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  • REFILE-Sanctions bind Russia nation together, for now Friday, 21 Mar 2014 | 11:54 AM ET

    MOSCOW, March 21- Far from dividing Vladimir Putin's inner circle, U.S. sanctions are drawing them ever closer together behind the former KGB spy and his drive to create a Great Russia.

  • Sanctions Russia nation together, for now Friday, 21 Mar 2014 | 11:52 AM ET

    MOSCOW, March 21- Far from dividing Vladimir Putin's inner circle, U.S. sanctions are drawing them ever closer together behind the former KGB spy and his drive to create a Great Russia.

  • NEW YORK, March 21- Crude oil futures surged more than $1 on Friday as traders scrambled to cover short positions ahead of the weekend after U.S. sanctions against Russia, the world's second-largest oil exporter, renewed fears of a supply disruption. "The uncertainty is definitely back," said Abhishek Deshpande, a commodities analyst at Natixis in London.

  • *Stocks buoyed as fear of further Ukraine tensions ebb. Brent remained on track for a fourth weekly loss, however, and President Vladimir Putin signed laws completing Russia's annexation of Crimea on Friday.

  • COPENHAGEN/ FRANKFURT, March 21- A deepening economic standoff between Russia and the west over the future of Ukraine has rippled through trading floors and boardrooms with exporters scrambling to protect revenues and global financial firms halting services.

  • ANALYSIS-Dirt-cheap Russian shares still no bargain Friday, 21 Mar 2014 | 11:12 AM ET

    *$70 billion knocked off Russian shares this month. LONDON, March 21- Around $70 billion has come off the value of the Moscow stock exchange this month in response to the Kremlin's military incursion into Ukraine and its annexation of Crimea, but it would be a brave investor who sniffs a bargain.

  • MOSCOW, March 21- Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Friday that Russia may cancel its foreign borrowing plans for 2014 and reduce issuance of domestic debt if the country's borrowing costs rise. Western sanctions imposed on Russia over its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region could make borrowing more expensive and push up bond yields, he said.

  • LONDON, March 21- Oil companies are reviewing their dealings with Russian energy trader Gunvor but have not yet altered their business links, industry sources said on Friday, after the United States imposed sanctions on its billionaire co-founder.

  • LONDON, March 21- The future of two big loans for oil trading firm Gunvor and petrochemicals group Sibur were thrown into doubt after Russian businessman Gennady Timchenko appeared on the US sanctions list over Russia's involvement in Crimea and Ukraine.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St rallies, S&P 500 briefly hits record Friday, 21 Mar 2014 | 10:44 AM ET

    *Nike falls after results, Tiffany rises. Geopolitical issues remained in focus after President Vladimir Putin signed laws completing Russia's annexation of Crimea and investors took fright at a U.S. decision to slap sanctions on his inner circle.

  • Senator banned by Putin: But my Siberian vacation! Friday, 21 Mar 2014 | 10:41 AM ET
    Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind.

    Sen. Dan Coats found himself on a Russian sanctions list, and responded in the only way he knew how: cracking some jokes at Vladimir Putin's expense.

  • James Stewart, The New York Times columnist, discusses his column "Why Russia Can't Afford Another Cold War" and shares his views on Russia's power base.

  • LONDON, March 21- Oil companies reviewed their dealings with Russian trader Gunvor but did not yet alter business links, industry sources said on Friday, after the United States imposed sanctions on its billionaire co-founder.

  • PARIS/ MOSCOW, March 21- U.S. and European sanctions against Russia are already having a ripple effect beyond their immediate targets, with Visa and MasterCard halting payment transaction services for clients of a bank not even on the blacklist. The lender described the move by Visa and MasterCard as unlawful.

  • *Palladium hits highest since Aug. 2011. LONDON, March 21- Gold rose on Friday ahead of a series of speeches by U.S. Fed officials including Richard Fisher, James Bullard and Narayana Kocherlakota are due to speak later on Friday after Fed Chair Janet Yellen surprised markets mid-week by suggesting the possibility of raising interest rates early next year.

  • *Nike shares fall in premarket after outlook. NEW YORK, March 21- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly higher open on Friday, with major indexes on track for a week of strong gains, though geopolitical concerns remained in view as the tenuous situation in Ukraine continued.

  • *Premier Li Keqiang says China to speed up investment, construction plans. LONDON, March 21- Copper rose on Friday and was set to close the week flat after falling more than 4 percent last week, steadying as worries abated about credit conditions and the economy in China.

  • Putin promised to protect a bank partly owned by an old ally, which Washington has blacklisted, and his spokesman said Russia would respond in kind to the financial and visa curbs.

  • Rubenstein: Tax everyone the same     Friday, 21 Mar 2014 | 8:07 AM ET

    David Rubenstein, The Carlyle Group, shares his thoughts on proposed changes in the carried interest tax.

  • Russian shares tumble on US sanctions     Friday, 21 Mar 2014 | 8:01 AM ET

    President Putin signs bills officially annexing Crimea and bans some U.S. officials and lawmakers in retaliation, reports NBC's Richard Engel with the latest developments on the Ukraine crisis.

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