Vladimir Putin


  • Cramer Remix: The perfect Christmas gift stock Friday, 5 Dec 2014 | 7:17 PM ET
    Jim Cramer on Mad Money.

    Wrap it up and put on a bow, "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer thinks these stocks belong under the tree.

  • Cramer's gameplan: Market party until 2015 Friday, 5 Dec 2014 | 6:10 PM ET
    Young people partying

    Jim Cramer breathes a sigh of relief now that the jobs report is out of the way. He's partying on the market with these opportunities for next week.

  • MOSCOW, Dec 5- The rouble defied falling oil prices to firm on Friday, buoyed by what traders said were sizeable interventions by the central bank after President Vladimir Putin gave instructions to deal with "speculators" he blames for weakening the currency. Russian stocks fell heavily, however, weighed down by oil prices falling further below $70 per barrel.

  • BUDAPEST, Dec 5- Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban accused Brussels on Friday of sabotaging the Russian-backed South Stream gas pipeline project, which was scrapped this week in a setback to his strategy of closer ties with the Kremlin. Orban has tried to secure supplies of energy and trade for Hungary by doing deals with Moscow, but that drew criticism from...

  • Putin may go on ruble speculator witch hunt: Pro Friday, 5 Dec 2014 | 8:44 AM ET
    Vladimir Putin

    Russia's Vladimir Putin is going to "lock somebody up" to send a message to speculators betting against the ruble, says former diplomat David Gordon.

  • Rumble over Russian ruble   Friday, 5 Dec 2014 | 7:21 AM ET
    Rumble over Russian ruble

    Oil prices are dropping and Russia is playing defense. What will Vladimir Putin do next? David Gordon, International Capital Strategies, shares his outlook on Russia's economic future.

  • MOSCOW, Dec 5- The Russian rouble firmed against both the dollar and the euro in early trading on Friday, probably supported by interventions from the central bank, two traders told Reuters. Russian President Vladimir Putin failed to boost the rouble in his state of the nation address on Thursday, while many market participants and investors had expected at...

  • EU together is stronger than Russia: Polish lawmaker

    Russia will "lose trillions" from the sanctions by entering an "unnecessary confrontation" with Ukraine, Radoslaw Sikorski, speaker of the Parliament and former Foreign Minister of Poland, adding that a unified Europe is needed to respond to Vladimir Putin..

  • Russians are buying American—while they can Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 2:30 PM ET
    A billboard promotes the Ford Kuga outside a Ford dealership in Moscow, April 3, 2014.

    Russians are rushing to buy high-end, U.S.-made items like cars before prices in their native rubles spike.

  • Putin won't take blame for Russia's woes   Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 11:20 AM ET
    Putin won't take blame for Russia's woes

    Putin blames everyone else for Russia's problems, including speculators and the West in general, says Timothy Ash, head of emerging markets research at Standard Bank.

  • "With the goal of limiting speculative activity, the Bank of Russia is considering exclusively measures of an economic character and does not intend to introduce administrative restrictions," the bank said in e-mailed comments. "If there is evidence of manipulation in the forex market, the Bank of Russia intends to initiate an investigation into relevant...

  • *Europe shares slide, Wall Street subdued. LONDON, Dec 4- The euro and bond yields in the currency bloc spiked and shares stumbled on Thursday after the European Central Bank stuck to its line that it will judge early in 2015 whether more action is needed to revive the euro zone economy. Markets had been hoping for firmer details on if and when the central bank will...

  • MOSCOW, Dec 4- Russian asset prices fell sharply on Thursday after a state-of-the-nation speech from Russian President Vladimir Putin left investors unimpressed by promised reforms, and oil prices resumed their decline. The rouble had been up about 1.1 percent against both currencies and dropped after Putin began his speech, repeating his long-standing...

  • MOSCOW, Dec 4- The Russian central bank said on Thursday it was considering only measures of an economic character against foreign exchange market speculators and did not plan administrative restrictions that would limit trading. "Introduction of mandatory sales of foreign currency revenues is not being considered," the bank also said in e-mailed comments.

  • MOSCOW, Dec 4- The rouble weakened on Thursday, reversing strong morning gains, as a keynote state-of-the-nation speech by Russian President Vladimir Putin left investors unimpressed by promised reforms. The rouble had been up around 1.1 percent against both currencies at 0900 GMT, but fell sharply into negative territory after Putin began his speech with...

  • *Putin says Russia's enemies seek its downfall. MOSCOW, Dec 4- President Vladimir Putin accused Russia's enemies on Thursday of seeking to carve it up and destroy its economy to punish it for growing strong, in an annual state of the union speech that seemed to outdo even his own recent strident nationalism. So determined was the West to destroy Russia, he said, that...

  • Putin says Russia will overcome any challenge Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 5:27 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Dec 4- President Vladimir Putin portrayed Russia as a strong state on Thursday that would overcome its current difficulties.

  • "This is not just a nervous reaction of the United States and their allies to our stance in regard to the events and coup in Ukraine; not even in regard to the so-called Crimean spring. It has been applied to our country for many, many years.. every time when anyone only thinks Russia has become strong, independent, such instruments are applied immediately.

  • As of Nov. 1. the National Wealth Fund, aimed at covering future pension shortages, stood at $81.7 billion.

  • *European bourses add to gains in Asia to lift world markets. *U.S. crude oil steadies at $70 a barrel. LONDON, Dec 4- Bets that European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi will open the door wider to U.S.-style money printing pinned the euro at a two-year low and lifted world shares on Thursday, as China and Japan also geared up for more stimulus.