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  • *Mayor of Riga concerned about trade links with Russia. RIGA, Jan 9- It's not so much the risk of conflict with Russia that worries the mayor of the Latvian capital Riga; it's the threat to jobs and investment as EU sanctions on Moscow rebound on the economy of the Baltic state. Bounding over to a map of the historic Hanseatic port that covers a wall of his office in the...

  • Why an oil bottom may be in sight: Brian Kelly Wednesday, 7 Jan 2015 | 2:51 PM ET

    Trying to pick an absolute bottom in any market is a fool’s errand, but there are a few signs that a turn may be coming, says "Fast Money" trader Brian Kelly.

  • RIGA, Jan 7- Latvia, which has taken over as chair of European Union government meetings, believes Russia may be more willing to negotiate a deal to ease tensions over Ukraine, its foreign minister said on Wednesday. "There is a kind of opening we can use," Edgars Rinkevics told reporters, saying the problems the Russian economy was suffering as a result of Western...

  • EU chair Latvia sees "opening" with Russia on Ukraine Wednesday, 7 Jan 2015 | 10:25 AM ET

    RIGA, Jan 7- Latvia, which holds the rotating chair of European Union governments, believes Russia may be more willing to negotiate a deal to ease tensions over Ukraine, its foreign minister said on Wednesday. "There is a kind of opening we can use," Edgars Rinkevics told reporters, saying the problems the Russian economy was suffering as a result of Western sanctions...

  • Byron Wien's surprises for 2015 Tuesday, 6 Jan 2015 | 5:58 PM ET
    Byron Wien

    The S&P 500 will get a 15 percent return this year, and the Fed will raise rates sooner than expected, Byron Wien said.

  • How to invest in Russia   Monday, 5 Jan 2015 | 11:25 AM ET
    How to invest in Russia

    With Russia being a risky country to invest in, Martina Bozadzhieva, head of research for EMEA at Frontier Strategy Group discusses the strategy she gives to her clients.

  • Will Russian sanctions be lifted?   Monday, 5 Jan 2015 | 11:15 AM ET
    Will Russian sanctions be lifted?

    Lifting sanctions imposed on Russia as soon as this month or the next would be "premature" but they will eventually be lifted, says Martina Bozadzhieva, head of research for EMEA at Frontier Strategy Group.

  • Russia is in 'distress'   Monday, 5 Jan 2015 | 4:35 AM ET
    Russia is in 'distress'

    Discussing the outlook for Russia, Benoit Anne, head of EM strategy at Societe Generale, says that things for Russia could well get worse, and a sovereign rating downgrade may be the next "bombshell."

  • Here's why you should look at Russian stocks   Monday, 5 Jan 2015 | 1:15 AM ET
    Here's why you should look at Russian stocks

    Jesse Sherman, portfolio manager at Renaissance Asset Management, says the weakening of the ruble has made Russian equities attractive.

  • *Russia faces economic instability and international isolation. MOSCOW, Dec 31- When Vladimir Putin was handed power unexpectedly by an ailing Boris Yeltsin on the last day of the last century, his first move was to go on television to guarantee Russia the freedoms needed for a "civilized society." Fifteen years later, his critics accuse the former KGB spy of...

  • MOSCOW, Dec 31- Russia announced state aid for a major energy project on Wednesday under a drive to shore up strategic firms as well as public faith in its banking system during an economic crisis deepened by Western sanctions. On top of the help for Yamal- which is controlled by the Novatek firm but also has Western and Chinese shareholders- Russia has announced...

  • MOSCOW, Dec 31- The Russian government has bought almost $700 million worth of state bank Gazprombank's shares, the bank said on Wednesday, in the latest support for a banking sector suffering from Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis and a sharp economic slowdown. Russia's government is stepping up efforts to support large banks and state companies as...

  • Protests in Moscow after Kremlin critic ruling Tuesday, 30 Dec 2014 | 2:40 PM ET
    Police officers detain an opposition supporter during an unauthorized rally in support of Alexei and Oleg Navalny in central Moscow on December 30, 2014.

    Protests broke out in Moscow after Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was found guilty of embezzling money.

  • BALASHIKHA/BASKAKI, Russia, Dec 30- On her third day in a new position at Russian Railways, Elena Kachalina heard a man die. She didn't see the train hit him as he tried to cross the tracks at Saltykovskaya, a station in the heavily populated Moscow suburb of Balashikha, but she heard the impact. The railway and its death toll are emblematic of life in Russia under...

  • MOSCOW, Dec 30- The Russian rouble staged an uncertain recovery on Tuesday as traders saw modest foreign-currency sales on the final day of trading before the New Year holidays. At 1230 GMT, the rouble was around 2.6 percent stronger against the dollar at 56.81 roubles per dollar and 2.1 percent firmer against the euro at 69.52. Analysts at Nordea Bank said the...

  • MOSCOW, Dec 30- A recovery in the rouble ran out of steam on Tuesday afternoon as oil prices slid, wiping out early gains driven by modest foreign-currency sales on the final day of trading before the New Year holidays. At 1015 GMT, the rouble was around 0.7 percent weaker against the dollar at 58.76 roubles per dollar and 0.4 percent weaker against the euro at 71.31.

  • Putin's counterproductive moves with Ukraine   Tuesday, 30 Dec 2014 | 5:30 AM ET
    Putin's counterproductive moves with Ukraine

    Russia's recent moves with Ukraine appear "counterproductive" says John Peet, Europe editor at "The Economist".

  • MOSCOW, Dec 30- Russian authorities are facing some unpalatable options as they try to keep the economy afloat- unless they can persuade President Vladimir Putin to curb massive military spending. Despite a crisis brought on by diving oil markets and Western sanctions, they believe Russia can muddle through next year provided the price of crude, its dominant...

  • MOSCOW, Dec 29- Russia's economy shrank sharply in November and the rouble resumed its slide on Monday as Western sanctions and a slump in oil prices combined to inflict the first contraction in GDP since the global financial crisis. On top of this, the sanctions imposed over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis have deterred foreign investment and led to over...

  • MOSCOW, Dec 29- Russia's economy shrank sharply in November and the rouble resumed its slide on Monday as Western sanctions and a slump in oil prices combined to inflict the first contraction in GDP since the global financial crisis. On top of this, the sanctions imposed over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis have deterred foreign investment and led to over...