After hours of "candid and frank" discussions, Russia made it clear that it would not take any decisions on Crimea until after Sunday's referendum, while the U.S. reiterated it viewed this event as illegitimate, says U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.» Read More
*Iran wants economic sanctions lifted. LONDON/ ANKARA, March 13- Despite a diplomatic thaw, Western banks are steering clear of attempts by Iran to get them involved in financing humanitarian transactions, fearing they could be penalised under U.S. sanctions, bankers and government officials told Reuters.
March 14- Trinseo SA, a plastics maker backed by Bain Capital, filed again with U.S. regulators to raise up to $200 million in an initial public offering of common stock.
The deal was announced on the same day that Keurig changed the terms of its existing five-year contract with Starbucks. Starbucks said Friday that it agreed to give up its right to be the only provider of premium coffee for Keurig's machines, which makes coffee one cup at a time. That opened the door for Keurig to do business with Starbucks rivals, such as Peet's.
CARACAS, March 14- Venezuela's annual inflation rate rose to 57.3 percent in February, the central bank said on Friday, as violent opposition demonstrations during the month disrupted the economy.
Treasuries has led some to speculate that Russia has been cutting its dollar reserves ahead of possible sanctions from the West due to its role in the Ukraine crisis. "The speculation is that Russia is reducing its Treasuries holdings ahead of any possible sanctions," said Shaun Osbourne, chief foreign exchange strategist at TD Securities in Toronto.
WASHINGTON _Treasury releases foreign holdings of U.S. debt for January, 9 a.m. Eastern; Federal Reserve releases industrial production for February, 9:15 a.m.; National Association of Home Builders releases housing market index for March, 10 a.m..
Shares of Aetna Inc. slipped 93 cents to $71.98 Friday. The class action lawsuit was filed in July 2007 by the American Medical Association and several other groups.
March 14- Sandwich chain Quiznos Corp filed for pre-packaged bankruptcy protection on Friday after struggling for years with high debt and rising competition. It listed liabilities of between $500 million and $1 billion in its bankruptcy petition.
Moscow shipped more troops and armour into Crimea on Friday and repeated its threat to invade other parts of Ukraine in response to violence in Donetsk on Thursday night, showing no sign of bowing to Western demands to pull back.
NEW YORK, March 14- Power producers' coal ash disposal ponds like the one that leaked toxic sludge into a North Carolina river in February may soon become a thing of the past. At least 30,000 tons of arsenic-laced coal ash were released into North Carolina's Dan River in early February when a pipe broke under Duke Energy Corp's 27- acre ash pond.
NEW YORK-- A look at the 10 biggest percentage decliners on New York Stock Exchange at 1 p.m.:. XO Group fell 16.2 percent to $9.98. Aeropostale Inc. fell 13.7 percent to $6.30.
Autozone Inc. rose $6.74 or 1.3 percent, to $535.48. Bed Bath& Beyond Inc. rose$. 24 or. 3 percent, to $68.77. Best Buy rose$. 39 or 1.5 percent, to $25.68.
Kelly Services Inc. class A fell$. 13 or. 5 percent, to $24.64. Korn/Ferry International Inc. fell$. 06 or. 2 percent, to $28.19. ManpowerGroup rose$. 56 or. 7 percent, to $76.86.
Kroger rose$. 50 or 1.1 percent, to $43.99. Safeway rose$. 16 or. 4 percent, to $38.48. Supervalu rose$. 04 or. 6 percent, to $6.57.
NEW YORK-- Shares of some top telecom companies are up at 1 p.m.:. AT&T Inc. rose$. 02 or. 1 percent, to $32.37. Verizon Communications Inc. rose$. 04 or. 1 percent, to $46.07.
American Electric Power Co. rose$. 38 or. 8 percent, to $50.29. Consolidated Edison Inc. Holding Co. rose $1.09 or 2.0 percent, to $54.78. Dominion Resources Inc. rose$. 49 or. 7 percent, to $69.99.
Research in Motion Ltd. rose 1.2 percent to $9.16 with 11,548,800 shares traded. Cisco Systems Inc. fell. 5 percent to $21.41 with 20,269,600 shares traded. Facebook Inc. fell 1.0 percent to $68.13 with 31,805,400 shares traded.
BP PLC rose$. 16 or. 3 percent, to $47.75. ConocoPhillips rose$. 33 or. 5 percent, to $66.65. Exxon Mobil Corp. rose$. 18 or. 2 percent, to $93.82.
ForceField Energy rose 16.5 percent to $5.50. Coffee Holding Co. rose 15.3 percent to $7.68. Fate Therapeutics rose 12.2 percent to $9.84.
Baxter International Inc. fell$. 20 or. 3 percent, to $66.77. Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. fell$. 19 or. 4 percent, to $53.99. Johnson& Johnson rose$. 25 or. 3 percent, to $93.25.