AMSTERDAM, July 29- Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans said on Tuesday that sanctions on Russian capital markets being considered by European Union member states in response to the Ukraine crisis would have a "far-reaching and immediate effect".» Read More
*Copper broadly flat for second consecutive week. LONDON, Feb 21- Copper dipped slightly on Friday but uncertainty about the outlook for demand kept prices in a narrow range, following mixed messages about the economic health of top consumer China. "A mixed macro picture is keeping metals rangebound," said David Wilson, a commodities analyst at Citi in London.
*Esprit hires China veteran as managing director. HONG KONG, Feb 21- Esprit Holdings Ltd swung to its first profit in a year thanks to a turnaround plan that its chief executive said on Friday would also seek to stem losses in China.
LONDON, Feb 21- Gold prices edged lower on Friday and were on track to end the week little changed as rising U.S. yields and a firmer tone to economic data lifted the dollar, and with retail demand still crimped by the metal trading near 3-1/ 2 month highs.
KIEV, Feb 21- Four years ago next Tuesday, Viktor Yanukovich was sworn in as Ukraine's president, sweet vindication after his first election victory was reversed in 2005 by the largely peaceful Orange Revolution.
*Job cuts include planned Citizens sale, UK branch sales. LONDON, Feb 21- Royal Bank of Scotland is to shrink its investment banking and international operations in a revamp in which the group could shed up to a quarter of its 120,000 workforce, sources familiar with the matter said.
RIYADH, Feb 21- Saudi Interior Minister Mohammed bin Nayef, perhaps the most powerful younger prince in the ruling al-Saud family, is shaping Riyadh's new emphasis on protecting the kingdom from a fresh wave of Islamist militancy inspired by the war in Syria.
BEIJING/ NEW DELHI, Feb 21- Iran's top two oil customers China and India have boosted imports in January, taking in close to the total volume the Islamic republic is permitted to sell to all buyers following the recent easing of sanctions.
LONDON, Feb 21- Ukraine's dollar bonds rose off record lows on Friday on expectations of a deal to resolve conflict over the country's political future, dragging up the hryvnia's exchange rate to the dollar.
VIENNA/ FRANKFURT, Feb 20- The fate of Austria's nationalised lender Hypo Alpe Adria could be a harsh reality check for banks and investors across Europe.
SANUSI SAYS LED TO INVESTGATE CORRUPTION AS NIGERIA'S CENTRAL BANK GOVERNOR BECAUSE "OIL REVENUES ARE CRASHING", DESPITE OIL PRICES AND OUTPUT STAYING HIGH.
*China and India boost imports of Iranian crude. LONDON, Feb 21- Brent crude oil slipped towards $110 a barrel on Friday but remained on course for its highest weekly close this year, as supply disruptions in Africa tighten the market.
NIGERIA'S SUSPENDED GOVERNOR SAYS WILL NOT COMPARE CORRUPTION NOW WITH PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATIONS BUT HAS CERTAINLY BEEN ALARMED.
*Russia may see balanced budget in 2014. MOSCOW, Feb 21- Russia may see a balanced budget this year, which puts the country in a better position than other emerging markets to fend off the impact of the U.S. decision to curb its monetary stimulus, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Friday.
NIGERIA'S SANUSI SAYS DOES N0T WANT HIS JOB BACK BUT TO ESTABLISH IN PRINCIPLE WHETHER PRESIDENT JONATHAN'S SUSPENSION OF HIM WAS LEGAL.
LONDON, Feb 21- Euro zone government bond yields fell across the board on Friday as doubts about the strength of the currency bloc's economic recovery bolstered expectations the European Central Bank will ease monetary policy further.
SYDNEY, Feb 21- The Group of 20 will commit to concrete measures to significantly raise global growth while recognising the need for monetary policy in advanced economies to normalise, Bloomberg News reported on Friday, citing a draft communique.
NIGERIA'S CENTRAL BANK GOVERNOR LAMIDO SANUSI SAYS HE WILL GO TO COURT TO CHALLENGE HIS SUSPENSION BY THE PRESIDENT- REUTERS PHONE INTERVIEW.
SINGAPORE, Feb 21- Global cocoa prices have rallied to 2-1/ 2- year highs on worries El Nino could return in 2014, while other agricultural commodity markets could also be hit by the spectre of the weather anomaly. El Nino means "boy" in Spanish and was first used by anchovy fishermen in Ecuador and Peru in the 19th century.
SINGAPORE, Feb 21- The El Nino weather pattern that can trigger drought in some parts of the world while causing flooding in others is increasingly likely to return this year, hitting production of key foods such as rice, wheat and sugar. A strong El Nino can wither crops in Australia, Southeast Asia, India and Africa when other parts of the globe such as the U.S.
*Ukraine's hryvnia firms on prospect of deal to end crisis. LONDON, Feb 21- Shares and the dollar rose on Friday, buoyed by upbeat U.S. factory activity data the previous day, while Ukraine's currency and bonds firmed on prospects of a deal to end a crisis that has killed 75 people in two days.