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  • LONDON, Dec 18- The Swiss franc hit its lowest against the dollar in more than two years, and touched a two-month trough against the euro, on Thursday after the Swiss National Bank said it would introduce negative interest rates. The Swiss franc weakened to as much as 1.2098 francs per euro on trading platform EBS, pulling away from the SNB's three-year old cap of...

  • Rouble weakens in volatile trade before Putin speech Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 3:25 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Dec 18- Russia's rouble weakened against the dollar and euro in volatile trade on Thursday, reversing gains made at market opening, before President Vladimir Putin's end-of-year news conference. At 0822 GMT, the rouble was around 3 percent weaker against the dollar at 61.92 after opening more than 1 percent higher. Putin will hold his press conference at...

  • MOSCOW, Dec 18- The rouble and Moscow shares rose on Thursday, buoyed by state action and indications Russia's top oil producer can meet a debt repayment, before President Vladimir Putin's end-of-year news conference. "We are expecting verbal interventions today during Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin's speech," Gleb Zadoya, head analyst at Profit Group in Moscow,...

  • Russian rouble firms before Putin news conference Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 2:14 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Dec 18- The Russian rouble firmed at opening on Thursday before President Vladimir Putin's end-of-year news conference, expected to be dominated by the currency's dramatic decline this year. At 0705 GMT, the rouble was 2.8 percent firmer against the dollar at 58.00 after opening more than 1 percent higher. Market participants have been encouraged by a...

  • Cramer: Time to tame the oil beast Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 6:12 PM ET

    It's not the fact that oil prices are declining that alarms Jim Cramer, it's the velocity of the oil beast. He shared the upside to a slow decline.

  • Russian crisis could be like 1998—but worse Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 5:42 PM ET
    People gather near a currency exchange office in Moscow, Dec. 17, 2014.

    If Russia doesn't do this one thing (and soon), it will be like 1998 — but worse, says Wolfgang Koester.

  • The 'Bear' never asks for permission   Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 4:35 PM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin.

    Sources expect Vladimir Putin to address financial woes and measures to stabilize the ruble in Thursday's press conference, reports CNBC's Dina Gusovsky.

  • Putin’s other problem: Russia’s rankled scientists Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 1:54 PM ET
    Scientist working in lab

    Russia's once legendary scientific productivity has been in decline for decades, and some scientists fear the current climate is making things worse.

  • Russia sells currency   Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 1:16 PM ET
    Russia sells currency

    The battered Russian ruble is rebounding slightly today. CNBC's Geoff Cutmore reports on the challenges facing the Russian central bank.

  • Russia on the brink of financial crisis: Dallara Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:15 PM ET
    A board lists foreign currency rates against the Russian ruble outside an exchange office in central Moscow on Dec. 17, 2014.

    The Russian currency crisis could turn into a broader economic crisis that could spill over to key emerging markets, Charles Dallara said.

  • Have investors beaten up Russia too much? Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:03 PM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin

    Much worse things than will actually happen have been priced into Russian equities, says ETF specialist Tom Lydon. Ripe for the picking?

  • *Countries are Egypt, Turkey, India and Armenia. MOSCOW, Dec 17- Russia, one of the world's main wheat exporters, has cut grain exports to all but a few countries after imposing tougher quality checks, an exporters' lobby group said on Wednesday. A Russian grain exporters' lobby- the National Association of Exporters of Agricultural Products- wrote to the government to...

  • What to watch for in Putin's currency speech: Pro Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 11:37 AM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin.

    Investors should look for softer rhetoric on Ukraine from Russian President Vladimir Putin and for signs of a bounce, said Christopher Granville.

  • MOSCOW, Dec 17- Russia's rouble strengthened sharply on Wednesday after dramatic falls on the previous two days as the government pressured exporters not to hoard foreign-currency earnings and the central bank announced new measures to support financial stability. The situation poses a major challenge for President Vladimir Putin whose popularity,...

  • MOSCOW, Dec 17- The Russian economy stagnated in November, data published on Wednesday showed, making it even more likely that the rouble's rapid collapse so far this month will push it into recession next year. Investment by Russian companies, once a staple of the country's economic performance, fell sharper than expected last month, underlining pressure from...

  • Russia on brink of financial crisis: Charles Dallara   Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 10:07 AM ET
    Russia on brink of financial crisis: Charles Dallara

    Discussing if Russia's shrinking economy is becoming a global economic threat, with Charles Dallara, The Americas of Partners Group.

  • Russia to sell foreign-currency stock   Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 9:09 AM ET
    Russia to sell foreign-currency stock

    Russia's Finance Minister is announcing plans to sell its excess foreign currency holdings, and is calling the ruble "extremely undervalued," reports CNBC's Geoff Cutmore.

  • MOSCOW, Dec 17- Russia's rouble strengthened on Wednesday after dramatic falls against the dollar in the previous two days but remained extremely volatile and fears of a prolonged crisis remained. "Today it's likely exporters are helping the rouble, though we haven't seen them or the central bank," said Pyotr Neimyshev at Otkritie bank in Moscow.

  • Ruble's wild ride   Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 8:04 AM ET
    Ruble's wild ride

    CNBC's Geoff Cutmore reports on the impact of the falling ruble on the Russian people.

  • Russian exposure factor   Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 7:53 AM ET
    Russian exposure factor

    CNBC's Dominic Chu takes a look at how four companies with Russian exposure are faring right now.