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LONDON, March 7- Women in the world of finance must not be scared to look further afield if opportunities at their current employer dry up. "I became very frustrated, so I left," says Javary, who 20 years later now advises BNP Paribas' most senior clients and coordinates the bank's corporate finance team in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, March 7- Canada's government said on Friday it would force major rail companies to ship at least 500,000 tonnes of grain each a week to help deal with a massive backlog that is hurting farmers.
*Putin rebuffs Obama as Ukraine crisis escalates. NEW YORK, March 7- U.S. oil rose more than $1 a barrel on Friday as tensions lingered in Ukraine and a report that U.S. job growth accelerated by more than expected in February offset a seasonal slowdown in demand for crude. The Ukraine crisis escalated as President Vladimir Putin rebuffed a warning from U.S.
NEW YORK, March 7- U.S. equities and other risk assets pared gains on Friday as uncertainty over Ukraine tensions outweighed stronger-than-expected U.S. jobs growth, leading investors to pull money before the weekend.
March 7- Shares of digital coupon company Coupons.com Inc nearly doubled in their trading debut, valuing the company at over $2.2 billion and underscoring the popularity of technology IPOs. Coupons.com is the third technology company to go public this year, after the successful debuts of Care.com Inc and Varonis Inc..
WASHINGTON, March 7- The price for power plants to emit 1 ton of carbon dioxide in nine northeastern U.S. states cleared at a record $4 per short ton at the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative's 23rd permit auction, the market's administrator said Friday.
March 7- Tensions in Ukraine have spurred U.S. officials to press the government to speed up exports of abundant U.S. natural gas to Europe as Russia moves to take control of part of the embattled nation.
WASHINGTON, March 7- The International Monetary Fund mission to Ukraine is "progressing well" and Ukrainian authorities are committed to economic reforms, a senior IMF official said on Friday after a visit to the country.
CHICAGO-- Grain futures were mixed Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery was 10 cents higher at 6.56 a bushel; May corn was 1.50 cents higher at 4.9150 a bushel; May oats were unchanged at 4.6625 a bushel; while May soybeans was 9 cents higher at 14.47 a bushel.
*Cerberus Capital to buy Safeway; Safeway shares slip. NEW YORK, March 7- U.S. stocks rose modestly on Friday after an unexpectedly strong payrolls report in February, although gains were curbed by lingering tensions in Ukraine, with the S&P 500 at record highs.
CHICAGO, March 7- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has launched an inquiry into whether high-speed trader Infinium Capital Management violated federal securities laws, according to a SEC letter obtained by Reuters.
NEW YORK/ MEXICO CITY, March 7- The company at the center of an alleged fraud that forced Citigroup Inc to cut its 2013 profit won billions of dollars in contracts from Mexico's state oil monopoly over the past decade, even after Mexican officials and private lawsuits raised red flags about the contractor's activities.
*Says offered to let Casablanca appoint two independent directors. Casablanca, Cliffs' fifth-largest shareholder with about a 5 percent stake, nominated six directors for election to the company's 11- member board on Thursday. Cliffs said on Friday it had offered to let Casablanca appoint two independent directors.
Caterpillar fell$. 67 or. 7 percent, to $96.93. Deere& Co. rose$. 46 or. 5 percent, to $88.69. Terex fell$. 12 or. 3 percent, to $44.51.
Baxter International Inc. fell$. 10 or. 1 percent, to $67.47. Johnson& Johnson fell$. 10 or. 1 percent, to $92.79. Medtronic fell$. 10 or. 2 percent, to $59.67.
Hecla Mining Co. fell$. 08 or 2.1 percent, to $3.48. Pan American Silver Corp. fell$. 17 or 1.2 percent, to $14.28. Silver Standard Resources Inc. fell$. 16 or 1.4 percent, to $10.95.
Comcast Corp. fell$. 10 or. 2 percent, to $52.01. Walt Disney Co. fell$. 40 or. 5 percent, to $82.94. Gannett fell$. 26 or. 9 percent, to $29.21.
Kelly Services Inc. class A rose$. 14 or. 5 percent, to $25.92. Korn/Ferry International Inc. rose $2.69 or 10.4 percent, to $28.52. ManpowerGroup rose$. 45 or. 6 percent, to $78.87.
Canadian National Railway Co. fell$. 12 or. 2 percent, to $56.26. Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. fell $1.23 or. 8 percent, to $157.35. Kansas City Southern rose$. 23 or. 2 percent, to $97.78.
NEW YORK-- Shares of some top telecom companies are mixed at 10 a.m.:. AT&T Inc. rose$. 10 or. 3 percent, to $32.44. Verizon Communications Inc. fell$. 16 or. 3 percent, to $47.30.