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Oil rises on bright data; gold dips on easing Ukraine fears

Crude oil prices rallied this week on upbeat data in top consumer the United States and concerns over supply disruptions in Libya and Nigeria, dealers said. Gold ran out of steam and fell from recent peaks as Ukraine tensions eased, while coffee and sugar futures rebounded on tight supply strains. Commodity market gains were also tempered as weak Chinese manufacturing data sparked demand concerns in the Asian powerhouse economy.

Oil rises on bright data; gold dips on easing Ukraine fears

Crude oil prices rallied this week on upbeat data in top consumer the United States and concerns over supply disruptions in Libya and Nigeria, dealers said. Gold ran out of steam and fell from recent peaks as Ukraine tensions eased, while coffee and sugar futures rebounded on tight supply strains. Commodity market gains were also tempered as weak Chinese manufacturing data sparked demand concerns in the Asian powerhouse economy.

Nasdaq NLX says 10 percent market share in key contract shows momentum growing

By Clare Hutchison LONDON (Reuters) - Nasdaq OMX's <NDAQ.O> new London-based derivatives exchange has achieved 10 percent market share in one of its contracts, a level of liquidity that will draw more market participants to connect, its chief executive said. The nine-month old NLX exchange allows trading in a range of short- and long-term interest rate, euro and sterling-denominated derivative products on a single market. Clients can both trade and settle orders through the NLX platform.

Moscow stocks fall to 4-year low ahead of Crimea referendum

Moscow stocks plunged to a four-year low Friday as jittery investors dumped their holdings ahead of a referendum in Crimea over its bid to break away from Ukraine and join Russia. The capital's two main indices MICEX and RTS opened down, but losses accelerated to more than 5.0 percent by midday to levels unseen since mid-2009. The later recovered, with the MICEX closing down 0.89 percent, while the RTS finished 1.43 percent lower.

Moscow stocks fall to 4-year low ahead of Crimea referendum

Moscow stocks plunged to a four-year low Friday as jittery investors dumped their holdings ahead of a referendum in Crimea over its bid to break away from Ukraine and join Russia. The capital's two main indices MICEX and RTS opened down, but losses accelerated to more than 5.0 percent by midday local time (0800 GMT) -- levels unseen since mid-2009. The ruble fell against major currencies on Friday to trade at 50.93 against the euro from the previous day's 50.77 and against the dollar at 36.65 from 36.60.

European stocks slide before Crimea referendum

European equities dipped Friday as investors fretted over this weekend's referendum in Crimea over the peninsula's bid to break away from Ukraine and join Russia. The downbeat performance capped a weak of losses as markets were spooked also by mounting worries over an economic slowdown in China. In late morning deals, London's FTSE 100 fell 0.23 percent to 6,538.86 points, Frankfurt's DAX 30 shed 0.50 percent to 8,972.97 points and the Paris CAC 40 dipped 0.83 percent at 4,215.42 compared with Thursday's close.

Moscow stocks at four-year low ahead of Crimea referendum

Moscow stocks plunged to a four-year low Friday as jittery investors dumped their holdings ahead of a referendum in Crimea over its bid to break away from Ukraine and join Russia. The capital's two main indices MICEX and RTS opened down, but losses accelerated to more than 5.0 percent by midday before recovering to 4.37 percent and 4.82 percent, respectively. MICEX has fallen to a level that has not been reached since September 2009, while RTS is at its lowest point since August 2009.

Nasdaq OMX considers expanding into foreign exchange

By Clare Hutchison LONDON (Reuters) - Exchange operator Nasdaq OMX Group Inc <NDAQ.O> is considering a move to offer trading and clearing of foreign exchange, as investigations into alleged currency market manipulation boost interest in easier-to-regulate trading via exchanges, one of its executive vice presidents said.

U.S. markets group CME cleared to launch London exchange

LONDON (Reuters) - Leading U.S. futures market operator CME <CME.O> has received regulatory approval from Britain's financial watchdog to launch a London-based derivatives exchange, the group said on Tuesday. The twice-postponed launch is now set for April 27, CME said, providing a one-stop market offering services from trading to clearing in competition with Germany's Deutsche Boerse <DB1Gn.DE> and its Eurex Exchange.

Moscow stock markets open higher after Monday's plunge

Moscow's stock markets opened more than 4 percent higher on Tuesday after plunging over 10 percent the day before in reaction to Russia's military intervention into Ukraine. Moscow's MICEX bourse at around 0608 GMT rose 4.29 percent, while the other main Russian market, the RTS, rose 4.55 percent. edy-am/lc
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