EU stocks posted their first weekly loss in five weeks on Friday, hit by ongoing turmoil in the Ukraine and disappointment in the lack of action from the ECB.» Read More
*Malaysia Airlines flight loses contact hour after takeoff. KUALA LUMPUR/ HO CHI MINH CITY, March 9- A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew was presumed to have crashed off the Vietnamese coast on Saturday, and European officials said two people on board were using false identities.
PRAGUE, March 8- Four central European countries have asked the U.S. Congress to make it easier for them to import natural gas from the United States and reduce their dependence on supplies from Russia, the Czech Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.
*Independent crude shipment to market challenges Tripoli. TRIPOLI, March 8- Libya threatened on Saturday to bomb a North Korean-flagged tanker if it tried to ship oil from a rebel-controlled port, in a major escalation of a standoff over the country's petroleum wealth.
*Malaysia Airlines flight loses contact about one hour after takeoff. *Kuala Lumpur- Beijing flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew. "We are not ruling out any possibilities," Malaysia Airlines CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya told a news conference.
*Independent crude shipment to market challenges Tripoli. TRIPOLI, March 8- Libya threatened on Saturday to bomb a North Korean-flagged tanker if it tries to export oil from a rebel-controlled port east of Tripoli, in a major escalation of a standoff over the country's petroleum wealth.
*Navy threatened tankers loading crude at seized ports. TRIPOLI, March 8- Armed protesters controlling ports in eastern Libya said on Saturday they had started independently exporting oil, bypassing the central government in a major escalation of their blockade to demand a share of the nation's petroleum wealth.
BERLIN, March 8- European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger does not expect Russia to switch off gas supplies to Europe over the Ukraine crisis, he told German magazine Wirtschaftswoche in an interview published on Saturday.
MOSCOW, March 8- Rosatom, Russia's state energy corporation, said on Saturday it would resume nuclear fuel shipments to Europe via Ukraine after Kiev lifted a ban imposed during anti-government protests earlier this year on transporting the hazardous material.
MUMBAI, March 8- Malaysia Airlines, the operator of Flight MH370 that went missing en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on Saturday, has established a record as one of the Asia-Pacific's best full-service carriers in terms of safety and service despite some recent financial problems.
MUMBAI, March 8- Malaysia Airlines, operator of Flight MH370 that went missing en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on Saturday, has established a record as one of the Asia-Pacific's best full-service carriers in terms of safety and service despite some recent financial problems.
PARIS- Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia President Charles Plosser participates in the Global Interdependence Center "Monetary Policy& Banks and the Rise of Global Protectionism" conference in Paris, France- 0945 GMT.
NEW YORK, March 7- Friday's stronger-than-expected payrolls report did more than ease concerns about U.S. economic fundamentals- it also seemed to justify Wall Street's record levels, suggesting the market's uptrend could continue.
ATHENS, March 7- Greece and its international lenders will miss a self-imposed March 10 deadline to clinch a deal that will release the next tranche of the country's rescue loans, three senior Greek government sources said late on Friday.
DETROIT, March 7- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne made salary and stock awards worth $307,989 last year for heading Chrysler Group LLC, according to a filing with U.S. regulators by the American automaker on Friday. Fiat SpA, based in Italy, and Chrysler Group LLC, headquartered in Michigan, were merged in January.
*Soybeans rally as export demand tightens supplies. *Wheat to 3- month high on short covering, Ukraine jitters. Wheat futures hit a three-month top on follow-through technical buying after strong gains this week and jitters about political instability in Ukraine, a major corn and wheat exporter.
*Putin rebuffs Obama as Ukraine crisis escalates. NEW YORK, March 7- U.S. stocks finished mostly higher on Friday, with the S&P 500 closing at a record after more jobs than expected were created in February and January's figure was revised higher.
*Russia says US sanctions over Ukraine would boomerang back. NEW YORK, March 7- U.S. oil rose more than $1 a barrel on Friday as Western relations with Russia worsened over the crisis in the Ukraine and U.S. job growth accelerated by more than expected in an upbeat sign for oil demand.
NEW YORK, March 7- A surprisingly strong U.S. jobs report on Friday sent bond and gold prices sharply lower and initially lifted equity markets, but mounting tensions over Ukraine led stocks in Europe and elsewhere to retreat, while U.S. shares ended little changed.
NEW YORK, March 7- Ecuadorean villagers who are trying to get billions of dollars from Chevron Corp for pollution in the Amazon jungle are ready to refocus their fight on pending suits in other countries after a setback in the United States.
*Putin rebuffs Obama as Ukraine crisis escalates. NEW YORK, March 7- U.S. stocks pulled back on Friday, with the Nasdaq extending losses in late afternoon trading as investors adjusted their positions ahead of the weekend and caution prevailed because of the simmering crisis in Ukraine.