VanEck Vectors Russia ETF(RSX)- NYSEARCA
  • Mon, Sep. 19, 4:41 AM
    • Russia's Duma elections on Sunday preserved the ruling party's status as largest faction in the lower house of parliament, according to the nation's election commission.
    • United Russia, allied to President Vladimir Putin, won 54.2% of the vote, with 90% of the ballots counted.
    • Turnout weakened as opposition parties not loyal to the Kremlin failed make an impression at the ballot box.
    • ETFs: RSX, RUSL, RUSS, ERUS, RSXJ, RBL
    | Mon, Sep. 19, 4:41 AM | 6 Comments
  • Sun, Sep. 18, 9:16 AM
    • Russians are heading to the polls to elect a new parliament, with 450 seats up for grabs that make up the Duma, the lower house of parliament.
    • Separately, Angela Merkel's Christian Democrat Union party is set for further losses in regional elections in Berlin, with the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany party expected to make gains.
    • Ahead of the voting, hundreds of thousands of Germans took to the streets in seven cities throughout the country, in protest of the TTIP and CETA trade deals.
    • ETFs: RSX, EWG, RUSL, RUSS, ERUS, RSXJ, DAX, GF, RBL, DXGE, DBGR, HEWG, EWGS, BUNL, BUNT, FGM, GGOV, QDEU
    | Sun, Sep. 18, 9:16 AM | 13 Comments
  • Fri, Sep. 16, 6:53 AM
    • In a widely expected move, Russia's central bank has cut its main interest rate by 50 bps to 10% amid a slowdown in inflation.
    • Russia's economy has been hit over the last couple of years by economic sanctions, as well as a drop in oil prices.
    • The ensuing capital flight and drop in the ruble caused consumer prices to rise dramatically, however, they have recently gotten closer to the Bank of Russia's target of 4%.
    • ETFs: RSX, RUSL, RUSS, ERUS, RSXJ, RBL
    | Fri, Sep. 16, 6:53 AM
  • Fri, Sep. 2, 3:13 AM
    • Japan will propose a broad cooperation in the energy sector with Russia today that could include a nearly $10B investment in state-owned oil giant Rosneft (OTC:RNFTF), the Nikkei reports.
    • In other Russian news, companies building a multi-billion dollar bridge to link the mainland with annexed Crimea have been targeted by the U.S. in an updated sanctions blacklist, including several subsidiaries of Gazprom (OTCQX:GZPFY).
    • ETFs: RSX, RUSL, RUSS, ERUS, RSXJ, RBL
    | Fri, Sep. 2, 3:13 AM | 6 Comments
  • Mon, Aug. 15, 3:43 AM
    • With tensions rising in the region, Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has told reporters that his country will fulfill its part of the "Minsk Protocol."
    • The agreement to halt the war in the Donbass region of Ukraine was signed in September 2014.
    • Last week, Moscow accused Kiev of trying to send saboteurs into Crimea and reported the deaths of a soldier and a secret police officer in an operation to foil the alleged plot.
    • ETFs: RSX, RUSL, RUSS, ERUS, RSXJ, RBL
    | Mon, Aug. 15, 3:43 AM | 4 Comments
  • Thu, Aug. 11, 3:06 AM
    • Vladimir Putin has promised to respond to what he called Kiev's "terror" tactics in Crimea, raising the stakes as fighting between Ukrainian government forces and Russian-backed rebels intensifies in the country once again.
    • With two servicemen killed in clashes this week, the Russian leader has threatened to cancel the peace negotiations at next month's G20 meeting, calling the talks "pointless."
    • ETFs: RSX, RUSL, RUSS, ERUS, RSXJ, RBL
    | Thu, Aug. 11, 3:06 AM | 43 Comments
  • Thu, Jul. 28, 5:24 AM
    • Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Tim Kaine and Michael Bloomberg took aim at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at the DNC Wednesday evening, as the war of words heats up between the major U.S. political parties.
    • Meanwhile, Trump has come under fire for encouraging Russia to release any emails they had stolen from Hillary Clinton and appeared willing to consider recognizing Crimea as Russian territory and lift sanctions against the country.
    • ETFs: RSX, RUSL, RUSS, ERUS, RSXJ, RBL
    | Thu, Jul. 28, 5:24 AM | 25 Comments
  • Fri, Jul. 1, 7:33 AM
    • In a widely expected decision, the EU has extended its economic sanctions on Russia until the end of January 2017.
    • "Having assessed the implementation of the Minsk agreements, the Council decided to renew the sanctions for a further six months," the Council of European governments declared.
    • On Wednesday, Vladimir Putin signed a decree that prolonged restrictions on some Western products from August of this year until the end of 2017.
    • ETFs: RSX, RUSL, RUSS, ERUS, RSXJ, RBL
    | Fri, Jul. 1, 7:33 AM | 3 Comments
  • Tue, Jun. 28, 3:43 AM
    • Fresh from mending fences with Israel, Turkey is aiming for a quick normalization of ties with Russia by apologizing for the downing of a military jet near the Syrian border last November.
    • The months-old spat saw Moscow restrict tourism, clamp down on agricultural imports and set stringent visa limits on Ankara, leading to the worst deterioration of Turkish-Russian relations in recent history.
    • ETFs: RSX, TUR, RUSL, RUSS, ERUS, RSXJ, RBL, TKF
    | Tue, Jun. 28, 3:43 AM | 2 Comments
  • Sun, Jun. 26, 7:02 AM
    • Strengthening their economic ties, Russia and China sealed a raft of energy deals during President Vladimir Putin's visit to Beijing on Saturday.
    • ChemChina agreed to take a 40% stake in Rosneft's (OTC:RNFTF) planned petrochemical complex VNHK in Russia's Far East and signed a new one-year supply contract.
    • The Russian firm also committed to negotiating the sale of 20% of its Verkhnechonsk unit to Beijing Enterprises (OTCPK:BJINY) and signed a framework agreement with Sinopec (NYSE:SNP).
    • Previously: Putin weighs $11B Rosneft sale to China, India (Jun. 20 2016)
    | Sun, Jun. 26, 7:02 AM | 18 Comments
  • Thu, Jun. 16, 5:23 AM
    • Vladimir Putin is likely to call for the normalization of ties between Russia and the EU today at the International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg.
    • The event, often called "the Russian Davos," will be attended by representatives of 600 Russian and some 500 foreign companies from 60 countries.
    • Among the VIPs is European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who will discuss a number of key issues with Putin and speak at the conference.
    • ETFs: RSX, RUSL, RUSS, ERUS, RSXJ, RBL
    | Thu, Jun. 16, 5:23 AM | 1 Comment
  • Wed, May 25, 3:54 AM
    • Russia's presidential economic council will convene today for the first time in three years to discuss strategies to put the country on a long-term growth trend of at least 4%.
    • Policies that have been floated in the media include increasing competitiveness by depressing wages or cutting taxes on capital investments.
    • Whatever the recommendations, the high-level meeting is a concession that Russia can no longer count on oil windfalls.
    • ETFs: RSX, RUSL, RUSS, ERUS, RSXJ, RBL
    | Wed, May 25, 3:54 AM | 5 Comments
  • Fri, May 6, 4:15 AM
    • Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will hold talks with Vladimir Putin today, in a rare meeting by a G7 leader that attempts to end Russia's isolation since it intervened in Ukraine more than two years ago.
    • According to the Kyodo news service, the Japanese leader rejected an appeal by President Obama not to go ahead with the visit.
    • Abe has argued for more engagement with Putin to end territorial disputes, as well as tackling issues such as those in Syria.
    • ETFs: RSX, RUSL, RUSS, ERUS, RSXJ, RBL
    | Fri, May 6, 4:15 AM | 3 Comments
  • Mon, Feb. 15, 6:39 AM
    • The world has entered a "new Cold War," Russia's prime minister said over the weekend, as he held out an olive branch to Western powers, urging conciliation.
    • "Sometimes I think, are we in 2016 or 1962?" Dmitry Medvedev asked, in a speech that reeled off the long list of grievances - from NATO expansion to Western regime change projects.
    • Russia’s ongoing military activities in Syria also remains a particular bone of contention despite a recent ceasefire agreement brokered by Moscow and Washington.
    • ETFs: RSX, RUSL, RUSS, ERUS, RSXJ, RBL
    | Mon, Feb. 15, 6:39 AM | 24 Comments
  • Mon, Feb. 8, 12:03 PM
    • Volatile trading in the market for Russian rubles on February 27 of last year was due to hackers placing phantom orders through a regional bank in the nation, according to investigators.
    • The incident led to large price swings in a short span of time.
    • Malware is considered a serious threat across the Russian financial community.
    • Related ETFs: RSX, RUSL, RUSS, ERUS, RBL
    | Mon, Feb. 8, 12:03 PM
  • Mon, Feb. 8, 3:57 AM
    • Russia is exploring an international bond issuance for the first time since the war in Ukraine sparked sanctions from the West, in a sign that the Kremlin is keen to find additional sources of revenue as the economy heads for a second year of recession.
    • The country, which last raised cash on international markets with a $7B bond in 2013, has already approached 25 Western investment banks and big Russian lenders Sberbank (OTCPK:SBRCY), VTB, and Gazprombank about a possible eurobond.
    • ETFs: RSX, RUSL, RUSS, ERUS, RSXJ, RBL
    | Mon, Feb. 8, 3:57 AM | 4 Comments
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