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SPDR S&P Russia ETF (RBL)

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  • Sep. 3, 2014, 4:51 AM
    • Russian stocks are soaring following President Poroshenko's and Vladimir Putin's permanent ceasefire agreement in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine.
    • The dollar-denominated RTS index is up 4.4% at 1229.58, while its ruble-based peer MICEX is 2.8% higher at 1,439.58.
    • ETFs: RSX, RUSL, RSXJ, RUSS, ERUS, RBL, RUDR
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  • Sep. 1, 2014, 4:31 AM
    • Vladimir Putin has called for immediate talks on the "statehood" of southern and eastern Ukraine, although his spokesman Dmitry Peskov said this does not mean that Moscow endorses rebel independence on the territory they have seized.
    • The announcement comes as the EU and U.S. prepare for another round of sanctions on Russia due to their increased military involvement in Ukraine.
    • Meanwhile, Australia has issued new sanctions on Moscow, restricting arms exports and the access of Russian state-owned banks to the Australian capital markets. The new restrictions build on the financial sanctions and travel bans enacted by Australia in March.
    • ETFs: RSX, RUSL, RSXJ, RUSS, ERUS, RBL, RUDR
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  • Aug. 31, 2014, 10:29 AM
    • EU leaders are planning to formulate options within a week for new sanctions against Russia, should Moscow not back down from its involvement in the Ukraine crisis.
    • "Should the situation stay as we see it today, or should there be further escalation, sanction in the areas the commission has looked at up until this point, such as on the energy and financial sector, will be heightened," says German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
    • Until 72 hours ago, EU leaders weren't expected to take any action against Russia. However, fresh news of rebel gains and a NATO warning that stated Russia had moved "well over 1,000 troops" across the border have prompted the EU to consider its next round of additional sanctions.
    • ETFs: RSX, RUSL, RSXJ, RUSS, ERUS, RBL, RUDR
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  • Aug. 29, 2014, 8:10 AM
    • Ukrainian PM Arseny Yatseniuk pressed the IMF on Friday to free up the next tranche of a $17B loan as an escalation of pro-Russian fighting plagues the country's east.
    • Ukraine has complied with the conditions for the two-year aid package, which is planned to shore up depleted foreign currency reserves and support the state budget.
    • Ukraine received the first tranche of about $3B in May and the IMF board will meet later today to decide whether to approve of the next disbursement (likely to total $1.4B).
    • ETFs: RSX, RUSL, RSXJ, RUSS, ERUS, RBL, RUDR
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  • Aug. 29, 2014, 4:00 AM
    • The U.S. and EU are likely to impose another round of sanctions on Russia, following heavy firefights in new regions along Ukraine's eastern border, and a NATO warning that stated Russia had moved "well over 1,000 troops" into the country.
    • Despite the severe escalation, President Obama ruled out military intervention in the region, but outlined the necessity to consider additional economic sanctions on Russia.
    • ETFs: RSX, RUSL, RSXJ, RUSS, ERUS, RBL, RUDR
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  • Aug. 28, 2014, 6:10 AM
    • Russian stock indexes and the ruble fell sharply this morning, following new reports of Russian tanks, artillery and infantry being passed over the border in eastern Ukraine.
    • The dollar-denominated RTS index is down 3.1% at 1,222, while its ruble-based peer MICEX is 2.1% lower at 1,419.
    • Meanwhile, Ukrainian PM Arseny Yatseniuk has appealed to the U.S., EU and G7 countries to freeze Russian assets until Russian forces withdraw from Ukrainian territory.
    • ETFs: RSX, RUSL, RSXJ, RUSS, ERUS, RBL, RUDR
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  • Aug. 27, 2014, 4:09 AM
    • President Petro Poroshenko vowed to put together an urgent ceasefire plan to end the crisis in Ukraine's east immediately after meeting with Vladimir Putin.
    • Putin described the negotiations as positive, but says it is ultimately up to Kiev to work out conditions for a ceasefire with separatist rebels.
    • Still, the two seemed to make little progress over their fundamental trade and energy disagreements and Kiev's relations with the EU.
    • ETFs: RSX, RUSL, RSXJ, RUSS, ERUS, RBL, RUDR
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  • Aug. 26, 2014, 2:56 AM
    • President Petro Poroshenko dissolved Ukraine's parliament yesterday, in an expected move which follows the collapse of the country's governing coalition last month.
    • The change comes as Poroshenko heads to the Belarussian capital of Minsk to meet with Vladimir Putin and other EU officials over the crisis in Ukraine's east. The meeting marks the first encounter between the two leaders since June, although many expect that chances of a diplomatic solution remains slim.
    • ETFs: RSX, RUSL, RSXJ, ERUS, RUSS, RBL, RUDR
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  • Aug. 21, 2014, 6:06 AM
    • In yet another decision to tighten foreign currency sales, Ukraine's central bank has announced that it is now mandatory for companies to sell all of their foreign currency income on the domestic market.
    • The new move is aimed at offsetting the pressure of a pro-Russian separatist revolt on the Ukrainian currency and requires banks to sell their foreign currency earnings the day after receiving the funds from companies.
    • The rule will apply until Nov. 21, but the central bank has extended similar regulations in the past.
    • ETFs: RSX, RUSL, RSXJ, ERUS, RUSS, RBL, RUDR
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  • Aug. 20, 2014, 4:36 AM
    • Vladimir Putin is set to meet face-to-face with his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko, in Belarus on Aug. 26 to discuss stabilizing the situation in Ukraine and the latter's energy concerns.
    • Ukraine's energy sector is crumbling with estimates that coal supplies to electricity producers can run out within the next 40 days, due to damaged rail lines by Russian separatists.
    • ETFs: RSX, RUSL, RSXJ, ERUS, RUSS, RBL, RUDR
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  • Aug. 18, 2014, 7:20 AM
    • With Moscow's new agricultural import restrictions, neighboring Russian countries are likely to see an increase of trade traffic through their borders.
    • Sanctions have been imposed on many Western nations as retaliatory measures, but other countries close to Russia, such as Turkey, Belarus and Kazakhstan are still available to trade with Moscow.
    • The newly created medium may form a "black market" where firms ship to Russia through countries not included in the sanctions, evading the ban on EU produce.
    • Vladimir Putin has already spoken to his Kazakh and Belarussian counterparts, seeking cooperation against Western foodstuffs, although EU leaders seem unlikely to deter traders who circumvent the embargo via third countries.
    • ETFs: RSX, TUR, RUSL, RSXJ, ERUS, RUSS, RBL, RUDR
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  • Aug. 14, 2014, 6:46 AM
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  • Aug. 12, 2014, 5:01 AM
    • A convoy of 280 trucks carrying humanitarian aid for Ukraine left from Russia this morning amid Western warnings against using help as a pretext for an invasion.
    • Business FM radio quoted Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, saying "It has all been agreed with Ukraine," although other sources say there had been no agreement for Russian vehicles to cross into the country.
    • With Russia amassing 45K troops on Ukraine's eastern border, NATO says there is still a "high probability" that Moscow could intervene militarily in the country's east.
    • ETFs: RSX, RUSL, RSXJ, ERUS, RUSS, RBL, RUDR
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  • Aug. 12, 2014, 2:29 AM
    • The EU is planning to hold talks with Latin American countries to dissuade them of becoming the replacement for Europe’s banned agricultural exports to Russia.
    • EU officials have stated goals of "seeking...a united international front on Ukraine" and to talk to countries that would potentially replace EU exports "to indicate that we would expect them not to profit unfairly from the current situation."
    • Russia has already been courting Latin America for alternative supplies. Brazil has authorized about 90 new meat plants to immediately start exporting chicken, beef and pork to Russia, while Chile is expected to be the replacement for Russia’s embargo on European fish.
    • ETFs: EWZ, RSX, ECH, RUSL, RSXJ, ERUS, RUSS, EU, RBL, BRAQ, BRZU, GUR, BZQ, ESR, UBR, BRZS, DBBR, RUDR, FBZ
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  • Aug. 10, 2014, 6:46 AM
    • After banning half of its agricultural imports from the West this past week, Russia is now considering a price control agreement with domestic food producers to avoid speculative price hikes that could affect inflation.
    • The International Trade Center, a joint venture between the U.N. and WTO, states that Russia imported $17.2B of food from the countries targeted by the ban, of which $9.2B was in the affected categories.
    • Agriculture Minister Nikolai Fyodorov announced that the ban will cause a short-term spike in inflation, but said he saw no danger in the medium or long term due to new future substitutes.
    • ETFs: RSX, RUSL, RSXJ, ERUS, RUSS, RBL, RUDR
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  • Aug. 8, 2014, 3:40 AM
    • Prime Minister of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Borodai, has resigned, as approaching Ukrainian forces encircle Donetsk.
    • The rebel leader will be replaced by Alexander Zakharchenko, and suggests deepening divisions within the Russian-backed separatist movement.
    • The West this past week has grown increasingly concerned of Russia's buildup along Ukraine's eastern border, and threatened yet another round of new sanctions if it does not change course in backing the rebels.
    • ETFs: RSX, RUSL, RSXJ, ERUS, RUSS, RBL, RUDR
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The SPDR® S&P® Russia ETF seeks to provide investment results that, before fees and expenses, correspond generally to the price and yield performance of the S&P Russia Capped BMI Index (ticker: SPCQXRUP). Our approach is designed to provide portfolios with low portfolio turnover, accurate tracking, and lower costs.
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