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  • *Putin rebuffs Obama as Ukraine crisis escalates. LONDON, March 7- Oil held around $108 a barrel on Friday as investors balanced supply concerns arising from the Ukraine crisis with seasonally slowing crude demand and forecasts for only modest U.S. jobs growth in February.

  • German Bund yields rise, euro jumps as ECB holds fire Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 11:39 AM ET

    *Diplomatic talks on Ukraine also weigh on Bunds. LONDON, March 6- German government bond yields rose and the euro hit a 10- week high against the dollar on Thursday after the European Central Bank took no fresh steps to ease monetary policy in the face of persistently low inflation.

  • Euro vaults as ECB holds fire on interest rates Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 8:44 AM ET

    The euro added half a cent after the European Central Bank left interest rates unchanged.

  • *Stocks rise on efforts to resolve Ukraine crisis, ECB. LONDON, March 6- World shares rose on Thursday, supported by diplomatic efforts to cool the crisis in Ukraine, while the euro held steady on speculation the European Central Bank would ease monetary policy later in the day.

  • FOREX-Euro on tenterhooks over ECB; Aussie jumps Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 3:50 AM ET

    LONDON, March 6- The euro traded flat on Thursday with players split down the middle on the chances of the European Central Bank taking more steps to support euro zone growth and weaken base returns on the single currency versus its peers.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO/ LONDON, March 5- Emerging markets steadied on Wednesday as the United States and Russia held talks on Ukraine, at least temporarily easing East-West tensions that prompted a selloff in global markets earlier this week.

  • LONDON, March 5- Russian shares fell again and the rouble slipped towards record lows on Wednesday as investors remained wary about a standoff between Russia and Ukraine in Crimea. Putin has left all his options open, " Thu Lan Nguyen, emerging market strategist at Commerzbank in Frankfurt, said.

  • *Commerzbank selling 4 bln euro portfolio of property loans. FRANKFURT/ MADRID, March 4- Banks such as Deutsche Bank and JPMorgan are teaming up with international funds to bid for a multi-billion-euro portfolio of Spanish property loans as the country's real estate market thaws, sources close to the process said.

  • Gold ends about 1% lower as Ukraine tensions cool Tuesday, 4 Mar 2014 | 2:17 PM ET

    Gold prices fell 1 percent on Tuesday, retreating from the previous day's four-month high.

  • *Gold pulls back from 4- month high, remains underpinned. NEW YORK/ LONDON, March 4- Gold fell about 1 percent on Tuesday as investors took profits from the previous session's rally to near four-month highs after President Vladimir Putin said Russia would only use military force in Ukraine as a last resort.

  • LONDON, March 4- JPMorgan, Citigroup and four more major banks have signed up with an industry group to develop a central register of information on other banks they deal with to help to meet increasing compliance demands and costs.

  • *Putin orders troops in western Russia back to base. *Gold pulls back from 4- month high, remains underpinned. LONDON, March 4- Gold prices fell 1 percent on Tuesday, retreating from the previous day's four-month high, after President Vladimir Putin ordered troops involved in a military exercise in western Russia back to base, easing fears of war in Ukraine.

  • *China growth hit by falling export orders. LONDON/ BEIJING/ NEW YORK, March 3- Manufacturing growth in Europe and Asia slowed last month, pressured by falling demand from abroad, while the United States bucked the trend with manufacturing expanding at its fastest pace in over three years.

  • *U.S. factory activity at highest since May 2010: Markit. LONDON/ BEIJING/ NEW YORK, March 3- Manufacturing growth in Europe and Asia eased last month, pressured by falling demand from abroad, while the United States bucked the trend with growth jumping to its highest in more than three years.

  • FACTBOX-Foreign banks in Ukraine Monday, 3 Mar 2014 | 8:21 AM ET

    March 3- Civil unrest in Ukraine has put pressure on its banks which could need liquidity and capital support due to falling deposits, a high level of non-performing loans and a depreciating currency.

  • *United States, Europe differ over trade sanctions. LONDON, March 3- Crude oil prices jumped more than $2 a barrel to multi-month highs on Monday, lifted by rising tension in Ukraine after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade his neighbour.

  • LONDON/ BEIJING, March 3- Manufacturers across Europe and Asia changed down a gear last month as falling demand from abroad hurt Chinese output and European factory growth dipped from January's 2-1/ 2 year high.

  • FRANKFURT, March 2- German banker Korbinian Ibel gave up a company car and took a pay cut to seize the chance to join a new organisation that could play a big role in taking European integration to the next level.

  • Fiat's UK-style revival plan faces Italian hurdles Saturday, 1 Mar 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    *To unveil cabriolet version of Alfa Romeo 4 C coupe at Geneva car show. MILAN/ PARIS, March 1- Idle plants, surly unions and a weak, ageing model line-up- the challenges facing Fiat Chrysler's Italian revival sound a lot like the British car industry's low point in 1982..

  • Others, including Britain and the Netherlands, have taken longer. Bankia, Spain's fourth-biggest lender, needed 22.4 billion euros in bail-out funds from Europe and Spain's bank restructuring fund FROB. Britain pumped 66 billion pounds into Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds in 2008 and 2009 and provided tens of billions more in liquidity support to the sector.