Ukraine told Russia that a military invasion would be an act of war following a vote by lawmakers in Moscow to give President Vladimir Putin the right to send troops after pro-Russian forces seized control of Crimea.
Emerging-market stocks rose, capping the biggest monthly increase since October, after slower-than-estimated U.S. growth data bolstered speculation the Federal Reserve will keep the pace of economic stimulus.
Cia. Siderurgica Nacional SA, Brazil’s second-largest steelmaker by market value, fell to a four-month low after fourth-quarter earnings excluding taxes and other items missed an HSBC Holdings Plc estimate.
Australia’s dollar will reverse its biggest monthly gain since September, trading patterns suggest, as decade-high unemployment and a slump in business investment spur speculation interest rates will decline.
Vale SA, the world’s largest iron- ore producer, rallied the most in three weeks after fourth- quarter earnings before taxes and other items beat estimates on rising prices for the steel-making material.
Supervisor Atta Mohammad watches the cranes swivel and workers at the Naibabad freight terminal rush to unload wheat and construction material from Uzbekistan that’s just arrived on Afghanistan’s only railroad.