKYO, March 30- Japan's Nikkei share average rose in choppy trade on Monday, recovering from extended lows, while airline shares gained after oil prices extended their losses. What's not priced in the market now is hopes for higher EPS for the next fiscal year, "said Hiroyuki Nakai, chief strategist at...

  • *Iran deal could open new oil supplies to market within months. SINGAPORE, March 30- Oil prices dipped in Asian morning trading on Monday, adding to steep losses in the previous session, as Iran and six world powers tried to reach a deal that could add oil to the market if sanctions against Tehran are lifted. International benchmark Brent crude oil futures were at...

  • SINGAPORE, March 30- U.S. crude futures fell below $48.50 a barrel in early trading on Monday, adding to steep losses in the previous session, as Iran and six world powers tried to reach a deal that could add oil to the market if sanctions against Tehran are lifted. In the previous session, U.S. crude lost 5 percent of its value as the market began to price in the...

  • Iran, world powers edge closer to nuclear deal Saturday, 28 Mar 2015 | 5:05 PM ET
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L), Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (R) and EU envoy Catherine Ashton pose for photographers before a meeting in Vienna November 22, 2014.

    World powers gathering in the Swiss city of Lausanne insist they are closer than ever to reaching a nuclear deal with Iran.

  • *Traders weigh possibility of Iran nuclear deal by next week. Tehran eager to recover oil market share lost due to sanctions. NEW YORK, March 27- Oil tumbled 5 percent on Friday, erasing the previous session's gains, as Yemen's conflict looked less likely to disrupt Middle East crude shipments and investors turned their focus to talks for a potential Iran nuclear...

  • Fmr. US Ambassador on Middle East   Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 3:15 PM ET
    Fmr. US Ambassador on Middle East

    Former U.S. Ambassador, James Jeffrey of Washington Institute for Near East Policy discusses the U.S. relationship with Iran and global topics. CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera weighs in.

  • Yemen fighting unlikely to wrap up anytime soon Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 2:48 PM ET
    People watch a vehicle which belonged to Shi'ite Muslim rebels burn during clashes in Aden, Yemen, March 26, 2015.

    A Yemeni official said the Saudi-backed operation in the country would only take days, but experts said an easy conclusion is unlikely.

  • Oil closes at session lows   Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 2:27 PM ET
    Oil closes at session lows

    CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis tracks rig counts and factors that may have an impact on oil prices as oil comes to a close.

  • *Success would establish Riyadh as leader of Sunni states. RIYADH, March 27- Saudi Arabia's campaign to stop the Houthis from ruling over Yemen could define its role in the Middle East for years and shape its regional struggle with the rebels' ally Iran. Success would establish Riyadh as de facto leader of the region's Sunni states it has pulled together in a...

  • *Tehran eager to recover lost market share in oil from sanctions. NEW YORK, March 27- Oil fell on Friday as fears about the disruption of Middle East crude shipments from Yemen's conflict eased, and focus turned to the likelihood of an Iranian nuclear deal by next week that could put more supply on the market. Benchmark Brent oil and U.S. crude were down more than 2...

  • Obama must fix Israeli relations: Bill Richardson Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 11:38 AM ET
    Bill Richardson

    The former UN ambassador says Israel is "our anchor in the Mideast."

  • *Yemen sits on Bab el- Mandeb Strait supply chokepoint. LONDON, March 27- Oil prices fell more than $1 a barrel on Friday as worries receded over the threat of disruptions to Middle East supplies due to Saudi Arabia- led air strikes in Yemen. Oil jumped around 5 percent on Thursday, its biggest daily gain in a month, after air strikes in Yemen by Saudi Arabia and its Gulf...

  • *Crude dips after rally as market reassesses conflict in Yemen. TOKYO, March 27- Asian stocks were mixed on Friday as rising tensions in the Middle East obscured the investment outlook, while the dollar rebounded. Crude oil prices were lower due to the dollar's bounce and as the market reassessed the potential impact of the escalating conflict in Yemen, where...

  • *Yemen sits on Bab el- Mandeb Strait supply chokepoint. SINGAPORE, March 27- Oil prices fell more than $1 on Friday, after sharp gains in the previous session, as worries of a disruption to crude supplies due to Saudi Arabia- led air strikes in Yemen eased. Oil jumped around 5 percent on Thursday, the biggest daily gain in a month, as air strikes in Yemen by Saudi Arabia and...

  • Is Yemen another Middle East proxy war?   Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 11:11 PM ET
    Is Yemen another Middle East proxy war?

    Yeme's current political conflict can be linked to escalating tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia, says Jonathan Pain, author of the Pain Report.