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  • *Russia seeks to reassure West, Ukraine over troops. LONDON, April 9- Brent futures steadied above $107 a barrel as tension escalated over Ukraine, but a steep rise in crude oil stockpiles in the United States weighed on prices.

  • *U.S. says Russian agents stirring eastern Ukraine unrest. LONDON, April 9- Brent futures held above $107 a barrel as tension escalated over Ukraine, but a steep rise in crude oil stockpiles in the United States weighed on prices.

  • Stronger autos help European shares to gain ground Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 4:38 AM ET

    LONDON, April 9- European shares advanced on Wednesday, with automakers leading the market higher on a positive growth outlook for some major companies, although caution ahead of the European earnings season could keep gains under check.

  • *U.S. accuses Russian agents of stirring eastern Ukraine unrest. SINGAPORE, April 9- Brent futures held steady above $107 a barrel as geopolitical tensions over Ukraine worsened, overshadowing U.S. industry data that showed crude stockpiles in the world's largest oil consumer rose nearly six times more than expected.

  • *U.S. accuses Russian agents of stirring eastern Ukraine unrest. SINGAPORE, April 9- Brent futures held near $108 a barrel as geopolitical tensions over Ukraine worsened, overshadowing U.S. industry data that showed crude stockpiles in the world's largest oil consumer rose nearly six times more than expected.

  • SINGAPORE, April 9- Gold was trading near its highest in two weeks on Wednesday, holding on to sharp overnight gains, as rising geopolitical tensions over Ukraine burnished its safe-haven appeal. *Spot gold rose nearly 0.1 percent to $1,309.22 an ounce by 0021 GMT, after gaining 0.9 percent in the previous session.

  • SEOUL, April 9- U.S. crude oil futures slipped in early Asian trade on Wednesday after jumping more than 2 percent in the previous session, but prices remained underpinned by a U.S. stock draw for gasoline and tensions over Ukraine. *U.S. crude edged down 24 cents at $102.32 a barrel as of 0020 GMT after settling $2.12 higher at $102.56 a barrel on Tuesday.

  • *U.S. says Moscow behind separatists in eastern Ukraine. Fresh unrest in eastern Ukraine provided background support for Brent as traders worried that heightened tensions between Moscow and the Western powers might interrupt oil supply from Russia, one of the world's top oil exporters.

  • *U.S. says Moscow behind separatists in eastern Ukraine. Fresh unrest in eastern Ukraine provided background support for Brent as traders worried that heightened tensions between Moscow and the Western powers might interrupt oil supply from Russia, one of the world's top oil exporters.

  • *U.S. says Moscow behind separatists in eastern Ukraine. NEW YORK, April 8- Global oil prices surged on Tuesday as a weaker U.S. dollar boosted buying, while expectations for bullish inventory reports in the U.S. and fresh unrest in eastern Ukraine lent support. "Unless we see additional movements inside of Ukraine, then these gains here will be short lived."

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, April 8- Gold rose 1 percent on Tuesday on a sharply lower dollar and as renewed tensions between the United States and Russia over Ukraine burnished bullion's safe-haven appeal.

  • *U.S. says Moscow behind separatists in eastern Ukraine. NEW YORK, April 8- U.S. crude oil rose on Tuesday ahead of weekly inventory reports that were expected to show gasoline stocks fell, while Brent gained as fresh unrest in eastern Ukraine heightened tensions between Russia and the West again.

  • SINGAPORE, April 8- Brent crude rose above $106 a barrel on Tuesday supported by the threat of civil war breaking out in Ukraine, as NATO urged Russia to pull back "tens of thousands of troops" from the border with its neighbour. Brent crude for May delivery was up 48 cents to $106.30 a barrel at 0818 GMT after settling down 90 cents.

  • SINGAPORE, April 8- Brent crude climbed above $106 a barrel on Tuesday supported by increased tensions between Russia and the West over Ukraine, while gains were capped by news that Libya was preparing to load crude onto tankers from newly reopened ports.

  • Stocks wrapped up the session on a high note, with the Dow logging triple-digit gains, after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said there's still room for the central bank to help the economy. But major index ended relatively flat for the first quarter.

  • *Russia says battalion withdrawing from near Ukraine border. NEW YORK, March 31- Crude futures dipped in volatile end-of-quarter trading on Monday, pressured by news Russia was withdrawing some troops on the Ukrainian border and concerns about the struggling U.S. labor market voiced by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.

  • Russia flaunts grip on Crimea with PM's visit Monday, 31 Mar 2014 | 12:28 PM ET
    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev

    Ukraine on Monday denounced the visit of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to Crimea.

  • *Ukraine denounces visit as "crude violation". *Putin, Merkel discuss Ukraine, Moldova by phone. SIMFEROPOL, Crimea, March 31- Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev flaunted Russia's grip on Crimea by flying to the region and holding a government meeting there on Monday, angering Ukraine and defying Western demands to hand the peninsula back to Kiev.

  • NEW YORK, March 31- U.S. stocks were poised to open higher on Monday, putting the S&P 500 on track for a second straight advance, ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. *Investors will peruse comments by Yellen, who is scheduled to speak in Chicago at 9:55 a.m. EST, for clues on her stance on interest rates.

  • U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Monday, with global shares boosted hopes of stimulus in both the euro zone and China.

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