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BERLIN, March 28- President Xi Jinping said on Friday China would not take sides with the West or Russia over Ukraine, disappointing any hopes Beijing might add its weight to international pressure on Moscow for annexing Crimea.
NEW YORK, March 28- WisdomTree Investments Inc has paid a price for being so dependent on its flagship Japan fund- as that market reversed fortune this year, shares of the asset manager fell nearly 30 percent and Citi analysts downgraded its stock.
*To cut 147,000 metric tons of capacity at Brazil smelters. March 28- Alcoa Inc, the biggest U.S. aluminum producer, said it would cut 147,000 metric tons of capacity at two smelters in Brazil to stem a growing global surplus that has depressed prices and made a large number of plants uncompetitive.
BERLIN- XI SAYS CHINA WILL NOT PROVOKE TROUBLE IN SOUTH CHINA SEA BUT WILL SAFEGUARD SOVEREIGNTY AND TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY.
*Gold at six-week low as U.S. economic picks up. NEW YORK, March 28- Global equity markets rose on Friday, bolstered by U.S. economic data that was largely promising and signs that China will step in to support a cooling economy, while euro zone government bond yields fell on renewed bets the European Central Bank will ease policy next week.
WASHINGTON, March 28- U.S. lawmakers overwhelmingly approved aid to Ukraine and sanctions on Russia, but the measure will not become law until at least next week, congressional aides said on Friday.
*Plans to sell 37.2 mln shares at $18- $21 each. March 27- La Quinta Holdings Inc will raise as much as $780 million from its initial public offering, as it becomes the third hotel chain to be taken public by Blackstone Group LP in six months.
*Markets in broad rally on hopes for China stimulus. *Momentum stocks still in focus; Netflix edges lower.
TORONTO, March 28- BlackBerry Ltd reported a smaller-than-expected loss on Friday as new chief executive John Chen slashed costs, but a 64 percent drop in revenue underscored the challenge he faces in turning around the struggling smartphone maker. "John Chen did what John Chen is known for.
BERLIN- CHINA'S XI SAYS JAPAN'S WARTIME ATROCITIES ARE STILL "FRESH IN OUR MEMORY".
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration closed the probe without asking Tesla for a recall after it the company raised the sedan's ground clearance and added protective plates for the lithium ion battery pack that powers the car. NHTSA opened an investigation four months ago after two cars in the United States and one in Mexico caught fire.
VIENNA, March 28- Austrian state holding company OIAG's board authorised management to negotiate a deal to pool the state's Telekom Austria stake with that of Carlos Slim's America Movil, effectively handing Slim control of the group.
*Wheat headed for fourth straight weekly gain on dry weather. Corn and soybeans inched higher in subdued trading in the run-up to Monday's spring planting and quarterly stocks estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a data release that often generates sharp price movements.
NEW YORK, March 28- Brent crude oil rose for a fourth straight session on Friday, heading for its first weekly gain since February, on promising U.S. economic data and concern that possible Western sanctions on Russia's energy sector could disrupt global supplies.
MOSCOW, March 28- St Petersburg- based Bank Rossiya is to cease all foreign currency operations and work only with the Russian rouble in response to U.S. sanctions imposed last week, it said in a statement on Friday.
*Deutsche Boerse, Bank of China to develop infrastructure. *Bank of China becomes Deutsche Boerse's clearing partner.
March 28- American Eagle Airlines will shrink its fleet and will lose the opportunity to fly larger regional jets that its parent American Airlines Group has ordered after its pilots rejected a concessionary labor contract, the subsidiary said on Friday.
OTTAWA, March 28- The Canadian government introduced legislation on Friday that would cap wholesale domestic wireless roaming rates as promised by preventing wireless providers from charging other companies more than they charge their own customers for wireless services.
BERLIN, March 28- Chinese President Xi Jinping said in a visit to Berlin on Friday his country has no private agenda in the Ukraine crisis and hoped it would be resolved by political and diplomatic means. "China does not have any private interests in the Ukraine question," Xi told a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.