*China in focus after alarming markets with bond default. *Sanctions on Russia could hurt the West as well. Federal Reserve meeting and Western sanctions on Russia will give financial markets plenty of pause for thought in the week to come but it could be China that sets the economic weather.» Read More
WASHINGTON, March 6- The U.S. company that handles public relations for Russia in the United States distanced itself on Thursday from the Ukraine crisis, saying that it advises the Kremlin largely on economic development, not foreign policy.
*Staples, Costco shares down after results, weigh on Nasdaq. NEW YORK, March 6- U.S. stocks mostly rose on Thursday, with the S&P 500 hitting a record after better-than-expected jobless claims data ahead of Friday's all important nonfarm payrolls report.
RIO DE JANEIRO/ BRASILIA, March 6- Brazil's central bank said on Thursday it will remain vigilant to minimize the risk of high inflation despite some moderation in price increases, signaling it may not be done raising interest rates just yet.
Moscow stock indexes saw fragile gains, tracking a reprieve in Asian markets after diplomatic efforts seemed to slightly moderate the crisis over Russia's military intervention in Ukraine.
SINGAPORE, March 6- Gold was trading in a tight range on Thursday, supported near $1,335 an ounce by weak U.S. data, with investors waiting for developments in the Ukraine geopolitical crisis and a key jobs report for further cues. *Spot gold was trading nearly flat at $1,336.66 an ounce by 0020 GMT, after rising slightly by 0.2 percent in the previous session.
KIEV, March 5- Ukraine's government said on Wednesday "Russian aggression" in Crimea was hitting the country's economy hard but signalled growing confidence that it will secure international loans and avoid bankruptcy.
TOKYO, March 4- Russia's incursion into Ukraine is setting off alarm bells in Tokyo, where officials worry that any push by Japan's Western allies to impose economic penalties will undermine its drive to improve relations with Moscow.
WASHINGTON, March 3- Washington is weighing an array of economic weapons to penalise Russia for its armed intervention in Ukraine, from asset freezes to expelling Moscow from the G8 group of states, but may find Europe more reluctant to resort quickly to sanctions.
WASHINGTON, March 3- The United States has a number of economic weapons to punish Russia for its military intervention in Ukraine, ranging from asset freezes to kicking Moscow out of the exclusive G8 group of countries, and President Barack Obama is focusing first on measures that would not require congressional action.
*Germany has close economic and energy ties to Russia. BERLIN, March 3- Heavily dependent on Russian gas and closer to Moscow than any other leading western nation, Germany faces a major policy dilemma as the Ukraine crisis descends into a Cold War-style confrontation of tit-for-tat threats and ultimatums.
*Slide follows Putin's declaration of right to invade Ukraine. MOSCOW, March 3- Russia's central bank hiked its key lending rate by 1.5 percentage points on Monday after the rouble hit an all-time low on President Vladimir Putin's declaration at the weekend of his right to invade Ukraine.
In addition, questions over whether Russia could be drawn into the conflict in Ukraine will likely weigh on investor sentiment. "It will be interesting to see the action on S&P futures on Sunday night based on the kind of developments we see in Ukraine.
NEW YORK, Feb 28- The dollar fell to a two-month low against the euro on Friday after data showed euro zone inflation unexpectedly held steady this month and U.S. economic growth was revised lower for the fourth quarter.
LONDON, Feb 28- European shares dipped on Friday as euro zone inflation data came in above expectations, which investors said could lessen the prospect of new monetary stimulus measures from the European Central Bank.
SHANGHAI, Feb 28- China's central bank delivered two major surprises to investors this week: it engineered a sharp decline in the yuan against the dollar and at the same time relaxed its tight grip on money markets that had kept interest rates firm.
*Man Group rises; Erste, Pearson slip. LONDON, Feb 28- European shares edged higher on Friday, with cyclical stocks boosted by positive company news and expectations that a further drop in euro zone inflation may prompt the European Central Bank to ease policy.
SHANGHAI/ HONG KONG, Feb 28- China fund managers suggested raising bond allocations to the highest in five months, while cutting back on equities to a 10- month low as a slowing economy stokes fears of credit defaults, according to a monthly Reuters poll. "I am concerned about worsening China macro data.
HONG KONG, Feb 28- China's yuan looks set for its biggest daily loss on record on Friday, as the central bank stepped up its intervention to weaken the currency ahead of a key government meeting next week which may be used as a platform to unveil more market reforms.
SAO PAULO/ BRASILIA, Feb 27- Brazil's economy ended 2013 on a upbeat note thanks to strong consumer spending and investment, providing a much-needed boost to President Dilma Rousseff as she tries to rebuild her credibility with business leaders and win re-election in October.
SAO PAULO, Feb 27- Brazil's economy ended 2013 on a positive note thanks to strong consumer spending and investment, providing a much-needed boost to President Dilma Rousseff as she tries to rebuild her credibility with investors and win reelection in October.