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  • *Ukraine crisis, Libya keep market focus on supply risks. NEW YORK, March 24- Brent crude oil fell and U.S. crude edged slightly higher in chopping trading on Monday as lackluster manufacturing data from the world's largest oil consumer was balanced by supply concerns over the Ukraine crisis and turmoil in Libya.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, March 24- Gold prices tumbled about 2 percent on Monday, the biggest one-day drop in nearly two months, as hedge funds dumped the precious metal on fears that rising U.S. interest rates could spark a further retreat from last week's six-month high.

  • CARACAS, March 24- Venezuela launched a new free-floating foreign exchange system on Monday that offered dollars for eight times the official price in a move the government says will tame the black market but critics see as a massive devaluation.

  • Former Madoff aides convicted of assisting fraud Monday, 24 Mar 2014 | 3:07 PM ET

    NEW YORK, March 24- Five former aides to investment manager Bernard Madoff were convicted on Monday on charges that they helped their boss conceal his massive Ponzi scheme for years.

  • JURY FINDS FIVE FORMER MADOFF EMPLOYEES GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS THEY RESPECTIVELY FACED-- COURT HEARING.

  • *U.S. jury finds five former madoff employees guilty on all counts they.

  • *Ukraine conflict continues; Russia seizes marine base. Concerns that the crisis in Ukraine could escalate pushed traders to drop some of the market's biggest trading favorites, taking the Nasdaq below its 50- day moving average in a sign of weakening near-term momentum.

  • March 24- ABC News President Ben Sherwood next year will replace Anne Sweeney as co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group, Walt Disney Co said on Monday. Sherwood will continue to oversee ABC News until a successor is named.

  • JURY FINDS FIVE FORMER MADOFF EMPLOYEES GUILTY OF CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY-- COURT HEARING.

  • Verdict reached in trial of former Madoff aides Monday, 24 Mar 2014 | 2:34 PM ET

    NEW YORK, March 24- A federal jury has reached a verdict in the criminal trial of five former Bernard Madoff aides on charges that they helped their boss conceal his massive Ponzi scheme for years.

  • March 24- SouthGobi Resources Ltd, a Canadian coal miner with operations in Mongolia, said it could default on a debt repayment and was looking to raise money, sending its shares down as much as 29 percent in afternoon trading.

  • March 24- The Walt Disney Co on Monday named ABC News President Ben Sherwood as co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group, effective Feb. 1, 2015. Effectively immediately, Sherwood will begin making the transition to the new post and will continue to oversee ABC News until a successor is named.

  • CARACAS, March 24- Venezuela launched a new foreign exchange system on Monday that offered dollars at a rate near the black market level, participants said, in an effort to tame the illegal trade and boost flows to local businesses.

  • *G7 to warn Russia of tougher sanctions if Ukraine crisis escalates. President Barack Obama conferred with major industrialised allies in the Group of Seven on Monday on how to pressure Russia over its seizure of Crimea after Ukraine told its remaining troops to leave the region for their own safety.

  • A Coast Guard spokesman declined to discuss the timeline. The closure of the channel on Saturday has led to a queue of more than 80 vessels trying to move into or out of the Gulf of Mexico, with shipping delays forcing Exxon Mobil Corp to cut production at its largest refinery.

  • Tera Exchange announces first Bitcoin derivative Monday, 24 Mar 2014 | 2:07 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, March 24- TeraExchange said on Monday it had constructed a swap based on the bitcoin virtual currency, a step that would bring the emerging payment system under the oversight of U.S. regulators for the first time. The company said it had shown the contract to the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which regulates swaps and futures.

  • OTTAWA, March 24- Quebec police have concluded their investigation into last July's oil-by-rail disaster in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic in which 47 people were killed, and have turned the file over to the public prosecutor's office, a police spokesman said Monday.

  • DETROIT EMERGENCY MANAGER SAYS WOULD LIKE TO HAVE BANKRUPTCY PLAN CONFIRMED BY FALL.

  • March 24- The Walt Disney Co on Monday named ABC News President Ben Sherwood as co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group, effective Feb. 1, 2015. Effectively immediately, Sherwood will begin making the transition to the new post and will continue to oversee ABC News until a successor is named.

  • *Gold drops on concerns about U.S. rate hike. *Slowing growth in Germany, China weighs on some investors. NEW YORK, March 24- Global equity markets fell on Monday, rattled by the ongoing Ukraine crisis and weak data from China, while gold fell on concerns about higher U.S. interest rates and a stronger dollar.