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  • MOSCOW, March 25- Russia's Rosneft, the world's largest listed oil company by output, said on Tuesday it had repaid some $10.6 billion to international banks raised for its takeover of TNK-BP. Rosneft, headed by Igor Sechin, a close ally of President Vladimir Putin, said it paid back loans ahead of time in December-March.

  • *Supply concerns stemming from Ukraine crisis check losses. SINGAPORE March 25- Brent crude fell towards $106.50 per barrel on Tuesday, dropping for a second straight session on disappointing manufacturing numbers from the world's biggest oil consuming nations, although supply concerns stemming from the Ukraine crisis checked losses.

  • SINGAPORE, March 25- Gold rebounded on Tuesday from a one-month low hit in the prior session, helped by short covering and a rise in bullion-backed exchange traded fund holdings, but expectations of higher U.S. interest rates and a lack of physical buying capped gains.

  • *Investors cautious, Ukraine crisis, soft U.S. data blamed. TOKYO, March 25- Asian shares were in a defensive mode on Tuesday after Wall Street fell overnight and U.S. short-term bond yields rose to six-month highs, though still-vague hopes of a new stimulus plan in China could improve investor sentiment.

  • SYDNEY, March 25- London copper was treading water on Tuesday, with hopes of economic stimulus by Beijing providing a floor for prices after a survey showed that growth in the country's factories slowed for a fifth month in March. *The most-traded June copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange edged up by 0.1 percent to 45,300 yuan a tonne.

  • TOKYO, March 25- Japan's Nikkei share average dropped on Tuesday morning as the seemingly intractable crisis in Ukraine and soft U.S. manufacturing activity weighed on sentiment, though gains in small-sized companies limited the losses.

  • TOKYO, March 25- Asian shares were in a defensive mode on Tuesday after Wall Street fell overnight, though still-vague hopes of a new stimulus plan in China could improve investor sentiment. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dipped 0.1 percent as Australian shares fell 0.5 percent, while Japan's Nikkei dropped 0.5 percent.

  • TOKYO, March 25- U.S. crude oil gave up gains in early Tuesday trade to float just above $99 amid news that officials were looking to reopen a key Texas shipping channel, the shutdown of which had lifted prices in the previous session. *U.S. crude for May delivery was down 25 cents at $99.35 per barrel by 0005 GMT, after finishing 14 cents higher on Monday.

  • SINGAPORE, March 25- Gold steadied in early Asian trade on Tuesday, but was just off a one-month low after tumbling about 2 percent in the previous session as hedge funds sold down amid expectations of higher U.S. interest rates. *Spot gold added $1.49 an ounce to $1,310.61 by 2357 GMT, having fallen to $1,307.54 an ounce on Monday, its weakest since Feb. 20.

  • WASHINGTON, March 24- Lawmakers will consider legislation this week to cut off all U.S. business with Russia's state-owned arms exporter, Rosoboronexport, in response to Moscow's intervention in Ukraine.

  • Andrew Card, former White House Chief of Staff; advises President Obama to seek council from wise people about the old Soviet Union to deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

  • Need banking sanctions to hurt Putin: Kudlow     Monday, 24 Mar 2014 | 7:07 PM ET

    Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) Joint Economic Committee chairman, provides an outlook for banking sanctions against Russia.

  • *Ukraine conflict continues; Russia seizes marine base. Concerns that the crisis in Ukraine could escalate gave investors a reason to drop some of the market's biggest trading favorites. Netflix Inc tumbled 6.7 percent to close at $378.90, with fellow Internet names Facebook Inc down 4.7 percent at $64.10 and TripAdvisor Inc down 3.9 percent at $97.58.

  • President Barack Obama and major industrialised allies warned Russia on Monday it faced damaging economic sanctions if President Vladimir Putin takes further action to destabilise Ukraine following the seizure of Crimea.

  • *Ukraine crisis, Libya keep market focus on supply risks. NEW YORK, March 24- Brent crude oil fell and U.S. crude edged slightly higher in chopping trading on Monday as lackluster manufacturing data from the world's largest oil consumer was balanced by supply concerns over the Ukraine crisis and turmoil in Libya.

  • Former President of the World Bank, Robert Zoellick discusses if U.S. sanctions against Russia are really hurting Vladimir Putin and if it's enough to keep him from escalating the crisis in Ukraine.

  • *Ukraine conflict continues; Russia seizes marine base. Concerns that the crisis in Ukraine could escalate pushed traders to drop some of the market's biggest trading favorites, taking the Nasdaq below its 50- day moving average in a sign of weakening near-term momentum.

  • *G7 to warn Russia of tougher sanctions if Ukraine crisis escalates. President Barack Obama conferred with major industrialised allies in the Group of Seven on Monday on how to pressure Russia over its seizure of Crimea after Ukraine told its remaining troops to leave the region for their own safety.

  • Nets owner to bring team under Russian jurisdiction Monday, 24 Mar 2014 | 12:59 PM ET
    Mikhail Prokhorov

    A Russian billionaire said he planned to relocate the company that runs the Brooklyn Nets basketball team to Russia to help combat new US sanctions.

  • *Ukraine crisis, Libya keep market focus on supply risks. NEW YORK, March 24- Brent crude oil edged higher on Monday, as supply concerns over the Ukraine crisis and turmoil in Libya outweighed weaker-than-expected Chinese data that pointed to slowing demand in the world's biggest energy consumer.

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