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  • *Ukraine on the radar in wake of fresh violence. TOKYO, April 21- Asian stock markets started the week on a subdued note on Monday, as tensions in Ukraine kept investors cautious amid an absence of catalysts as several markets remained closed for the Easter holiday. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan inched down 0.1 percent.

  • SINGAPORE, April 21- Gold edged higher on Monday as heightened tensions in Ukraine sparked some safe-haven buying, but fund outflows and weak physical demand continued to cloud the metal's outlook. *Spot gold had gained 0.5 percent to $1,300.21 an ounce by 0026 GMT.

  • Banks retreat from Russian deals Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 12:50 PM ET

    Two of Japan's largest banks have stepped back from Russia in recent weeks, bankers and executives told the Financial Times.

  • *Hopes for Ukraine initiative dent safe-haven bids. LONDON, April 18- Gold was heading for a 1.8 percent weekly fall on Friday, dented by hopes that diplomatic efforts can calm violence in Ukraine and by strengthening U.S. economic data.

  • *Canadian company ready to mine off Papua New Guinea. NEWCASTLE, England/ LONDON, April 18- The world's first deep sea mining robot sits idle on a British factory floor, waiting to claw up high grade copper and gold from the seabed off Papua New Guinea- when a wrangle over terms is solved. The world waits for the judgement of a United Nations agency based in Jamaica.

  • TORONTO, April 17- Lululemon Athletica Inc, best known for its trendy yoga wear, hopes to drive growth in coming years by expanding its range of fitness-related apparel and accelerating international plans, its newly appointed chief executive said on Thursday.

  • CONAKRY, April 17- Guinea's government has accepted a report recommending the cancellation of two iron ore concessions held by BSG Resources and its joint venture partner, Brazilian miner Vale, a spokesman said on state television on Thursday.

  • Lululemon CEO looks beyond yoga wear for growth Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 5:05 PM ET

    *To broaden products amid success of casual wear collection. TORONTO, April 17- Lululemon Athletica Inc, best known for its trendy yoga wear, hopes to drive growth in coming years by expanding its range of fitness-related apparel and accelerating international plans, its newly appointed chief executive said on Thursday.

  • *U.S., Russia, Ukraine and EU issue joint statement. LOS ANGELES, April 17- Brent crude oil fell on Thursday, stalling below $100 a barrel after the United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union jointly called for an end to the violence in Ukraine, taking some risk premium out of the market, while U.S. oil rose on positive economic data.

  • WASHINGTON, April 17- The U.S. Federal Reserve's Board of Governors took the unusual step of considering an enforcement issue on Thursday, less than two months after Chair Janet Yellen pledged that top officials would have more direct involvement in such decisions.

  • *Signs of diplomacy seen to ending violence in Ukraine. NEW YORK, April 17- The yen fell on Thursday as efforts toward finding a diplomatic solution to ending violence in eastern Ukraine prompted traders to trim safe-haven yen holdings ahead of the Easter holiday weekend.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, April 17- Platinum prices fell to their lowest in more than two weeks on Thursday, reversing initial gains after South Africa's biggest platinum producers offered to raise wages for miners in a bid to end a 13- week-old strike that has curbed metal output.

  • *U.S., Russia, Ukraine and EU issue joint statement. LOS ANGELES, April 17- Brent crude oil fell on Thursday after the United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union joined to call for an end to the violence in Ukraine, taking some risk premium out of the market, while U.S. oil rose on positive economic data.

  • Secretary of State John Kerry comments after a meeting in Geneva with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and representatives of the EU and Ukraine.

  • Joint statement on Ukraine crisis     Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 12:41 PM ET

    CNBC's John Harwood reports on a joint statement from finance ministers on Ukraine in advance of Secretary of State John Kerry's remarks.

  • CONAKRY, April 17- Guinea will announce the cancellation on Thursday of two iron ore concessions held by BSG Resources and its joint venture partner, Brazilian mining giant Vale, a senior government source said.

  • Quarterly results from Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and General Electric improved risk sentiment, though results from tech heavyweights Google and IBM Corp were disappointing. "When we look at the U.S. results coming out today, there was a predominantly positive beat overall," Gerhard Schwarz, head of equity strategy at Baader Bank, said.

  • Russian retailer Lenta undeterred by Ukraine crisis Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 11:53 AM ET
    A customer counts ruble banknotes to pay for goods at a Lenta supermarket in Moscow, Russia.

    The head of a leading Russian hypermarket chain has shrugged off the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, and signaled willingness to open a store in Crimea.

  • UPDATE 8-Brent, U.S. oil rise as Ukraine tensions mount Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 11:53 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES, April 17- Brent crude oil climbed above $110 a barrel on Thursday as rising tensions in Ukraine raised fears of potential supply disruptions from Russia. With Russian troops massed on the border with Ukraine and three separatists killed overnight in eastern Ukraine, prospects of defusing the crisis at talks in Geneva appeared slim.

  • LONDON, April 17- Italian designer Roberto Cavalli is in advanced talks to sell a majority stake in his eponymous fashion house to London- based buyout firm Permira in a sale worth about 450 million euros, four sources close to the deal told Reuters.

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