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  • METALS-Copper prices edge up; China worries curb gains Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 10:00 PM ET

    SYDNEY, March 21- London copper climbed half a percent on Friday but was set to close the week little changed and not far from three-and-a-half year lows, as worries about China's economy clouded the outlook for demand. *The most-traded June copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange rose by 0.7 percent to 45,200 yuan a tonne.

  • Hours after Washington slapped sanctions on 20 of Russian President Vladimir Putin's closest long-time political and business allies, Swiss-based trading firm Gunvor announced that Timchenko had sold his stake in the firm to Chief Executive Officer Torbjorn Tornqvist earlier this week in order to "ensure with certainty the continued and uninterrupted operations" of Gunvor.

  • SINGAPORE, March 21- Gold edged up in thin trade on Friday but was on track for its biggest weekly fall since September as the dollar firmed after the U.S. It briefly rose to a six-month top of $1,391.76 on Monday on tensions in Ukraine and concerns about growth in China.

  • Russian oligarch dodges sanction pinch by one day Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 6:36 PM ET
    Moscow

    One of the Russian businessmen sanctioned Thursday likely dodged some financial impact by selling his shares in a large commodities trading firm

  • US STOCKS-Wall St rebounds after data; financials climb Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 4:38 PM ET

    NEW YORK, March 20- U.S. stocks rose on Thursday, after a batch of economic data pointed to an improving economy and investors reassessed Fed Chair Janet Yellen's comments that had fueled speculation of an earlier-than-expected rate hike by the central bank.

  • MOSCOW, March 20- Russia imposed retaliatory sanctions on nine U.S. officials and lawmakers on Thursday as tension over Moscow's annexation of Crimea mounted, warning the West it would hit back over "every hostile thrust."

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, March 20- Gold prices were little changed on Thursday, helped by bargain hunting after the metal's sharp drop the previous day on comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen that suggested U.S. interest rates could rise sooner than expected.

  • *Moscow says U.S. will be "hit like a boomerang". WASHINGTON/ MOSCOW, March 20- U.S. The extension of visa bans and asset freezes into Putin's inner circle came as Moscow rushed to consolidate the annexation of the Black Sea peninsula, seized from Ukraine last month, and to boost its military presence in the region.

  • UPDATE 8-Brent rises on strong equities, sanctions Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 2:56 PM ET

    *Russia and U.S. impose sanctions on each other. NEW YORK, March 20- Brent crude oil futures rose on Thursday as sanctions against Russia injected a new risk premium into the market and strong equities provided support, while U.S. crude fell ahead of the April contract's expiry.

  • MOSCOW, March 20- Russia imposed retaliatory sanctions on nine U.S. officials and lawmakers on Thursday as tension over Moscow's annexation of Crimea mounted, warning the West it would hit back over "every hostile thrust."

  • At the same time, the rating agency affirmed Russia's BBB foreign currency rating.

  • Viktor Ozerov, chairman of the Security and Defense Committee of the Federation Council. Vladimir Dzhabarov, first deputy chairman of the International Affairs Committee of the Federation Council, Russia's upper house of parliament. Nikolai Ryzhkov, senator in Russia's Federation Council.

  • Wall Street opened lower, but reversed course after the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank said its business activity index rose far more than expected in March, rebounding after a contraction in February.

  • GENEVA, March 20- The United States added Russian billionaires Gennady Timchenko and Boris and Arkady Rotenberg to its sanctions list on Thursday, dragging their huge and potentially far-reaching business interests into the row over Ukraine.

  • MOSCOW, March 20- Russia imposed retaliatory sanctions on nine U.S. officials and lawmakers on Thursday as tension over Moscow's annexation of Crimea mounted, warning the West it would hit back over "every hostile thrust."

  • *Russia, U.S. both impose sanctions on each other. NEW YORK, March 20- U.S. crude oil futures tumbled over $1 on Thursday as builds in domestic stockpiles and a strong U.S. dollar outweighed worries over the possible impact of tougher U.S. sanctions on Russia.

  • *Moscow says U.S. will be "hit like a boomerang". President Barack Obama announced sanctions on Thursday against prominent Russians including close allies of President Vladimir Putin, as Moscow raced to complete its annexation of Crimea and built up its forces in the region.

  • *EU leaders meet in Brussels to discuss sanctions on Russia, help for Ukraine. *Says further Moscow incursions into Ukraine possible, NATO entry unlikely.

  • Facing a possible widening of Western sanctions that may target businessmen close to Putin, some of Russia's oligarchs are increasingly nervous about their companies' prospects. Some of Russia's largest companies are registered abroad where they may benefit from lower tax rates but also may enjoy some distance from the Kremlin and feel beyond its reach.

  • *U.S. stockpiles rise more than expected; fall at Cushing hub. LONDON, March 20- Brent crude oil rose slightly on Thursday after a gauge of U.S. economic activity came in stronger than expected for February. Brent was up 12 cents at $105.97 a barrel by 1441 GMT, after settling 94 cents lower on Wednesday.

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