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  • MOSCOW, Nov 17- The Russian rouble weakened on Monday morning, dragged down by falling oil prices and fears of new European Union sanctions against Russia. The price of oil, Russia's major export, softened on Monday following a rally on Friday, with Brent down over $1 at just over $78 a barrel after the International Energy Agency on Friday said it expected downward...

  • Putin isn't like other leaders: Pro  Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 5:20 AM ET

    Tina Fordham, chief political analyst at Citi talks about how we should assess Putin's next moves, saying we should not think about Putin like "other leaders", as he's very much "motivated" by a "geopolitical calculus", rather than economic calculus.

  • *Japan economy unexpectedly shrank in third quarter. LONDON, Nov 17- German bond yields fell on Monday after data showing Japan unexpectedly slipped into recession in the third quarter, stoking investor concerns about the global economy. "The Japan number underlines the weak outlook for global growth," said Rabobank strategist Lyn Graham-Taylor.

  • *Russia at crossroads over Ukraine, more sanctions possible. BRISBANE, Australia, Nov 16- Leaders from the G20 group of nations agreed on Sunday to boost flagging global growth, tackle climate change and crack down on tax avoidance but ties between the West and Russia plummeted to a new low over the crisis in Ukraine. President Barack Obama accused Russia of...

  • BRISBANE, Australia, Nov 16- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday there was a "good chance" of resolving the conflict in Ukraine as Western leaders squarely blamed Moscow and threatened to slap more sanctions if it did not take action to end the crisis. Putin was speaking at a G20 leaders summit in Brisbane where he has come under intense pressure, with...

  • *Obama to meet with EU leaders to discuss Ukraine. BRISBANE, Australia, Nov 16- The G20 communique will include a significant passage on climate change, EU officials said on Sunday, as the United States and other heavyweight nations override host Australia's attempts to keep the issue off the formal agenda. Much of the meeting of world leaders in Australia has been...

  • Russia prepares to invest wealth fund in banks Saturday, 15 Nov 2014 | 8:09 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Nov 15- Russia has prepared legal changes that would enable the government to invest up to 20 percent of its National Wealth Fund in subordinated debts of banks, according to a document published on a government website. The draft governmental resolution would change the investment rules for the $82 billion fund, one of two major sovereign funds...

  • Surge is over, but this is what's next for stocks Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 6:56 PM ET
    Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Stocks could keep up their slow march higher in the coming week as energy and the consumer remain top themes for the economy and markets.

  • MOSCOW, Nov 14- A Russian court extended the house arrest of billionaire Vladimir Yevtushenkov on Friday just weeks after his shares in an oil company were seized, pressing a case some investors say signals a return to state intervention in business. Moscow's Basmanny court ruled that Yevtushenkov should be held for another four months on suspicion of money...

  • Is there anything the West can do to stop Putin? Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 5:00 AM ET
    Pro-Russian rebel military vehicle with Russian flag on top of it, rolls towards Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Nov. 10, 2014.

    There are only three sectors that matter much to the Kremlin, and the West is hard-pressed to find new ways to penalize any of them.

  • Will NATO do anything about Russia?  Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 5:00 AM ET

    CNBC's Hadley Gamble discusses the Russia-Ukraine crisis, prior to the arrival of President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit in Australia.

  • MOSCOW, Nov 14- President Vladimir Putin accused the United States on Friday of undermining the very trade institutions it created by imposing sanctions on Russia, a "mistake" he hoped would be overcome in the "final count". In an interview with Russian state news agency TASS before a meeting of the G20 major and developing economies, Putin said sanctions imposed by...

  • The currency has swung wildly in recent days, buoyed at times by statements from President Vladimir Putin and other government officials that Russia would defend the rouble. The rouble is down some 30 percent versus the dollar this year, as Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis have made it harder for banks and companies to refinance debts and as tumbling...

  • HONG KONG, Nov 13- As a landmark investment scheme that links stock markets in Shanghai and Hong Kong draws nearer, the de facto central bank of the world's largest offshore yuan hub has rolled out a series of measures to ensure sufficient yuan liquidity. The move will make it a lot easier for retail investors to put money into yuan assets and participate in the...

  • The Russian currency has swung wildly in recent days, buoyed at times by statements by President Vladimir Putin and other leaders that Russia would defend the rouble. "Market participants are guessing about the central bank's next policy step after heavy verbal interventions recently and the limit imposed on FX swap operations," Maxim Korovin, a forex analyst...

  • Russians start to feel the pinch as economy struggles Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 8:33 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Nov 12- Alexander Shalin rides a bike to work, shops in local grocery stores and doesn't worry too much about fashion. The 37- year-old manager should be recession-proof, but even he is feeling the pinch from Russia's slowing economy. To escape the "terrible" weather in Russia's second city of St Petersburg, Shalin takes as many foreign trips as he can, but now...

  • Russia-Iran reach nuclear deal  Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 7:34 AM ET

    Mike Singh, Washington Institute, discusses the implications of a deal between Russia and Iran to build two new nuclear reactors in Iran.

  • Where G-20 leaders are staying Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 7:10 AM ET
    Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders pose for a family photo at the International Convention Center at Yanqi Lake in Beijing, November 11, 2014. (Front row L-R) U.S. President Barack Obama, China's President Xi Jinping and Russia's President Vladimir Putin. (Back row L-R) Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak, New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key.

    President Obama gets a $2,173/night hotel suite for the G-20 meeting, while host Tony Abbott slums it with a $270/night room.

  • UPDATE 1-Russia's rouble steady after central bank float Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 4:15 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Nov 12- Russia's rouble held steady on Wednesday after several days of volatile trading and a central bank decision to float the currency, with investors cautious after the bank warned of large forex market interventions to punish "speculators". Prices for benchmark Brent crude futures, which slipped below $81 a barrel on Wednesday and were near their...

  • Oleg Kouzmin, Russia and CIS economist at Renaissance Capital, says Russian GDP growth will be positive if oil remains above $93 per barrel.