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  • MOSCOW, June 6- President Vladimir Putin's idea of a massive boost to Gazprom's share capital has taken bankers and the energy industry by surprise, with some fearing it could further strain Russia's sanctions-hit economy and undermine the rouble.

  • *Price gains limited by easing Ukraine tension, ample supply. LONDON, June 6- Brent crude oil steadied near $109 a barrel on Friday, buoyed by optimism that monetary stimulus in the euro zone will lift economic growth and demand for fuel. "Extra liquidity could mean more money for oil," Carsten Fritsch of Commerzbank said.

  • LONDON, June 6- Emerging European currencies hovered near their ECB-driven highs on Friday as investors switched attention to U.S. employment data, along with D-Day meetings of world leaders for signs of a thaw in relations between Russia and Ukraine.

  • *Price gains limited by easing Ukraine tension, ample supply. LONDON, June 6- Brent crude oil rose above $109 a barrel on Friday, buoyed by optimism that monetary stimulus in the euro zone will lift economic growth and demand for fuel. "Extra liquidity could mean more money for oil," Carsten Fritsch of Commerzbank said.

  • *Oil set for 2nd weekly drop on easing Ukraine tension, ample supply. SINGAPORE, June 6- Brent nudged higher to hover just under $109 a barrel on Friday, but was set to post a second straight weekly fall on easing Ukraine tensions and ample supply.

  • Brent steady under $109, set for 2nd weekly loss Thursday, 5 Jun 2014 | 11:51 PM ET

    *Oil set for 2nd weekly drop on easing Ukraine tension, ample supply. SINGAPORE, June 6- Brent nudged higher to hover just under $109 a barrel on Friday, but was set to post a second straight weekly fall on easing Ukraine tensions and ample supply.

  • Ukraine president-elect works on peace plan with Western leaders. NEW YORK, June 5- Brent crude oil futures rose and U.S. crude oil pared losses on Thursday in choppy trading as the euro and dollar reacted to the European Central Bank's interest rate cut and investors anticipated growing oil demand in Europe.

  • Senator Edward Markey on Thursday aims to ease Ukraine's fuel dependence on Russia by modernizing its heating infrastructure and updating its Soviet-era natural gas drilling capabilities.

  • Hollande to dine twice to separate Obama and Putin Thursday, 5 Jun 2014 | 1:25 PM ET
    President Barack Obama, President Francois Hollande and President Vladimir Putin.

    Hollande will meet Obama in a restaurant overlooking the iconic Champs-Elysees before going back to his residence for a supper with Putin.

  • *Ukraine president-elect works on peace plan with Western leaders. NEW YORK, June 5- Brent turned slightly higher and U.S. crude oil pared losses on Thursday in choppy trading as the euro and dollar reacted to the European Central Bank's interest rate cut. U.S. crude was down 36 cents to $102.28 at 12:55 p.m. EDT.

  • *Hollande to discuss Ukraine separately with US, Russian leaders. PARIS, June 5- President Francois Hollande urged world leaders arriving in France on Thursday to mark the 70th anniversary of World War Two's D-Day landings to use the occasion to ease tensions over the Ukraine crisis.

  • UPDATE 7-Oil pares losses as Euro recovers Thursday, 5 Jun 2014 | 12:13 PM ET

    *Ukraine president-elect works on peace plan with Western leaders. NEW YORK, June 5 (Reuters)- U.S. crude oil fell to a two-week low on Thursday in choppy trading as the dollar gained against the euro after the European Central Bank cut interest rates to record lows and announced negative interest rates on overnight deposits.

  • *Hollande to discuss Ukraine separately with US, Russian leaders. PARIS, June 5- Criticised at home for a lack of initiative on Ukraine, French President Francois Hollande will hold separate dinners on Thursday with the U.S. and Russian leaders in an attempt to unlock Europe's worst security crisis since the Cold War.

  • *Ukraine president-elect works on peace plan with Western leaders. LONDON, June 5- Oil fell to a three-week low below $108 a barrel on Thursday as worries about risks to supply caused by violence in Ukraine eased on hopes that talks could resolve the situation.

  • *Ukraine president-elect works on peace plan with Western leaders. LONDON, June 5- Oil fell to a three-week low below $108 a barrel on Thursday as worries about risks to supply caused by violence in Ukraine eased on hopes that talks could resolve the situation.

  • SINGAPORE, June 5- U.S. crude slipped toward $102 a barrel on Thursday as geopolitical tensions eased, with Ukraine's President-elect and western leaders working on a peace plan to end violence in eastern Ukraine. *U.S. crude for July delivery touched a low of $102.19 a barrel and was at $102.22 by 0035 GMT, down 42 cents.

  • NEW YORK, June 4- Brent and U.S. crude ended lower on Wednesday as hopes that a peace plan from Ukraine's president-elect might help ease the crisis with Russian separatists cooled oil's earlier rally.

  • PARIS, June 4- Russia expects France to honor a contract to sell it two Mistral helicopter carriers, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday in an interview with French media, also raising the prospect of other deals.

  • NEW YORK, June 4- Brent crude turned lower, and U.S. crude pared gains on Wednesday on news that Ukraine's president-elect was working on a peace plan and that a meeting with Russia's leader this week in France was not being ruled out. Brent crude for July delivery was down 21 cents at $108.61 a barrel at 1:24 p.m. EDT.

  • *Days of heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine. President Barack Obama endorsed Ukraine's president-elect Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday, offering Kiev financial and security help and saying he was the right choice to lead the country through its stand-off with Moscow.